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Vernon Trollinger
Q&A: Bryan Rogoff Principal and consultant for EyeExec Consulting
I enjoyed patient care, but I wanted to do more with my career. I didn’t necessarily look at patient care as where I wanted my career to be. I was recognized to be able to marry clinical and business and mediate communications between the two.
Q&A: Steven Loomis, OD, President of the American Optometric Association
I grew up in Butte, Montana. My dad was truck driver. He worked for Standard Oil, and he delivered gasoline to the gasoline stations there and the farmers in the area. It’s a beautiful place, phenomenal place, to grow up. Butte always had the reputation for being a little rough because it’s a mining town, but it’s just how I grew up.
Q&A: Konrad Billetz, Cofounder, CEO, Frameri
I actually was going to go to med school. I had interviewed, taken the MCAT, then decided not to go to med school. It wasn’t the right place for me at that time. I always like business a lot. I wanted to learn sales, so I actually went into door-to-door sales—I made that obvious move from biochemistry to door-to-door sales.
Q&A: Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO
I wore glasses and contact lenses as a child, and my optometrist who I grew up with was very inspiring. He was the one who mentioned the profession to start with and guided me along the way. Now the fun thing is that I was able to reconnect with him just last year in a professional setting. He and I both do specialty contact lens work, so that was really fun.
Q&A: Mary K. Mercado, digital marketing manager for CooperVision, Inc.
I always had in my head that I was going to be a doctor. I was specifically in molecular biology, and chemistry was just side gig. So, I had the dream of being an optometrist, got accepted to optometry school and decided it wasn’t for me at the last minute. So, I turned to chemistry, and chemistry was my backup plan.
Q&A: Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, Diplomate
I didn’t at all anticipate the challenges I would face at being a clinician in industry. It really comes down to you’re a clinician, you make a decision, there’s a result, it’s either good or bad, and you adjust and adapt. In industry, at least initially, I didn’t know if what I was doing was making a difference.
Q&A: Monica Roy, OD, MPH, FAAO
I grew up in a highly myopic family and had a really close relationship with our eye doctor at a very young age. What’s really drawn me toward optometry is its universality. Vision and ocular anatomy are the same across the globe, so that means I have the ability to impact lives anywhere.
Q&A: Leslie O'Dell, OD, FAAO
Check out our interview with Dr. Leslie O'Dell.
OD Q&A: Barbara Horn, OD
My brother when he was a child, the oldest, got to have vision therapy at a little optometrist’s office. My mother and I would sit there and watch him go through his therapy, and I always thought it looked like so much fun. So, watching him I was jealous that he got to do it, and I didn’t.
Q&A: Joan Hansen, OD
In Manitoba, I worked in an optometrist’s office called Transcona Optical for three years. They wanted me join their practice and be a partner. But their idea of partnership wasn’t my idea of partnership, and I chose to start looking elsewhere.