Stacie Layne Virden, OD, FAAO attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she completed her pre-optometry courses. Accepted into the University of Houston College Optometry through early admissions, she concurrently completed her Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Dr. Virden was among the first doctors in the country to earn the Board Certification designation by the American Board of Optometry and is a state board licensed glaucoma specialist. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Virden was the first doctor in the Central Texas area to be both Board Certified and an Academy Fellow.
She served on the Texas Optometric Association Board of Directors from 2003-2010, holding numerous leadership roles and serving as the Association’s President in 2009. She currently serves as the Association’s Meetings Chairman. Dr. Virden was recognized as TOAs Young Optometrist of the Year in 2003, and she received the Molly Armstrong Leadership Award in 2011. She has also served as President of the Heart of Texas Optometric Society and is a member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Virden also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Houston College of Optometry’s Foundation for Education and Research in Vision.
Dr. Virden volunteers with many local organizations as well. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Birth Control Clinic and has chaired the City of Waco Animal Control Advisory Board. She is a member of the Junior League of Waco, as well as a graduate of Leadership Waco. Dr. Virden has also volunteered with the Humane Society of Central Texas, chairing their annual Food and Wine Festival Fundraiser in 2010 and 2011. She is also a foster parent and transporter for the German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas.
Dr. Virden is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan, who majored in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M (’95) and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Stacie, Ryan and their son Andrew live in Waco with their rescue dogs: German Shepherds, Briscoe and Lily, and Border Collie, Mahle. They also share their home with the the occasional foster dog that is just passing through. They enjoy cooking, travel, and playing with cars.