Meet Lori Vollmer, OD, MS, FAAO, associate professor of Optometry and director of Residency Programs at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Erie, PA. I lived there until I was about 15 years old, then we moved to Sarasota, FL. My father was stockbroker, and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. It was not my favorite year to move, right in the middle of high school. I think I was mad at my parents for a year. My father got a job offer as broker to move to a different firm, so we all moved down here.
How did you become an ophthalmic technician and why become an optometrist?
I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in biology. I happened to get a job working for an ophthalmologist, knowing nothing about the eye, then moved to work for a pediatric ophthalmologist who was my mentor. That practice was an externship site for fourth-year optometry students, so I had to train them.
After training students time after time and talking to them about optometry, I realized I should go back to school. I knew that I liked the field but that I really wasn’t working to my potential as a COT. It wasn’t an easy path because it took me a couple of years. I was about 30 when I started optometry school.