Instead of posting my bio, I thought I’d have a bit of fun and share the highlights of my professional career, listing my most meaningful takeaways from each experience. My career in Optometry and the road to get there has been anything but what I thought it would be...I am even more blessed than I could have ever imagined. I am truly grateful for each of these milestones and all of the wonderful people I have met along the way that were a part of them.
Allows me to serve in a profession that is not just a job, but a purpose…and bask in endless sunshine while doing it.
Dry Eye Clinic inside Paradise Valley Eye Care
Took my ignited spark for Dry Eye and gave it a platform to build on and a venue to work in. Helped to inspire, shape, and mold my passion for Dry Eye into what it is today.
Fostered a commitment to life-long learning and the integration of evidence-based medicine into my clinical care.
Clinical Assistant Professor, 2015 -2017
Adjunct Faculty, 2017
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry
Inspired my love for empowering people through education.
Primary Care Residency in a Hospital Based Setting
Indian Health Services (IHS), the Department of Health & Human Services, Gallup, NM
Afforded me the opportunity to be on-call for ocular emergencies in a hospital ER, and to experience the benefits of collaborating coordinating with other health care professionals across multiple fields in medicine. This developed in me a true appreciation for the importance of interprofessional communication & continuity of care.
Awesome faculty in an amazing program helped to build my clinical knowledge base and my sleuthing skills to enhance clinical care.
Kayenta Service Unit, Indian Health Services, Kayenta, AZ
Pacific University Clinics, Forest Grove, OR
Ophthalmology Department, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
56th Med Group, Luke Air Force Base, Luke AFB, AZ
Along with my residency, helped me to develop a strong background and gain invaluable clinical experience in ocular disease and ocular trauma, especially of the anterior segment (front surface of the eye.)
Enabled me to fulfill one of my biggest longstanding dreams in helping others.
During my third year of optometry school, I was honored by the student body to be elected as President of Amigos Eyecare, our Student Vision Optometric Services to Humanity (sVOSH) Chapter. As president of sVOSH, my job was to plan and organize operations and select and support teams of volunteers to staff our medical eye care mission trips for the year. During that school year, our program was able to travel to Copan, Honduras; Guanacaste, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Chivay, Peru and Ixcan, Guatemala to provide Comprehensive Eye Exams and give the gift of sight to over 5000 people.
Afforded me opportunities to work in reference labs and within the hospital setting to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of a hospital system.
Bachelor of Science Clinical Laboratory Science/ Medical Technology
Minor in Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Built a foundation of a strong background in systemic disease, clinical pathology & laboratory testing, helping me to create a unique emphasis in optometric patient care that always regards the health and well-being of the whole person, not just their eyes.