Dr. Monroe grew up on a farm in central Iowa and went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her doctorate (O.D.) degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While in optometry school Dr. Monroe was active in volunteer organizations including VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), Dr. Monroe also earned the David J. Kerko Low Vision Award and was honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Optical by Vision Monday magazine.
Dr. Monroe completed externships at a private practice in Kentucky specializing in pediatrics and vision therapy services, and at Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, a world renowned eye care hospital in Miami, Florida. She also attended a 100-hour training class in vision therapy with Dr. Robert Sanet in San Diego, California. Dr. Monroe earned her Fellowship in College of Optometrists in Vision Development. This designation demonstrates her dedication to functional optometry and vision therapy.
Dr. Monroe lives in Marion with her husband Nick, their daughter Hallie and son Harrison. They enjoy walking their dog and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes.