Dr. Winkel is a Washington State native. She grew up near Spokane, and has lived in Kennewick for the past 25 years. She graduated from Pacific University and since graduating, she has practiced general optometry for 27 years, providing health evaluations, refractions, contact lens fittings, and sports specialty exams. She also administers low-vision evaluations at the Edith Bishel Center for the Visually Impaired.
Dr. Winkel has been an avid trap-shooter since the age of 10, with numerous state, regional, and national titles to her credit. She has earned a position on the Amateur Trapshooting Association, All-American Lady team for the last 15 years. This allows her to have a unique understanding of the needs of those involved in firearm sports. This experience provides her unique insight in understanding, and helping to accommodate, the unique vision needs of other sports and hobby enthusiasts.
Dr. Winkel has been married for 25 years to her husband Jim, and enjoys following the activities of her son Bradley, a student at Southridge High School