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2016 September - Melanie Prosise, OD



Melanie Prosise, OD

1.   Can you describe the moment you wanted to become an optometrist?

2.   What tips would you have for a recent graduate?

3.   How has TOA helped your practice?

4.   What is the best part about being and optometrist?

5.   Describe TOA in 3 words;

6.   BONUS Story

 

 

1.   Can you describe the moment you wanted to become an optometrist?

As I finished high school, I earned my pilots license and was convinced that I wanted to become a career pilot.   However, my vision did not meet the hiring standards of the time, so I talked to several different optometrists about possible ways to improve my vision.  I learned about vision therapy and other corrective options.  Not long after I realized that the multifaceted career of optometrist fit my strengths much better than a career as a pilot and began my studies accordingly.

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2.   What tips would you have for a recent graduate?

Try out different aspects of optometry until you find the best fit for you. After graduation, I tried working in both vision therapy and corporate optometry.  I ended up working in a medical ophthalmology practice handling the primary care aspects of the practice.  It was not something I thought about for myself during optometry school, but I have been extremely happy in this position for the last fifteen years.

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3.   How has TOA helped your practice?

The TOA has been an invaluable resource for my practice.  It is wonderful to have someone to call with practice management questions, as well as to feel secure that there is an organization planning for optometry's future by providing political oversight in Texas.  In addition, I have attended events in past years specifically for women optometrists, which were a wonderful way to network and bond with other doctors .

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4.   What is the best thing about being an optometrist?

The best part of being an OD is the relationships that you develop with the patients and staff over the years.  Watching children grow up, hearing about patient's lives and knowing that in one small way you get to make their lives a little easier- whether by finding the perfect focal point for their work glasses or discovering a potentially life-threatening tumor.

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5.   Describe TOA in 3 words;

Present

Persistent

Purposeful

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BONUS Story: Tell us a funny moment you experienced as a student/ new graduate in optometry.

When I was a student working in a VA outside of Boston, there was a particular stool in one of the small exam rooms that was oddly configured. One day I had just turned off the light to examine my elderly patient, when I slid right off the back of the stool and landed on my back on the floor.  After that, I quit wearing skirts to clinic for many years, until I was sure that I had mastered the art of sitting on stools!