WO Voices

WO Voices

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Welcome to WO Voices, a podcast series from Women In Optometry, featuring women ODs and others who talk about some aspect of practice, business, career choices, family, volunteer interests, leadership in the profession and more. WO Voices is a chance t…


Julie Steinhauer: Giving Vision Therapy a Boost Through Syntonic Phototherapy
Sep 3 • 22 min
Dr. Julie Steinhauer says that with syntonic phototherapy combined with traditional vision therapy, she can achieve results much faster.
Angela Fisher: Don’t Push Recalls Off
Aug 20 • 17 min
Reactivating patients who have dropped out of the regular recall cycle is the lifeblood of a practice, says Angela Fisher of National Recalls.
Sally Halim: How Training for a Triathlon Helps Sharpen Practice Skills
Aug 6 • 20 min
Dr. Sally Halim trains for triathlons - so we don’t have to - but we can still learn from her resolve.
Millicent Knight: Finding Leadership Opportunities Where They Arise
Jul 30 • 20 min
As an optometry school student, Dr. Knight began to write letters advocating for the profession. She’s never stopped doing that kind of work.
Meg Richardson: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Jul 15 • 22 min
Dr. Meg Richardson found just-in-time help as she was navigating the steps to opening a new practice.
Nicole Trabuc: Running a Practice Their Way
Jul 3 • 21 min
Dr. Nicole Trabuc shows that there’s more than one way to get to your goals.
Samantha Hornberger: “Sales” Is Not a Dirty Word
Jun 25 • 19 min
Samantha Hornberger, OD, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, realized her patients follow her treatment recommendations a large percentage of the time. Why? Because she models a mindset that encourages her staff to follow through. Hear how she encourag…
Carol Alexander: Leadership Matters
Jun 17 • 20 min
Carol Alexander, OD, FAAO, Head, North America Professional Relations at Johnson & Johnson Vision, discusses how she followed leadership opportunities. One key piece of advice: if you say yes, give it your all.
Michelle Ahumada: Not the Practice-opening Sequence She Expected, But the One That Worked
Jun 11 • 19 min
Dr. Michelle Ahumada thought she’d open her own practice earlier than she did, but life had other plans. Now she’s read.
Kimberly Friedman: The Value of Balance
May 20 • 20 min
Dr. Kim Friedman talks about finding figurative and literal balance in your professional life.
Lori Grover and Dr. Melissa Zaleski: Engaging in the Profession
Apr 30 • 26 min
To elevate the profession, ODs have to be a part of it.
Julie Tyler: Academic Careers Brings Expected and Unexpected Opportunities
Apr 8 • 21 min
Julie Tyler, OD, FAAO, of Nova Southeastern College of Optometry, discusses the unexpected ways that mentorship, leadership and professional collaboration have revealed themselves.
Caroline Guerrero Cauchi: You Can Make Myopia Management Part of Your Practice
Apr 2 • 20 min
Want to do more with myopia management but aren’t sure where to start?
Rachael Wruble: Negotiate for the Win-win
Mar 19 • 24 min
Rachael Wruble, OD, FAAO, of Belmont and Charlotte, North Carolina, says a job offer is more than a salary. Here are her suggestions for negotiating a deal that will make you happy.
Athena Brasfield: Success in a Low-income Area
Mar 12 • 22 min
Dr. Athena Brasfield works in the desert communities of Indio and Coachella, California, where she and her team seek to bring high-quality care to a low-income region.
Lori Grover: Low-value and High-value Services
Mar 4 • 22 min
Evidence can help set policy - and in a regulated profession like optometry and health care, evidence makes all the difference, says Dr. Lori Grover.
Jenny Coyle: Educating Tomorrow’s OD
Feb 26 • 23 min
Dr. Jenny Coyle, Dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry, talks about the current focus and future of optometric education.
Theresa Colonna: Checklists Streamline Training and Review
Feb 19 • 23 min
Even doing a few employee reviews can be a challenge. When there are 65 employees, a good system is essential.
Stacey Coulter: The Littlest Eyes - Pediatric Optometry
Feb 12 • 24 min
optometry, leadership, pediatrics, pediatric optometry, strabismus, amblyopia, children’s vision, women, optometry
Sherrol Reynolds: The National Optometric Association’s Mission and History
Feb 2 • 20 min
The National Optometric Association is turning 50 this year.
Theresa Colonna: Use Customized Video Training for Staff
Jan 28 • 21 min
How do you ensure consistent training in pretesting and clinical processes? Use video.
Pam Lowe: The Three Pillars of Practice Success
Jan 15 • 25 min
Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO, of Niles, Illinois, discusses the three essential pillars to a successful practice and professional life: advocacy, education and practice management.
Sherrol Reynolds: The Three Silent Killers - A Campaign from the NOA
Jan 4 • 16 min
Glaucoma Awareness Month may be in January, but the Three Silent Killers campaign is a year-round initiative from the NOA
Pam Theriot: A Patient’s Step-by-step Treatment Guide
Dec 7, 2018 • 21 min
Pam Theriot, OD, FAAO, is the author of Alleviate Dry Eye, an eight-week program and workbook for patients. The program uses a four-step treatment plan plus journaling and lifestyle habits. Week 2 emphasizes the need to schedule an eye exam.
