Katharine J. Denius, O.D. grew up in a small town outside of the Western Suburbs of Chicago. She fondly remembers spending a lot of her summers visiting Wisconsin where she got to enjoy the outdoors and all the boating, tubing, fishing, and kayaking a young gal could hope for. As it became time to choose a place to make her home, Dr. Denius felt there was no better spot than the Greater Milwaukee area.
Dr. Denius received her degree in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She then attended the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry, where she graduated with honors and earned her Doctorate of Optometry. During her professional training, Dr. Denius was very active in various Optometric service organizations, attending multiple remote area medical trips where she provided eye exams to communities and patients in under-served areas.
Dr. Denius has a diverse background when it comes to her training. She worked with veterans at the Birmingham VA during her studies; it was there that she developed her passion for working with patients with low vision conditions. Later she worked at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind where she expanded her knowledge and understanding of how to best serve the low vision community. Dr. Denius was awarded the Optelec Low Vision Award from her optometry school, an honor given to only one student per class.
Dr. Denius also learned about the practice of full-scope optometry, including extensive training on the management/treatment of glaucoma and specialty contact lenses (such as scleral lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and hybrid lenses) while on a rotation in Louisville, Kentucky. The rest of her training was at a practice similar to Milwaukee Eye Care, making Dr. Denius very capable and comfortable in the pre- and post-op management of surgical cases.
Although Dr. Denius enjoys working with patients of all ages, she truly treasures her time working with kids. The pediatric program at the UAB School of Optometry prepared her extremely well to handle any visual concerns parents may have for their littles.
When she isn’t in the clinic, Dr. Denius enjoys running, hiking, and taking her dog Maddox for walks around the Milwaukee area. She also enjoys playing violin and exploring new restaurants and bars downtown with her friends!
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