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This ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ Optical Manager Has Found Her Calling

And she has the wardrobe to prove it.

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Christine Howard
Attleboro Vision Attleboro, MA

Some people have careers, some have callings. Considering Christine Howard, optical manager of Attelboro Vision, couldn’t even come up with three things she didn’t like about managing an optical business, we’re pretty sure she qualifies as the latter … The outfit clinches it. But callings still have their challenges. At the end of a tough day, Christine relies on the unconditional love of her fur babies “who always make me smile” and the support of a husband “who lets me vent about my day.” She and her husband believe in the idea of “work hard, play hard” and “actively try to make traveling and unique experiences” a regular part of their lives to help relieve stress.

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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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This Tennessee OD Loves the Day-to-Day Tasks of Running Her Eyecare Business

She is the @Momtometrist who finds sanity in the mundane.

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Angie Patteson, OD
Sunset Eye Care, Johnson City, TN

HAVE NO FEAR, @Momtometrist is here! “Call me odd, but I love the mundane tasks,” says Dr. Angie Patteson, owner of Sunset Eye Care. “I get to the office very early every day and turn on the lights, check the voicemail, and make certain everything is ready for the day. I also love to check the mail and open packages.” But that’s not all this busy business owner loves about her day job… “Frames, frames, and FRAMES! I love all the different options available. Well, not a keyhole bridge, I haven’t the nose for that. I keep uncut lenses at my desk, so when a new frame calls my name, I can edge it before I go home.” And that is not her only creative outlet, she’s taken up diamond painting to combat a busy day. “Ironically, it involves neither diamonds nor paint. It is tedious, and even mind-numbing at times, but that’s why I like it. I can turn off my brain and apply little faceted pieces of plastic to canvas to make a piece of art.”

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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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