Dr. Skavlem grew up in Brainerd, MN and attended the University of North Dakota. She graduated cum laude from Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Orange County, CA where she received her doctorate. Over the last 3 years, Dr. Skavlem has been serving our country as an active-duty optometrist in the Army where she has worked hospital based at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Skavlem enjoys practicing full scope optometry including ocular disease, contact lenses (including specialty lenses), and surgical co-management. Dr. Skavlem has a particular special interest in dry eye disease management and treatment. When Dr. Skavlem is not caring for patients, she loves to cook, spend time with her family outdoors at the lake, and travel to new places.