About Our Practice

Defiance Optometric Group, Inc. began as a one-man practice established in 1947 by Dr. James A. Meffley.  Dr. Robert O. Burris joined him in 1966 and later James’ nephew Dr. Daniel L. Meffley in 1977.

Since that time, both Dr. James Meffley and Dr. Robert Burris have moved into retirement, Dr. Thomas E. Sandy joined the practice in 1986 and Dr. Deborah J. Stein in 2006. Dr. Daniel Meffley retired in 2019 and Dr. Jacquelyn G. Short joined the practice in October of 2021.

While there have been changes in the doctors at the office, one thing that has remained constant is Defiance Optometric Group’s commitment to providing the highest quality optometric care available.  We are proud of our legacy as a progressive optometric office employing highly skilled personnel and the latest technology.  We are committed to continuing to provide this same high-quality care to our patients for years to come.

Meet the Doctors


Dr. Deborah J. Stein

Dr. Deborah Stein is a graduate of Tinora High School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from BGSU and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2006, at which time she joined Defiance Optometric Group.  Dr. Stein is proud to provide the members of her hometown community with their eye care needs.  She enjoys practicing primary eye care, including prescribing glasses and contact lenses as well as the diagnosis and management of various ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and various eye infections.  She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association.

Dr. Stein lives in Defiance with her husband and four sons.  She is a member of the Defiance Lions Club and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she enjoys being involved in music ministry.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and playing the piano.

Dr. Jacquelyn G. Short

Dr. Jacquelyn Short is a native of Northwest Ohio and graduated from Archbold High School in 2007. She completed her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University as a Biological Scholar/Pre-Optometry Major. She then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Doctorate of Optometry in 2014. While in optometry school, she served with Fellowship of Christian Optometrists on many local and abroad optometry-based missions. She completed extern rotations at Optivue in Toledo, Ohio and at the Veteran Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. She then practiced optometry and served on local missions in East Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for seven years before moving back to northwest Ohio with her husband, also from Archbold, son, and dogs.

About Our Team

Staff members at Defiance Optometric Group are well trained in their field of expertise and attend continuing education classes throughout the year. This creates an office culture designed for excellent patient care and personalized service.

The entire team at Defiance Optometric Group are thankful for the opportunity to take part in your family’s eye care needs. We recognize you have a choice for your eye care needs and are committed to exceeding all your expectations.

Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.