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March 2022: Nicole Bourdkane


Nicole Bourdkane is a fourth-year student at MCPHS University in Worcester, MA. Nicole was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Windsor where she earned an Honors degree in Biological Sciences. Alongside her passion for optometry, Nicole also enjoys reading, writing poetry, swimming, and playing the piano. Nicole has always been interested in a career in optometry. At five years old Nicole started wearing glasses and had a lazy eye. She had many appointments with her optometrist as a child and this is where her interest for the profession began! She started to see her optometrist as a role model and noticed the impact they can have on someone’s life.

Nicole Bourdkane is a fourth-year student at MCPHS University in Worcester, MA. Nicole was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Windsor where she earned an Honors degree in Biological Sciences. Alongside her passion for optometry, Nicole also enjoys reading, writing poetry, swimming, and playing the piano. Nicole has always been interested in a career in optometry. At five years old Nicole started wearing glasses and had a lazy eye. She had many appointments with her optometrist as a child and this is where her interest for the profession began! She started to see her optometrist as a role model and noticed the impact they can have on someone’s life.


Nicole is very involved at MCPHS University. She was treasurer for the SAAO (Student American Academy of Optometry) for two years. Nicole enjoys learning about the latest technology and research within optometry. She was also a binocular vision tutor, a subject she is very fond of. During her time in clinic, Nicole developed an interest in a variety of specialty clinics including pediatrics, glaucoma and dry eyes. As a fourth-year student, she has gained clinical experience and has found a great deal of fulfillment in helping her patients. She has completed two of her three rotations at: Atlantic Family Eye Care in Rhode Island which enabled her to learn more about private practices and at Providence community health center. Nicole is completing her last rotation at the Providence VA, where she has the opportunity to diagnose and manage many different ocular diseases.


Nicole is the epitome of an outstanding student doctor. She is compassionate, empathetic and always willing to help others. In clinic, Nicole exhibits professionalism and a strong work ethic.

After graduating as an optometrist, Nicole is considering working in her hometown of Windsor. She is also open to working in the US or perhaps even both countries! Her goal as a future optometrist is to provide great quality education and care to all her patients, especially in underserved populations. In the future, Nicole is open to owning her own private practice, being involved in research and even teaching! In the end, she will be successful in any path she chooses.


Congratulations Nicole on this achievement, your MCPHS family is very proud of you!



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