Alumni Focus 2022

Alumni Focus on Dr. Eric Stocker (OD/MS’82)

May 1, 2022

Link to full article for Eric StockerThere’s no such thing as a typical day for Dr. Eric Stocker (OD/MS’82), who is in individual private practice in Amherst, Ohio, and supervises the Contact Lens Clinic at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. “I might have an infant with concerned parents followed by a 90-year-old with macular degeneration and dry eyes,” he says. He truly enjoys helping to solve challenging patient issues, and his optometric education at Ohio State prepared him well for a career of nearly 40 years directly helping countless patients.

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Alumni Focus on Dr. Dawn Hartman (OD’99)

April 1, 2022

Link to full article for Dawn HartmanWith graduation just around the corner, Dr. Dawn Hartman (OD’99), advises OPT-IV students, “Wherever you land after graduation, start creating your own resource network. Whether it's other doctors or professional associations, set yourself up to be surrounded by like-minded folks so you can continue to learn.”

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Alumni Focus on Dr. Sandra Wang-Harris (OD’97)

March 1, 2022

Link to full article for Sandra Wang-Harris In addition to working as a full-time public health lecturer online at the College of Micronesia, Dr. Sandra Wang-Harris (OD’97) provides vision care to children ages six through nine in rural Kazakhstan as an optometric physician. As she travels the world, she is proud of her BuckEYE Optometry education and notes that “in every country and continent, people (not even just Americans) know ‘The Ohio State University.’”

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Alumni Focus on Drs. Jenna Zigler (OD’11) and Travis Zigler (OD’10)

February 1, 2022

Link to full article for Heather Bowen-JonesDrs. Jenna Zigler (OD’11) and Travis Zigler (OD’10) found love at The Ohio State University College of Optometry – for eye care, making the world a better place … and each other!

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Alumni Focus on Dr. Heather Bowen-Jones (OD'11)

January 1, 2022

Link to full article for Heather Bowen-JonesAs a busy optometrist, Heather Bowen-Jones (OD’11) embraces the quality time she spends with each patient more than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taught her to embrace slowing down. She encourages her optometric colleagues to do the same, and focus on patient education. She says that one of the most concerning issues she’s faced in her career has been the lack of education surrounding diabetic eye care and its importance. She says, “It is astounding when I hear that people do not know they could have diabetes in the eyes. This is especially concerning in the brown and black communities.”

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