Dr. Patel brings to National Vision over 14 years of Optometric retail management experience and two years of clinical care experience.
She joined FirstSight Vision Services, the National Vision California Knox Keen plan, in 2010 as Vice President of Professional Relations & Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic vision and operational execution of affiliated optometry offices throughout California.
In 2018, she became the Vice President of Physician Practice Management for National Vision. In this role, she was the key liaison with independent professional corporations across the U.S. In 2019, she was given the additional responsibility of becoming the CEO & President of FirstSight Vision Services.
Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Patel was responsible for leading Walmart’s U.S. professional affairs and business relationships with over 3,000 Optometrists, a role that evolved into training and development of all health and wellness professionals including Pharmacists.
Dr. Patel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Alabama and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry. Her residency was in Primary Care & Ocular Disease from Salus University.
Dr. Patel is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and the Women in Optometry Advisory Panel. In 2012, she was recognized by Vision Monday as one of the Most Influential Women in Optical in the Rising Star category.