Dr. Timothy Planty was born, raised, and attended college in Syracuse, New York. In 1970 he was drafted into the US Army. Following basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Dr. Planty was assigned to Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where he completed specialist training as an optician and optometric technician.
Dr. Planty spent the remaining time in active duty at the eye clinic at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. It was there that he had the opportunity to work with five optometrists from the University of Houston’s College of Optometry, who encouraged him to pursue a career in optometry.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the army in 1976, Dr. Planty moved to Texas and accepted a position as an optician at Tri-Cities Optical while attending Lee College to complete basic course requirements for the Optometry College.
He earned his Associate in Science degree as a distinguished scholar and transferred to the University of Houston, where he earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. Following graduation Dr. Planty went into private practice until 2015.
Dr. Planty is a member of the local Houston chapter of the Texas Optometric Association, and has served as a Board Member, Secretary and President over the years.
He enjoys working with youth and giving back to the community. He has been actively involved in the local Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Baytown and volunteered as a baseball coach in the Colt League and coach select baseball there for 29 years.