About Us Three Generations. One Vision. Since 1975. Heffington’s mission is to magnify God in our work. We work for Him and strive for excellence giving Him all the glory. We provide same-day and emergency service while striving to exceed our patient’s expectations. We would be honored to serve you with outstanding quality and personalized patient care! We Believe and practice that: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” -Colossians 3:23 How it all started Heffington's Timeline 1964The BeginningBob As A Delivery BoyOur story began when Bob Heffington didn’t get the job. He applied to a help wanted ad from American Optical in Springfield, Missouri, for the delivery boy position. Several applied, and it came down to him and another guy, and they chose the other guy.Six months later, with six inches of snow on the ground, the other guy didn’t show up for work, and O.D. Wilson, the manager of American Optical, called Bob to see if he still wanted the job.This began Bob’s life in optical and continues into the third generation. 1972PromotionDelivery Boy Became The ManagerBob moved up from laboratory production to become the American Optical manager. 1974Monopoly ChargesCharged Being A MonopolyAmerican Optical and Bausch & Lomb were charged (and didn’t contest) with being a monopoly. Both companies consolidated and left Springfield, Missouri. 1975Getting StartedHeffington's Was BornBob started Heffington Optical with his wife Judy and two sons; Mark and Gary. Bob made the glasses and Judy did the accounting. 1978Second GenerationMark And GaryMark and Gary began working summers and weekends to help the family business with eyeglass manufacturing. 1981AcquisitionThe Spec Shop AcquisitionThe Heffington’s acquired The Spec Shop and started into optical retail. 1984RelocationRelocation To GalleriaThe Spec Shop relocated to the Galleria where Mark and Heather Heffington worked together. 1992ExpansionNew Retail LocationHeffington Optical opened a retail location across the parking lot from the lab where Gary and His wife Deborah work together. 2015RebrandingHeffington’s House of VisionThe Spec Shop was relocated and renamed Heffington’s House of Vision. 2016FamilyMore Family MembersGary and Deborah’s twin boys, Thomas and Gregory, began working in the family business. 2018Third GenerationNext GenerationMark and Heather’s son, Bryce, graduates from optometry school and begins practicing as a licensed optometrist. Heffington's House of vision Eye Doctors Dr. Mark Axford Dr. Mark Axford graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and enjoys practicing general optometry with specialties in contact lenses and medical procedures. He enjoys the outdoors with his son Willie and especially hiking and canoeing. Dr. Aggie Bruemmer Dr. Aggie Bruemmer graduated from the Kentucky College of Optometry in 2023. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors’s in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and reading. Dr. Bryce Heffington Dr. Bryce Heffington graduated from Drury University with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He completed his doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2018. He enjoys being an active member at church, watching movies, spending time outdoors, and riding roller coasters with his wife, Allie. Dr. Laura Kay Dr. Laura Kay graduated in 2016 from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and has practiced in corporate and private settings. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology with a Cell/Molecular Biology minor from Missouri State University. She and her husband, David, love the outdoors, especially climbing and hiking. She’s a long-distance runner, quilter, reader, and pianist. She loves the Lord Jesus and gives all glory and honor to God in her life. Dr. Eli Lemonier Dr. Eli Lemonier graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 2007. He enjoys all aspects of eye care, emphasizing meeting each individual need with the highest quality of care. He and Andrea, his wife, are busy with their 7 children and enjoy various outdoor activities while being active members of their Church. Dr. Scott Schneid Dr. Scott Schneid graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1992. Scott and his wife, Debbie, enjoy playing music, movies, theater, and camping. Dr. James Sweeney Dr. James Sweeney graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry Chicago in 1967. Dr. James Sweeney and his wife Vicci enjoy traveling, playing music, and visiting grandkids in their spare time. Dr. Dennis White Dr. Dennis White graduated from the University of Missouri at St. Louis College of Optometry in 1989 and practices general optometry with specialties in cataracts and glaucoma. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Barbara, along with fishing. Dog Greeters Chino As a rescue, Chino has lived more life than most dogs can count on their paws. He leads the greeting/hospitality team at Heffington’s House of Vision while training up his younger brother from another mother, Johnny Cash. Chino loves to play fetch, be loved on, and attend to patients bringing joy to their lives. Johnny Cash Son of Harlow and Willow from Top of The Hill Golden Retrievers in Nixa, Missouri. Born in 2021, Johnny has been a ball of life, joy, and energy. Patients love seeing him, especially when he plays tug-of-war with Chino. Johnny loves to chase Chino, be loved on, and make sure patients have the best experience possible.