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Rachel Rossabi, ABOC

Rachel Rossabi would live in a world where water fountains spurt whipped cream and all clothing was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and made of glitter. She is a sparkling moonbeam and Greensboro townie who has fostered a deep love for eyewear since she donned her first spectacles at the tender age of five, finally seeing that there was writing on the chalkboard and leaves on the trees. She delights in thinking outside the box, and derives immense pleasure from (gently) pulling you out of your comfort zone. Think funky! Think fun! Think lime green or maybe magenta! Rachel is deep in the throes of studying to become an optician, though her deepest aspiration is to finally be crowned Harry Potter knowledge champion of the universe, representing Slytherin house.

Quick Facts:

    • Greatest Loves: Captain and Zoe (the queen snugglecats of the known world), pizza.
    • Greatest Fears: Never getting to eat at Jiro’s sushi restaurant in Japan, that Joss Whedon will make another hit series and get cancelled again, being seen in unfashionable glasses.
    • Special Talents: Maneuvering tiny screws, filing insurance.
    • Needs improvement: Hey, who doesn’t?

Emena Santiago, ABOC

Don’t let Emena’s edgy exterior fool you, she’s a big softy at heart! She loves collaborating with her patients and helping them find the most stylish frames. Emena is an ABO certified Optician and is currently pursuing her NC licensure. In her spare time she loves watching movies, listening to music, and cooking/eating great food!

Quick Facts:

    • Cat mom / Pop-Culture Trivia Guru / Natural-born Slytherin / Loves Old Fashioneds

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Chryste Ferrara, ABOC

Chryste accidentally fell into the optical industry at the beginning of 2016 and has quickly fallen in love with the wonderful world of spectacles. More-or-less a Greensboro native, she finds happiness in exploring the hidden gems of the area and most often can be found nestled in a coffee shop, stuffing her face in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant or dancing awkwardly at an out-of-the-way music venue. A glasses-wearer herself, Chryste is slowly but surely cultivating her glasses collection — and would love to help you do the same!

    • She’s good at:  glasses adjustments, singing along to every song on the radio, being mistaken for Rachel on a weekly basis.
    • She’s not so good at:  understanding pop culture references, cooking a reasonable amount of food, demonstrating patience

Liz Wall, ABOC

Liz sort of stumbled into Opticianry, though it makes sense she’d end up in some type of medical field eventually, always having been fascinated by human anatomy and all its quirks. She loves having the opportunity to connect with patients on a personal level and help make a difference in how they feel about themselves. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, doing special effects makeup, and hanging out with her cat, Spooky. Cryptozoology, horror movies, tourist traps and medical oddities are some of her favorite things. Though she looks forward to beginning the Opticianry licensure program soon, her true goal is to become one of those weirdly specific niche experts they call in for Discovery Channel shows.

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Armani Grillo

Armani attends the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she concentrates in Biology and Pre-Med. She plans on attending Optometry school in the near future. In her free time she enjoys exploring different cities and trying new foods. She aims to assist patients in choosing a frame that is sure to be a head turner.

      “The two most important days in your life
are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain

Kale-Kidan "Kiki" Berhe

Kale-Kidan “Kiki” Berhe is an Undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is fulfilling her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Passionate about eyecare, she will continue on her journey to attend Optometry School and begin her dream career as an Optometrist. She makes sure that every patient leaves happy and content with their eyecare experience and that every patient finds their perfect pair of eyeglasses!

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