I made my decision to become an optometrist in my second year of college while attending Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I was ecstatic to learn that I had been accepted to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. The more I learned about the eye and vision, the more I became convinced that I had chosen the right career. To be able to help people see with more clarity and ease, to be able to help people keep their eyes healthy, has been very fulfilling. I am always looking for new ideas, new technologies, and then to apply this knowledge to the benefit my patients.
2. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
When I was young, I enjoyed reading, and continue to enjoy reading the Bible. It has guided my life. The principles that are contained in the Scriptures are never failing and the truths contained in it are eternal in nature.
3. What are three things that you love to do outside of work?
When I am not working, I LOVE to play racketball, golf, and being involved with my Roseville Rotary club and friends.
4. Who is your all-time favorite musician/band and movie?
I have always loved the Beach Boys, Beetles, and practically all of the 1960’s and 70’s music. There is nothing that compares to this era of music! I loved Star Wars when it FIRST came out!
5. Why did you sign up to become a Certified ChromaGen Practitioner?
I have been involved with Chromagen lenses for color deficiency for over ten years. Recently, with the inclusion of help for Dyslexic individuals, I have had my enthusiasm reinvigorated. It was a NO-BRAINER to continue to be involved with Chromagen.
6. Do you have a favorite ChromaGen success story to share?
There are so many patients that have been helped with the Chromagen Dyslexia lenses. Two stand out. One is a 12 year old girl who had been struggling with reading…falling behind in school…and feeling like she was lacking intelligence because everyone else could read so easily, but she was struggling. When we tested her for Dyslexia, and introduced the neutral gray lenses, her eyes lit up and she told her mom who was watching the testing procedures, “Mom, I can SEE it (the words) and they are not jumping off the page!” Her mom said, “Are you kidding me?” and the girl proceeded to read at twice the speed with very few reading errors. The second was a 63 year old woman who had struggled all her life with reading. We tested her, introduced the neutral gray filtered test lenses, and she almost cried because she said that she could “see” the print with such ease. Because these lenses are a bit costly, she hesitated in ordering the product, but came back later in the day and ordered the lenses because she had seen such a tremendous difference.
7. What are your top three tips for eye care?
Eye heath maintenance goes along with full body health maintenance. Exercise, eat right, don’t smoke and U.V. protection are imperative in maintaining the right environment for the eye’s health.
8. Is your practice using social media to reach new and/or existing customers/patients? If so, where can our readers find you?
We use FACEBOOK as a social media channel. We have not yet gotten on Twitter.
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