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Leslie Gallagher, OD, FAAO Leslie Gallagher, OD, FAAO
Dr. Gallagher is a native of Alma, Kansas. She earned a B.S. at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Gallagher then attended Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. She received numerous clinical awards while attending SCCO. She completed her externships at both Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California and Indian Health Services in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After graduating from SCCO in 2002, she was selected as the Cornea & Contact Lens resident at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she took emergency after-hour calls for Cherokee Nation’s hospital, managing all eye related emergencies. As the Cornea & Contact Lens Resident, Dr. Gallagher specialized in bifocal contacts, pediatric contact lenses, and corneal diseases. She was awarded the very prestigious Dr. Sherman Weschler Award by the American Academy of Optometry in 2003. This award is bestowed on one resident each year nationally for excellence in contact lens related research and patient care. After completing her residency, she wanted to relocate to Central Kansas, near family. She joined Dr. Mark Bettencourt in the Holton office in June 2003. Dr. Gallagher specializes in bifocal contacts, pediatric contact lenses, and “hard to fit” contacts. She also fits specialty contact lenses for patients with anterior segment disease such as keratoconus, neurotrophic keratitis, graft versus host eye disease, and post-surgical/post-trauma. She enjoys a challenge, in fact, her favorite patients to fit are those who have been told they could never wear contacts. Dr. Gallagher recently earned her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. Only a small percentage of practicing optometrists earn a fellow, as one must submit written case reports and pass rigorous oral examinations. Dr. Gallagher is married to husband, Bobby and has three children Hayden,Gracie, and Luke. Dr. Gallagher enjoys running, biking, and boating.
 
                                                                   

Nicole Meerpohl, OD
Dr. Meerpohl is a native of Holton, Kansas and graduated from Holton High School in 1990.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas in 1995.  She then attended Northeastern State University, College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry in 1999. Dr. Meerpohl received numerous clinical awards while at NSUCO, and completed an externship at the VA Hospital in Muskogee, OK.    

Dr. Meerpohl has been practicing optometry in a private practice setting in Holton since 1999.  In 2009, she merged her practice with Dr. Gallagher to form Lifetime Eye Care.  Dr. Meerpohl enjoys all aspects of primary eye care- including detection and treatment of eye diseases.  However, she has a special interest in children's vision, stabismus, and vision therapy. She is a See To Learn Provider and has served as a committee member for the program as well.  She was published in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry for her study on dyslexia and the effects of that on reading levels in elementary students.  She has also participated in a vision therapy study through the KOA.    

Dr. Meerpohl and husband, Brian, reside in Holton with their 3 boys Ashtin, Carson and Carter.  She is an active member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church, Holton PTO, and many other local orgainizations.  Dr. Meerpohl is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association.
 

 


 
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