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Megan Sumrall, OD '06, a Sumrall, Mississippi native and owner of Lexington Eye Care, has been named the Helen St. Clair Young Optometrist of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA). The annual award recognizes significant contributions to the profession of optometry and the general public. Recipients of the award have been in practice for less than 10 years.
“Even though Dr. Sumrall has only been in practice for two years, she has an amazing practice, and she has given tireless hours of volunteer effort to her professional organization and to her community. The selection committee was very impressed with what she has accomplished,” said David Parker, OD '95, of Olive Branch, chair of the Awards and Nominations Committee.
As an active member of MOA, Dr. Sumrall serves on the Assistance to Graduates and Undergraduates Committee and co-chairs the Retention Committee. To raise money for MOA’s Cochran Scholarship Fund, she has organized two successful silent auctions and has a third fundraiser underway. Dr. Sumrall has been an active participant in the MOA's legislative group and a member of the Optometry for Progress Political Action Committee.
In the community, Dr. Sumrall is president of the Lexington Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Lexington Main Street Association. She provides school screenings for students and distributes back-to-school packets for kindergarteners, and along with her staff at Lexington Eye Care, she frequently participates in community health fairs.
Through her involvement with the Rotary Club, Dr. Sumrall helped organize a reading program through Mississippi Public Broadcasting called Between the Lions, a television series designed to increase reading skills in four-year-old children. A grant written by Dr. Sumrall won matching funds to promote the program in the community.
Dr. Sumrall attended Mississippi College for undergraduate studies and earned her doctorate in optometry from Southern College of Optometry. While at SCO, she was awarded the G.T. Laboratories, Inc. Award.
Dr. Sumrall’s award was announced at the MOA’s Annual Fall Conference and Vision Exposition. She has also been nominated for the Southeastern Council of Optometry’s “Young OD of the South” and the American Optometric Association’s “Young Optometrist of the Year” award. She currently resides in Jackson.