Young Optometrist of the South

Young Optometrist of the South

SECO has named Denise Burns-LeGros, O.D., F.A.A.O. of Melbourne, Florida, the 2016 Young Optometrist of the South. This SECO award recognizes an optometrist in practice for less than 10 years, but who has already made a significant impact in the field of optometry.

Dr. Burns-LeGros graduated from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 2005 with BSK honors. Following a residency in primary care with emphasis in cornea and contact lenses at NSU, she joined Brevard Vision Care in Melbourne, Florida as an optometric physician. Since beginning private practice, she has served as president of the Brevard Optometric Association. Additionally, she has been very active with the Florida Optometric Association, where she now serves as secretary/treasurer.

Dr. Burns-LeGros also has served as a key person in each election cycles and is responsible for all Brevard Optometric Association political fundraising activities. She has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including being named Florida Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year, Florida Optometric Association’s Presidential Award and Nova Southeastern University’s Optometry Resident of the Year.

“I have personally known Denise for the past seven years and have always found her to be completely dedicated and focused to both the advancement of patient eye health care and the noble profession of optometry,” said Kenneth Lawson, O.D., president of the Florida Optometric Association. “Furthermore, she is deeply involved in Florida politics and serves as a key person to several Florida legislators. She also serves as a mentor to optometry students, a local society liaison and lectures and attends organized optometry meetings at the state and national level.”