After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas, Austin and graduating with highest honours (GPA 4.0), Dr Wells went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, ranking in the top 10 of her class.
Dr Wells then completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and became an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her busy American private practice was complimented by several teaching awards.
In 1997, Dr Wells migrated to Melbourne with her Australian husband and 2 children. Following completion of the Australian Ophthalmologic Fellowship Examination, she was awarded the College Gold Medal for Excellence. She has maintained a significant teaching and mentoring commitment at the Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr Wells has been an examiner for the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists. She currently works as a consultant ophthalmologist in the Emergency Department and is a co-director of the Acute Ophthalmology Clinic at the Eye and Ear Hospital.
Dr Wells is actively involved in developing Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Emergency Department and has been closely involved in the planning and redevelopment of the Eye and Ear Hospital since its beginning
2014 – Dr. J. Audrey Bowen Medal, Annual Excellence Awards, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
1999 – KG Howsam Medal for excellence, Part II Examination, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists