I was born in Missouri, raised in Illinois, and returned to St Louis to earn a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Washington University. Deciding that Chemical Engineering was not really my passion and that I should work in a field that was, I needed to make a change. I had always been fascinated by visits to my Grandpa, an optometrist, as a child. Thinking about this and the amazing complexity of the human eye, I realized that this could easily become a "passion" and that more than anything I wanted to do something which directly helped people.
I enrolled at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and earned a Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating at the top of my class. After completing a residency with the Veterans' Administration in Lexington, Kentucky I returned to St. Louis where I taught for a time at UMSL and commuted to Columbia to work with Dr. Dellande. Dr. Dellande had a thriving practice in Columbia and I would later become his partner and later still purchase the practice when he retired.
In 1990 I moved to Columbia to increase my time with Dr. Dellande and to teach at the Mason Eye Institute. Since 1993 I have concentrated on private practice, where I strive to build a team of great staff and provide the best eye care possible.
My wife Gail and I reside in Columbia and are proud "parents" to two miniature schnauzers, Bailey and Molly. I love Celtic music - my wife is not so fond of the bagpipes! - hiking and travel.
I wouldn't be able to provide you with excellent vision care without my dedicated and talented staff. By way of introduction, you will find a picture and a little about each of them below.
Dr. Rich joined the office on a part-time basis 2 years ago. He was born and raised in Warrensburg MO. He attended optometry school at Southern College in Memphis TN and graduated in 2012. In his spare time, he loves snowboarding. He shares his home with 2 boxers
Gail has lived in Columbia for 28 years. She moved here to take a job out of college and was in the Oncology field for 25 years. She and Dr. Kramer have been married for 20 years. She joined him at Kramer Family Eyecare in 2012 to manage the practice. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the yard and hiking. She and Dr. Kramer have two schnauzers, Molly & Bailey.
Brittany is our Optometric Technician.
She was born and raised in Mid Mo and been with us since 2014 except for the short time she left to pursue her nursing degree. Thankfully, she decided that her love of Optometry was greater than her desire to pursue nursing. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats. Her hobbies include fishing and talking about glasses. She does not like chocolate.
Natalie is our patient services front desk specialist.
She has lived in Columbia for 16 years. She and her husband have been married for 19 years and they have 4 children. When she isn’t running the kids to all their activities she enjoys running and checking out garage sales. She loves coffee from Dunkin Donuts, her favorite color is teal and favorite candy is raisinettes.
Melissa is our workup technician.
She was born and raised in Mid-Mo and moved to Columbia in 2014.
She has a degree in Horticulture and enjoys gardening as well as hunting, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. She loves all food including sweets.