Our February Blog:
New Addition! Check out this month’s blog for the story of our latest expansion, the addition of Vision Health Eyecare Center in California, MO to the CECO Family
Vision Health Eyecare Center has been providing eye care to the Moniteau county area under the direction of Dr. Don Vanderfeltz for over 40 years. Dr. Vanderfeltz has cultivated a patient-centered practice focused on not only addressing patients’ visual needs, but also heavily in medical optometry with the latest diagnostic equipment and treatments. Over the practice’s multi-decade history he has welcomed many associates, including the most recent, Dr. Jacqueline Byrd.
Dr. Byrd’s first interaction with the practice has not been as a doctor, but as a patient. She got her first pair of reading glasses from Dr. Vanderfeltz when she was seven years old. Dr. Byrd grew up in California, Missouri, completing kindergarten through graduation as a Pinto! After high school she earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and received her optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Orange County, California. Upon graduation Dr. Byrd came back to mid-Missouri, beginning her career at Vision Health Eyecare Center.
Dr. Byrd shares Dr. Vanderfeltz’s passion for serving and preserving private practice optometry in rural mid-Missouri, which she will be able to do through partnership with CECO. Combining with Columbia Eye Consultants will provide benefits including expanded coverage – a benefit the practice has already realized as CECO doctors helped see patients while Dr. Byrd was out on maternity leave at the end of 2019 after her and her husband welcomed their first child, a son, in October. The partnership will also allow the Moniteau county practice to go a step further in providing multidisciplinary eye care with the addition of an ophthalmologist to the team. This will expand patients’ options for cataract surgery. Presently, patients travel out of town for a pre-op evaluation, as well as for the surgery. With the addition of an ophthalmologist on staff patients will have the option to have the pre-op appointment with the surgeon right in the California office. Partnering with CECO will ultimately allow the practice to continue to thrive in it’s patient-centered care approach.
Columbia Eye Consultants is excited to welcome Vision Health Eyecare Center to the family and expand our regional presence while protecting private practice optometry and allowing Vision Health Eyecare Center to stay locally owned and operated.