Dr. Mallory Kuchem was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction in Biology. She then returned to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University College of Optometry, from which she graduated with both her Masters in Vision Science and her Doctor of Optometry degrees. While at Ohio State, Dr. Kuchem served as president of the College of Optometry’s chapter of Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and led mission trips providing optometric services to Guatemala and Nicaragua. She was elected to the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor society, received several awards and scholarships for her research and patient care, and received the prestigious Graduate of the Year Award.
Following her graduation, Dr. Kuchem spent several years practicing in Kansas City as Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While at KU, Dr. Kuchem helped build the ophthalmology department’s specialty contact lens practice. In 2014, she earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Kuchem thoroughly enjoys working with her patients to solve their visual needs and loves the lasting relationships created during that process. She lives in Vienna with her husband, Chad.