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A Busy OD and Mother of Triplets Who Started Freelance Writing for Fun

To unwind she communes with nature and looks for those elusive four leaf clovers.

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Cheryl Murphy, OD
Optometrist/Freelance Writer, Northport, NY

Dr. Cheryl Murphy has been practicing for 15 years and currently works at three practices — two ophthalmology practices owned by an MD and one optometry practice — in addition to being a freelance science writer having written for optometric trade journals and blogs like Scientific American and Huffington Post Science. To top it off she is the mother of tween triplets! If there was ever someone who needed to develop some keen unwinding skills, it is her. To do so she consumes lots of iced tea, reads the classics, and spends as much time as possible outside looking for deer and four leaf clovers in the woods behind her house.

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A Podcast-Loving OD That Always Enters the Office — And Home — With a Smile

With help from her passionate and dedicated work family.

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Dr. Dora Adamopoulos Eye2eye Optometry Corner, Alexandria, VA

Dr. Dora Adamopoulos can easily identify her favorite thing about running her business. “I love having a work family that I can 100 percent count on. Growing and maintaining a team of dedicated professionals who bring passion to their work and are dedicated to helping bring health to our patients and community.” She loves to see them grow and learn … after all, a well-trained and appreciated team helps a business run smoothly. Which helps Dr. Dora better achieve one of her other favorite things: “Seeing the vision in my brain become a reality.” But when that pesky, mundane paperwork and pressure to succeed becomes overwhelming, she has a tried and true formula for shaking it off. “I always listen to an entertaining (not work-related) podcast on the drive home. It helps me move out of work brain and into home brain. I walk in the door with a smile, no matter how difficult my day was.”

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How a Bookkeeping Boutique Owner Finds Her Calm

A little hot meditation is sometimes all that this optician needs.

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Stacy Daniel
Frameology Optical, East Syracuse, NY

“I love that the success of something is all on me,” says Stacy Daniel, owner of Frameology Optical. “I get to manage the way that I like customers to be treated. Of course, I like the financial rewards of the store, but more importantly, I like people being happy with their vision, feeling good while wearing a Frameology frame, and enjoying the experience of picking out glasses… I also love numbers and bookkeeping! If I wasn’t an optician, I’d be an accountant!” Based on her words, clearly Daniel picked the right profession, but even a dream job has the occasional hiccup. “Everything is on us. When someone calls in sick, my plans for the day/week get messed up. If a customer is unhappy, I take it to heart a little too much!” Thankfully, she is only a few steps from a place to unwind. “I have a great space upstairs in my office and after work I go up there, crank up the heat, and meditate.”

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Oregon Husband and Wife Duo Find Joy By Deciding to Slow Down

Their new formula? See fewer patients, spend more time with them and enjoy the occasional dinner out.

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Drs. Michael and Kimberly Hoyt
Artisan Eyeworks, Ashland, OR

This February — the month dedicated to love — we highlight a husband and wife team, who after seeing 40 plus patients a day for 20 years, found love again … the love of optometry. They opened Artisan in 2014 to see fewer patients and spend more time with them. They enjoy watching something they built from scratch thrive, being involved in the optical, and being able to have genuine relationships with their patients. In comparison to their old lives, stressful days are rare, but on those days they get out late, “We’ll go out for a nice dinner,” shares Michael. “We’re lucky to have quite a few really good restaurants in Ashland.”

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