Nona Kalfayan, O.D

Elite Diva - Miami, FL

The featured Diva of the week is Dr. Nona Kalfayan.  Read the feature to learn why Nona believes everything is possible with good planning and hard work.

 

1. Tell us a little bit about you?

I am from Montreal, Canada where I completed first half of my undergraduate education. Thanks to my multinational and cultural upbringing, I am fluent in four different languages such a: English, French, Armenian and Russian.

 

I have 2 boys and my favorite thing to do is spending time with them. Also, exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle both for physical and mental health has always been of great importance to me. I believe into a daily routine of self care then serving others around you.

 

2. What made you decide to become an Optometrist?

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to go into medical field. My father is a physician and growing up, I enjoyed every minute spent at his office and often played pretend being a doctor myself. I spend many days in his office daydreaming about the day I’d get to help people like he did.

 

After High School, I was offered a position in a young optometrist’s office and very much loved my experience. I always believed eyes are absolutely fascinating and found a deep desire to help others maintain healthy eyes and healthy vision.

 

3. What Optometry school did you go to?

Nova Southeastern University School of Optometry

 

4. Where do you currently practice?

East Side Vision Center – Pompano Beach FL 

 

5. Do you offer any Specialty Services in your practice?

I believe a healthy body equals healthy eyes. I spend a lot of time educating my patients about healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and good supplements. I also treat dry eye and enjoy specialty contact lens fits.

 

6. Name 1 to 3 hurdles you personally faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges in my career was going to optometry school while having a 2 years old son. I knew the amount of work that would be required to succeed in Optometry School. Balancing life as a mother of a todler and a student did prove to be challenging. 

 

As challenging as this was, it definitely made me more organized and focused. It’s amazing what can happen when one is determined and motivated. This experience helped me realize that anything and everything is possible with good planning and hard work.

 

7. If you could go back to when you were a student, what advice would you give yourself?

I enjoyed every minute of my experience at NSU college of Optometry with the most amazing professors and staff always there to help and support.

 

How to Contact Dr. Kalfayan?

To contact Dr. Nona, visit, East Sie Vision Center or email her at nkalf@me.com, or click on the social media icons below.

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