DTB photo editedDawn T. Bircher, O.D. practices comprehensive family eye care, including contact lens fittings with a focus on advanced contact lens evaluations and fittings for patients with corneal disease or injury.

Dr. Bircher received her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and graduated from optometry school at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed an externship in Wichita, KS and at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She has practiced optometry in the Kansas City area and has been a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri Kansas City since 2004. She is also very involved with the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), helping with many major fundraising events.

Education:
Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN, Doctor of Optometry, May 2004
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, Bachelor of Science, Biology, Minor, Chemistry, December 1998Certifications and Licenses:
Licensed Optometrist, DPA and TPA certified, State of Kansas
Licensed Optometrist, DPA and TPA certified, State of Missouri
National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Parts I, II, and III
Hospital Priviledges, Truman Medical Centers
Certified, SynergEyes hybrid and Duette lenses
Certified, KeraSoft IC lensesAwards:
Marchon Eyewear Excellence Award, 2004
Eye Center’s 2004 Outstanding Clinician Award

Professional and Work Experience:

July 2004 – Present
Clinical Instructor, University of Missouri Kansas City, Department of Ophthalmology, Kansas City, MO
July 2004 – 2014
Director of Optometric Services, Sabates Eye Centers, Leawood, Kansas
July 2004 – July 2011
Optical Supervisor, Sabates Eye Centers, Leawood, KS
Mar – May 2004
Optometric Extern: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Dec – Feb 2003
Optometric Extern: Shea Vision Associates, Wichita, KS
2001
Student Volunteer for Optometric Service to Humanity, Roatan, Honduras

Presentations:
Measuring Refractive Errors, an Insight to Glasses Checks. JCAHPO, Independence, Missouri, March 2005.
Contact Lens Complications. UMKC Department of Ophthalmology, Grand Rounds, April 2007.
Abnormal Corneas and Contact Lenses. 21st Annual KCSee, JCAHPO, Overland Park, Kansas, January 2008.
Going Back to the Basics. JCAHPO, Leawood, Kansas, September 2010.
Who cares about contact lenses? UMKC Department of Ophthalmology, Grand Rounds, April 2011.
Refractive ERRORS. JCAHPO, Leawood, Kansas, March 2012.
What’s new in contact lens care? UMKC Department of Ophthalmology, Grand Rounds, April 2012.

Research Experience:
2003 Dr. John Mark Jackson, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
Clinical Investigator: “Repeatability of corneal epithelial measurements the Corneogage II ultrasonic pachymeter.”
Dr. John Mark Jackson, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
Principal Investigator: “TBUT differences with sodium fluorescein and Flurox.” Designed and implemented research project.
1998 Dr. William J. Schmidt, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Principal Investigator for “Initiating accelerated Schwann cell growth from chicken embryo stem cells.”
Designed and implemented research project.

Professional Membership and Organizations:
American Optometric Association
Kansas Optometric Association
Greater Kansas City Association of Optometry
Heart of America Contact Lens Society
Young Friends of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Chairman, Derby Party
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Committee Member, Food Fight
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Trolley Run Volunteer
Dean’s List, Southern College of Optometry