Dr. Melissa Furfaro was born and raised in Guelph. She concurrently completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo and graduated with Honours with her Doctor of Optometry in the Spring of 2010. At graduation, she received the Alcon Continuing Professional Education award. During her optometric training, Dr. Furfaro had the privilege of completing an internship at Parkland Health & Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Here, she gained extensive knowledge on the diagnosis, treatment and management of many ocular diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Furfaro relocated to Nova Scotia to join a practice in the town of Antigonish. She practiced at a small family clinic here for three years and acquired a keen interest in pediatric eye examinations. Together with her colleague, they initiated and developed a dry eye clinic at the practice. She was actively involved with the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists, serving on the Practice Innovations and Public Education committees. Dr. Furfaro has a strong desire to provide optometric care to those in underprivileged communities and countries. She worked with the local Early Years program to provide eye exams for preschool children in a rural Nova Scotia community. She has also volunteered with organizations such as ICARE International and Canadian Vision Care and has traveled to rural Mexico and Jamaica on eye care missions. Dr. Furfaro is delighted to be back home in Guelph and part of the wonderful team at Edinburgh Optometry.