I grew up in West Hartford, Conn. for my first 12 years and then moved with my family to Alpharetta, Ga. I miss the snow in Connecticut, but love the warm weather of Atlanta. I have always enjoyed making lasting friendships, challenging myself with new adventures and spending time with my family. As I grew up, I realized I wanted a profession that would incorporate some of these values. In optometry, I am able to have continuity of care with my patients and challenge myself by striving to become a better clinician in each year of optometry practice. I went to Furman University, where I received a bachelor's degree in biology and completed my optometry doctorate degree at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. I completed a residency at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which focused on ocular disease and primary care optometry. After working in a private practice, I decided to join Kaiser Permanente as it allows providers the opportunity to focus on patient care with a comprehensive approach to optometry. With our medical provider community and electronic medical records, a provider can truly understand the patient as a whole and has access to the patient's medical history.
About my practice
My grandmother became legally blind at the age of 64 due to macular degeneration. Seeing the effects vision has on a person's quality of life, I understood the true value in helping to preserve and improve vision. I attended Southern College of Optometry and graduated summa cum laude in 2011. After graduation from optometry school, I completed a residency program that gave me greater exposure and training in ocular diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and the ocular effects of systemic diseases such as diabetes. I believe this training has allowed me to better serve our members in Kaiser Permanente, especially those with ocular diseases.
How I thrive
I recently rescued a small four-year-old dog that I have named Madeline. She is a constant beam of sunshine in my life. She literally smiles and stands on her back legs when I get home, a little trick I call a standing ovation. She has been great for me on multiple levels. She is grateful, loving and has helped me stay fit as I give her a long walk every evening. I grew up playing soccer and lacrosse, and although I am not as fit as I was when playing sports, I strive to spend about 30 minutes outside each day.