Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski is a Michigan native, born and raised in Shelby Township. She received a Bachelor in Science degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While an undergraduate student, she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She also worked at the Kellogg Eye Center doing genetic research on retinitis pigmentosa, a devastating disease that may lead to blindness.

While attending the Ohio State College of Optometry in Columbus, OH, Dr. Poma worked at the Chillicothe Veterans Administration Hospital. She also did extensive clinic rotations in contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision and pediatrics. Dr. Poma was selected as the sole recipient of the Eschenbach Low Vision Award.