Dr. Traci Schmalle graduated in 1996 with a bachelor of science in biology from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska.

She went on to receive her Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Missouri Saint Louis College of Optometry in 2001. 

During her internships she worked with nationally recognized OMNI Eye Specialists in Denver, Colorado; the Marion, Illinois Veterans Administration; vision therapist Claude Valenti, OD at the Optometric Development Center in San Diego, California; low vision specialist Ronald Knox, OD in Saint Louis, Missouri; as well as cornea and contact lens specialist Jack Yager, OD in Winter Park, Florida. She has served as Secretary for the Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Honor Society and has been awarded the William H. Feinbloom Low Vision Award for Excellence. Dr. Schmalle has participated in numerous health clinics throughout her community and has traveled as far as Morelia, Mexico to volunteer her services to those in need through the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) organization.

She is also actively involved in Project Insight, a program which provides free glasses and eye care services to children who otherwise could not afford them. In 2003 Dr. Schmalle was named Wal-Mart Optical (district #282) “Doctor of the Year.” During her free time, Dr. Schmalle enjoys spending time with her husband and family as well as shopping, reading, swimming, and jogging.