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Michelle Glossip

February 5, 1959 - December 20, 2019

J. Michelle Glossip, 60, of Sunset Hills died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 20, 2019.

Michelle was born Feb. 5, 1959, in Kansas City to the late John and Juanita (nee Casey) Glossip. She leaves behind her husband of 15 years, Henry M. Mitchell; brother, Mike Glossip; her Crestpoint family and countless friends and colleagues in the worldwide ophthalmic community.

Michelle graduated from Webster University, continuing her education through Harvard Business School. She entered the ophthalmic field in 1979 working for Storz Instruments. During her 15 years with Storz, she progressed to director of international new businesses, starting new locations throughout the world.

In 1994, Terry Waldock, owner of Duckworth & Kent in Great Britain, approached Michelle with the idea of bringing titanium ophthalmic instruments to the Americas, thus forming Duckworth & Kent USA. On Feb. 1, 2008, Duckworth & Kent USA transitioned to Crestpoint Management, a certified woman owned small business located in Crestwood.

Under Michelle’s ownership, Crestpoint grew as an exclusive U.S. distributor of premium ophthalmic instruments with manufacturers from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany and Japan.

Throughout the years, she worked with many surgeons, developing over 1,000 handheld eye instruments. Michelle never wavered in her passion for restoring sight and worked with ORBIS International, donating time and resources to continue her legacy of restoring sight throughout the world.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Michelle’s name to: Orbis International, 520 8th Ave., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or www.orbis.org.

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