Dr. Michelle Zaw was born in a small town near the sea called Myeik, Myanmar. With her family, she moved to Monterey Park, California at a young age. She acquired her B.S. degree in Biology at the University of California, Riverside graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry graduating with Beta Sigma Kappa honors.
She completed challenging externships at Veteran Affairs medical facilities in Oregon and Arizona solidifying her skills in medical treatments and management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, macular degeneration, and more. A large part of her optometric training was at the prestigious Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center where she provided many contact lens examinations including specialty contact lens fittings, post-concussion oculomotor rehabilitation, vision therapy, and ophthalmic services.
She has participated in several mission trips to provide vision care to communities in Tecate, Mexico. Additionally, she provided free eye examination to hundreds of patients with limited access to healthcare in Nicaragua through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). She is passionate about philanthropy work with goals to help the local community and eventually travel and aid the underserved populations in Myanmar.
Besides providing vision care, Dr. Zaw, also enjoys browsing through the local farmers market, hiking, visits to book and stationery stores, and shopping with her aunties and sister. You may also find her frequenting a cafe enjoying a cool cup of iced latte.