April 2014 marked the official welcome of Dr. Michelle Carle, as one of EYE-Q’s new retina specialists. Dr. Carle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, Canada and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine with special training in research, completing her ophthalmology residency five years later. Her specialization is in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous.
Dr. Carle spent her early career teaching diabetes education and science programs in astronomy, biology, chemistry, rocketry, engineering and physics as an instructor at the Edmonton Space and Science Center. Among Dr. Carle’s accomplishments are a number of publications and acclaimed presentations in retinal research related to macular degeneration, as well as being awarded the Reg Martiniuk Award for Clinical Research. Dr. Carle’s published work can be viewed at http://bit.ly/drcarle.
Now, we all know credentials make a doctor trustworthy, but what makes a doctor different from all the rest? Dr. Carle knows the importance of balancing work and fun, so in an interview, she taught us about the personality behind the lab coat and the array of talents that she will add to the EYE-Q team.
C: “I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and raised in Sherwood Park, a suburb of Edmonton. My mother is a teacher and my father is an anesthesiologist. This played a role in my interest of teaching physicians in training. My husband, Roby, is a neurosurgeon.”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside the office?
C: “In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors. Roby and I enjoy running marathons together, in fact I’ve run four full marathons and was able to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I enjoy watching hockey and Canadian football a bit, but I’m learning to appreciate the Fresno State Bulldogs. Some of my hobbies include canning/preserving — making a mess in the kitchen, and napping! My favorite place to relax, other than ANY couch, is on my parents’ boat off of Vancouver Island.”
Q: Favorite midnight snack?
C:“Carrot sticks with ranch dip or popcorn! It depends on my need for saltiness, but both have a great crunch.”
Q: Any hidden talents?
C: “I am classically trained in the piano, saxophone, and voice. I’ve tried tinkering with the violin to variable degrees of success. Additionally, I’m fluent in French and English, currently learning conversational Spanish.”
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
C: “Mother Teresa because she was incredibly selfless and it would be interesting to hear her perspectives on our world — she would be very inspiring and humbling.”
Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
C: “I cannot live without is my camera. I love capturing the moment.”
Q: So, what’s next?
C: “I’m very excited to start! This will be a great opportunity to join the community.”