Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Dr. Gregory L. Bittner the leading provider of vision care products and services in Somerset.
Gregory L. Bittner, O.D.
Dr. Bittner graduated from Indiana University of PA with a B.S. in Natural Science. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. While in optometry school Dr. Bittner was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship and spent his first three years of practice as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital where he became Chief of the Optometry Clinic.
Dr. Bittner is a past president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Southwestern Optometric Society. He received the Optometrist of the Year Award 5 times from the Southwestern Optometric Society. He has been a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
He is on the Board of Directors and is a past president of the Somerset Exchange Club.
Dr. Bittner traveled to Haiti in March 2015 with the VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity) organization and provided eye care in remote villages for 1 week.
Dr. Bittner is a Stoystown native. He is a member of his church choir and serves as assistant organist. He enjoys playing in a baseball league and loves to play golf. He is a private pilot.
Robert T. Bittner, O.D.
Dr. Robert T. Bittner, a board-certified optometrist, is happy to be joining his father in providing excellent patient care to Somerset County. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. While at Penn State, Dr. Bittner was a member of the Penn State Blue Band. He traveled with the band to the Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, and Ticketcity Bowl, respectively. He then moved to Bayamón, Puerto Rico where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.
After working in general ophthalmology and corporate optometry practice, he decided to pursue a residency. He completed his post-graduate residency training in ocular disease at The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV.
Dr. Bittner is board-certified by the American Board of Optometry. He is a consultant to UPMC Somerset Hospital where he is the only member on the Medical Staff with privileges in optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Bittner also serves as a mentor to optometry students in preparation of their national boards examinations. In addition to working with his father, Dr. Bittner examines inmates at SCI Somerset and travels to nursing homes throughout the region seeing primarily geriatric patients. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and golfing.