License #OA 6460 OM 1127
I grew up in East Brunswick, NJ with a passion for food and cooking and at a very young age decided I wanted to be a chef. As I got older that passion still existed but I also developed a love of sciences, mostly biology. By the time I reached my junior year of high school I had a big decision to make, which path should I take and which career did I desire? I ended up pursuing Culinary Arts, attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and working with some amazing chefs – ranging from the Hilton Key West Hotel/Resort kitchen to working with a Master chef in Point Pleasant, NJ. Although I loved cooking, being in the kitchen left very little in terms of personal interaction and while the science of cooking was intriguing, I was left yearning for something more.
I decided to change paths and return to school, attending Ramapo College of New Jersey and graduating in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. During my time in school, I held different jobs in the medical industry trying to decide which aspect of medicine I most enjoyed. It wasn’t until landing a job at Focus Eye Health & Vision Care as an optometric technician that I found a new love. Dr Berman’s and Dr Esperon’s passion for optometry and patient care was contagious and I decided to pursue Optometry further. I attended SUNY College of Optometry graduating in 2013, receiving the SUNY “Pace Setter” award for Excellence in Primary Care and becoming a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society.
After graduating, I wanted to be the best possible clinician that I could be so I decided to dedicate an additional year to training, completing a residency focused in Ocular Disease with OMNI Eye Services of New Jersey. Taking this extra year to work closely with Ophthalmologists specializing in Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Retinal diseases (such as Diabetic Retinopathy) has allowed me the confidence to provide excellent care to a multitude of patient.
I love coming to work every day and helping patients in whatever way I can, be it from teaching a teenager wear contact lenses for the first time, updating someone’s reading glasses to reduce their eyestrain, or helping to manage potentially blinding disease processes. While I still enjoy cooking, optometry has definitely become my passion. And on the up side, with my culinary background I’m the perfect optometrist to see if you also need a good recipe for dinner that night.