Dr. Bridget Hendricks is an Assistant Professor of Optometry in the Department of Primary Care at the New England College of Optometry. She lectures in the following first, second, and third year courses: Principles and Practice of Optometry, Ocular Disease Principles, Clinical Reasoning, Low Vision Rehabilitation, and Clinical Decision Making in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. Dr. Hendricks is a laboratory instructor for first and second year optometry students in the Principles and Practice of Optometry and Ocular Disease Principles courses. She has served on numerous college committees including the Admissions Committee (former Chair), Research Committee, Curriculum Committee, as well as Faculty and Dean Search Committees. She has participated in international mission trips to provide eye care for impoverished communities in Mexico and El Salvador.
Dr. Hendricks is currently an Attending Optometrist at NECO Clinical Network and the Dimock Community Health Center, where she provides comprehensive ocular care to diverse and under-served patient populations. Dr. Hendricks serves as a preceptor and mentor to second, third, and fourth year optometry interns and residents.
Dr. Hendricks graduated with honors from Spelman College, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. She conducted research at Schepens Eye Research Institute, where she was inspired to pursue Optometry. She continued on to the New England College of Optometry where she received her Doctorate in Optometry (OD) with honors as well as a Masters in Vision Science (M.S.), concurrently. She holds the distinction of being the first student to complete the OD/MS Dual Degree Program at the New England College of Optometry. From there, she went on to complete a residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Hendricks also earned her Fellowship in Optometry from the American Academy of Optometry. Her advanced training has allowed her to pursue her passion for medical-based and academic optometry. She has held a faculty appointment at the New England College of Optometry since 2006.
Dr. Hendricks provides numerous continuing education lectures for the academic as well as private practice communities. She is currently pursuing research interests, which include ocular disease and community health, with a focus on glaucoma. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists.