Dr. Joelle Zarzana grew up in the Sonoma Valley and attended high school at Justin Siena in Napa, where she was an honors student and active in sports and theater. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, while pre-med, from the University of California, Davis. She then attended U.C. Berkeley, where she received a second Bachelors degree in Vision Science, while earning her doctorate in optometry in 2004.
Dr. Zarzana performed vision screening on students (K-12) for Alameda and Contra Costa County. She was a managing optometrist for EyExam, where she was nominated for "2005 Managing Doctor of the Year." Dr. Zarzana was active in local volunteer work, partnering with charitable organizations to provide free eye exams to those in need.
She is a third generation Italian-American, with extensive family throughout Italy. As a result, she loves traveling and is currently learning Italian. She also enjoys musical theater, health and fitness.