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Royal Palm Beach, FL
My greatest professional accomplishment has to be the opening of Socialite Vision. I started that dream during a business plan competition at SCO with another SCO grad, William Tantum, and made it come to life. Like the great philosopher Drake once said, I started from the bottom now I am here.
I choose Southern College of Optometry after a campus visit from Sunnie Ewing. She was so warm and welcoming, I said I had to check that place out. Being from Florida I wanted some of that southern hospitality and I was excited for a new adventure. When I came on the campus I was not disappointed. Seeing Dr. Dumus now Pepper, Dr. Harville, Dr. Norton, Dr. Nicks, and Dr. Heard I knew I was in good hands and they would not let me fall.
My best and funniest memory from my time at SCO was when I poured dye on my volunteers’ shirt during Part 3 of boards on a Friday, and my roommate Andrew Brauer made funny pic of it—by Monday 8 am it was on the PowerPoint. I laughed pretty hard that day. And when I still passed boards the joke was even funnier.
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Greatest accomplishment is being able to give back to the community and joining the Army as an optometrist. Every year I volunteer for mission trips with Onesight. In 2017, I went to Tanzania and in 2019 I went to India. Both times we were able to serve over 3,500 patients and provide glasses and eye examinations to patients who are less fortunate. Nothing feels better than being able to serve the underserved and also take care of our military men and women that serve and protect our country.
I chose SCO because I knew it was one of the most prestigious optometry schools where I would get the best education, and I was right. I felt so confident after graduating that I received the best education to take care of my patients.
My favorite memory was making the Justin Timberlake dance video for incoming students because I love to dance! Also, the talent shows were my absolute favorite.
My greatest professional accomplishment is recently opening a new private practice called First Class Eye Care located in Duluth, GA.
I chose SCO because of the family feel environment. There was a genuine feeling that faculty cared about the well-being of each student, including their post-graduate success.
My best memory at SCO was the last week before graduation, reuniting with classmates and enjoying the city of Memphis, while reminiscing all the many memories we created together over the 4 years.
I believe my greatest accomplishment would be having opened a private practice from ground up along with my business partner and fellow SCO alumni, Dr. Lindsay Slemp. SCO bestowed upon me a great clinical foundation and knowledge base; however, opening a business without a business background is the ultimate challenge! I was determined to take on this endeavor. After a lot of support from my business savvy parents, seeking advice from colleagues and professors, and learning new things on a day to day basis, I am proud to say we are thriving after 8 years of business!!!
Of course I chose SCO because of the obvious! It's an illustrious school with a phenomenal optometric program. But when weighing my options and speaking to other students, it was hard not to fall in love with Southern College of Optometry. SCO exudes “home” and it is apparent the moment anyone speaks about the school—from a professor, all the way to the janitorial staff and security team. I walk through the front door and there is Ms. Joyce greeting me personally by name. If I was in the Eye Center for a clinic day and needed a break from the craziness, Ms. Jo-Ann was there with a smile. When I needed some guidance, I never hesitated to knock on Dr. Dumas' (now Dr. Pepper) door. It was a home away from home. (Also it didn't hurt that I am from Memphis, so I got the chance to be back with my family and great BBQ again!)
My best memory actually took place before I was officially a student at SCO. The day I was to interview, a snowstorm hit Memphis. The professor that was supposed to meet with me had been delayed by the inclement weather and would not be able to make it. One by one, each prospective student was being taken to his/her interview rooms and they still had not found anyone for me. Until, to my surprise, Dr. Cochran comes around the corner and yells “Well.. let's get to it!” Needless to say, my nerves were totally wrecked by then. But Dr. C was smart, witty, and put me at total ease. He opened the giant picturesque window so we could see the snow fall and talked like two old friends. So it is only fitting that my second favorite memory would be that my 2007 graduation was also a celebration of Dr. Cochran's retirement and SCO's 75th Diamond anniversary!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Serving as Chairman of Board of SCO and being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The College offered a well-rounded curriculum with a highly respected clinical training program.
Participating in SVOSH and traveling to Costa Rica and Panama. The ability to help so many see was immeasurable joy.