Stacie Layne Virden, OD, FAAO
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 has chaired both the Board of Directors of the Animal Birth Control Clinic and 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; Border Collie, Mahle; and big goofy mutt Sebastian. They also share their home with the occasional foster dog that is just passing through. They enjoy cooking, travel, and playing with cars.
Jessica Vien, OD
Dr. Jessica Vien graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition with a minor in Biology and went on to graduate from the University of Houston College of Optometry. During optometry school, she was an active member of the Student Texas Optometric Association and Student Optometric Practice Management Association. She completed her clinical training at EyeCare of Greenville in Greenville, TX and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK where she helped diagnose and manage a wide variety of ocular disease as well as perform laser procedures.
Dr. Vien is passionate about patient care and strives to ensure that her patients are feeling and seeing their best! Dr. Vien is licensed as a therapeutic optometrist and as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Dr. Vien is engaged to her high school sweetheart, who is a resident physician with the Family Health Center. On her off time, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and playing with her cat Callie and dog Perry.