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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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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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For this Austin OD Family Time and Orange Theory are on Her List of Must Haves

Of course snorkeling in Maui and skiing in Colorado aren’t too shabby either.

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Dr. Courtney Rhodes
Optique, Austin, TX

It’s official, no eyecare business owners like insurance… not that this should come as any surprise to INVISION readers. Dr. Courtney Rhodes, of course, is no different. Add to that “worrying about the race to the bottom with online retailers” and you have her two least favorite things about running her business. Thankfully, the lifelong patient connections she makes, the freedom to think outside the box, and curating fun eyewear for her optical makes up for it. She also has spending time with her family and pets to look forward to at the end of the day. “We’ll cook dinner as a family to catch up on each other’s days, go on a walk with our dog, or my husband and I will enjoy a glass of wine together.”

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A Few of this Canadian OD’s Favorite Things for Maintaining Sanity

Including smothering her cats with affection and weekend dive bar sing-a-longs just to name two.

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Dr. Abby Jakob
EYES – Dr. Abby Jakob, Kingsville, ON 

Dr. Abby Jakob’s favourite (she is Canadian after all) parts of running her business are choosing her own hours, taking time off when she knows she needs it “for my health and sanity,” and becoming more well-known in her community. “It inspires me to get even more involved with community events, volunteer groups, and fundraisers, and that, in turn, helps my business even more as a result!” Of course even jobs we love come with things we don’t love so much. For Dr. Jakob that’s the time required for her social media channels. “I want to engage people and show my true personality with fun, clever, or visually pleasing posts, and it takes up so much time!” Other than that, hiring staff (and potentially having to fire them!), and finding a balance between seeing patients and setting boundaries with her time and schedule, rank in her top three least favorite things. Luckily, every day she gets to go home to hug and kiss smother her husband and all of her cats. “I [also] love going for walks with my dog, one of my cats (Booboo) actually walks with us, and my awesome husband, Patrick.” If it’s a weekend, you can find her in “an old hole-in-the-wall bar with live music, requesting all of my favourite songs and singing along!”

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