Dr. Whorff earned the degree of Dr. of Optometry from the oldest optometry school in the country, the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. He obtained a BS in Biological Sciences from California State University, Stanislaus in 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in Zoology in 1992 from Texas A&M University where he obtained significant funding from Mobil Oil and the state of Texas to develop imaging software and published several papers. Before starting his lab, he was recognized for his excellence in teaching by the Biology Department at Texas A&M where he taught premed students enrolled in the Freshman Biology Honors Program. He has been a member of both the American Optometric and the Texas Optometric Society for 25 years. He was elected to full membership of the Sigma Xi Research Society after successful publication of his first two academic papers. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. He is certified as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist by the Texas Optometry Board. He treats a wide range of conditions, but has a special interest in glaucoma and diabetes. He often speaks on various eye care topics, especially diabetic support groups.
In his spare time, he is active in Boy Scouting for fifteen years and was voted District Scoutmaster of the Year in 2014 and 2016. He has taken Scouts from the Canadian border to the Dry Tortugas Islands off of Key West in pursuit of outdoor activities. He has published numerous magazine articles on sea kayaking and published “Sea Kayaking on the Texas Coast” in 2011 through Texas A&M Press. He has been a featured speaker for the Press at the state capital and appeared on the Texas Country Reporter. He is also an avid cyclist and backpacker with a strong interest in mountaineering.