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Our Doctors

Mattax Neu Prater’s doctors are among the area’s foremost ophthalmic surgeons. Together with optometrists Michael S. Engleman, Matt T. Smith, and Marla S. Smith, their dedication to improving the quality of life for people challenged by visual problems is evidenced by a strong commitment to education, technology, and patient care.

Dr. James B. Mattax

James B. Mattax, Jr., MD, FACS

In practice in Springfield since 1988,James B. Mattax, Jr., MD, FACS, received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1983. He also served a residency in ophthalmic surgery there in conjunction with Parkland Hospital from 1983 to 1987. From 1987-1988, he was an instructor and Fellow in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Leo T. Neu III

Leo T. Neu III, MD, FACS

Following his graduation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Leo T. Neu III, MD, FACS, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri Medical School in 1982. In October 1986, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and he received additional retinal training at Texas Retinal Associates in Dallas.

Dr. Kenneth W. Neu

Kenneth W. Neu, MD, FACS

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame, Kenneth W. Neu, MD, FACS, graduated from the University of Missouri Medical School in 1987. He completed a residencies in ophthalmology and internal medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, then received additional glaucoma training at the Advanced Glaucoma Diagnostic and Treatment Center, located in Ft. Worth, TX.

Dr. Thomas G. Prater

Thomas G. Prater, MD, FACS

Thomas G. Prater, MD, FACS, received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983, and his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served his residency in ophthalmology from 1984-87 at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital. Dr. Prater has been in practice in Springfield since 1987.

Dr. Jacob K. Thomas

Jacob K. Thomas, MD

Before his graduation from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Jacob K. Thomas, MD, graduated from Drury University in Springfield. Dr. Thomas completed residency training in Ophthalmology and a fellowship in cornea and external diseases of the eye at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and is an anterior segment surgeon, specializing in the treatment of corneal diseases.

Michael S. Engleman, OD

Michael S. Engleman, OD

Michael S. Engleman, OD, has been practicing optometry in Springfield since 1994. He grew up in Springfield, attended Glendale High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1984. He received his Optometric Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1988. He practiced in Phoenix, AZ, from 1988-1994 before returning to Springfield.

Matt T. Smith, OD

Matt T. Smith, OD

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University, Matt T. Smith, OD, received his optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry. He completed additional training in the treatment of ocular disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, WV.

Marla C. Smith, OD

Marla C. Smith, OD

Marla C. Smith, OD, received her optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2000 and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She completed additional training in the treatment of ocular disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Before joining Mattax-Neu-Prater she was the attending optometrist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mt. Vernon, MO.

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