Dr. Justine Simon has a strong passion for changing lives through vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Her journey to becoming an eye doctor started during her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego where she shadowed a vision therapy practice. Very early on, she developed a passion for treating patients with visual disorders such as strabismus, amblyopia, learning related vision problems, and acquired brain injury. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Dr. Simon graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry (WUCO) in 2015 and completed her residency in Vision Therapy and Visual Rehabilitation at SUNY College of Optometry in 2016.
While in optometry school, Dr. Simon was a strong leader and was heavily involved in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), serving as COVD Club President and Liaison for two years. During her residency, she continued her leadership role in the COVD as COVD Resident Liaison. In addition, Dr. Simon enjoys volunteering to help underserved populations world-wide. She organized and participated in two optometric mission trips - El Salvador in July 2012 and Peru in June 2013 - through an organization called Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). She has proudly received several awards including, but not limited to, the Who’s Who Among Students and Universities recognition, Gandhi/Silani Annual Scholarship for Clinical Excellence and Leadership, the Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen Endowed Scholarship for demonstrating volunteerism with an underserved population, and the COVD Award of Excellence in Vision Therapy.
During her residency, Dr. Simon presented a poster on vision therapy treatment for a child with amblyopia and congenital cataracts at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She also presented a COPE approved academic presentation on oculomotor rehabilitation for acquired brain injury patients held at SUNY.
Outside of optometry, Dr. Simon enjoys travelling and immersing herself in different cultures. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and snowboarding. You can also find her spending time with her family and friends, yelping her next meal, or playing the piano. She is very excited to be back in Northern California to serve the community she calls “home”.