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Mattax Neu Prater’s doctors are among the area’s foremost ophthalmic surgeons. Together with optometrists Michael S. Engleman, Matt T. Smith, and Marla S. Smith, their dedication to improving the quality of life for people challenged by visual problems is evidenced by a strong commitment to education, technology, and patient care.
Dr. James Mattax specializes in cataract and lens replacement surgery, LASIK and advanced surface ablation laser vision correction, and the treatment of cornea and external diseases. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Dr. Mattax graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was awarded membership in the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Mattax completed his internship and residency in Ophthalmic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and underwent additional training in as a Fellow in Cornea and Refractive surgery.
Dr. Mattax is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Dr. Leo Neu is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and retinal surgery. Following his graduation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Neu earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He served a residency in Ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and received additional retinal training at Texas Retinal Associates in Dallas.
Dr. Kenneth Neu practices comprehensive ophthalmology, specializing in cataract surgery, glaucoma management, and oculoplastics. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame, Dr. Neu graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and internal medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and received additional glaucoma training at the Advanced Glaucoma Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Ft. Worth, TX.
Dr. Neu first received his certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1996, and has since recertified twice. He served as Chair of Ophthalmology at Cox Hospital from 2010-2011, and served on the Developmental Board for Springfield Catholic Schools for seven years.
When not at work, Dr. Neu is actively involved with his spouse and three children in sports and gardening activities, such as tending his 125 rose bushes.
Dr. Thomas Prater is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He served his residency in Ophthalmology there at Barnes Hospital. Dr. Prater enjoys staying involved in his community and has served on the board of Springfield Public Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Dr. Jacob Thomas graduated from Drury University in Springfield before graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and a Fellowship in cornea and external diseases of the eye at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Thomas is an anterior segment surgeon, specializing in the treatment of corneal diseases, cataracts, keratoconus with InTacs, and refractive errors with LASIK surgery. He also practices comprehensive ophthalmology, managing conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
A native of Springfield, MO, Dr. Michael Engleman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. Dr. Engleman practiced in Phoenix, AZ, before returning to Springfield where he has been practicing optometry and caring for his hometown for more than 20 years.
Dr. Matt Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry. He then completed additional training in the treatment of ocular disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Out of more than 17 years of optometric practice, Dr. Smith has dedicated more than 13 years to caring for Mattax Neu Prater patients.
Dr. Marla Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry. She completed additional training in the treatment of ocular disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Before joining Mattax Neu Prater, she was the attending optometrist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mt. Vernon, MO.