Because of the scholarship that Mr. Arndt graciously awarded me I was financially able to attend the UW after graduating high school, and graduated from the Bachelor of Science Pharmacology and Toxicology program within the UW School of Pharmacy. The Pharm/Tox degree is a competitive program that has a large emphasis in teaching undergraduates to become part of the ever-growing world of research, while also allowing students to take classes alongside the Doctorate of Pharmacy students. After becoming a part of this program I began research in David Gamm's lab which, in a broad sense, applies Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell technology to diseases of the visual system, like Age-Related Macular Degeneration. While working under Joe Phillips, an Associate Scientist in this lab, I fell in love with vision and the eyes.
I graduated from the Doctorate of Optometry program at SUNY College of Optometry in 2020 and went on to complete my residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation from the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.
After completing my OD degree and residency, I will be practicing in Ann Arbor, MI as an optometrist in the Henry Ford Health Care System.
The Arndt family and their help at the start of my education is unforgettable. I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Arndt and all the efforts of his family for forever changing young adults lives.