Education: Dr. Plihcik graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 with a Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cell Biology. She was awarded a health professions scholarship from the US Navy to study optometry at the University of Houston and completed her doctoral degree with honors in 1998.
Professional: Dr. Plihcik began her eye care career as a Lieutenant on active duty in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps. During her time in the Navy she was trained in the treatment of traumatic eye injuries and traumatic brain injury. She served in Norfolk, Virginia and then in Washington, D.C. After leaving active duty she practiced in San Diego, California at the Indian Health Service, providing specialized care in diabetic eye disease and hypertensive retinopathy. In 2018 Dr. Plihcik relocated to the Charlotte area with her family. She is a member of the North Carolina Optometric Society and the American Optometric Association.
Personal Background: Dr. Plihcik and her husband are both veterans and have two high school aged children. They enjoy performing arts, college football, and trips to Disney World.