Dr. Klimas is married with three children. She enjoys skiing, walking, and spending time with her family.
Why I Became an Eye Doctor
Many things in life can help us choose or alter our life’s path. It may be a parent, a friend, a even a random interaction with a stranger that helps us figure out what we want to do as we grow up. For me, I think my family was the biggest factor in why I chose to pursue a career in the medical field.
I was raised in a home where school was emphasized and good grades were expected. I was told from a very young age that I will go to college and that I need to major in something that I can get a job in. I was very fortunate and grateful in the fact that my parents were determined to help me with my undergraduate education. My parents are immigrants and did not have such luxuries as children. They were born in Lithuania and forced to leave, or risk being taken to Siberia during the Russian occupation of the Baltic countries. They came to America, learned the language, worked hard, and in the process passed on their values of hard work and perseverance. That paved the way for where I am today. My mother was a nurse and my sister, who is nine years older than I am, is a physician. Through their influence I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. At holidays they could talk for hours about medicine which drove my father crazy, but I loved to listen. I knew that one day I would join those conversations!
Fast forward several years, I went to college and studied Physical Therapy. I worked for a couple of years and decided I wanted to do something different. As a physical therapist, I worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. That gave me the opportunity to see a variety of specialties and speak with different physicians about their field. After shadowing several different eye doctors, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I went back to school to finish my prerequisites, applied to graduate school, and was accepted. I was thrilled! I packed up my bags here, in Orlando, and moved to South Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
It is truly a blessing to be able to help someone on a daily basis. It may be as simple as helping a patient get a pair of glasses to help them see, helping them take off their glasses so they do not need to use them anymore, or watching someone literally see the world again by having their cataract removed. Being able to watch people’s lives improve in sometimes very small ways, and other times very big ways, is why we do what we do. It sincerely makes work and life rewarding to provide patients an improved window to the world.
- Doctor of Optometry, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Ranked 1/103
- State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Spending time with my husband & family