Gosh I haven’t written a blog since maybe 2009? I’m out of practice for sure! For the first of these ventures, I thought I would introduce myself and give a little background into my journey to private practice optometry.
I graduated from Optometry school in 2008 and soon thereafter moved to chilly Chicago. We chose to love there because I have close family that lives there and we thought we would try a city atmosphere for a while. I worked at a Lenscrafters location there, and I found that I really enjoyed the business component of practicing. In my time there I learned a lot in terms of management, marketing and optical technology; I was so lucky to have great leaders to learn under. After 2 very cold years we decided that we are much too weak to handle the fast pace and frigid days in Chicago, so alas we made our way home.
We have been “home” in the Olympia area since 2010 and have jumped right back into our community. Over the last 9 years I have been practicing Optometry in the greater Olympia area and learning more about business and patient management. It had long been a desire of mine to have an optometry clinic in my community that can be used in eye care and service capacity.
A large component of my life and my family’s is service. We are often looking for a way to serve our community, and when the reality that I would be starting my own practice arose I knew that this would be a perfect avenue to serve my community.
I have decided that with the sales of Eye Love Olympia we will commit to giving a pair of glasses to someone in need both locally and abroad. Locally we work with the Union Gospel Mission vision clinic, this clinic gives eye exams, eye health treatment, and glasses to the homeless and uninsured in our community. Having personally served there for the last 9 years, I am continually amazed at the compassion and care that each patient is given as well as the often unfortunate and complicated life situations that the patients come from. We are able to donate frames and exams to the Union Gospel mission of Olympia to continue our mission to serve.
There are multiple other vision related charities, such as Special Olympics of Washington, Lions Club International, VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity), and Optometry Giving Sight that I will as well donate glasses and funds to as a way to give back from what I have been given.
I cannot express enough how THRILLED I am to return to patient care and serve the Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey area once again.
At Eye Love Olympia what we know you will “Love What You See”.