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For This Colorado OD Sanity is Found in the Simple Things

He loves meeting new people, solving patient problems and his tightly knit staff.

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Christopher J. Arbaugh, OD
Alpine Vision, Colorado Springs, Windsor and Falcon, CO

Running a three-location business with 16 employees is enough to make anyone question their sanity. Luckily, Dr. Chris Arbaugh finds pleasure in many of the simple things … like his ability to meet new people every day, helping patients solve their problems and a staff so close it’s like family … “Sure, we’re a bit dysfunctional like any family, but I’m blessed to have a great crew right now,” he shares. Other than that, Arbaugh is a self-professed simple guy. “My daily therapy starts with a cup of coffee or tea, if I can get that without any distractions it’s going to be a pretty good day. It ends with walking the dog, there’s a lot to be said for a half hour with someone who is always happy to see you.” In addition to these small daily pleasures, Arbaugh believes his sanity would benefit from traveling and golfing more, and he’d like to learn how to sail. “I have a mild obsession with owning my own island,” he says.

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Dr. Ryan Corte Knows How to Hustle

He also knows there is no better way to unwind than with family time and a little wine.

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Ryan Corte, OD
Northlake Eye, Charlotte, NC

Dr. Ryan Corte knows how to hustle. Along with being co-owner of Northlake Eye, he is also founder and CEO of IntroWellness, a health and wellness website … and oh, yeah, a dad to a 1 year old. And people like to say millennials are unmotivated. “I really enjoy learning. When you manage your own business, you learn something new every day,” he shares. And his millennial status is a strength when it comes to managing his practice. “I’m in charge of our website and social media content,” he says. “Naturally, I love that!” Not to mention the positive impact he feels his practice has on its patients, staff and community. “It means a lot to me.” His dislikes are the same as any owner/OD: Finding doctor coverage; recruiting, training, and managing staff; and dealing with insurance and managed care. But at the end of the day he has his beautiful young family at home. “Family time. A glass of wine. A good movie or show. A night out,” are all he needs to unwind.

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For This Miami OD, It’s the Simple Things That Get Him Back On Track

But lo the patient who dares to no show!

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James Hagen, ODHagen Eye Care, Miami, FL

Dr. James Hagen loves what he does and that hasn’t changed over time. In fact, time has only enhanced that love. In addition to being independent and making his own decisions, his favorite parts of owning his business actually require the sort of longevity his successful career has afforded him. “I love educating and offering new contact lens technology that has evolved throughout the years,” he says. “And being a part of the different chapters in my patients’ lives.” Unsurprisingly, he dislikes dealing with insurance companies and unreasonable patients, but don’t you dare no-show! Thankfully, after a day rife with truant patients, it’s the simple things that get him back to rights: riding his bicycle, enjoying a nice dinner with family and friends, and relaxing while watching TV are all it takes.

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A Florida OD With A Need for Speed

If it’s not a muscle car that goes fast, he’s not interested.

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Dennis C. Ryczek, OD
Ryczek Eye Associates, St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Dennis Ryczek may seem like a mild-mannered optometric physician dedicated to helping people see and look their best during the day… but by night, he is a speed machine. A muscle car aficionado, when he is not “impacting patients’ lives and well-being positively through medically oriented dilated eye exams and making personal connections with interesting people,” he’s driving fast cars… fast. But don’t get him started on his dislike of insurance company interference in his practice — everything from authorizations for medicinal Rx’s to doctor reimbursements — it ranks as his #1, 2 and 3 when it comes to the things he dislikes about running his business. Luckily, when he needs to blow off some steam he’s got his pick of ocean activities in the paradise right outside his door.

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