care philosphy and Biography

Dr. Hitchmoth is an experienced doctor of optometry and has been seeing patients in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region for 22 years.  She believes vision loss can be largely prevented and her philosophy of care starts with the belief that a healthy body lends itself to a lifetime of good vision.  She truly understands that you need time with your doctor to create the partnership required to make this happen. You will ALWAYS be treated with kindness and compassion.


Dr. Hitchmoth is a nationally-recognized award-winning doctor, professor, lecturer and educator. She has extensive ophthalmic industry, executive healthcare management, policy, clinical outcomes and health systems data analysis experience.   She retired from her position as Chief of Optometry and Director of Optometric Residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital this past summer but will continue to see patients in her Hanover office. She is also excited to announce the opening of her New London office which will be her primary office location. She has partnered with Zeiss Meditech to create a Center of Excellence in rural New Hampshire to ensure the latest technology, research and education reaches her home-town community. Dr. Hitchmoth also recently joined the Executive Team at Zeiss Meditech Global as a Senior Business Consultant. 

Dr. Hitchmoth is an avid philanthropist and patient advocate as well. She was recently appointed to the Executive Board for the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety and travels to Washington D.C. to work with politicians and policy makers to ensure patients come first in our healthcare system.  She continues to hold clinical professor appointments at several universities and continues to lecture on a national basis.   She is a past state society President and has served in national leadership roles in the American Optometric Association over the past 25 years.  She is VA residency trained and a Fellow of the Academy and the Optometric Retina Society.  She is dual-board certified in general and medical optometric care.  She is currently on the Ocular Nutrition and Wellness Society Board as well as several other speakers bureaus and advisory boards as well as her alma mater's board of Trustees at the New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. Her publication and research interest centers on retinal biomarkers of brain and systemic disease. Dr. Hitchmoth is also recognized as the nations expert on retinal multi-spectral imaging.  Over the years, Dr. Hitchmoth has received countless accolades. She was awarded the AOA Advocate of the year in 2017.  Other notable awards include the Disabled American Veterans Doctor of the Year, the American Optometric Association's Young Optometrist of the year, the New Hampshire Optometrist of the Year, NECO-Alcon educator of the year, and NECO young alumnus of the year, to name a few.  She is also a past recipient of the New Hampshire Union Leader's "Top Forty under 40"  for her advocacy work for citizens of New Hampshire. 

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