I was born in Chicago and raised in Downers Grove, Il and received a BA in Psychology with High Honors from the University of Illinois, Circle Campus. In 1980 I married my high school sweetheart, Wayne Dettloff, and we moved to Houston, where he worked as an electrical engineer at Texas Instruments and I attended The University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1985 I received my degree of Doctor of Optometry Summa Cum Laude and we moved to Cary with our toddler son, Scott. I worked as an associate for a practice in Cary and Raleigh and opened my private practice, Cary Optometric, in June of 1987. My two daughters, Holly and Michelle, were born at Rex Hospital and we are proud to call Cary our home.
Giving back, in both my professional and personal life, is important to me. As a volunteer with Lions In Sight I traveled to Queretero, Mexico in 1999 and Guadalahara, Mexico in 2000 to help provide eye care and distribute glasses to thousands of families in need. I currently provide pro-bono services to the local community through the AOA’s Vision USA program and NC Prevent Blindness. With all 3 children active in summer and year-round swimming since 1991, I spent countless hours volunteering with Medfield Swim Team, Raleigh Swimming Association (where I received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002) and as a certified referee with USA Swimming.
Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we are enjoying traveling (especially to see our grandson in Paducah, KY), photography, exercise and getting caught up on all the projects around the house and office that we never had time for with a private practice and three active kids!
We have had the good fortune to have traveled to 6 of the 7 continents already and Antarctica is on my bucket list! I have several of my travel photos on display in the office and patients often ask to see my other photos so slowly, but surely, I have been adding them to my Flickr account. Here’s a teaser from Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Zambia.
Marcia Dettloff, OD