In my practice, as a pediatric eye doctor and surgeon, I am honored that families trust me with their children. I work hard to achieve the best outcomes for my patients and their families, and I make sure we have fun along the way.
As a pediatric ophthalmologist, I provide care and management for children with amblyopia, strabismus, CHARGE syndrome, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma (medical management), epidermolysis bullosa, Treacher Collins syndrome and other anterior segment disease processes.
I strive for excellence with each of my patients — they are the best part of what I do. I tell them, "I want you to have vision until you are 150 years old!"
Every single patient has a story, and I feel privileged to be a part of that story, for a little while. I listen to their stories, to learn what brought my patients and families to our practice. I work hard to ensure that patients have the best physical sight, so they can see their beautiful futures and live out their very best lives. I hope that when my patients and families look back over the story of their lives, our practice is a shining light in their memories.
I went to medical school planning to become a pediatrician. Shortly after my acceptance, doctors diagnosed my parent with eye disease. I decided to learn more about the cause of their vision loss in medical school. Along the way, my mentor, experiences, and the realization that I could still specialize in pediatrics while doing Ophthalmology, solidified my love for Ophthalmology — and the rest is history!
My research focuses on improving care for children with CHARGE syndrome, measurement of intraocular pressure (IOP) in children, amblyopia, and retinopathy of prematurity.
I am honored to be the recipient of several awards, including:
- 2019 Medical Student Educator of the Year Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- 2013 American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Research Fellow Award for outstanding research in pediatric glaucoma
- 2008 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, The Ohio State University. This award recognizes graduating students and faculty members who demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in care delivery; and who show respect for patients, families and healthcare colleagues
- 2008 The Ohio State University College of Medicine Service Award, given to one graduating medical student for outstanding service work during their four years of medical school
- 2008 Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association Award, for research in pediatric glaucoma
In my free time, I love to read and cook. I also love superheroes.
Two secrets I want to share:
- One incredibly and extra-strong superpower is kindness (I should know, I do my best to make it mine!)
- I always have something on my person, every day, that is superhero related. I ask my patients to use their powerful eyes and their incredible brains to find it when they come in for their visits. And until then, I say, “May ‘The Force of Kindness’ be strong with you!”
Native or Bilingual Proficiency
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, CHARGE Syndrome, Treacher Collins, Sturge-Weber Syndrome