Dr. Payal Thakkar was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She completed her B.S. in Community Health at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. Graduating Cum Laude, Dr. Thakkar obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2014. Dr. Thakkar completed her internships at Chicago Cornea Consultants in IL, Omni Eye Services in NJ and West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in FL. She went on to specialize in primary care and ocular disease by completing a residency at VA NJ Health Care System. After working in a medical optometry practice in Long Island for two years, she relocated to Seattle, WA in 2017. She takes great pride in helping others with their visual needs and enjoys getting to know her patients. When she is not treating patients, Dr. Thakkar likes trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family.