The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) has named Dr. Trevor Conklin of Yukon as the 2019 Young Optometric Physician of the Year. The award is given to an Optometric Physician who has practiced for less than ten years and who demonstrates exceptional leadership in both the Optometry profession and in his or her community.

Dr. Conklin currently practices in Shawnee and Tecumseh Vision Source. He practices full scope primary care optometry, which includes fitting toric, bifocal, keratoconus, post-surgical and corneal refractive therapy contact lenses. Dr. Conklin is certified in the treatment of ocular diseases and certified to perform anterior ophthalmic laser procedures. His colleagues say his hard work and passion for high quality care are evident to his patients and coworkers alike.

“Dr. Conklin is an exceptional optometrist because he’s committed to his patients, community, and family,” said colleague Dr. Tyson Allard. “He has a state of the art practice and his commitment to the profession and providing the best care is what makes his practice one of the best.”

Dr. Trevor Conklin grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma graduating from Plainview High School. He then attended the University of Central Oklahoma and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing degree along with emphasis in biology and chemistry. From there, Dr. Conklin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. While in training Dr. Conklin completed externships in ocular disease at the Cherokee IHS Hospital, BVA ocular referral center and nJoy Laser Vision Correction Center as well as a pediatric rotation.

Dr. Conklin says he feels blessed to be able to make a difference in the lives of his patients.

"Optometry is a special profession because we can have such an immediate impact in the lives of our patients," said Dr. Conklin. "To be able to give the gift of vision and protect our most precious sense is a responsibility I do not take lightly. As optometrists we are blessed not only to be part of our patients lives but also the communities we live in.”

Dr. Conklin is actively involved in his community and across Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and serves as district 4 director of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians. He is also an advisory board member of nJoy Laser Vision Correction Center and Vizavance children’s vision screening non-profit. He has volunteered his optometry skills with Oklahoma Rural Area Medical (RAM) clinics, Lions Club, and the Oklahoma Special Olympics.

Dr. Conklin sponsored a booth at his local community health fair to educate citizens about State Question 793, which would have given stores like Walmart undue influence over medical practices. He was the key face of a campaign ad run by Oklahomans Against 793, and he also participated in several campaign events.

In addition to spending time with his wife Megan, and son, Cooper, Dr. Conklin enjoys hunting and fishing, following OU football and Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, and running.