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Leslie Gallagher, OD, FAAO

Leslie Gallagher, OD, FAAO
Dr. Gallagher is a native of Alma. She earned a B.S. at Kansas State University. 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. She is an active member of the Holton Booster Club and enjoys cheering on her children in their various sporting activities. She also enjoys running, biking and boating. 



Nicole Meerpohl, OD
Dr. Meerpohl is a native of Holton and graduated from Holton High School in 1990.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Benedictine College in Atchison 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.

Dr. Julie Anderson

Dr. Julie Anderson, OD

Dr. Julie Anderson has been practicing Optometry since 1988. She attended Oklahoma State University for undergraduate work and earned her Doctor of Optometry from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1988. After practicing in both Oklahoma and North Carolina, she and her husband Rick settled in the Kansas City area in 2001. In 2013, they moved to Topeka.

 While she still maintains an active practice in the KC area, she sees patients in Holton two days a week. Her areas of special interest include pathology, dry-eye management, pediatrics, contact lenses and surgery co-management. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Kansas Optometric Association, and the Missouri Optometric Association and an auxiliary Professor of the Michigan College of Optometry.  She was instrumental in implementing the Special Olympics Eyes program in Kansas and was the clinical director for 8 years, stepping down in 2011.

 When not in the office, Dr. Julie is busy spending time with her husband Rick and children Mikala and Colton. She enjoys watching sports, especially the Washburn Ichabods and her OSU Cowboys. She also enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time behind the camera lens.

Optical Staff
At Lifetime Eye Care, we understand that your optical health is dependent not only on the highest quality medical care, but also on the continued care of your eyes through proper eye wear. Our American Board of Opticianry (ABO) licensed opticians Nicole Jenner, Jennifer Lutz and Hailey Worthington can assist you with all your eyewear needs, including frame selection, material recommendations and much more. When working with our optical staff, you can be sure that our staff have met a national set of standards as qualified and competent opticians. ABO certification is official assurance to the public that our opticians will handle their eye wear needs competently and carefully. Feel free to stop by and ask them questions about your eye wear needs.
Nicole Jenner Hailey Worthington
Nicole Jenner, ABO Jennifer Lutz, ABO Hailey Worthington, ABO
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