Carol Boerner '68, MD

What did you do after graduating AIS?

After graduating from AIS, I attended the University of Pennsylvania where I studied Biology, Art and Architecture.  After completing my medical education at Jefferson Medical College, I interned at the Bryn Mawr Hospital and worked as an Emergency Room physician near home and as a Primary Care doctor for the Indian Health Service in Coulee Dam Washington, Barrow Alaska, and Philadelphia Mississippi. I completed my Residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta, where I also did my fellowship in the then new field of Intraocular Lenses and Ophthalmic Lasers. However, I missed the Northeast and returned North to found the premier solo Cataract Surgery practice in Boston in 1983. As part of the new field of intraocular lenses, I was the first woman in the world to put a silicone lens into the human eye. This was an important development in the field of cataract surgery. I also developed a novel way of treating Dry Eye Syndrome using oral flax seed oil therapy. I first presented this in 2000 and it is now an accepted treatment modality worldwide.  After moving to my farmlet in Vermont, in 2001, I continued to practice ophthalmology in rural New Hampshire, becoming Chief of Staff at Valley Regional Hospital before my retirement from clinical medicine in 2011. In 2012 I opened the only Medical Spa in the Upper Valley called Vermont Facial aesthetics where I rejuvenate faces with injectables such as Botox and fillers and regrow hair with PRP and microneedling and learn anti-ageing medicine.

Have you kept in touch with classmates and/or teachers?

Absolutely. Most interestingly is that I have developed close ties to classmates that I really didn’t know in while school! 

Is there anything from your AIS experience that has helped you personally or professionally?

The intellectual discipline has been invaluable. The ability to write coherently, drilled into me until it came naturally, was so important. I have authored many medical articles; more than one editor has told me how nice it was to read the work of a doctor written in good English. I called Mrs. Trickey immediately to relay that message. Learning to synthesize what I have read into a viable synopsis has also been an invaluable skill.

What is your favorite memory of AIS?

Mrs. Lenox, who believed in this miserable transplant from Shipley at the end of 10th grade. She kept me intellectually stimulated and engaged so that I could waltz into the University of Pennsylvania on early decision feeling that I could conquer the world.

Who was your most memorable teacher?

Mrs. Trickey and Ms. Schoettle. I know most means one, thank you Mrs T, but both were equally instrumental in making me who I am today.

If you could tell students one thing about life at AIS or after what would it be?

Learn everything you possibly can. You never know when a little piece of knowledge you once thought of as “stupid” may save your bacon later on!


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