Born in Long Island, New York, son of Italian immigrants, Vince knew first hand the meaning of hard work. He grew up in New Jersey and received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in Biological Sciences. He then obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, graduating with honors. He also received several awards, including nomination to Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Pennipede was awarded a four year United States Military Health Professions Scholarship, after which he was assigned to the EENT Clinic at Munson Army Hospital in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After his commitment to the military was over, he founded the very first Eye Associates office in Overland Park in 1986.
As he was driving down Highway 69 in southern Overland Park back then, he saw the location of what is now their Overland Park office and knew that was where he would open his practice!
“I am the CEO who does all of the financial work,” he laughed. “I am the home office guru.” – Dr. Vincent Pennipede // CEO
Dr. Pennipede opened his doors back in 1986 with only himself and one optician. Now, his total practice consists of nine optometrists and 48 staff members!
Dr. Pennipede most certainly gets more rest these days. He no longer sees patients on a regular basis, but continues to play an integral part in the success of Eye Associates. Dr. Pennipede now enjoys traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Sorrento, Italy along with spending alot of time with his wife, Sandy, and his son, Dante, who currently attends Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
“We stay at the forefront of our profession by keeping pace with all of the latest equipment and technologies. It is our mission to give the best care to our patients.” – Dr. Vincent Pennipede // CEO