Chandra V. Mickles, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FSLS, associate professor, received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from the University of Miami and Doctor of Optometry from The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009, graduating in the top ten of her class. Mickles completed a residency in Cornea and Contact lenses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry. After her residency, she earned a Master of Science degree in Vision Science from UAB and completed a post-doctoral Optometric Research Fellowship at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining NSUCO, Dr. Mickles served as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in San Antonio, Texas. At UIWRSO, she served as didactic and clinical faculty as well as the Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. During her tenure at UIWRSO, she was recognized for her teaching by receiving several faculty teaching awards.
Presently, Dr. Mickles is NSUCO’s Dry Eye Service Director, Instructor of Record of the NSUCO’s Contact Lens II course, and a clinical preceptor in the Contact Lens Service. She lectures nationally at major conferences and is an industry speaker for several companies. Dr. Mickles has authored many publications, including a chapter in Bennett and Henry's Clinical Manual of Contact Lenses textbook, and is a frequent contributor for Review of Optometry. She is also a principal investigator of research investigations.
Dr. Mickles was recognized by the Association of Contact Lens Educators with the George Mertz New Educator Travel Award and NSUCO’s 3rd year class’ Professor of the Year two years consecutively. In 2018, she was named a "Top Black Educator in South Florida." Dr. Mickles was featured on ABC News, the Miami Herald, and the Sun Sentinel.