Veronica Ruelas
ThirdEyeVision Foundation, OD

Veronica was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Dominican College, magna cum laude, with a dual major in Biology and Psychology. She attended New York School of
Optometry in Manhattan and completed her training at the top of her clinical class. Shortly thereafter, she secured a position as Clinical Director for the largest refractive surgery practice in New York, Vista Eye Care Associates. During her time there, she worked closely with the FDA on new innovative procedures, not yet approved in the United States. She published and presented her findings to ophthalmologists from around the world. After five years at Vista, she relocated to Miami, Florida where her Hispanic background proved to be essential in working with the Latin community there.

Over the last five years, Veronica has traveled to Peru, India and Brasil conducting free eye clinics and various volunteer missions while living in ashrams, and created the non profit, ThirdEyeVision Foundation. It was during these trips that she was exposed to, became knowledgeable in, and was inspired by local artisans and their traditions. While preserving the concept of sustainability, Veronica began designing her own line of yoga clothing and meditation accessories, one that reflected her urban style while maintaining the respected spiritual environment in which they were to be worn. AshramChic seemed the perfect name for this new yoga lifestyle company and would become a vehicle in which funds could be raised to help her philanthropic work with ThirdEyeVision.

Veronica is currently an advanced certified yoga and meditation practitioner and owns her own medical practice in Battery Park City, N.Y. She uses the knowledge she gained from her teachers from all over the world for all of her patients, teaching them meditation, proper breathing, diet, relaxation, and positive thinking and its beneficial effects on reducing stress.