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Raelyn Ottenbreit, O.D.

Senior Clinical Instructor

ottenbre@uiwtx.edu

Dr. Raelyn Ottenbreit obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she was born and raised. After working with that degree for a few years, she decided to head south to finally pursue her dream of becoming an Optometrist. She is no stranger to the Rosenberg School of Optometry, as this is where she came to complete her Doctor of Optometry. During her time as a student as RSO, she was actively involved in many student organizations, received multiple academic, service, and excellence awards and scholarships, conducted research and presented posters, and participated in many service opportunities including a volunteer mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. She represented RSO on the American Optometric Students Association Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and the Gold Key Society. Her clinical rotations provided experience in pre- and post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery at Gimbel Eye Center in Edmonton AB, Canada, geriatric and ocular disease at Sharp Eye Consultants in San Antonio, and specialty clinics at RSO including contact lens, perioperative care, pediatrics and vision therapy, glaucoma and ocular disease, and low vision.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015, Dr. Ottenbreit became a licensed Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist in the state of Texas. She went on to complete an optometric residency through RSO in Austin TX, specializing in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation, where she worked largely with special patient populations including pediatrics, infants, traumatic and acquired brain injury, and developmental delays. During her residency she presented at RSO’s Residency Day, to the Central Texas Optometric Society on “Optometric Management of Adult Strabismus and Amblyopia”, as well as two posters at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development annual conference. She joined RSO as a Senior Clinical Instructor in August 2016 where she thoroughly enjoys her responsibilities including didactic instruction of the 1st and 2nd year students and clinical instruction of the 3rd and 4th year students in the Pediatric, Vision Therapy, and Primary Care clinics. Further, she serves as the faculty representative for the Student Volunteers in Optometric Services to Humanity, helped organize a mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley, and looks forward to more opportunities to serve. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and maintains ties to her fellow Canadian colleagues through the Canadian Association of Optometrists and Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists.