Diane is about to finish her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Policy, after pursing this endeavor on a part-time basis for the past three years. She holds a BS from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and an OD degree from SUNY State College of Optometry in New York, NY. She also completed residency training in low vision rehabilitation and ocular disease at the West Haven VA Medical Center in CT. She has been working full time as an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) in Boston while studying public health and the structure and function of the US healthcare system. She is particularly interested in barriers to access to care as it relates to vulnerable populations in the area of eye care, as well as the costs and benefits of vision insurance as a separate plan from medical insurance. Currently, she spends a majority of her time working with optometry students in the classroom teaching public health and other clinically oriented courses, as well as seeing patients at the NECO Center for Eye Care in Roslindale. She has lectured locally and nationally at optometry conferences on the topics of health care reform and social determinants of health and hopes to continue bridging the worlds of optometry and public health in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, and their families, as well as traveling locally and abroad.