Dr. Bethany Whitesell is Missouri Eye Institute’s optometrist providing primary eye care and post-operative care in Springfield and Joplin. Dr. Whitesell was previously employed with the VA Center in Springfield (formerly Mount Vernon). Dr. Whitesell graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning her BS degree in Biology. She then went to the University of Missouri-St Louis College of Optometry, and completed a residency in primary care at the VA Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dr. Whitesell serves as an adjunct Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry. She is well trained in anterior and posterior segment disease management, as well as anterior segment laser and minor lid procedures. In her role as the residency program supervisor at the VA, Dr. Whitesell has supervised and provided clinical instruction in patient care to many resident optometrists. Additionally, Dr. Whitesell has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Dr. Whitesell’s time away from work includes spending time with her husband and two children, being outdoors, and helping her husband on the family farm.