Dr. Carlson is a native of Colorado, having been raised in Wyoming, who thoroughly enjoys the Rocky Mountains and embraces the environmental challenges for ocular comfort and vision. After completing her doctorate at the University of Houston College of Optometry, Dr. Carlson returned to Colorado in 2000.
She has served as Clinical Director for two refractive/medical practices, participated in numerous FDA Clinical Trials, developed numerous treatment protocols for optimizing surgical outcomes, treated eye disease on two hospital campuses, specialized in dry eye treatments, has worked with visual challenges specific to aviation and provided emergency eye care. She serves as an adjunct professor for doctorate students and continues to lecture locally and nationally. Her passion has taken her around the world for medical eye care by volunteering for medical teams in Madagascar, Cambodia, Ecuador, Honduras, South Africa, Mali, and Mexico.
Dr. Carlson and her family enjoy running, riding horses, SCUBA diving, snow skiing, hiking, and traveling.
RESIDENCY & EXTENDED TRAINING
1999 – 2000 The Laser Center of Houston – Slade & Baker
Advanced Extended Rotation
1999 – 2000 University of Texas Medical School: Hermann Eye Hospital – Judianne Kellaway, M.D.
1999 – 2000 Hermann Eye Hospital – Judianne Kellaway, M.D.
1999 – 2000 University of Houston – Medical Eye Service and Neuro-Ophthalmology
1999 – 2000 Baylor College of Medicine: Low Vision Service – Ana Perez, O.D.
1999 – 2000 University of Houston – Specialty Pediatric Service – Joy Rosner O.D.
2000 University of Houston College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Magna Cum Laude
Grand Rounds Honors: Refractive Stromal Implants
University of Wyoming – Physiology/Zoology
Senior Honor’s Program – Magna Cum Laude [May 1996]
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
Colorado Optometric Association: Board of Trustees – District 7 Trustee – Denver Metro South
Colorado Optometric Association: Legislative Key Person
Colorado Optometric Glaucoma Society: Officer
Colorado Optometric Association: Legislative Captain for District 7
Colorado Optometric Association: Membership Retention Taskforce Committee Member
Colorado Optometric Center (COC): Board Member
American Optometric Association
Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT)
American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
Illinois College of Optometry
Adjunct Assistant Professor: 2000 – Present
University of Houston College of Optometry
Adjunct Assistant Professor: 2000 – 2006
Guest Lecturer: 2002 – Present
Bausch & Lomb Surgical Division – B&L University
Faculty Member: 2002
OPTOMETRIC VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Medical Mission Trips: Several different organizations – Madagascar, Cambodia, Ecuador, Honduras, South Africa, Mali-W.Africa, Mexico. Provided comprehensive eye exams, prescribed glasses, aided in the diagnosis and treatment of various ocular pathologies and established continuity of care for ocular surgeries.