Alumni Focus on Stephanie Baxter (OD'08)



Struthers, Ohio

Were you the first optometrist in your family


Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?

I wanted a school with an established program that was focused on its students. I also really liked the smaller class size.

Name a mentor from the College of Optometry or a person who had a positive effect on your education.

Drs. Greg and Vondolee Nixon helped me a lot both personally and professionally.


Where do you practice, currently?

Birmingham Vision Care in Bloomfield Twp. MI & Oakland Eye Care in Clarkston, MI

Briefly explain some of your daily job responsibilities or patient interactions.

I work in a full scope optometric practice with my main responsibilities in ocular disease and contact lenses.

Tell us a special story that relates to your career now.

I would have never guessed I'd be living in Michigan but my husbands residency brought us here and I couldn't be happier with my career move. I love my offices and am enjoying the Metro Detroit area and all it has to offer.

What’s one thing you learned during your education which has affected you most in your career?

I learned it's ok to not always have the answer. I still rely on my books or colleagues for reference when needed.

Why did you choose a career in optometry?

I wanted to be in the medical field without the hospital life. I also wanted an opportunity to work with all ages of patients.

What optometric issues concern you the most?

Third party plan reimbursements and vision care plans in general. They delegate cost too much instead of focusing on good patient care.

Why are you passionate about your career?

My job allows me to spend time with patients and explain conditions and treatment options without ever feeling rushed. I like knowing my patients leave informed.

Advice for other aspiring optometrists.

It's a great lifestyle with rewarding benefits and well worth the time and money spent in school.


Most memorable moment(s) at Ohio State.

Convocation with my classmates and graduating in The Shoe.

Who is your idol/mentor?

I had a lot of great people help me through optometry school but the doctors from Professional Vision Care stick out the most. I worked there all through optometry school and they really taught me how a practice should run and the best way to maintain a personal and professional life balance.

What are your current hobbies, volunteer work, interests?

I enjoy reading and watching college football and hockey. I also love trying all the great restaurants in and around Detroit.

What does Ohio State mean to you?

Ohio State means lifelong friends and a great educational choice for my career. It's somewhere that will always seem like home.

If not an optometrist, I would be ...

A professional taster for Ben & Jerry's

Final thoughts ...

I have a wonderful husband Kevin who is finishing his residency in ophthalmology, we are definitely eye geeks! We have a 6 month old son Griffin and a schnauzer named Lola.