Alumni Focus on Michael-Vu Do ('14)

DR. DO'S STORY

Hometown

West Palm Beach, FL

Which degree(s), related to optometry, did you earn at Ohio State?

OD'14

Who were your mentors at the College of Optometry? Who had a positive effect on your education?

Dr. Jackie Davis (OD’81)
Dr. Vondolee Delgado-Nixon
Dr. Jeff Walline (MS’98, PhD’02)

The above three were instrumental in my decision to pursue optometry due to the IDOC program. I was in the very first class and IDOC was the single reason why I chose optometry and to go to Ohio State.

Dr. Dawn Goedde (OD’04)
Dr. Michael Earley (OD/MS’88, PhD’92)
Dr. Aaron Zimmerman (OD’06, MS’08)
Dr. Nick Fogt (OD/MS’92, PhD’96)
Dr. Greg Nixon (OD’96)
Dr. Lisa Lex (OD’82)

DR. DO'S CAREER IN OPTOMETRY

Name of your employer(s) and title, including location.

Marietta Eye Clinic
Marietta, GA
Clinical Optometrist

Give us a glimpse of your typical day as an optometrist.

It’s a great day every day!

We see a large mix of comprehensive examinations, office visits, triage patients, and post-ops. Our team is also fortunate to work with optometry students and pre-optometry students.

Which optometric issues concern you the most?

The increasing cost of education for optometry students is my largest concern. Students are graduating with large amounts of debt that greatly influence their decisions after graduation.

Why did you choose a career in optometry?

Always to help people. I wanted to pursue a profession that makes life better. It’s also great socially to meet different people every day!

Where do you hope to see your optometric career in five years?

I’d like to try to set up a residency at the clinic and I would like to start presenting cases and speaking at different conferences.

What is one piece of advice you can give OPT IV students as they prepare to graduate and begin their optometric careers?

Set goals for yourself and go for the big fish! If you know how you want to practice it makes searching for opportunities easier. Always learn from your peers and mentors and don’t be afraid … we all are nervous our first year out. I wouldn’t set any limits on what you want to do … try to do everything to expose yourself to as many things as possible. Optometry is a major part of our lives but it isn’t everything.

DR. DO'S OHIO STATE EXPERIENCE

What were your most memorable moments at Ohio State?

Winning back-to-back flag football championships with my classmates. Exploring Ohio and the surrounding states. SURVIVING FREEZING RAIN. What is that stuff anyway!?!?

What does Ohio State and the College of Optometry mean to you and your family?

I am a proud Buckeye and I know I went to the best optometry school in the world and continue to interact with great people from and currently at the university. I know I am the doctor I am today as a result of so many individuals at the school investing their time in me.

How do you stay connected with the College of Optometry?

I am in constant contact with my classmates that still practice at Ohio State and I am a frequent attendee of the American Academy of Optometry Convention. The alumni association for Ohio State Optometry does an amazing job of keeping us connected.

DR. DO'S FUN FACTS

What are your current hobbies, volunteer work, interests?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fishing and Hunting
Consuming delicious food with my wife
Georgia Optometric Association
National Optometric Association

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? 

Teleportation. I love absolutely love being anywhere and everywhere!

What’s the best eye pun you’ve ever heard? 

“What did the right eye say to the left eye? Between you and me … there’s something that smells.”

If not an optometrist, I would be ...

Professional food and travel blogger.