Member Profile- Kerry Beebe

Member Profile - Dr. Kerry Beebe

Member Profile - Let's get to know Dr. Kerry Beebe

The Strategic planning group decided at their event last fall it would be fun to periodically have Member profiles in our newsletter so that members could learn more about each other. 

Where do you currently practice?
retired and living in Brainerd, MN.

Where are you from originally?

What school did you graduate from (undergraduate and optometry)?
Indiana University

What are your hobbies?
fishing, fly fishing, cabin life, kids, and grandkids

Describe your local community involvement?
Church leadership, Lion's Club, Operation Sandwich

Tell us about your family and pets?
My wife Mary and I have 2 adult boys and 5 grandchildren, ages 10 months to age 8.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association?
Being an active member of MOA allows our profession to grow and serve our patients to the highest level of our training.

What do you like best about the profession of optometry?
I love being able to provide a continuum of care from infants to patients age 100. You get to know the patients and their families and be the one they trust for their health care needs.

Describe your favorite memory from your optometric career.
Each milestone of advancement of our profession, from Medicare inclusion, diagnostic, then pharmaceutical legislation, obtaining hospital privileges, to AOA volunteer positions and the people that became good friends along the way. My favorite practice memory was watching the 9-month-old +10.00 infant, her family, and her family physician watch as she put on her glasses for the first time.

What fun fact would you like to share about yourselves that your colleagues may not know about you?
Was a singer in a MOA production lip syncing to "Leader of the Pack"?

Please list any articles you have written or lectures you have provided to educate others on eye care.
Over the years, I have lectured on third party issues, obtaining hospital privileges, health care reform, and children's vision including InfantSEE.

March 16, 2021