Doctor Darnell was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. In 1999, she moved to Spokane to earn her undergraduate work at Gonzaga University, also meeting her husband, Nathan. Michelle then moved to Portland, Oregon to obtain her Doctor of Optometry degree, where she graduated “with distinction” or “with honors.” During her time at Pacific University, she had the opportunity to travel with the staff of Amigos Eye Care to administer eye care to the people of Belize. Here she learned her true passion is helping people live life to the fullest. One of her driving focuses is to develop meaningful relationships with her patients, ensuring they have the information they need to make educated decisions about their eye health and vision needs. When she is not taking care of patients, Michelle enjoys hiking, photography, acting, reading, and practicing her Spanish.