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Sitting and Smelling the Roses … and Whiskey

This Oklahoma OD loves her independence.

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Selina R. McGee, OD  Precision Vision of Edmond, Edmond, OK

Dr. Selina McGee values her independence. “I jokingly say self-employment is for the unemployable, but it’s true.” Luckily for her team, she finds them all eminently employable. “It’s inspiring to be in a position to…help people achieve their dreams, while they help me achieve mine,” she says. Her least favorite tasks? Choosing staff health insurance, maintaining QuickBooks and insurance credentialing. When it all gets too much she unwinds on her porch, “among all my pretty flowers“ with a “fantastic glass of whiskey or wine in hand,” listening to her daughters’ laughter.

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Travel, Good Food and a Handsome Man in Uniform Keep this OD in the Proper Headspace

She has lots of ways to de-stress.

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Nytarsha Thomas, OD Visionelle Eyecare, Zionsville, IN

Dr. Nytarsha Thomas loves being a practice owner. “I get to be creative and execute my own ideas,” she says. “I get to lead and motivate the members of my team, and — theoretically — make my own hours and report only to myself.” All great things … but ownership has its downfalls too. “When we are short-staffed, I fill in everywhere. I am also the last one to get paid so if we have a bad month my take home is zero, and all unreasonable patients are sent my way. Though rare, I have lost sleep over angry patients that I couldn’t do anything to appease.” Luckily, she has lots of ways she likes to de-stress, often with husband Tobe, baby Carter and pup Capri, and sometimes all by herself. “After a long day, I pour myself a large glass of cran-mango juice and watch the cheesiest Christmas theme romantic comedy on Netflix after Carter has gone to bed.”

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Motorcycles, Guns and Glasses, Dave Goodrich is the Poetry Quoting Optician

He’s got it in his blood.

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David S. Goodrich

Goodrich Optical, Lansing, MI

A second-generation optician, Dave has the industry in his blood. Despite that longevity, he hasn’t had two days that are the same in a “long, long time.” He loves the “variety of problems,” creative repairs and educating patients, not “just selling glasses.” His favorite part is “making a difference.” And when the “business” of eyecare — HIPAA, insurance billing — gets him down, “I’ll throttle on some backcountry roads,” he says. “Riding requires me to stay focused. Between potholes, wildlife and idiots on cellphones, I have to constantly be aware of my surroundings.” He’ll even throw a tent on the bike and disappear for a long weekend to disconnect and recharge.

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Very Little Gets Jenni Leuzzi’s Goat … Not Even Her Goats

This New York OD can be a bit of a control freak.

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Jennifer Leuzzi Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY

Jenni Leuzzi is a busy woman. “I’m a control freak,” she admits. “I’d be less stressed if I could delegate.” She has four kids whose adventures she checks on daily. She volunteers, loves decorating her shop for seasons and events, and though she loathes it, does her own bookkeeping. She is even hosting a German exchange student for a year this fall. But she has ways to unwind, like spending time with her husband and … her goats. “I have three goats who are pure entertainment first thing every morning, yelling at me until they’re fed.” 

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