Notable Alumna


Mary Jo Stiegemeier, OD, FAAO
Class of 1983

Dr. Mary Jo Stiegemeier is a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she earned the Bausch and Lomb Contact Lens Award. Dr. Stiegemeier was also presented with a Distinguished Teaching Award from Mt. Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Stiegemeier founded Western Reserve Vision Care, a private optometric practice in Beachwood and Hudson, Ohio, where she specializes in therapeutic contact lens fitting. She also is Staff Optometrist at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Specialty Contact Lens Clinic, Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Stiegemeier is the 2009 recipient of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section’s Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice. She has also been recognized by the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished practitioner in Optometry.

Dr. Stiegemeier has faculty appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the Pacific University College of Optometry and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate in the Academy's Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Stiegemeier is one of the founding board members of Women of Vision, an organization dedicated to helping female optometrists.

In addition to her work in optometry she enjoys family life with husband Andrew, four children (Alex married to Danielle, Tyler married to Lori, Trevor married to Brittany, and Lauren Stiegemeier), and grandchildren, Brooke Rae and Dane Michael, born to Trevor and Brittany.

She writes, "What a great beginning Ohio State University has afforded me! I appreciate every second of my education there!"



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