Dr. Amanda Boudreau O.D.
Amanda was born and grew up in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She attended Acadia University for four years where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Psychology and Physics. She spent the summers of her Acadia years as Recreation Coordinator for the Highland Community Residential Services' Summer Recreation Program, a summer program for children with special needs.
Dr. Boudreau had always wanted a job in the medical field and started exploring various career paths during her years at Acadia University - it was during this time that her love for optometry was born.
Upon graduating from Acadia University, she moved to Chicago, Illinois in the summer of 2011 to attend the illinois College of Optometry. After completing the Doctor of Optometry program she decided to practice in Nova Scotia so she could be close to her family and friends.
Dr. Boudreau attended Acadia University from 2007 - 2011. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Psychology and Physics. She then enrolled in the Illinois College of Optometry's four-year Optometry program, obtaining her Doctor of Optometry (OD) in May 2015. During her time at the Illinois College of Optometry, she was consistently on the Clinical Dean's List, achieving honors in all patient care courses.
During Dr. Boudreau’s final year at the Illinois College of Optometry, she completed externships at four locations in the United States.
May 2014 – August 2014
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach Florida
Dr. Boudreau worked at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center for four months during her optometric training. The center employed five Optometrists and five Ophthalmologists, each with a different specialty including anterior segment disease, cataracts, glaucoma, oculoplastics and ocular immunology. She had the opportunity to observe several laser & surgical procedures at this site.
August 2014 –October 2014
Illinois Eye Institute, Chicago Illinois
Dr. Boudreau worked at the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) for three months during her optometric training in four speciality areas.
• The Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence where she performed speciality contact lens fits and assessments
• Advanced Ophthalmic Care Center where she performed exams on patients referred to the retinal and neurological specialists for conditions such as but not limited to, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and Advanced Stage glaucoma.
• The Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging where she performed general exams on patients with low vision capabilities and assisted in the selection and training of a wide assortment of low vision devices to help improve patients’ quality of life.
• IEI at Princeton a school-based vision clinic for Chicago Public Schools where she performed comprehensive eye exams on school-aged children.
November 2014–February 2015
Dr Richard Sorkin – Vision Therapy, St Petersburg Florida
Dr. Boudreau worked at the private practice/vision therapy practice of Dr. Richard Sorkin, a behavioural optometric physician, for four months during her optometric training. This practice specializes in visual therapy, the treatment of learning-related vision problems, sports vision enhancement and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Dr. Boudreau had the opportunity to learn about these speciality areas, perform comprehensive eye exams for pediatric patients as well as providing vision therapy to children with binocular vision disorders.
February 2015–May 2015
Swagel Wootton Hiatt Eye Center, Mesa & Chandler Arizona
This practice is a combined optometrist/ophthalmologist practice specializing in glaucoma procedures, laser eye surgery, cataract surgery and corneal surgery. During this externship Dr. Boudreau performed comprehensive eye exams, observed various surgeries and performed pre-operative and post-operative follow-up care.
Dr. Boudreau is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists and the Nova Scotia College of Optometrists. During her time at the Illinois College of Optometrists, she was an active member of the American Optometric Student Association and was rewarded a grant to attend the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting in 2013 in San Diego California. She also was involved in vision screenings for the Special Olympics in Chicago, IL and at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.