The Following interview appeared on the American Academy of Optometry’s website in April, 2021


Q: Where are you located?

A: I practice in Glenview, Illinois, and live in the North side of Chicago


Q: What year did you earn your fellowship?

A: 2019


Q: Where did you earn your doctorate?

A: Pennsylvania College of Optometry


Q: What inspired you to pursue optometry as a career?

A: I chose optometry as my career path as a sophomore in high school. I loved the idea of working in healthcare and wanted to specialize in one area of the body. All the ODs I shadowed had such high job satisfaction, and that’s what really sold me on optometry.


Q: What is your most rewarding patient or professional experience?

A: The VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) trips are always very impactful. I saw a pediatric patient in Kenya who is a -12.00 and never had glasses. It was incredible to witness her first experience with glasses and being able to see. I also gain so much joy when my vision therapy patients “graduate” and report improvement in grades/reading when I see them for their follow-up.


Q: How did you become involved with the Academy?

A: I was first exposed to the Academy during my residency and was impressed by the education that they provide and their mission, which contributed to my desire to become a Fellow.


Q: What has your involvement meant to your career?

A: The Academy has thoroughly enhanced my career. It’s a trusted source for education and best practices, and it has encouraged me to practice at the highest level, via evidence-based medicine.


Q: What is the best part of being an OD?

A: The variety! From the practice modality options to the patients to the diagnoses, every day is something new and exciting. We’re also in a unique position to be the first entry point to healthcare for many patients, and that’s a neat role to play, especially for the pediatric patients.


Q: Tell us a fun fact about you or an interesting hobby you have?

A: I love baking and exercising – life is all about balance!


Here’s a link to the actual article: Dr. D Feature_PDF