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Dr. Richard Zimbalist

Occupation: Optometrist, Owner
Optometry School: Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Class of 2008
Undergraduate School: Muhlenberg College, Class of 2004

Associations and Certifications

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Board Certified in Medical Optometry
  • Technology Director of National Association of Veteran Affairs Optometrists
  • Licensed in the State of Missouri


Dr. Richard Zimbalist received his optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to obtain fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012. Dr. Zimbalist is on staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He holds clinical adjunct appointments at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Zimbalist has authored multiple journal articles and posters for national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for COPE, a peer-reviewer for a major ophthalmic journal, and is actively involved with teleretinal imaging and virtual medicine in his facility and region. His clinical interests include retinal disease, systemic disease, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In his free time Dr. Zimbalist enjoys staying active with basketball, weightlifting, racquetball, rooting on the Missouri Tigers, and chasing his kids around the neighborhood. He also is the founder and owner of Ignite Medical which specializes in website development and management for a variety of medical specialties.


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