Originally from the mid-Missouri area, Dr. Young attended Avila College in Kansas City where he earned his undergraduate degree in X-Ray science with a minor in business. For 7 years he was a special procedure X-Ray specialist in the Kansas City area and also managed a CAT scanning operation providing care to rural Kansas hospitals. After deciding on optometry as a career, Dr. Young attended the Pacific College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. While at Pacific earning his doctorate, Dr. Young was a Chief Teaching Assistant for the Physiological Optics course and was a member of the Phi Theta Upsilon Optometric Society. Dr. Young is a member of the Oregon Optometric Association, the 1994 treasurer and the 1995 president of the Willamette Optometric Society.