I grew up in Chicago suburbs and spent a short period of time in northern Florida.I graduated with honors and was on the dean's list at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. I received by Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Trinity Christian College. Prior to optometry I was a substitute teacher at the highs school level and I also worked in residential and educational settings for special needs children. I took a seven year hiatus from work to be a stay at home mom. When my boys were old enough to be in school, I started a part time job at a friends optical store. Within a year I was in love with the field and working full time. My training was all hands on by some amazing opticians, optical lab representatives, contact lens and frame reps, and doctors. Learning in this field is never ending. I have over 10 years experience in the eye care field.
Outside of work I am a wife and mother. I also enjoy participating in Steampunk gatherings, I create art and attire from scratch for these activities. I also enjoy quilting, knitting, crocheting, painting, some wood working, animal care, reading, movies, and going to see local bands that play at small venues. I also run a fundraiser for a local animal shelter once a year.