A California native, Dr. Kirsten D’Aversa Johnson earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with cum laude honors at San Diego State University before moving to New York to attend the State University of New York College of Optometry. Pursuing her passion for providing eye care to children, she then completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry through the New England College of Optometry in Boston. She now practices pediatric optometry full-time at a private ophthalmology practice in Queens, New York.
Kirsten has been active in VOSH/International since serving as President of the Student Chapter at her optometry school. In addition to attending mission trips to Mexico and Panama, she has served on the TTP and Chapter Relations Committees, and is passionate about furthering VOSH/International’s mission in innovative and sustainable ways. She also volunteers for the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry by reviewing continuing education lectures for potential COPE approved status. Outside of optometry she loves rock climbing, snowboarding, cooking, and live music- especially when her husband’s band is performing!
Dr. D’Aversa Johnson will serve as a Board Member of VOSH/International for a 2 year term from October 2021-October 2023. She can be reached at johnson@VOSH.org
“As a pediatric optometrist, I know firsthand that early detection of eye problems is extremely important. We see so many children in our VOSH clinics that struggle to learn and develop appropriately due to relatively simple vision problems such as a high refractive error. It would be fantastic if VOSH could spearhead efforts to expand pediatric eye care education and screening programs in areas lacking such programs.”