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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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The Couple Behind Todd Rogers Eyewear Loves to Educate and Delight

And in their downtime it’s dance parties, hitting the slopes and a little hot tub time after hours.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Eric Levin, ericlevinphoto.com

Leigh & Todd Rogers Berberian
Todd Rogers Eyewear Andover, MA

Our 2018 America’s Finest Optical Retailers first place winners may be handing off their baton, but that doesn’t mean they are slowing down. They still provide the best eyecare and eyewear Andover, MA has ever seen. “We think of ourselves as educators,” the couple says. “There’s a tremendous satisfaction in watching the ‘aha’ moment when a client realizes they can see better than they ever have because they have walked through our doors.” And it seems that everyone walks in their doors… “From the police chief to the football coach, the beloved librarian to the favorite dog groomer, and the whole staff of the local pub… ‘Everyone’s famous in a small town…’ and they’re all wearing our glasses.” With a clientele like that, the Berberians sometimes need to unwind. At home that looks like a dance party with the kids. “Nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned kitchen dance off.” And when they can — usually not a busy Saturday in winter – they like to hit the Vermont slopes. “When the four of us are at the top of the mountain together it feels like we’re on top of the world.” And after the kids go to sleep … “Hot tub, just the two of us, under the pines, snow falling, a libation and some slow jams. That’s all we’ll divulge!”

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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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