Dr. Kelly Deering

Dr. Kelly Deering grew up in the small town of Buckner, MO. She played tennis for Missouri Western State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. She attended optometry school at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), graduating at the top of her class. In school, she was a member of the American Optometric Student Association, Beta Sigma Kappa (an International Optometric Honor Society), Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (providing eye care to Haiti in 2019), and the Optometry Scholar’s Program (conducting research on dry eye disease, genetic eye disorders, specialty contact lenses, and a mouse model of glaucoma). She also obtained her Student Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Dr. Robert A. Koetting award, UMSL College of Optometry & Valley Contax Clinical Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care award, Silver Medal Academic Award, and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She recently moved to Chillicothe with her husband, Rick Deering, and orange tabby cat, Bee. She is a voracious reader and enjoys baking, hiking, spending time with friends and family, playing tennis with her husband, and volunteering in the community.