M. Polly McKinstry MD
Three generations of physicians...
Dr. M. Polly McKinstry was raised on a farm in a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania (Kennett Square) where her father... and his father before him... had been family doctors. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors from Swarthmore College with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology.
Dr. McKinstry was also Most Valuable Woman Athlete of the Year in 1976 at Swarthmore. She went to Yale Medical School, interned in Pittsburgh and performed a residency in ophthalmology at Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She then went to UCLA to perform her fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute.
After becoming a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. McKinstry also became a fellow and member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS).
Less than 20 doctors pass this rigorous training and join this elite sub-specialty surgical society each year.
While in training at Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. McKinstry met Arthur Astorino, Jr., M.D. They were married and both now have practices in Orange County. They currently reside in Laguna Hills, California. They had a son, Troy, in 1990 who is currently in college at MIT. Their daughter, Casey, born in 1993, attends Sage Hill High School. Both doctors have been very active with their children's education and sports and coached their basketball and soccer teams for years. The whole family also enjoys tennis and horseback riding.
Dr. McKinstry chose the field of medicine because she wanted a profession that would challenge her mind and her hands, enabling her to work with and help people.
"I went into ophthalmology because it allowed me to work with children and adults, to perform surgery as well as long term care, and because of the successes and advances in the field of microsurgery and technology."
Once involved in Ophthalmology, Dr. McKinstry found her interest, and discovered her talent, in ophthalmic plastic surgery. This sub-specialty allows Dr. McKinstry to make the eyelids work better - to better protect the eyes, improve vision, make the eyelids look better, and add beauty to the face.
"When people first notice someone, they almost always look into their eyes. It is especially important to maintain the health and enhance the beauty of your eyelids."