Joplin, Missouri - Dr. Melissa Brown graduated from the University of Missouri School of Optometry in St. Louis, MO in 2000. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and received her bachelors of Science degree in 1995. She received her certification in the treatment and management of ocular disease in December 1999. This allows her to use diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and to prescribe medications for diseases that are related to the eye. Dr. Brown has been associated with the group since January 2003. Dr. Melissa Brown is currently a member of the Missouri Optometric Association, secretary/treasurer of the Southwest Missouri Optometric Society, Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Brown is a member of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and is a past alumnus of the Leadership Joplin class of 2004. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa chapter International Optometric Society in April 2000. Dr. Brown was born in the community of Valley City, ND, 60 miles west of Fargo, ND. She attends the First Baptist Church of Webb City. Her spouse, Dr. Lance Brown, is also an optometrist who went back for further medical education and now practices ophthalmology at Regional Eye Center in Joplin. Any free time is quality time devoted to their 3 young children.