Before becoming an optometrist, Dr. Whitaker graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University with a degree in biology. She then earned her doctorate in optometry, with honors, from the Ohio State University in 2008. While at Ohio State, she completed externships at the Dayton VA Medical Center and Eye Specialists of Southeastern Ohio. During these externships, she learned to diagnose and manage ocular disease and observed numerous surgical procedures.
Dr. Whitaker also performed school screenings and infant exams during a rotation through the Ohio State University Binocular Vision and Pediatric Clinic.
Dr. Whitaker has been working as an independent optometrist with Walmart Vision Center since 2008. She has been married to her husband, Nathan, since 2008 and enjoys concerts, traveling, and gardening.