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SECO Recap: Meet & Greet With Optometrists

Oh, how I love going to Disney World! The meet & greets are some of my favorite parts of going to the parks. Mickey, Minnie, Belle, Prince Charming… I love them all.

Going to optometry conferences is very much the same experience for me. Being able to meet & greet with fellow eye doctors is so enjoyable. The camaraderie is something that is experienced in other occupations, I’m sure, and it is nice to be able to nerd out with people who get the same type of humor.

Would you like to meet some of the people I ran into at the AFOS & SECO meetings?

  1. Scott Slagle! I’ve gone to lots of meetings. They get made 100x better when I get to spend time with Dr. Slagle. My career would be nowhere near where it is today if it weren’t for him. 

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Scott Slagle: my residency supervisor and my ultimate example of a compassionate, brilliant, and enjoyable person.
2. Tammy Than! I was so excited when I found out Dr. Than was going to be able to come to the AFOS meeting at SECO to lecture. She really takes the cake when it comes to content, organization, and delivery. Subtle humor, concise, and thorough! I’m not nearly as intelligent.

Poor picture of me... quick selfie so Tammy could get started with her lecture.
Poor picture of me… quick selfie so Tammy could get started with her lecture.
3. James Venable: “It’s not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship.” Dr. Venable said that during my first year in optometry school when we were essentially whining about the test schedule. Haha! We got over it.

Dr. Venable in the middle!
Dr. Venable in the middle!
4. Chris Lievens: I have so many memories of Dr. Lievens from lab and clinic. He was always very encouraging of me in pursuit of my passions, and I thank him!

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Dr. Chris Lievens and I were waiting to hear from his wife and one of my mentors, Kristin Anderson.
4. Steve Wilson: His son, Wes, is my sister’s photographer. We figured we’d get a selfie together at the expo to say, “see, we take good photos, too!” Hahah! Hometown pride!

Dr. Wilson was really into this selfie.
Dr. Wilson was really into this selfie.
5. Steven Lowinger: I met him as part of our “Optometrists Who CrossFit” group meetup in Seattle, Washington in 2013. It’s amazing how both of our passions combined to bring us together. So good seeing you!

Steven Lowinger and I... how he found me in a crowd of 4000 people I'll never know.
Steven Lowinger and I… how he found me in a crowd of 4000 people I’ll never know.

I, obviously, met so many more people. But I don’t want to bore you… nor do either of us have the time! Until Thursday!

 

PS: Tomorrow is my 32nd BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!