is a Forest Hills native. She Attended P.S. 220, Halsey Junior High School and Forest Hills High School. She received her doctorate in optometry in 2002 from the Illinois College of Optometry. Since then, she has gained experience through a variety of practices.

She spent the first couple of years at a retail optical and at a specialty contact lens practice. She then devoted the following seven years to a private ophthalmology practice in Lower Manhattan, where she provided primary eye care, pediatric eye care, laser vision correction testing, glaucoma and cataract eye care, and contact lens fitting. She also spoke biweekly at a live radio station (1480 AM) for over 4 years answering callers’ questions and discussing popular eye care topics.