Dr. Kirsten Ball was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. She attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, and then a Doctor of Optometry degree from the UW School of Optometry in 2000. Graduating with honours, she received numerous awards for Academic and Clinical Excellence, including outstanding achievements in pediatric optometry and optics. As well as working in private practice, she also pursued research activities part time at the School of Optometry as a research optometrist for eight years, which included work with pre-school children, linking vision and literacy, and binocular vision. Dr. Ball is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Optometrists, as well as the College of Optometrists of Ontario, where she serves as a Quality Assurance Assessor. She also serves as the president of the Waterloo-Wellington and District Optometric Society. In her spare time she enjoys training and competing nationally and internationally in fencing, as well as travelling to new places, and exploring the outdoors.