Dr. McDonnell is from the Chicagoland area and first came to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan. She returned to Chicago to attend the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating with honors and Cum Laude distinction. She completed training at the Illinois Eye Institute, Chicago Cornea Consultants, and the Vision Therapy Center in Brookfield, WI. She enjoys providing eye care to school-aged children and families in English and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys playing indoor and outdoor volleyball, traveling, visiting family and friends, and cooking.