Alumni Focus on Timothy D. Fries (OD'04)



Tiffin, OH

Were you the first optometrist in your family?


Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?

I was born a Buckeye! My mom is an Ohio State alumna and my dad was a high school football coach in northwest Ohio and we always rooted for the Buckeyes!

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

I have a Bachelor of Science in Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology (Zoology) from Ohio State in 2000 and a Doctor of Optometry degree Ohio State in 2004.

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

I would say Dr. Mark Bullimore, our optics professor is someone who had a positive effect on my education.


Where do you practice, currently?

Self Employed. I own three offices: Optique Family Vision Care in Washington Court House and I am a partner in two offices with Dr. Eric Neader (OD'04) Grove City Vision Center in Grove City and Eyes on Lane in Upper Arlington

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

I am actively involved in patient care, as well as running the financial sides of all the businesses.

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

I got my first pair of glasses when I started kindergarten. I still remember going to the doctor for the first time, and when we left the office I told my mom I wanted to be an eye doctor when I grew up. From that day on I never wanted to do anything else.

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

Never stop learning! Optometry is constantly changing and you have to keep up with all the advancements.

What optometric issues concern you the most?

Insurance and decreasing reimbursement

Why are you passionate about your career?

Because I love being able to make a positive impact on people’s lives. There is nothing like seeing the smile on the face of someone who gets glasses for the first time and can see all the things they have been missing.

Advice for other aspiring optometrists.

Get involved in all aspects of the profession. Shadow or work in an office to learn the business side of optometry.


Most memorable moment(s) at Ohio State.

Winning the National Championship in the 2002 season. All of the EYE House events and DJing all the parties.

Who are your idols/mentors?

Dr. Andy Feltz and Dr. Doug McCloy (OD'95)

What are your current hobbies, volunteer work, interests?

Golf, Travelling (especially to Ireland), and Ohio State Football.

What does Ohio State mean to you?

Ohio State has given me everything. Ohio State has given me a family (my wife is a 2000 graduate from Ohio State BS in Marketing; we have known each other since 6th grade, but did not date until at Ohio State). Ohio State has given me life long friends. Ohio State means everything to me, it is a passion and a lifestyle. Every time I walk on the campus or hear Carmen Ohio I get goose bumps. I bleed Scarlet and Gray!

If not an optometrist, I would be ...

Probably a Vet, I love animals, especially dogs!

Final thoughts ...

Go Bucks! And I don’t give a damn for the whole state of M&ch%g@n!