1) What brought you to The Woodlands and to Lifetime Eyecare Associates in particular
When moving back to the Houston area, we were looking for a family friendly community. The Woodlands has so much to offer our family including an excellent school system, outdoor recreation and shopping. It has the feel of a small community but still has all the amenities of a larger city. I was looking for quality primary eyecare in my village and decided to visit Lifetime Eyecare Associates as a patient. I was treated with respect and received excellent care. I am proud to bring my family and friends to Lifetime Eyecare Associates as patients so I can continue that tradition of excellence.
2. How did you become interested in optometry?
I knew as a child that I wanted to be a health care provider. In high school, I began discussing options with my guidance counselor and he recommended optometry. Being able to help people with their visual needs as well as being able to diagnose and treat eye disease is very fulfilling.
3. Where did you go to Optometry school?
Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. I then continued my education by completing a primary care residency at Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago.
4. What do you like most about the work you do?
I enjoy helping people of all ages. Every patient presents a unique set of visual and health challenges. I want to take the time to get to know each patient so I can help them meet their visual needs. Quality vision care is my number one priority.
5. What interests or excites you the most in the field of optometry?
I was a vision therapist during college and optometry school. Helping children who were struggling in school and with reading was such a reward. I wanted to continue that type of care as a therapeutic optometrist. I am also very interested in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Practicing primary eyecare as a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist allows me to help both these types of patients as well as care for many others.
6. What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them?
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Unfortunately, many people who have glaucoma don't even know it. An earlier diagnosis could help prevent vision loss and science is delving into new ways to measure and monitor eye pressure and its fluctuations throughout the day. Having this information can give optometric glaucoma specialists a more complete picture to better treat their patients. Other advances are being explored to more effectively lower the eye pressure once glaucoma is diagnosed. Being educated in advances in optometric science will allow me to better treat my patients and preserve vision and quality of life.
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time and traveling with my family including my husband, son and daughter. I enjoy playing tennis, watching University of Tennessee college football, cycling and playing with my 2 dogs.