Meet the Developmental Optometrist - Dr. Erica Johnson Carder
Dr. Erica Johnson Carder is returning to her Michigan roots from California where she was a pediatric and vision therapy specialist, a clinical director for several pediatric ophthalmologists, and a researcher for the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study at USC; an NIH/NEI funded study. She received Doctorate of Optometry and a Master's Degree in Vision Science at The Ohio State University. Her Master's degree focused on the visual assessment and treatment of children with Individual Education Programs (IEPs).
- Residency-trained - Post-doctoral Training
Dr. Johnson Carder completed a residency in pediatrics and vision therapy at Southern California College of Optometry. She evaluated and treated patients from age two months to ninety-five years old. She primarily focuses on children and adults with strabismus, amblyopia, binocular vision dysfunction, accommodative dysfunction, and learning problems.
- Professional Associations
Dr. Johnson Carder continues her involvement with the local, state and national optometric associations. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), and the College of Optometrist and Vision Development (COVD). Dr. Erica, as many of her patients call her, enjoys seeing children and educating parents about the link between vision and learning. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children in the Ann Arbor and Saline community.
Meet the Vision Therapist - Rachelle Valenzuela
Rachelle graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science & Disorders with a concentration in Child Behavior. Rachelle has studied and worked with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome, and Phonological Disorders helping her understand the different needs of each patient and how it correlates to Vision Therapy. Rachelle takes pride in seeing each patient achieve their goals no matter what the circumstance. She is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.
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