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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Clinic – Nixa the leading provider of vision care products and services in Nixa.

Dr. Darren A. Plank

Dr. Darren Plank received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and his Doctor of Optometry degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri- St. Louis School of Optometry.

Dr. Plank has served as President of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society and as a Board member of the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce. He has previously been honored as the Young Optometrist of the Year by the Missouri Optometric Association, and is a longstanding member of the American Optometric Association. Volunteer work includes time assisting the United Way and Lion’s Club International, as well as supporting crippled children as a Shriner.

Dr. Plank is married to Niesje and they enjoy spending time together. Dr. Plank is an excellent fisherman as evidenced by his many tournament victories.


Dr. Emily S. Thomas

Dr. Thomas is a 2008 graduate (with honors) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She also attended UMSL for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and graduating from the Pierre Laclede Honors College. Currently, Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Optometric Association (specifically, the Contact Lens and Cornea Section), the Missouri Optometric Association, Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. She is also a provider for InfantSee, a national program which allows optometrists to give free eye examinations to babies less than one year old to detect and prevent future vision problems.

In 2007, Dr. Thomas had the opportunity to travel to northern Thailand where optometric volunteers provided over 26,000 Thai people with eye examinations and prescription glasses. She plans on participating in more of these humanitarian trips throughout the rest of her career.

Dr. Thomas enjoys living in Springfield, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Additionally, she is President of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society and an advisor for Leadership Academy (a leadership program for high school juniors). She is a past board member of the Springfield Rotaract service organization and is an alum of Leadership Springfield Class XXV.


Our Staff


Angie, CPO, Clinic Manager

In her role as clinic manager, Angie is enjoying meeting and connecting with patients in the community where she lives!


Chris, Receptionist

When you call to schedule your appointment, you will likely speak to Chris.  She works tirelessly to confirm insurance benefits for you before your appointment.


Rachel, Receptionist

Rachel recently graduated with a B.S. and is new to the clinic.  She is excited to learn the eye care field.


Shira, CPOA, Technician

Shira loves working in the same community that she lives in. She is a clinical technician, has a “can do” attitude and enjoys making patients’ experiences at Vision Clinic-Nixa memorable.


Rachael, Optician

Rachael has lived in Missouri for many years but is originally from Connecticut.  She is excited to start her new journey with the clinic and looks forward to meeting everyone.


Jessica, Optician

Jessica started her optical career in 2006!  She has also been a technician during this time.  In her spare time she enjoys home improvements and painting anything she can get her hands on.


*ABOC – Certified by the American Board of Opticianry

*CPO – Certified ParaOptometric

*CPOA – Certified ParaOptometric Assistant