I8hrsDr. Wendi N. Harada Shibayama was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Kaimuki High School and later attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Because of her ethnic background and her love for the culture, she pursued and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese. By studying Japanese, her intention was not only to honor Japanese culture and language, but also to better serve the Japanese people by utilizing her fluent language skills in the medical field. Subsequently, she attended Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon where she graduated with distinction earning a Doctor of Optometry degree.