MIDDLEBURY - When Lisa Pippa Alexander, M.D., made the final decision to relocate to Vermont from New York City, she knew it was time to slow down and live life to the fullest. She also wanted to raise her seven-year-old daughter Chloe in a clean, green environment with a welcoming feel of community.
While Alexander had a successful ophthalmology practice in Manhattan's Chinatown, she didn't worry too much about resuming the practice in distant Vermont. After several extended visits and skiing trips to the Green Mountain State, she selected making Middlebury her home.
"Vermont is gorgeous and appeals to me on many levels," Alexander said. "So, I was ripe and ready to move."
After studying art in college, Alexander began her unusual career path which was a unique bridge from the visual arts to the visual sciences.
As Alexander advanced in her passion for painting-and with several well-attended New York City exhibits under her belt-she grew fascinated with the internal workings of the human eye and how it perceived art. How did the eye interpret color and light levels? How could such a fragile and marvelous organ become diseased or diminished? Vision was among the greatest gifts of human life, Alexander knew instinctively-and as a result, she wanted to help others hold on to that precious gift for all of their lives.
So, while still in her 20s, Alexander began to study the eye.
She enrolled in SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn to began the pursuit of a medical degree. She did her internship at Greenwich Hospital and then assumed a residency in ophthalmology at New York Medical College. Along the way, she successfully reached professional milestones including American Academy of Ophthalmology diplomate and American Board of Ophthalmology board certified. But along the way, the artist-turned-physician never lost her passion for both art and science.