Dr. Wrightnour is a 1988 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry where she received The Gold Retinoscope, the highest honor bestowed on a graduating optometrist. She entered Optometry School after a career in technical sales in the aerospace industry and as an admissions counselor for Mount Union College in Alliance, OH.
Dr. Wrightnour has a published research article in Optometry and Vision Science (the publication of the American Academy of Optometry) and in Optometry Times. She is the recipient of the Irving Borish Award for Clinical Research, the Bausch+Lomb Contact Lens Award and received a Commendation for her work in the field of Low Vision. She enjoys general optometry because of the great variety of patients she sees (“Never a dull moment!”)
Dr. Wrightnour was born in Ashtabula and graduated from Harbor High School in 1973 where she was the first female Student Council President. She went on to study psychology and secondary education at Mount Union College, graduating magna cum laude in 1977. While there, she played singles on the women’s tennis team and was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Woman Award.
Dr. Wrightnour lived in Irvine and later Berkeley, California from 1980 to 1988. Upon her return to Ohio, she became re-acquainted with one of her high school classmates, Daniel Lee; they married in June 1990 and are the proud parents of Andrew and Matt, both Ohio State University engineers.
Dr. J enjoys taking photos, travel, reading, paper and fiber projects, and hiking in the local metroparks with her rescue dog Fleur. She constructed an 8-shaft floor loom for weaving in 2016. She is a member of The Catholic Community of St Gabriel in Concord, the American Optometric Association, Alumni groups for UC Berkeley and the University of Mount Union, the Ohio Optometric Association and an international group of women optometrists.