Dr. Amato is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She rowed competitively for Oxford University and graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Boston College. She completed general surgery Internship at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA and Ophthalmology Residency at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She completed her ASOPRS fellowship in Austin, TX and MD Anderson in Houston, TX. She went on to serve as adjunct clinical faculty at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland while practicing in Annapolis, MD. She relocated to Northern California where she practiced at Kaiser Permanente, and continued to teach and do research as an adjunct clinical professor at Stanford Hospital. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and participates in state and national professional organizations including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

As an international speaker and educator, she developed a special interest in medical missions, assisting underserved countries including Vietnam, Brazil, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Cambodia with organizations such as SEE International, Eyes on Africa, Face the Challenge and International Medical Relief Organization. She returned to Austin in 2013 with her husband and two young boys. She has become highly respected in the community, selected Austin’s Top Doctor and Super Doctor 4 years in a row and served as president of the Austin Ophthalmology Society. She was recently appointed adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School. She is the founder of Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Austin, TX. She and her family enjoy skiing, traveling and giving back.

As a leader in her field, Dr. Amato strives to provide cutting edge minimally invasive techniques in cosmetic facial rejuvenation and reconstruction for all ages.

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology


American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Austin Ophthalmology Society

Honors & Awards

ASOPRS Research Award
AAO Distinguished Member Award
Austin Top Doctor and Super Doctor 2014-2017


Undergraduate-Boston College 1988-92
Medical School-Georgetown University 1992-96
Surgery Internship- Stanford University 1996-97
Residency-Georgetown Ophthalmology 1997-2000
ASOPRS Fellowship-Texas Oculoplastic Surgery 2000-2002