Our Lasik Surgical Team

Lasik Surgery St. Louis, Missouri – Crown Laser Center


Our surgical team has a combined 70 years of professional practice in St. Louis, Missouri.  The results of our team’s laser eye surgery procedures are outstanding: 96% of our patients see 20/20 the day after surgery and of those, 75% see 20/15 the day after surgery.  Crown Laser Center also has a 99% surgery success rate and has been ranked among the Top 50 Laser Practices in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 and Top 25 Practices in 2008 & 2009  by TLC Vision.

Crown Laser Center • 12601 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141 • 314-428-0110



Chris Ullrich, D.O. – F.A.C.S.

Dr. Chris Ullrich earned his Osteopathic Degree from The University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Ullrich completed a fellowship in corneal specialization with Dr. Eiferman in Louisville, KY. He was awarded Flight Surgeon of the Year, United States Medical Command; 1994-1995.  Dr. Ullrich is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Missouri State Medical Association. 

Bruce Cohen, M.D.

Bruce Cohen M.D. attended Harvard College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. One of the area’s leading ophthalmologists, Dr. Cohen has served as chief resident of ophthalmology for Barnes Hospital and chief of the University Eye Service at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen has been in practice in the St. Louis area since 1986. An experienced refractive surgeon, Dr. Cohen has been performing refractive laser eye surgery since 1994.

Joe Clever, M.D.

Dr. Joseph A. Clever, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist.  Dr. Clever graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Anheuser Busch Eye Institute – Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  After residency, Dr. Clever completed a fellowship in cornea, refractive surgery, and external disease at the Dean McGee Eye Institute – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Clever is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Missouri State Medical Association.

Howard N. Short, M.D. – F.A.C.S.

Dr. Short graduated from Washington University in 1974. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University in 1978 and performed his graduate studies in ophthalmology at Duke University. He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Eye Surgeons.In addition, he holds memberships in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and is the past president of the Franklin-Gasconade-Warren County Medical Society.


Pre & Post Op Optometrist

Mark D. Wade, O.D. – Clinical Director

Dr. Wade received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University in 1987, graduating with honors. He continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry and received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science in 1990 and a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991. Upon graduation, Dr. Wade left his position as a consultant with the Wesley-Jessen Contact Lens Corporation to join Crown Vision Center and continue his advanced training in Corneal Refractive Surgery. In addition to serving as the Director of Professional Relations for Crown Vision Center, Dr. Wade is the clinical Director of Crown Laser Center as well as an Assistant Adjunct Professor for the University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Optometry. Licensed in Missouri and Illinois, Dr. Wade is a longstanding member of the Missouri, Illinois and American Optometric Associations.

Dr. Matthew Woodyard, O.D.

Dr. Matthew Woodyard graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In 2003 he graduated the salutatorian from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry. Directly out of school he started working at Crown Vision Center.Dr. Woodyard not only sees patients for comprehensive eye exams and medical eye exams, but he also specializes in LASIK and other laser eye surgery consultations and surgery post-op. He lives in St. Louis and is happily married with two boys.