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Vernon Trollinger
OD Q&A: Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Clinic Director of Eye & Vision, Richardson, TX
I grew up in Puerto Rico. Actually, I was born in Cuba during the Castro Revolution. My parents exiled to Spain and ended up in Florida, but I actually grew up most of my life in Puerto Rico. I attended third grade up to completing high school.
Q&A: Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO
I have very simple advice for students who are finishing up or new grads: figure out what you want to do. If your goal is to get out to work for a big box store or in a commercial setting, then go into that right when you’re done.
Q&A: Eric White, OD, owner of Complete Family Vision Care, San Diego
A lot of my parents’ friends were doctors, and every medical doctor said, “I hate what I do, but I love the money.” Every optometrist said, “This is the greatest profession in the world.” So, that’s when I decided that if you love what you, do the money will come.
Q&A: Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD
Midway through my education at University of California in San Diego, I was meeting with guidance counselors about what type of medical field I might like, and I hadn’t decided.
Q&A: Jill Autry, OD, RPh
North Carolina has always been a very progressive state as far as optometry is concerned, so I assumed that all the states were like North Carolina.
Q&A: Dori Carlson, OD
I was the kid who was in the optometrist’s office when I was young because I couldn’t see the chalkboard when I was in third grade. My optometrist put me in contact lenses at the age of nine, and I’ve been wearing them ever since, so I spent a bunch of time in my optometrist’s office.
OD Q&A: Glenda B. Secor, OD, FAAO
When I got my first pair of contact lenses when I was in high school, I thought they were wonderful. Now, they have studies that talk about self-esteem and contact lenses and what a great difference they can make in a young person’s life. But I think I was representative of that philosophy because I thought my contact lenses were wonderful. It made a lifelong impression on me, so that’s what I wanted to do.
OD Q&A: Alan Glazier, OD
It started out my desire to have a different forum from the ones I was engaging in. Most forums at the time were difficult places to navigate, hard to find what you were looking for, and sometimes it was upsetting because you could throw something on there innocently enough and somebody would shoot of the woodwork and insult you or start a controversy around what you said.
Q&A: Devin Sasser
I grew up in a small town called Mesquite, TX, right on the edge of Dallas, a small suburb. Texas weather is very temperamental (no pun intended), so there are days when it’s really cool. Real cool to me is about 50°F. [Laughs] Oh man, it’s cold outside, and then the next day it’s 80°F. I’m used to living in that range. And St. Louis, we have a winter here…but something about last year’s. It never went away.
Q&A: Joseph T. Barr, OD, FAAO, Emeritus Professor at the Ohio State University College of Optometry
Q&A: Joseph T. Barr, OD, FAAO, Emeritus Professor at the Ohio State University College of Optometry
My grandfather was one of the first instructors in the 100-year old College of Optometry at The Ohio State University. I never knew him; he died when I was 2. He had an optometry practice in my home town. My father was an optician—he made spectacles and managed a lab. So I knew the optometric field as early as I can remember.