Dr. Natalie Velazquez
Dr. Natalie Velazquez has been practicing Optometry for 16 years. Born and raised in New York, she has always dreamed of helping others. While obtaining her Bachelors in Biology at Hunter College of NY, she became a volunteer research assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Ophthalmology Department. Under the guidance of Penny Asbell MD and Seth Epstein MD, she was involved in publishing a paper, UV Effects of Herpes Simplex Type 1 Inactivation with PABA Protection. Natalie’s passion and curiosity for the eye and ocular disease led her to pursuing her Doctorate in Optometry from InterAmerican University School of Optometry where she graduated in 2001. While studying for her Optometric Degree, Natalie joined VOSH, a worldwide humanitarian organization that provides primary eyecare and glasses to those in need. As a member of VOSH, she joined a group that visited the Dominican Republic, where she was able to help influence the lives of hundreds. These experiences, along with many others, contribute to the deeply rooted devotion Dr. Velazquez provides each day to every patient she examines.
Dr. Velazquez provides primary eye care, treatment and management of ocular disease, cataract surgery co-management, contact lens (including toric, monovision, multifocals, as well as RGP’s and specialty fits for keratoconus), and vision therapy. For the last nine years, Natalie has been in her own private practice where she sees patients on a part-time basis. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and New Jersey Society of Optometrists, Hudson County for the past 16 yrs. In her time off, Dr. Velazquez loves to spend time with family and friends. Natalie’s interests include sketching landscapes and people and singing.
She teamed up with Drs. Jai & Swati, here, at EyeCare Consultants of NJ PA (ECC-NJ) and is providing years of experience in eye care to our very own patients.