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Dr. Doug McCloy

On September 5th, 2014, local Optometrist and owner of Professional Eye Care, 1723 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd, Dr. Doug McCloy, was recognized as an Ohio State University College of Optometry Notable Alumni. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1995, Dr. McCloy pursued his dream to practice in Jamaica through a volunteer internship at a public hospital while also working in a private setting. The early years he spent practicing in Jamaica developed his global perspective and passion for caring for the underserved, a passion that has continued throughout his career. Doug eventually returned to Ohio and worked in a variety of settings until purchasing a private practice in Marion, Ohio, which he has owned and operated for the last 15 years.

In 2002, Dr. McCloy and his wife Rhonda made a leap of faith and returned to Jamaica to serve with the Mission Corps of the Church of the Nazarene. Out of the need to financially support their volunteer assignment in conjunction with the desire to deliver eye care, Dr. McCloy opened the first of four present-day practices. In addition, in 2013, Dr. Doug was honored to help orchestrate the opening of the Gamertsfelder Mission and Eye Surgery Center in Frome, Jamaica. The center is named after another OSU College of Optomoetry alumnus, Dr. Paul Gamertsfelder. As a result, Professional Eye Care now serves the Southern and Western regions of Jamaica with full scope eyecare services to a population that is both underserved and economically challenged.

"To be recognized as a notable alumnus is an honor above my imagination and proof for how God can take the little we have to offer and turn it into much,” Dr. McCloy shared. The recognition ceremony took place at Ohio State University College of Optometry on Friday, September 5th.