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2016 November - Beth Robinson, OD



Beth Robinson, OD

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

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

3.   Why would someone want to be a TOA member?

4.   Which optometrist has inspired you and why?

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

 

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

I was working as an actuarial analyst (cubicle Excel spreadsheet job) and realized it lacked the social involvement I was looking for.  I wanted a way to directly contribute to the public population and help people.  This thought sent me on a hunt for something different as a career.  Between my mom and a good friend that has close family ties to an optometrist, I was convinced of a new career that involved the medical field and could leave room for family life as well.  It helped that I love the fashion aspect of glasses.  This set off my journey to go back to school for optometry, finally graduating in 2012.

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

1) Treat to your comfort level.  Soon you will get more and more comfortable with treatment and follow up timelines.  At first you may see them back every day for a week for an infection but soon you will trust your plan and won't have to follow so closely.

2) Expect politics.  Optometry and my day-to-day life at work is directly affected not only by decisions made in Austin but also in Washington DC.  When getting into this profession, I did not realize how important it would be to advocate for our profession.

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3.   Why would someone want to be a TOA member?

I highly recommend to every optometrist in Texas to be a TOA member and every optometrist to be an AOA member.  I also support my local organization.  Right now I have young kids so I don't have time to fight for our profession personally.  By being a member, paying dues, and contributing to TOPAC, I am relying on others to fight for me to keep optometry moving forward.  I hope to one day be more involved with TOA myself but for now I truly thank those that work so hard for this profession.

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4.   Which optometrist has inspired you the most and why?

Dr. Keith Manuel is my boss, my mentor, and my colleague...not to mention a friend.  He is a successful business owner, an outstanding optometrist, and a family man at heart.  His patients are loyal to him and he treats them all as family.  He continues to stay on the forefront of new developments in the profession and always finds new challenges to keep things interesting.  It is easy to get in a rut with work but Dr. Manuel is always looking for ways to grow his practice and change.  I appreciate his love for the profession, his attention to detail when caring for patients, and his guidance.  I could not have asked for a better mentor when entering this profession, and I only hope to become half as good of an optometrist as he is.

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

When I was interning as a 4th year optometry student, a technician was running a visual field on a patient.  He was obviously uncomfortable and started to sweat.  Eventually he abruptly stood up and took his shirt off!  Apparently, he is a bit claustrophobic.  He remains my patient to this day, and needless to say, I avoid ordering a visual field for him at all costs sure.