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Julie DeKinder , O.D.

Julie DeKinder

Julie Ott DeKinder , O.D., F.A.A.O. 
Clinical Professor
Director of Academic Programs
Director of Residency Programs
Chief of Contact Lens Service

Dr. DeKinder serves as Director of Academic and Residency Programs, Chief of Contact Lens Services, and Coordinator of the Contact Lens Residency. She graduated from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and completed a Cornea and Contact Residency at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry prior to joining the faculty.

Dr. DeKinder’s primary teaching responsibilities are in the Contact Lens courses. Her primary clinical responsibilities include attending students in contact lens clinics. Dr. DeKinder conducts contact lens research with residents and students. She is both a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies.  She is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a member of the American Optometric Association and the Missouri Optometric Association.  She is currently serving as Vice-Chair for the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) and is a council member of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).  She serves as a member of the residency committee for the American Academy of Optometry, as Chair of the residency committee for Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), and a consultant to the part I exam development Committee for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).

College of Optometry
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121
Telephone: (314) 516-6534 or 516-5116 
Fax: (314) 516-6708 
dekinderj@umsl.edu