As a pediatric ophthalmologist, I treat children and adolescents who have strabismus (improperly aligned eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), nasolacrimal duct obstruction (blocked tear duct), ocular inflammation and ocular trauma.
I was inspired to enter medicine by my experience caring for my first husband, who was injured in a car accident and then passed away three years later. I had no previous experience in the medical field and struggled to understand all the information I was told about his injuries.
I felt that if I could ever become a doctor, I would try to remember what it was like being on the receiving end of medicine. Maybe that would help me understand things better from the patient’s perspective.
It’s a joy seeing children every day because they make me happy and make me smile. I’m a personable, talkative doctor, and I like to get to know my patients, so they feel like I'm more of a friend than a scary authoritative figure. I try to put myself in the families' position, understanding how it feels to be overwhelmed by all the medical terminology, because I was in their place once myself.
I graduated from medical school in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. It was rewarding to return to school as a non-traditional, older student with children and attain this high level of academic achievement.
During my free time, I love to be with my children and pets. I have two girls and two boys, a dog and a cat. I like to swim, play the piano and take walks with my dog.
Strabismus in children and adults; amblyopia; pediatric cataracts; nasolacrimal duct obstruction; ocular inflammation; ocular trauma
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology