Dr Leech graduated in 1980 from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon and has been in private practice in Douglas County for the past 26 years. Prior to Optometry school he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University in 1974 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1975.
Dr Leech also received his Law degree from Northwestern College of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1986.Dr Leech has held various positions in the community including Board of Directors for Central Douglas County YMCA and Umpqua Valley Community Projects. He has been active in Boy Scouts of America for 18 years including Chairman of the Douglas Fir District and is currently a Scoutmaster. He has also been a member of the Roseburg Rotary Club for 16 years.Dr Leech has been married to Julie for 26 years with two grown sons and a new grandson born in August of this year. He enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and running. In 2012, he finished his first 100 mile race, the Rio Del Lago Ultramarathon.
Dr Leech believes that the foundation to quality eye care is a strong doctor-patient relationship. Taking pleasure in providing the highest quality of personal care for each patient, his goal is to provide an engaging and comfortable environment to satisfy the visual needs and requirements of each patient. When you see Dr Leech, you will leave with your concerns addressed, your eye health questions answered and solutions to your visual needs.
Dr. Payne began her optometric career in 1982, founding the private practice, Douglas Optometry Clinic, in Winston Oregon. After five years in Winston, she sold her practice to Dr. Leech so she could be an at-home mother and raise her two children. She continued to practice Optometry on a part time basis in the area of vision therapy. In 1996, Dr. Payne took over working the satellite practice in Sutherlin and later worked in Glide, and the consolidated Roseburg office.Growing up in Klamath Falls, Dr. Payne graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After working as a social worker for a year, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in a science field. Having worn glasses and then contact lenses since age twelve and many visits to her eye doctor, she decided on Optometry. She graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1981 with distinction, and moved to the beautiful Land of the Umpqua.
Problem solving and discovering the best vision and eye health options for each patient are Dr. Payne’s focus. She spends a lot of time with each patient and regards the whole person important, not just their eyes.
Mostly retired, once again, Dr. Payne sees patients in the clinic one day a week. In her free time, she continues to work on her house and property, gardens, travels, studies the Bible, does some volunteer work, and enjoys the beauty of the North Umpqua.
Kelly has been an integral part of Dr Leech's office for the past 10 years working most of that time as the office receptionist. She has expanded her skills to include insurance billing and payments, assisting in a variety of tasks in the optical, and wherever else she is needed. Kelly has a friendly, positive attitude with a goal to always provide a pleasant patient experience!
Crystal is our primary receptionist and newest addition to our team. She answers the phones, schedules appointments and determines your insurance benefit to get your exam off to a great start. She greets our patients at the front desk when they arrive for their appointment and provides excellent patient service!
Jan works hard at offering superior customer service always with a smile and helpful attitude! As an Optician working with Dr Leech for 10 years, she is experienced in the selection of frames and lenses, and in fitting, adjustments, and repairing of eyeglasses. She is constantly expanding her knowledge of the latest lens and frame technology to better serve our patients.
Kathy has been working with Dr Leech since 2011 and has worked in the eyecare field for 16 years. She is the Optical Manager and over sees the purchasing, marketing, and displays for the office. She has a great eye for style and is able to help patients select the right frame and lenses for fit and function. With her years of experience, she is an expert in dispensing, adjusting, and frame repair.
Debi has over 22 years experience working with Dr. Leech and wears many hats in our office. She will sometimes be seen at the reception desk as well as in pre-testing, contact lens training, frame styling, dispensing glasses, and her primary focus is insurance billing. She enjoys interaction with patients, whether insurance related, frame selection, or scheduling an appointment, she is always happy to help!
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