Dr. Nanasy’s undergraduate education began with a BS in Molecular and Microbiology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF), achieved in 2005. “Because of my plans to work with pediatric patients, psychology was a valuable addition to my science background.
Relating well to people is important for good patient communication,” said Dr. Nanasy.
Dr. Nanasy also holds a BS in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University, which she earned in 2008. She received her Doctor of Optometry with Professional Honors in May 2010 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
In 2009, Dr. Nanasy was named “NSU Student of the Year,” which she regards as her greatest academic honor to date. It was the first time that a student from the college of Optometry was singled out for this prestigious distinction. In 2010 she was named one of the next generation of optical leaders among the “40 Most Influential Women in Optical” by Vision Monday magazine.
Since 2009, she has been involved as the primary investigator in a research project with the NSU baseball team titled “Can Vision Training Improve Baseball Players’ Dynamic Visual Acuity and Batting Average.” So far, her work has revealed that training players to focus, relax and converge their eyes has led to more confidence in both tracking the ball and stepping up to the plate.
Known as Amanda Woodie at UCF and NSU, she was married in May of 2010 to James Nanasy, who has been in her life since 2002 when they began to date. Amazingly, they first met when they both wore the costume and face of Knightro, the UCF team mascot!
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nanasy, who has already begun distinguishing herself at The Eye Center and become an important member of our professional staff.