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Caring Optometrist Dr. Gray Sass

Dr. Gray Sass established his Marietta practice in 1974 based on a three-fold commitment to family (his own and those of his patients); community (participating in organizations such as the East Cobb Lions Club, the Rotary Club of East Cobb, and youth programs including the Metro North Soccer Association); and quality, cutting-edge technology in eye care.

Dr. Sass graduated Cum Laude from Ohio University and then completed his Doctor of Optometry at Ohio State. There, he became involved in the partnership program between Bausch and Lomb (developers of the first soft contact lens) and OSU’s contact lens clinic. That opportunity ignited his passion for contacts and led him to serve as a clinical contact lens consultant, evaluating new contact lens designs and applications for some of the biggest names in the industry (including Ciba Vision, Cooper Vision, Wesley-Jessen, American Hydron and Vision Tech).

Dr. Sass’s highly developed experience with contact lenses enables him to provide optimum care, even for those patients who are considered difficult to fit and require specialty contact lenses.

In addition to his consultative work and clinical trial investigations, Dr. Sass has extended his expertise in contact lenses to the educational side of the optical industry, speaking at major universities such as Ohio State and the University of Georgia, as well as at industry conferences including the Southern Educational Congress of Optometry and the Snowmass Contact Lens Conference. He is also the author of numerous articles on contact lens developments for a variety of industry trade journals including Optometric Management and Optometry Today.

Even with all his accolades and accomplishments, for Dr. Sass it is really all about touching peoples’ lives. “At the end of the day, I like knowing I have improved the quality of life for my patients and made a difference.” And he is proud to add that he has served three generations of patients: his original clientele, their children and now their children’s children!

A native of Maumee, Ohio, Dr. Sass resides in East Cobb with his wife Nancy. They have three daughters: Jennifer, Robyn and Erica. When not at the office he can be found on the golf course, running/jogging or cheering on his favorite football teams.

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Gray Sass O.D.


Nicole Mardak O.D.

Caring Optometrist Dr. Nicole Mardak

Dr. Nicole Mardak, a Wisconsin native, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Dr. Mardak graduated with honors including membership in the Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

During her schooling, she completed clinical rotations at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Illinois Eye Institute, the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, the University of Melbourne Eye Care Clinic in Australia and locally at Georgia Eye Partners. It was during her final short-term internship in Georgia that she and her husband decided to make Atlanta their new home.

Dr. Mardak is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Georgia Optometric Association, the Greater Atlanta Optometric Association, and the Women’s Ophthalmic Association. Dr. Mardak enjoys biking, reading, watching movies, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Marquette Golden Eagles and traveling with her husband.

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Caring Optometrist Dr. Heather Zutaut

Dr. Heather Zutaut, a native of West Virginia, earned a bachelor degree in Biology from

West Virginia University before earning a bachelor degree in Visual Science and ultimately her Doctorate of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

After graduating, she moved to Atlanta to pursue an additional year of training in ocular surgery and disease management at Atlanta Eye Surgery Group. Upon completion of the training, she was offered the opportunity to join the group as the staff optometrist and co-manage both surgical and non-surgical cases. This was the beginning of what has developed into over 20 years of practicing comprehensive optometry in the Atlanta area.

Dr. Zutaut is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association. Outside of the office, Dr. Zutaut enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams, boating and traveling with her husband John and son, Ian.

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Heather Zutaut O. D.

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Announcing the Retirement of Gray “Buzz” Sass

I am humbled and blessed to have had the opportunity to provide vision care to three generations of our practice family. Thank you for the privilege of sharing a part of our life journey together.

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