Dr. Tahmasian was born in an Armenian family in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to United States in 2000. She lived in Burbank, California for 13 years and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at California State University of Northridge (CSUN). She was involved in the Optometry club on campus and gave presentations about vision and learning to the schools in her community and was involved in vision screening with local doctors for kids.
In the summer of 2013 she made her move across the country to attend Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). She had the opportunity to go to Haiti for a vision mission trip with a group of her classmates during optometry school She graduated in May 2017 with her Doctorate of Optometry.She then began her residency at The Eye Institute, Magee Rehabilitation Center, and Saint Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia specializing in Pediatric Optometry, Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, and Vision Therapy, which she completed in July of 2018. She presented in different Optometric meetings and held continuing educational talks at the clinic during her residency. She is eager to provide optometric care to all ages specifically the pediatric community.
“More than 50% of our brain is involved in the intricate pathways involving sight, eye movements and visual information processing. Every day we use this sense with incredible precision. One glitch in the road can offset the multitudes of pathways and make our daily tasks quiet challenging. Whether it’s driving, working, or going to school we use our eyes to collect information from our surrounding. Not only is it important to have a thorough eye exam yearly for adults, but also for children. Many kids struggle in school due to an underlying ocular issue. My training and passion is to provide thorough eye exams and appropriate treatment modalities include vision rehabilitation for not only the pediatric population, but also the brain injury population whose world has just turned upside down.”
Dr. T and her husband met playing volleyball in school and may continue to play in the future. She used to be a gymnastic coach and a Zumba instructor in California and might try to get involved in a local gym in the future. She loves to run & the beach “you can take a girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of a girl”
Dr. T loves to learn different languages. Next on her list is to learn Sign Language.
“Being Multi-lingual is a tool, not only in life, but is very useful in a medical setting. I love being able to communicate with different culture. I can’t wait to have time to continue traveling to different countries occasionally and learning their culture and language. Our world is vastly rich in culture and diversity, there is much to explore.”