Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Dr. Henderson, a native Kansan, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas in December 2002. Dr. Henderson went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry in May 2007.
During his training, Dr. Henderson completed an internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he gained valuable experience managing glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.Dr. Henderson has been the recipient of several honors and awards including membership to Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society scholarship grant. Dr. Henderson is licensed to practice optometry in the state of Kansas and is a member of the Kansas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. While Dr. Henderson enjoys all aspects of optometry, he particularly enjoys contact lenses and management of ocular diseases. Dr. Henderson, along with his wife Jennifer, resides in Olathe with their three children, Hayden, Hayleigh, and Hayes. During his free time, Dr. Henderson enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and being an avid fan of the Kansas Jayhawks!
Dr. Letourneau, originally from Concordia, Kansas, attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate and student-athlete playing football for the Jayhawks. He received his bachelor's degree in Human Biology in 2003. After graduating from KU, Dr. Letourneau went on to study optometry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, one of the top optometry schools in the country.
Dr. Letourneau enjoys all areas of eye health care, especially treating ocular diseases such as diabetes, dry eye/ocular surface disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. He has written on the importance of early detection of macular degeneration, most recently in Review of Optometric Business.
Dr. Letourneau has a special interest in fitting specialty contact lenses, especially for patients with corneal diseases such as ectasia, keratoconus, and high astigmatism. “To literally change a patient’s visual experience, after years of them struggling with their everyday vision, is one of the most rewarding moments we enjoy as physicians.” He is a member of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
He is passionate about myopia management. “With our creation of Mighty Eyes, our myopia management clinic, we are treating at the highest level, improving the quality of life and future opportunities for children with myopia.” Dr. Letourneau is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia control, as well as a certified Brilliant Futures Myopia Management prescriber.
The most rewarding part of Dr. Letourneau’s profession is assisting those in need through SEE International. He travels annually with a group of eye surgeons to Milot, Haiti at Hospital Sacre’ Coeur providing medical and surgical care to thousands of patients in need.
Dr. Letourneau’s greatest accomplishment is being a husband to Karla, and a father to their 5-year-old daughter, Isla. Their family enjoys exercising, traveling, watching Isla participate in sports, always looking for new and memorable experiences.
Dr. Keri Dennis grew up in Derby, Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University. Dr. Dennis graduated with honors from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 2008. During that time, she gained additional experience while on externship at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and VisionAmerica. After graduation, Dr. Dennis was chosen to complete a year-long residency at the Birmingham VA Medical Center where she gained additional experience in treating and managing ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dennis was a member of the honor society, Beta Sigma Kappa, and Gold Key Honor Society. She was awarded the William Feinbloom Low Vision award in 2008.
Dr. Dennis is a member of the Kansas Optometric Association (KOA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC). Dr. Dennis enjoys all aspects of primary eye care and has a particular interest in myopia control therapy or specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.
Dr. Dennis currently resides in Olathe with her husband and 3 kiddos. When they are not attending one of the kid's activities, you can find them rooting for the Jayhawks, the Royals, or the Chiefs!
Dr. Carrie Hartigan grew up in Southwest Missouri, attending Pittsburg State University and receiving a degree in Biochemistry. For Optometry school, she attended the University of Missouri St. Louis School of Optometry graduating with honors including Beta Sigma Kappa and Gold Key Optometric Honor Societies in May of 2013. She was also awarded the Missouri Optometric Foundation Leadership Award in 2011 and 2012.
Her training included externships with the KCVA Hospital, Indian Health Services of Ada, OK, Children’s Hospital at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. She also volunteered on a trip to Concepcion, Bolivia providing ophthalmic health exams and glasses correction to populations with no care available. Through these experiences, it became clear the niche she would develop within pediatric optometry.
Since graduation, Dr. Hartigan has been practicing in Springfield, Missouri for a local hospital providing pediatric optometric care. She worked with pediatric specialists including endocrinology, rheumatology, and neurology in addition to pediatricians. She treats amblyopia, strabismus, failed vision screenings, pre-verbal patients, cataracts, ptosis, uveitis/JIA, diabetic eye exams, and special needs populations. Amblyopia has become a specialty within her career; the leading cause of preventable vision loss in children.
Dr. Hartigan comes to the area with her husband, Joe, and rescue dog Ruffy. They reside in Shawnee, KS. They enjoy life’s adventures including traveling, hikes, hot yoga, car shows, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. M. Scott Hickman was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and has been practicing ophthalmology since 2005. He graduated from Lawrence High School, and attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degree. After college, he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa in disease control and water sanitation. He attended the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City for his internship. He received his ophthalmology training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
After obtaining board certification, Dr. Hickman became more involved in volunteer ophthalmology in the developing world and in 2016 became the medical director of SEE International based out of Santa Barbara, California, a charity providing eye care throughout the world (https://www.seeintl.org/). From 2016 to 2017, he studied Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor (Volunteer), Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center since 2019.
He has authored many medical textbook chapters and research articles, and has taught cataract surgery in Africa and at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London, England. In the United States, he has worked to begin the Vision 2020 Links program to the United States in collaboration with the International Center for Eye Health (ICEH), a program that links ophthalmic training programs in the United States to the developing world (http://iceh.lshtm.ac.uk/vision-2020-links-programme/).
Dr. Hickman is married with three children and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and riding bikes. He is a slow but proud finisher of the Dirty Kanza 200 and the New York City Marathon.
Dr. Hickman has been volunteering in eye care both at home and internationally since he was a resident. He has taken part in health fairs and has donated care in Kansas for various at-need populations both in Lawrence and Kansas City. Internationally, he has worked as an ophthalmic surgeon in Haiti, Ghana, the Congo, Kenya, India and the Dominican Republic.
For more information about SEE International, please visit their website: https://www.seeintl.org/
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hickman, please call (785) 424-8805