A Sacramento native and member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and the California Optometric Association, she comes to us as a recent graduate from the Southern California College of Optometry. See her bio below. Welcome to the EYEcenter family, Dr. Mikes!
Hometown: Sacramento, CA. I was born and raised in Sacramento. My schooling took me to the Bay Area and Southern California but I always knew I wanted to return home to Sacramento where my friends and family reside.
Degree: Doctor of Optometry & Master of Science in Visual Science
Earned from (school): Southern California College of Optometry
Undergrad education: UC Davis (BA in English)
Graduated Summa Cum Laude Honors (Optometry School)
Member of AOA (American Optometric Association)
Member of COA (California Optometric Association)
Member and student fellow of AAO (American Academy of Optometry)
Personal hobbies: I love quilting and often make them as gifts for friends. I am an avid baker but am still trying to perfect my souffle! I enjoy traveling in the states and abroad to experience other cultures and languages. There is so much to see in this beautiful world.
Where did your interest in optometry come from?
My first experience in eye care was accompanying my mom at age twelve to bring your daughter to work day. She was a nurse for a cataract surgeon and was able to show me the power of restoring vision. I was hooked after I saw the joy on patients' faces when they could see clearly! I knew I wanted to give others the gift of sight. I am blessed to call optometry my job.
Are there any industry specialties you have an interest in focusing on down the road?
I love working with pediatric patients. A child may dislike reading or school altogether and many times this is due to a vision issue. It is incredibly rewarding to help a child see clearly and comfortably and hear how their vision improvements affect other areas of their life.
What does being part of EYEcenter mean to you?
Being part of the EYEcenter family allows me to treat my patients with the utmost care and cutting edge technology. This practice values the relationships doctors build with their patients because it understands communication is a vital part of health care. EYEcenter also strives to provide the best by participating in clinical research studies and working with doctors across the country to advance new treatments in vision care.
What are you excited for in optometry during the years to come?
Optometry is an ever-expanding field. New technologies for treating eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, and even brain injuries and concussions are on the horizon. I am excited to be apart of Optometry as is becomes more integrated with whole body health and wellness.