Dr. Jacobs was raised on a farm in Grayson, Kentucky. As a high school and college student, he earned money by growing and selling vegetables. After attending Morehead State University, he went on to earn his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1990. He joined Associates in Eye Care the following year. Mark has a wide variety of interests, including trail running and low stakes poker. He is excellent at billiards, and at one time was involved in ballroom dancing. At church, he leads Bible study and occasionally fills in behind the pulpit. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married since 1998 and have two wonderful children. His son is in the Air Force Academy and his daughter attends Asbury University.