Matthew R. Jones, O.D.
Dr. Matthew Jones was born and raised in Effingham, Illinois. He attended undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Next, he went on to study Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry. During his training at ICO, he was at the top of his class with accolades such as Dean’s List and Beta Sigma Kappa Honors.
“Dr. Matthew” had worked for Doctors Sehy and Jones in various capacities since his high school days, but he joined our practice as a doctor in July of 2008. Since that time, in 2013, Matthew was the recognized by his peers as “Illinois’ Young Optometrist of the Year.” In 2014, he was recognized as one Effingham community’s top young leaders with the “Top 20 under 40” award.
Currently serves as an adjunct professor for UMSL school of Optometry and host 4th year Optometry students during their externship rotations. He is a past president of the Eastern Illinois Optometric Society and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Illinois Optometric Association.
Medical mission work has also always been one of Dr. Matthew’s main passions having been on multiple international trips since he was about 12 years old. Recently, he has lead teams to provide eyecare to the remote villages of Honduras. He also volunteers his time with the youth in the area through his church and OnEighty.
He now enjoys University of Illinois Fighting Illini sports, playing guitar, boating, and camping. Above all things, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and three sons.
M. Brian Sehy, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate, A.B.O.
Dr. Sehy received a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in biology, in 1988 from the University of Illinois and his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1992 from the Indiana School of Optometry. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1994 and was the Illinois’ Young Optometrist of the Year in 2001.
Dr. Sehy was a captain in the USAF from 1992–1996 and practiced Optometry at Lackland AFB, Wilford Hall Medical Center and was Chief of Optometry Services at Reid Health Services Center. He joined Drs. Sehy & Jones Optometrists, P.C., in 1996 in Effingham, IL, and has provided Comprehensive Low Vision Services to the Greater Effingham area since 1997.
Dr. Sehy perviously served on the Cabinet of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) and was president of Eastern Illinois Optometric Society from 1998–2002. He was a contributing writer for the Low Vision Column for the IOA Quarterly Journal from 1999–2003 and was past president of the United Way of Effingham County and Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club.
Dr. Sehy presently coaches 8-10 year olds in basketball and baseball. He participates in many sports, especially basketball, golf, snow skiing, weightlifting and running.
Dr. Craig Woods, O.D.
Craig grew up in Watson, IL. He is a graduate of Effingham High School, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. From there, he went on to earn a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
In addition to his clinical training at UMSL, Dr. Woods completed clinical externships at Marion VA Medical Center and Drs. Sehy and Jones Optometrists. Through completion of his clinical rotations, he gained valuable training in fitting contact lenses and managing a vast range of ocular diseases. Dr. Woods is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association.
Dr. Woods is passionate about health and fitness and enjoys staying active by playing a variety of sports. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Whitlee, and has a dog named Lacey.