Dr. Mitchell is a proud Hokie who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a degree in biology and a minor in psychology. While attending VT, she founded the Pre-Optometry Club, where students could prepare for their optometric careers. She was also a member of the National Scholars Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Health Professional Honor Society at Virginia Tech.
She moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend The New England College of Optometry, where she spent the next four years studying under some of the best eyecare physicians in the country. Her clinical internships included primary care, pediatrics, ocular disease, special populations, and cataract surgery co-management.
Dr. Mitchell’s clinical externships took her to some of the best eyecare hospitals and clinics, including the VA Medical Center in the Greater Boston area, the Martha Eliot Health Center (at Boston Children’s Hospital), and Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mitchell also studied at Boston Medical Center, focusing on specialty contact lenses and pediatric care.
Dr. Mitchell moved back to Hokie Country in 2011 and has been practicing optometry since. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, pet rabbit, and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time outdoors.
What do you enjoy about someone being able to see clearly?
- I love watching a squirmy little kiddo just light up when they can see clearly for the first time. They get this shy little smile and then a really big grin that’s contagious and everyone in the room starts laughing. They didn’t know what they were missing and it’s like a whole new world for them!
Share briefly how much seeing your patients makes your job rewarding.
- The most rewarding feeling for me is fitting a patient in a specialty contact lens. In some cases, it’s been years, even decades, since they have had clear vision. When the happy tears turn into a hug, that’s how I know I’ve made a big difference in their lives.
Anything else that you would your patients to know?
- Yes! Please make sure your kids develop good habits now while they’re still young and healthy. Sunglasses are so, so important! There’s only so much ultraviolet light we can take. Be as outdoorsy as you want, that’s wonderful, but do it with a good pair of sunglasses on your face!