Dr. Butler was born and raised in the Milwaukee area. Her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She continued her education, receiving her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Butler completed both her internship and ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic. At the Cleveland Clinic she was chief resident of ophthalmology. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She joined Medical Eye Associates in 1996.