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Dr. Tapuwa L. Chikwinya, OD, MPH

Dr. Tapuwa Chikwinya, or Dr. C, was born and raised just down I-5 in Tacoma, WA. After graduating from Stadium High School, he furthered his education across the country. While completing his pre-optometry studies, Dr. Chikwinya received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He then completed his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Public Health concurrently at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA. During his time in New England, Dr. Chikwinya was the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious William Feinbloom Low Vision Award.

Dr. Chikwinya went on to complete externships including the Audie L. Murphy Veteran Affairs Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, INSIGHT Vision Rehabilitation in Warwick, RI, and the Naval Health Clinic at Quantico, VA. His training continued by completing a residency in Low Vision and Geriatric Ocular Disease in Chicago, IL through the Illinois Eye Institute and Chicago Lighthouse. Through his residency, Dr. C gained extensive training in managing chronic ocular disease such as dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. He also gained great experience in working with the blind and visually impaired, rehabilitating those most affected by ocular disease and injury.

Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Chikwinya has wasted no time in serving the South Sound communities he grew up in. He has worked all along the I-5 corridor, as far south as Lacey, to provide routine eye care and mange ocular disease. Dr. C also provides specialty eye services such as low vision rehabilitation, pediatric eye care, and surgical co-management.

Dr. Chikwinya is strongly devoted to community service and has performed vision screenings around the country as a student and as an optometrist. He is an active member of the optometric community with memberships to the American Optometric Association (AOA), Optometric Physicians of Washington (OPW), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and National Optometric Association (NOA). Dr. C has presented research and multiple case reports at national conferences such as the AOA Optometry’s Meeting and Heart of America Eye Care Congress. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor recreation, sports, music and theatre.