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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology


Board Certified

About Me


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.

Clinical Interests

Strabismus in children and adults; amblyopia; pediatric cataracts; nasolacrimal duct obstruction; ocular inflammation; ocular trauma

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

Clinical Divisions


My Education

BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1982.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

Internship: The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2002-2003.

Residency Ophthalmology: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2008.

Fellowship Pediatric Ophthalmology: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2009.

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2011.