Dr. Tina Parker is a native of California. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA., and her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with a French minor from California State University, Fresno, CA. She has also completed intensive coursework from the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France. After graduation, Dr. Parker completed her optometric internships in primary eye care at the Dorchester House Community Health Center, the Lahey Clinic, the South Boston Community Health Center, the VA Hospital in Fresno, CA, and a Specialty Contact Lens Internship at the New England Eye Institute in Boston. Her specialty in contact lens fittings include patients with Keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
Dr. Parker has received the prestigious F. Dow Smith Award by the faculty for exceptional leadership potential, as well as the Pediatric Optometric Award for excellence in pediatrics. She received a diploma for her Pediatric Residency training in primary eye care, contact lenses, and Vision Rehabilitation from the New England College of Optometry. Her pediatric internships included the Cotting School for the Physically Handicapped, Dimock Health Center, Perkins School for the Blind, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, and the New England Eye Institute for Specialty examinations, contact lens fittings, and Vision Rehabilitation. She was granted research moneys for her work in Binocular Vision, and has completed certifications from the Lighthouse Low Vision Course in Manhattan, NYC, and the Nancibell Visualizing and Verbalizing Program for reading.
Dr. Parker has been in private practice since 1999, and has volunteered her professional services for the National Eye Institute for public education on Low Vision, the New Bedford Health Center, and local schools. She is a member of the Optometric Extension Program foundation and the college of Vision Development, and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is an advocate for children and reading, and is a supporter of a nationwide tennis program for children with Autism called “ACEing Autism”.
Her hobbies include family, music, eating organic healthy foods, dance, Broadway, theatre, exercising, tennis, history, movies, French, enjoying life, smiling and laughing!