Dr. Newman graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 1981. Upon graduating she was recognized with the Award for Clinical Proficiency, Outstanding Academic Achievement as well as an award for Excellence in Pathology. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Dr. Newman completed advanced training in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease from North Eastern State University in Oklahoma in 1995 and is qualified to prescribe therapeutic agents for the treatment and management of ocular disease. She is an active member and past president of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. She has also been active with minor soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Dr. Newman also enjoys sea kayaking, tennis, squash and travel.