Dr Kalapesi graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales. After this, Dr Kalapesi undertook prevocational work at Westmead and Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney. She undertook her Part 1 Ophthalmology Examinations during this period and then achieved a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD (2002-2007), at the University of New South Wales in basic laboratory ophthalmic research.
She trained as an Ophthalmology Registrar (2005-2010) based at the Prince Of Wales Hospital, Randwick and recently undertook 2 years of further fellowship experience in the United Kingdom. Her first fellowship was at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in General Ophthalmology with experience in cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, strabismus, paediatrics but with a special interest in oculoplastics.
After this Dr Kalapesi took on her second fellowship at the Bristol Eye Hospital, as the Oculoplastics and Orbital fellow. During this year, she gained vast surgical experience in the management of lid, lacrimal and orbital conditions. She was an investigator for the CIRTED Trial investigating the role of immunosuppression and radiotherapy in thyroid eye disease. She also hosted weekly multidisciplinary orbital meetings. Dr Kalapesi attended 17 international meetings, 11 courses, presented at 6 meetings and trained registrars whilst in the United Kingdom. She has published 14 articles on various topics in ophthalmology.
Dr Kalapesi is in private ophthalmic practice, The Eye Clinic, in Manly.