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    Q&A: Lori Grover, OD, PhD, FAAO, senior vice president for health policy at King-Devick Technologies, Inc.

    Public health, advocacy, antiquing, and good guacamole


    What’s something your colleagues don’t know about you?

    I love antiquing. I love old medical and optometric equipment. My daughter and my nieces would tell you that I love to collect dishes, and they’re right about that. [Laughs] I like to collect things that I can actually use.

    What’s your guilty pleasure food?

    I don’t think anybody would argue if I told you it’s a really good chicken wing or a really good guacamole. I’ve lived in seven different states, and one of the things we’ve always valued is eating locally. When we travel, I don’t want to be where the visitors are—I want to go where people who live in this area go. But guacamole and chips, I don’t know if you’re going to find anything really better than a homemade salty chip and fresh avocado with some lime juice and a little cilantro and the trick is a little bit of olive oil. I learned that in Mexico.

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    Do you have any regrets?

    No, I really don’t. There are always pros and cons with every choice that you make. I’m an incredibly fortunate person. I love my life, and even though I’ve got a lot of wrinkles, I love them, too. I feel they are a badge of honor that I’ve earned. [Laughs]

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

    I decided when I was 40 years old that in order for me to go where I wanted to go, I needed to find a way to build my credentials in health policy and public health. I decided that I would pursue National Institutes of Health funding (K series) to do this. I never would have thought in a million years I’d be able to do it. I took a year to write a grant, I got it funded, and it gave me an incredible stretch of time where I was able to be on faculty, be on the medical staff, and at the same time earn my PhD. I didn’t have any role models to follow in optometry at the time. That made it more crazy, but it also made it more exciting to say, “If you do this, you’ll be able to help others do this down the road.” That would have to be my craziest thing.

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