Prior to obtaining her Doctorate of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry Dr. Breithaupt attended Western Michigan University (WMU) and acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance, studying clarinet. She began her career in the optometric field during her junior year at WMU by working as an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified optician at a local optical in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
During her time at the Michigan College of Optometry Dr. Breithaupt served as the Chapter President of Beta Sigma Kappa, a national optometry honors society. She also participated in a mission trip to Mexico with the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) to provide local access to eye care for underprivileged children and families. Throughout the course of her studies Dr. Breithaupt completed clinical rotations with emphasis in vision therapy and rehabilitation, pediatrics, developmental optometry, traumatic brain injury, ocular health, contact lenses and primary care. She decided to dedicate herself to the field of developmental and rehabilitative optometry after realizing the positive and life-changing impact that vision therapy can have on people of all ages that suffer from binocular vision disorders and vision-related learning problems. She is currently an associate member of COVD, the American Optometric Association, and the Texas Optometry Association. Dr. Breithaupt is also actively pursuing fellowship with COVD.