Joplin, Missouri - Dr. Dennis Bezold graduated from University of Missouri School of Optometry, St Louis, MO in 1986. This followed his undergraduate training at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, MO where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in July 1976. He received his certification in diagnostic/therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and later became certified in treatment and management of glaucoma patients from the University of Missouri College of Optometry in St. Louis. Dr. Dennis Bezold has been associated with the group practice since 1986. Dr. Dennis Bezold is currently a member of the Missouri Optometric Association, past president of the Southwest Missouri Optometric Society, member of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society, American Optometric Association and the Missouri Optometric Foundation. Dr. Bezold served 4 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and graduated from the U.S. Army Engineering school in 1977. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1980. Dr. Bezold is a member of the Joplin Host Lions Club, and a member of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Dennis Bezold was raised in the German community of Hermann, MO in central Missouri, and is currently an active member with the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin. He keeps occupied with his 4 children's collegiate activities. Dr. Bezold also tries to find time to boat the area lakes, enjoys golf and plays softball.