When I was in the third grade, I didn’t like to read or pay attention during board work. Then my parents took me to an optometrist and purchased my first pair of glasses. Suddenly, I could see! I was more engaged in class, I could find my friends on the playground; everything started coming together. As the years went on, my interest in the profession of optometry grew and I saw it as a way to help children like myself. As I began optometry school, I learned about visual efficiency and perception conditions that affect children’s ability to learn and be successful in school. This made an impact on me; that so many children are struggling more than their peers, feeling inadequate or being told that they’re not smart, all due to conditions that may be treated and alleviated if only they saw the right doctor. I wanted to be that doctor.
Residency Trained Optometrist
I decided to pursue a residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation in Austin, TX because, though I learned a great deal about vision therapy in optometry school, I wanted an opportunity to practice my craft, learn from experienced doctors, and push myself to learn as much as possible about the field before setting out on my own. I found that my favorite part of my residency was seeing my patients and their families so frequently, really getting to know them, and becoming a part of their journey toward reaching their goals. I’ve seen children who came to us very shy with low self-esteem and struggling with reading, after a course of VT, blossom into outgoing, confident, avid readers; or at the very least they are now able to keep up with their classmates and earn A’s and B’s for the first time. It’s something I realize is difficult to describe or understand until you’ve experienced it, and you’re standing there holding back tears at their “graduation” ceremony, listening to their parents speak about how much has changed in their lives since beginning VT.
Aside from my passion for children’s vision, I have also found that working with my adult patients has brought just as much joy to my life. Working with patients after acquired brain injury or patients with longstanding conditions that they didn’t realize there was a treatment for can make impacts that even the patient didn’t think possible. I’ve found such profound fulfillment in the work that I’ve done this year and it’s something I want bring to families in whichever community I settle.
Asset to the Team
I believe my passion for the field is one of my greatest assets I can bring to a practice, but I also have much knowledge and experience to contribute as well. I have worked in a private VT practice for a year and learned a great deal from this business model. I am hard-working and independent, but I also love to collaborate and discuss my patients with my colleagues or experienced vision therapists in the office, to ensure that the patient’s needs and goals are being met in the best possible way. I enjoy going to CE lectures to learn new things or review old topics to ensure that the care I provide is the most effective and up-to-date with the current research and practices. I intend to pursue fellowships with AAO and COVD in the next 2-3 years to show my patients and community that I am dedicated to this field and the optometry community.
I am excited to find a workplace that will allow me to provide these services with a team of fellow doctors and support staff. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to a practice that shares my ideals, philosophy, and passion for patient care.