Dr. Natalie Sarukhanian

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Last updated 11/22/2022
Dr. Natalie Sarukhanian

Dr. Natalie Sarukhanian received her undergraduate degree with cum laude honors in Psychobiology from UCLA, then a doctorate of Optometry with magna cum laude honors from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. While still in college, she was the Community Relations Director of Bruins in Focus — an organization at UCLA committed to providing vision screenings to individuals without access to proper eye care. She also volunteered at the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

 

Dr. Natalie completed clinical rotations at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Arizona, and a private practice. Thereafter, she completed her residency at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center in Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation before coming to AGEI.

 

Her training specialized in diagnosis and management of ocular diseases, management of patients with varying degrees of vision loss, and fitting of medically necessary contact lenses.

Dr. Natalie was inspired to join the field of eye care after receiving her own vision correction as a child. "After receiving vision correction from my doctor, my quality of life was greatly improved. My experience has inspired me to help my patients see the world more clearly!"

 

Dr. Natalie is a native Armenian speaker and proficient in Spanish.

 

When she isn't treating patients, Dr. Sarukhanian enjoys yoga, cheering on the Lakers, and spending time with her fiancé.

 

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Education
  • Doctor of Optometry, Magna Cum Laude

    Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
    c/o 2021

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychobiology), Cum Laude

    UCLA
    c/o 2017

Honors &

Awards

  • Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, SCCO, 2017-2021

  • Dr. Herbert McCracken Dixon Memorial Scholarship Recipient, SCCO, 2019

  • Dean’s Honors List, UCLA

  • Tau Sigma National Honor Society, UCLA

  • ALD/PES National Honor Societies, UCLA

  • Dean’s Honors List, Glendale Community College

  • Alpha Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, Glendale Community College

Services &

activities

  • Student Fellow of American Academy of Optometry, 2021
  • Student Leadership Development Certificate, SCCO at MBKU, 2021
  • Tutor, SCCO at MBKU, 2018-2021
  • Vice President of Southern California College of Optometry Private Practice Club, 2018-2019
  • Volunteer at Special Olympics Opening Eyes, 2018
  • Member of SCCO Lion’s Club International, 2017-2020
  • Secretary of SCCO Spanish Optometric Society, 2017-2018
  • Volunteer at Glendale Health Fair, 2017
  • Member of American Optometric Student Association, 2017-2021
  • Member of California Optometric Association, 2017-2021
  • Member of SCCO Optometric Extension Program, 2017-2019
  • Volunteer at preschool vision screenings, Jules Stein Eye Institute, 2016-2017
  • Volunteer at Jules Stein Eye Institute Vision Rehabilitation Center, 2016-2017
  • Community Relations Director of Bruins in Focus at UCLA, 2016-2017
  • Volunteer at vision screenings throughout Los Angeles, UCLA, 2015-2017
  • Member of Pre-Optometry Society at UCLA, 2015-2017
  • Senator of Administration of Associated Students of GCC, 2013-2015
  • Student Ex-Officio, City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, 2011-2012 

Professional

Presentations

  • “Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Hemiretinal Vein Occlusion” Case report and presentation, Southern California College of Optometry Residency Forum, May 2022
  • “Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy” Lecture at VA LA Ambulatory Care Center during didactic sessions for veterans, May 2022
  • Photorounds on Anterior Segment Review. Given at the VA LA Ambulatory Care Center for the SCCO fourth-year interns, 2021-2022
  • Photorounds on Posterior Segment Review. Given at the VA LA Ambulatory Care Center for the SCCO fourth-year interns, 2021-2022
  • “Central Retinal Artery Occlusion” Case presentation. Given at the VA LA Ambulatory Care Center for the SCCO fourth-year interns, 2021
  • “Diabetic Papillopathy” Case presentation. Given at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital student rounds, 2021
  • “Carotid Cavernous Fistula” Case presentation. Given at the West Los Angeles VA student rounds, 2020
  • “Trigeminal Neuralgia” Case presentation. Given at the West Los Angeles VA student rounds, 2020

 

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