Dr. Christina WilmerAssociate Dean for Clinical Affairs
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley Optometry’s Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs has been appointed to the American Academy of Optometry’s Board of Directors. Founded in 1922, the American Academy of Optometry is committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning.
To a generation of Berkeley Optometry students, Dr. Chris Wilmer is one of the most thoughtful teachers and determined mentors they have ever known. A former soccer player with a passion for coaching, she pushes students to be confident leaders as well as skilled and compassionate doctors. “The clinic provides our students the tools to realize their career dreams,” she says. “My job is to tell them, ‘I know you have the talent, you can do this.’” Wilmer is deeply committed to helping students solve problems and develop a lifelong pride in their profession. “I chose optometry because we help people see and we alleviate pain,” she says. “There’s nothing more gratifying than that.”
More About Dr. Wilmer
Dr. Chris Wilmer attended the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed a residency program in Primary Care Optometry at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She has been involved in residency education throughout her academic career as the Chief Mentor of the Primary Care and Contact Lens residency program and currently serves as the Director of Affiliate Residency Programs. Dr. Wilmer lectures locally, regionally and nationally on a number of topics. She has been involved with section leadership within the AAO and has previously served as the Chair of the Anterior Segment Section and she most recently served as the Diplomate Written Exam Chair. She has been involved in the National Board of Examiners Part 1 Committee and Council for many years and currently is a member of the Part III Exam Development Committee.
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