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McCook Office

Lifetime Eyecare is the leading provider of quality vision care products and personalized optometric services in McCook.

  • Dr. Rob Stamm

    Dr. Rob Stamm received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry where he specialized in retinal disease, contact lens fittings, and low vision.

    He has been trained in prescribing the latest devices for low vision and to help in restoring reading and driving privileges. “I really enjoy helping people to see again when they have been told nothing more could be done to help them with their vision.” He also enjoys practicing full scope optometry with emphasis on glaucoma, contact lenses, See to Learn, dry eye treatment and refractive surgery consultation and co-management. “I love what I do and every day you learn something new. The eye care industry is constantly changing with technology and advancements. It is exciting to be able to be a part of such an advancing profession that can touch so many lives from young to elderly.”

    Dr. Stamm, and his partner, Dr. Dirk Gray are committed to their patients and providing the highest quality of eye health care!

  • Dr. Dirk Gray

    Dr. Gray is a native of western Nebraska, growing up in Imperial and Sutherland. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in biology. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University and earned membership into Beta Sigma Kappa Honorary Society for academic excellence. He is a member of the American Optometric association, Nebraska Optometric Association and serves as Society President. He currently serves on many boards including CASA, and various church committees. He volunteers his time performing See to Learn and Headstart Vision Assessments for preschool children.

    Dr. Gray is dedicated to providing eye care to all age groups. He has a specific interest in contact lens fitting, management of eye disease, and low vision therapy. He also enjoys providing glaucoma management of eye disease, cataract and Lasik surgery co-management. In his spare time, Dr. Gray loves spending time with his family including wife Sandra, two sons Kade and Joel, and the family dogs Gunner and Max.

  • Dr. Melinda Kennel

    Dr. Kennel brings 16 years of experience to our office, expanding our services and care with her expertise in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy and Contact lenses. She is excited to bring her knowledge to our McCook office and our new location in Cambridge this fall.

    Dr. Melinda K (Wells) Kennel was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska. After graduating from high school in 1994, she attended Hastings College majored in Music and Pre-Optometry and then transferred to Wayne State College to focus her studies on Pre-Optometry. She was a member of the Chi Omega Psi sorority and Delta Lambda Delta honorary science fraternity. In 1998, she was accepted into Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Ocular Science in 1998, and graduated with her Doctor of Optometry degree in May of 2002.

    Dr. Kennel joined the Army in April of 2000 and served as a Captain in the Army until June of 2006. She served as the Chief of Optometry at Ft. Leavenworth then as the Doctor in Charge at The Eye Doctors in Marysville, Kansas. Dr. Kennel worked in Broken Bow, Nebraska at Prairie EyeCare Center, PC for 11 years before joining Lifetime Eyecare. She has worked extensively in Laser vision correction and focuses her practice on pediatrics and contact lenses. Dr. Kennel is certified in Vision Therapy and has educational presentations about the advantages of Vision Therapy.

    Dr. Kennel is a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, Lions Club, and the Nebraska Optometric Association. She has two girls, Teagan and Quinlyn.