Kerry Giedd: Pack up the Family; We’re Going on a Mission Trip
Dec 5, 2018 • 21 min
Kerry Giedd, OD, FAAO, of Orlando, Florida, has been traveling to the Dominican Republic for years to provide refractive eye care services. It’s a family affair and opportunity for service; her husband and three children just went along on a …
SmartMoney - Jill Showalter, OD: Building a Dry Eye Practice
Dec 2, 2018 • 11 min
Sharing this from our friends at Review of Optometric Business and CareCredit. Dr. Jill Showalter describes how she can make specialized eye care services more accessible to more patients by accepting patient financing.
Shauna Thornhill: Move Over, Santa
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
Shauna Thornhill, OD, of Amarillo, Texas, discusses how her annual Sight Before Christmas project has grown. Each year, her practice donates about 200 no-cost eye exams and collects more than 1,000 toys for children in the area. She’s optometry’s ow…
Sandra Young: A Sea Buckthorn Smoothie Changed My Life
Nov 23, 2018 • 17 min
Sandra Young, OD, author of Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health and Heal Your Dry Eyes: Nutrition and Recipes, discusses how certain foods can support a healthy ocular surface. Plus, you’ll learn about sea buckthorn!
Rachael Wruble: Young ODs - Know Your Worth
Nov 17, 2018 • 20 min
Rachael Wruble, OD, FAAO, of Belmont and Charlotte, North Carolina, is the 2019 Theia Award Young OD winner. Listen as she shares negotiating tips that she’s used in her career and her advocacy roles.
Lauretta Justin: What to Look for in Team Members
Nov 10, 2018 • 16 min
Lauretta Justin, OD, of Millennium Eye Center in Orlando, Florida, talks about the advantage of a four-hour final work interview. It’s one of the elements of pulling together a team that can do magic for a practice.
Lauretta Justin: Success Leaves Clues
Nov 3, 2018 • 15 min
Lauretta Justin, OD, of Orlando, Florida, talks about the lessons learned in opening a practice and the importance of developing a mission plan.
Whitney Hauser: Can You Dabble in Dry Eye?
Oct 16, 2018 • 21 min
Whitney Hauser, OD, says that doctors don’t need to invest in expensive technologies to start diagnosing and treating patients with dry eye symptoms. As doctors become more familiar with it and assess their community’s need, they can scale up…
Sandra Young: Refrigerator Alchemy: Nutrition for Eye Health
Oct 2, 2018 • 16 min
Sandra Young, OD, author of Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health and Heal Your Dry Eyes: Nutrition and Recipes, joins us to share recipes and menu planning strategies that complement ocular health.
Lauretta Justin: Building Ramps - Strategies for Working With Special Needs Kids
Sep 25, 2018 • 23 min
Mom OD of special needs sons shares strategies for home and office
Melissa Barnett and Dr. Melissa Zaleski: Staying Grounded and Enthusiastic
Sep 18, 2018 • 16 min
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, from Sacramento, California, and Melissa Zaleski, OD, MPH, from Tampa, Florida, return to ask each other questions and share some strategies for staying grounded and enthusiastic about their work. Dr. Barnett is the …
Melissa Barnett and Dr. Melissa Zaleski: Different Perspectives
Sep 18, 2018 • 18 min
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, from Sacramento, California, and Melissa Zaleski, OD, MPH, from Tampa, Florida, share their perspectives as an experienced OD and new graduate. Dr. Barnett is the co-author of Contemporary Scleral Lense…
Melissa Barnett: The Joy of Fitting Scleral Lenses
Sep 11, 2018 • 20 min
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, from Sacramento, California, is a leading authority on scleral lenses. She’s the co-author of Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application, and here she shares the passion that drove her to fitting scle…
Maria Sampalis: Push Through the Fear
Sep 3, 2018 • 13 min
Maria Sampalis, OD, of Cranston, Rhode Island, recently released her book, Finding Your Best Potential Future Self Now. She discusses the importance of taking risks - large and small - as a step in personal development
Dori Carlson: Life After an AOA Term
Aug 24, 2018 • 14 min
Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO, of Park River, North Dakota, shares that after her year as president of the American Optometric Association, she sought new outlets - in addition to a full-time return to practice and being mom to two teenage sons. Leadership de…
Laurie Sorrenson - Choose Your Team Carefully
Aug 23, 2018 • 18 min
Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, of Lakeline Vision Source in Austin, Texas, talks about the importance of bringing on associates who can help you grow your practice.
Dori Carlson: Finding Your Inner Leader
Aug 23, 2018 • 19 min
Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO, of Park River, North Dakota, talks about how she found herself outside of her comfort zone as she grew into leadership positions in professional organizations and in her year as the American Optometric Association pres…
Laurie Sorrenson: Practice Culture
Aug 21, 2018 • 18 min
Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, of Lakeline Vision Source in Austin, Texas, talks about her growing practice reflects the culture of the community and the people who work there.