What are your future plans?
Part-time Glaucoma Faculty at Truhlsen Eye Institute, University of Nebraska, and private practice with my father at Omaha Eye Institute.
Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty?
I chose ophthalmology because preserving vision gives our patients the opportunity to remain productive members of society and providers for their families for as long as possible.
What Why did you choose WashU?
I chose Wash U because of the tight knit family feel and camaraderie among residents, fellows, and faculty.
What is your favorite memory of your fellowship?
My favorite memory was attending AAO conference with the residents and faculty. There was a strong Wash U presence at the conference and we got to cheer on our alumni, mentors, and faculty as they presented their research accomplishments.
Favorite thing about living in St. Louis?
Art Hill, paddle boating in the Great Basin, Food truck Friday’s, Music festival at the botanical gardens, Shakespeare at the Park, musicals at The Muny and The Fox, Farmer’s market, Balloon Glow – the city is rich in community and character!
How did you survive quarantine?
Perfecting chocolate chip cookies!
What did you learn in your fellowship that impacted you the most?
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
How did you deal with the stress of your fellowship?
Practice, practice, practice! Then finally, learned to thrive “under pressure”.
Favorite teacher or mentor and why?
Dr. Liu – generous with his time, approachable & dedicated teacher
Dr. Sieck – always has your back, confident and gifted surgeon
Dr. Siegfried – attentive & devoted to her patients delivering excellent care
Dr. Sheybani – inspiring clinical/surgical instructor and caring mentor
What advice do you have for incoming fellows?
Ask all the questions! There are no silly questions. Believe & be confident in yourself – you’re ready for this and you’re going to do GREAT.