I pursued a career in optometry after watching my grandmother suffer from various ocular diseases throughout my childhood. She was a determined Polish veteran who never let her loss of vision affect her life, and I promised myself that I would help my patients to not only see better, but to spread her determination to others as well.
After graduating optometry school with honors from the Michigan College of Optometry, I completed an Ocular Disease and Primary Care Residency at the John D. Dingell VAMC in Detroit, MI. This residency taught me more than I could have ever imagined – I grew as a clinician, but also as a person. The amazing stories that were told to me by many veterans sincerely touched my heart and will stay with me for years to come.
I’m first-generation Polish. I grew up doing Polish folk dancing and was actively involved in the Polish Scouting Organization for many years. I began teaching Polish folk dancing after high school and taught throughout undergraduate and optometry school. Currently, I dance for two groups – Dunajec Song and Dance Ensemble out of Sterling Heights and Polanie Song and Dance Ensemble out of Dearborn. Almost all of my closest friends grew up dancing with me. We have a bond that is irreplaceable, and for that I’m forever grateful that my parents put me into dance all those years ago.
Aside from dancing, I enjoy yoga, kickboxing, skiing, watching action shows/movies, and coffee…always coffee! I’m happily married to my husband, Paul, who is also Polish! He’s currently an Internal Medicine resident at St. Johns in Detroit, MI. We are the proud kitty parents to our fur-baby, Larry.