Jessica Hillner, O.D.

Jessica Hillner, O.D. is an optometrist at Discover Vision at the Legends-KCK office. She specializes in routine vision exams and contact lens fittings, as well as ocular disease and pre and post-operative eye care.

Dr. Hillner received her undergraduate degree from Emporia State University. She earned her doctorate of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed fellowship training with the American Academy of Optometry.

Prior to joining Discover Vision, Dr. Hillner was a Commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. During her military service, she treated patients at Sewells Point Branch Medical Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia.

Education

  • Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry, 2008
  • Doctorate of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN, 2006
  • Externship, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, and Coldwater Vision Care, Coldwater, MS, 2005
  • Completion of Officer Indoctrination School, Newport Naval Base, Newport, RI, 2002
  • B.A. Degree in Chemistry, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, 2001

Military Training & Honors

  • Commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA, 2006-present
  • Ensign in the U.S. Navy, Health Professions Scholarship Program Recipient, 2002-2006

Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Heart of America Contact Lens Society

Why I became a doctor…

I knew I always wanted to do something in the medical field. As a result, I researched everything I could possibly do and found Optometry and Ophthalmology. Everyone was alway so happy at the eye doctor — patients like to come see you and I liked that I could help them see their best.

I pursued my career aspirations starting with my second job right here at Discover Vision; first, as a patient coordinator and then as a technician at our Leawood office. Working in the field made me love eyes. When it came to helping patients, I was hooked. I continued on with my journey to Optometry school, then to the Navy as a Medical Service Officer serving our troops and ultimately to my position at Discover Vision as an Optometrist. I knew I always wanted to be back in Kansas City practicing and being away made me appreciate the great local company we have. Most importantly, I love the opportunity to serve all facets of life as well as practice full scope Optometry.

Jessica Hillner OD FAAO

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