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 to share ideas within the WO community and beyond. It’s another platform to bring women’s voices in the profession to the fore. If you’d like to join us on a podcast episode, we’d love to hear from you.
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Dr. Monica Johnsonbaugh: How Opening a Practice Let Me Shave 15 Years Off My Student Loan
Monica Johnsonbaugh, OD, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, worked in a variety of settings before opening her own practice, Focus 313 Eye Care. The revenue from that location, a corporate location and some speaking engagements were enough to support her, her husband/business manager and provide enough to accelerate loan payments. Hear how she did it.
Dr. Susan Resnick and Dr. Viola Kanevsky: Can a Cash-pay Practice Work for You?
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, and Viola Kanevsky, OD, both have busy private practices in New York City. Both are almost exclusively cash-pay practices. These two doctors talk about how and why it works for them, as well as what to consider if weighing such a move for yourself. They'll be hosting a webinar on this topic on ODWire on March 11.
Dr. Debby Feinberg: The Need for Neurovisual Optometry Is Huge
Debby Feinberg, OD, FAAO, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is one of the leading voices in the field of neurovisual optometry. She has trained 27 eye care practitioners in her method of providing fast help to patients who suffer from congenital or acquired issues with balance, dizziness, nausea and anxiety due to visual issues. Dr. Feinberg is a 2018 Women In Optometry Theia Award winner for innovation.
Dr. Melanie Weiss: Being Clean and Sober Is an Amazing Feeling (Part 2)
Melanie Weiss, OD, in the second part of a two-part podcast, describes how she found help in treatment and in a supportive community, including optometrists who helped her keep her practice afloat after news of her opioid addiction became publicly known. Now back at work, she dedicates 20 percent of her time to talking about addiction and recovery and has launched Vision of Hope at myvisionmyhope.com. Asking for help doesn't make you weak, she says. It makes you strong.
Dr. Melanie Weiss: Battling an Opioid Addiction (Part 1)
Melanie Weiss, OD, of Watertown, South Dakota, had it all: a loving husband, three beautiful daughters, a successful optometry practice. Her opioid addiction put it all at risk. In part 1 of this 2-part series, Dr. Weiss describes how three surgeries in three years contributed to a hellish dependency. The day she was arrested became the turning point in getting her life back in order.
Dr. Emily Bjore: $400K in Combined Student Loan Debt Is Gone
Emily Bjore, OD, of Eagen, Minnesota, and her husband had accumulated nearly $400K in student loan debt. Hear how they decided to scrap the 30-year-repayment plan and accelerate the payment—and stuck with it, even after a serious illness.