A Central Florida native born and raised in Winter Haven, Dr. Arey, or “Weeb” as his close friends and family call him, grew up as a student-athlete with two primary goals: attending the University of Virginia and pitching for the Cavaliers baseball team. While he did realize the achievement of both of these, a shoulder injury in his first semester derailed any further baseball plans, thus shifting his focus towards completing the necessary requirements to gain acceptance into medical school. After graduating from UVa in 1998, Dr. Arey moved on to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University School of Medicine, graduating in 2002. Along with his new wife Shuchi, Dr. Arey moved to Dallas and began his training at the nationally recognized Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/ Parkland Memorial Hospital. Following completion of residency and an additional fellowship year in cornea and external disease, Dr. Arey returned to his home state in 2008 and has been taking care of patients in North Tampa ever since. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Dr. Arey has spent much of his free time volunteering as a coach in several local youth sports organizations. He has coached hundreds of kids over the last decade in programs at the New Tampa YMCA, Chargers Soccer Club, North Tampa Athletic Association, Keystone Little League, and Tampa Bay United Soccer Club. He holds a National “D” Level Coaching License with the US Soccer Federation.