Dr. Derek Melton, BS(Molecular Biology Conc.), OD, FAAO
Dr. Derek Melton graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Molecular Biology Conc.) in 1992, after working in pharmaceutical research as a young biochemist in the lab of cell biology and genetics at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, under Dr. Audrey Larack Stone, PhD Biochemistry.
He attended Southern College of Optometry and obtained his Optometry Doctorate (Primary Eye Care) in 1998. He was fortunate to study under Dr. Glen Steele of Memphis Pediatric Vision Associates, and train at WJB Dohn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC during his externship rotations.
He obtained passage of NBEO Boards I, II, III and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease. Upon graduation Dr. Melton began work in Public Health Optometry as a federal officer with the US Public Health Service in Montana. There, he cared for thousands of patients in the Indian Health Service system. During this time period, he obtained membership as a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, thru passage of oral boards and written case studies in December 2003. He was very proud to be a part of Kentucky's first Extended Therapeutic Procedures licensure in the 2012-2013 time period.
He is licensed to practice as an Optometric Physician in KY and SC, in addition to providing primary eye care in Missouri and Indiana. He has a unique experience in the treatment of special patient populations, including pediatric eye care. He has co-authored scientific abstracts and papers for the Glycoconjugates Journal, Elisha Mitchell Journal (NCAS) and presented an abstract at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Dallas, Texas in December of 2003.
Most recently he was honored to serve and participated in the Covid-19 Pandemic Response across the state of Indiana from November 2020 thru March 2021. During this time frame he obtained certification as a Covid-19 disease tracker thru John Hopkins University sponsored training.
*******Please see him in the future if you have any eye care needs or concerns. He is an exceptionally experienced eye care provider and will care for you in a compassionate manner!
Dr. Derek J. Melton, BS, OD, FAAO
*Dr. Derek Melton has focused on service to the patient communities in which he has practiced. He is sensitive to the economic impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana families.