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Dr. Kathleen Shafer

Dr. Kathleen Shafer

Where did you go to school?

I attended the University of Notre Dame for college with a major in pre-professional studies. My optometry degree is from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. I also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center.

What do you enjoy about Optometry?

I enjoy interacting with patients and learning about their work, hobbies, and visual needs. I value taking the time to really listen and understand their questions/concerns and provide suggestions on optimizing clarity, comfort, and eye health. I enjoy getting to know patients and being able to provide continuity of care, compassion, and practical solutions visit to visit over the years.

What are your favorite spots in Austin?

Some of the usual ones, of course, like the Town Lake trail and Barton Springs. I ended up in Austin after visiting in the winter from snowy Wisconsin and enjoying a weekend of beautiful weather and fun times in Zilker and downtown Austin (that was back in 2002!) I also love getting out on all the hiking trails around town and day trips to Enchanted Rock, Pedernales Falls, and The Blue Hole in Wimberley.

What do you like to do outside of Optique?

My favorite thing is time spent with my husband and two kids, and our weekends are often full with sports competitions and dance performances. We love to travel and especially welcome any chance to get to the ocean. I practice yoga regularly and am a certified yoga teacher. Also, my family and I love food and the abundance of fun places to eat in Austin, and with more time at home this year, we've also taken our cooking up a notch.