Liz joined our team in October of 2019 as a part-time research coordinator, working the rest of the time at Retina Specialists of Michigan as a certified ophthalmic assistant (COA). At the beginning of 2020, she transitioned to a full-time position at FVR. She has worked in the field of ophthalmology for 10 years and brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to our team in both ophthalmology and research. After studying pre-med, following in the footsteps of her late brother who was an ER physician, she began her career as a general ophthalmic technician. She quickly realized her interest in research and became a certified refractionist and certified photographer for retinal clinical trials, eventually moving into the role of research coordinator.
Liz is a natural at encouraging and uplifting our patients. She treats each one with compassion as she knows first-hand the difficulties they face. Her father has age-related macular degeneration as well as Parkinson’s disease. Seeing the toll these conditions have on his daily life serves as her motivation to participate in research and provide hope for future improvement. As Liz notes, ‘I feel blessed to have had each opportunity that has brought me here today – the education, experience and the incredible team. I am honored to a part of FVR.’