Dr. Jennifer Smith Zolman grew up in Eastern Ohio and attended college at The Ohio State University, completing her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition degree, and obtained her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in 2006. She is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Zolman will become President of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA) in August 2016, becoming one of the youngest optometrists to hold this position. Dr. Zolman is an adjunct clinical professor for 5 different Colleges of Optometry and the Residency director in Vision Therapy/ Pediatric Optometry affiliated with Southern College of Optometry, teaching future doctors in her office. She is on the American Optometric Association’s InfantSEE and Children’s Vision Committee and the South Carolina InfantSEE State Leader promoting infant exams and detection of early eye diseases. She serves as the co-clinical director of South Carolina’s Special Olympics Lion’s Club International Opening Eyes program that provides vision care and glasses to the special needs population. Other Professional Organizations that Dr. Zolman is involved include: Past President of the Coastal Carolina Optometric Association, member of the American Optometric Association, member of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association, and member of the Optometric Nutrition Society.
Dr. Zolman has been honored with the Southern Council (SECO)’s Young Optometrist of the South in 2013, SCOPA’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2012, SCOPA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009, SCOPA’s Horizon Award in 2008, South Carolina Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013, one of Vision Monday’s 2015 Most Influential Woman in Optical and also featured in the Vision Monday’s Magazine articles: “The Next Generation of Optometry Leadership” in 2006 and “Rising Stars” in 2011. She has done numerous TV and news interviews, and written several articles for optometric magazines. She returned to her hometown to give the East Liverpool High School commencement speech to the 2016 graduates.
Dr. Zolman has always had a deep commitment to her community. She is a member of Charleston Junior League, has worked with Pet Helpers Animal Society. She has served as a Brownie Girl Scout leader and has been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program since 2007. Dr. Zolman was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007-2008 and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters CJ Award in 2013.
When not involved in professional duties, Dr. Zolman loves spending time with her family: husband Michael, daughters, Lillie and Addison, and their dogs, Follie and Cooper. Dr. Zolman also enjoys relaxing at the beach, camping, kayaking, photography, scrapbooking and sports, especially Ohio State Football. Go BUCKS!