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Dr. Jason Lake is a native of Kansas. He graduated from high school in Paola Kansas and then pursued his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. Lake completed his doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, graduating with honors. In 1998 he founded Eyecare Specialties in Central Missouri with offices in Clinton, Sedalia and Warrensburg. Dr. Lake and his wife, Dr. Susan Lake, have enjoyed becoming a leader in the eyecare industry, while maintaining a positive business culture where his employees, vendors and patients feel at home. Outside of his Optometry practice he also does practice management consulting, lectures and business appraisals for optometrists throughout North America. Dr. Lake has a strong commitment to his community and is an active member of the Rotary Club, Optimist International and the Chamber of Commerce. He has served as multiple term president of the Warrensburg Park and Recreation board as well as serving on multiple advisory boards for various community agencies. He takes great pride in being the team optometrist for the University of Central Missouri Mules and Jennies athletic teams. Dr. Lake is also involved in optometry on a state and national level presently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Optometric Association. In his spare time Dr. Lake enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, water skiing, college football, boating on Tablerock Lake and running. He has competed in multiple half and full marathons and looks forward to racing in more events in the future. He plans on learning to fly fish and taking up competitive water skiing as his newest hobbies.
Dr. Susan Lake is a native of
Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She completed her
Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College in Memphis. She is Board
Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and has a strong pediatric
emphasis to her practice. She speaks frequently to parent and professional
groups, sharing with them the importance of early recognition of vision
problems. In her spare time she reads and contributes to her own blog
discussing being a working Optometrist and Mom at Babyfocals.com. She and her
husband share four Optometry practices and three daughters and they can all
usually be found on a lake, in a boat and waterskiing.
Dr. Stephen Cook is a Missouri native, originally from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Cook moved to Warrensburg in 1988 and was an employee of Warrensburg Optical from 1988 to 1991. In February of 1991, Dr. Cook joined Dr. Michael Pier as a partner in his practice. Dr. Pier and Dr. Cook operated the office together, known as Quality Family Eyecare Associates until December 1992. Dr. Cook continued as the owner and primary practitioner until April of 2006 when he merged this practice with Dr. Jason Lake and Dr. Susan Lake to form the current Eyecare Specialties.
Dr. Cook is very active in organized optometry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Optometric Association for three years. He holds memberships in the Missouri Optometric Association, the West Central Optometric Society and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. In the local community, Dr. Cook has been a member of the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council, the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Traffic Commission for the City of Warrensburg. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Johnson Country "Climb" Community Development Organization, Rotary International, and Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. Kyle Johnson is originally from Lenexa, KS. He is a graduate of De Soto High School and received his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University, and his doctorate at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Upon graduation he practiced optometry at Dyer Vision Center in Belton and then re-located to Clinton and has been practicing there since 2004. Dr. Johnson is always staying up-to-date on the latest in vision care and procedures which is why he currently holds memberships with the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, and Beta Sigma Kappa optometric honor society. When Dr. Johnson isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. In addition to family time he enjoys activities such as boating, camping, hunting and cycling. When asked what his mantra is for practicing Optometry Dr. Johnson says, “I was raised in a small business family and witnessed how my dad treated people well and how he provided for his family. This philosophy taught me how important it is to treat patients with compassion and to offer them top quality service and products to fulfill their eye health and vision needs.”
Dr Brett Liesemeyer was born and raised in Marshall, MO. He did his undergraduate work at Central Missouri State University and received his doctorate at the University of Missouri- St Louis. He and his family moved to Sedalia in 1987 and opened Family Eye Care. Dr Liesemeyer has been actively involved in the American Optometric Association and Missouri Optometric Association where he has served on the Board of Trustees. He is a past member of Rotary International and enjoys being very active in his church. He and his wife of 30 years, have two married daughters and is a proud grandfather.
“Outside of the office and church, I treasure time spent with family, friends and the outdoors. I enjoy sports of all kinds, working in the yard, camping, and just ‘being in the woods’. In our 25 plus years of practice in Sedalia, I have been blessed with the development of a tremendous ‘family’ of patients and appreciate the trust and support that these relationships have provided.”
Dr. John Drenon is a 1987 graduate of University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry. Upon graduation he returned to his home town of Sedalia to join his father, Dr. Russell Drenon in his practice. The two worked together until his father's retirement in 1998. During that time he learned much about the practical aspects of the profession of Optometry from his father's many years of experience, which included the early days of fitting contact lenses. Dr. Drenon continues to fit contact lenses as well as practicing primary care Optometry. During his leisure time he enjoyed spending time outdoors with his parents, especially in a boat or canoe. Today he continues to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and enjoys time with his wife, son, and daughter and son-in-law.
Growing up in Olathe, KS, Dr. Orson attended Pittsburg State University. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he went to the University of Houston College of Optometry. Graduating with honors in 1994, Dr. Orson came back to the Kansas City area and settled in Lees Summit. A member of the American Optometric Association, the Missouri Optometric Association, and the Optometric Society of Greater Kansas City, his areas of clinical interest include primary medical eye care, glaucoma, and children’s vision.
“I have lived in Lee's Summit for the past 21 years. After 26 years of marriage to Kati, I have now 4 grown kids. My oldest is married, but I don't expect grandkids for a while. With more time to myself, I have renewed my interests in woodworking, and playing the guitar. We have 2 Bischon Frise dogs, brothers, who are not the smartest of dogs. I think their parents were also siblings. I could eat Mexican food daily, followed by chocolate chip ice cream. My favorite snack is cheddar cheese Chex mix, and my beverage of choice is Cherry Coke Zero. Though I have only been on 1 cruise, I have the bug and can't wait to get back out on the big ships. I have a dream to hike the Appalachian Trail with my Eagle scout son.
Dr. Jill McNaughton is a native of Kansas City, MO. She earned her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Missouri‐Columbia in 2002, and continued her studies at the University of Missouri‐St. Louis‐College of Optometry, earning her doctorate degree in 2006. Dr. McNaughton has enjoyed practicing at Sabates Eye Centers in Kansas City for the past 9 years, serving patients in both Missouri and Kansas. She is interested in the medical aspects of eye care and has gained a wealth of knowledge from ophthalmologists covering every aspect of eye care. Her emphasis has been in pre‐ and post‐surgical eye care, primary care, and contact lenses. Currently, Dr. McNaughton is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and skills to the community of Warrensburg! Dr. McNaughton has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 14 years, as well as the Missouri Optometric Association. She became a member of the Optometric Society of Greater Kansas City in 2007 and the Kansas Optometric Association in 2012. In her free time, Dr. McNaughton enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She particularly likes spoiling her nieces and nephews! Dr. McNaughton found a passion for practicing yoga in the last 3‐4 years and also enjoys a good Zumba class. She loves reading, being outdoors, whether at the lake or in the mountains, traveling at home and abroad.