Rymer is the first woman optometrist to reach the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. (Originally published Nov. 8, 2012)Wanda Laukkanen | Writer
As the officer in charge at Clark Health Clinic, she was responsible for the day-to-day clinical management of a busy primary care setting at Fort Bragg caring for over 35,000 patients and supervising 250 employees, she said.
Additionally, during her tour at Fort Bragg, she was able move the optometry section from a service to a department-level organization, a first for the entire Department of the Army, allowing more independent leadership and direct reporting to the executive command.
Rymer is married to Scott Rymer, and the couple has a 9-year-old daughter, Quinny.
When she retires from the military, Rymer said she’s interested in teaching.
“My interests have been very academic,” she said. “I’ve been a residency program director for Army residency programs…and I really love the teaching aspect.” Rymer also lectured this past summer at Pacific’s annual continuing education conference in Victoria, B.C.
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