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Interview with James Blaha, Co-Founder of Vivid Vision

Vivid Vision Logo - With CircleTo continue our series on Virtual Reality. I was lucky enough to interview James Blaha, co-founder of Vivid Vision. I have known James for couple of years and have been fascinated by both his story and the product of his efforts. I am excited to share his thoughts with you.

 

 

Dr. Nate: Can you tell me about your original visual problem and the treatment options you were given?

James: I was diagnosed with amblyopia and strabismus before I could speak using the fly stereo test. I would rub my hand flat on the paper instead of trying to grab the fly. My parents had me patch, but I would constantly take it off and peek out of the side when they weren’t paying attention. I did vision therapy exercises at home and sometimes in a clinic. When I was 9 years old they told me that I was too old for my weak eye to improve, and we should give up with the patching and exercises.

Unfortunately, many patients hear that. What aspects of your treatment did you want to improve with Vivid Vision treatment treatment?

I want to make it fun for younger kids. I absolutely hated patching and VT exercises growing up, and I think that contributed to the treatment not working for me. We also want to demonstrate that you can improve vision in adults with our system as well and push the state of the art forward for adult binocular vision treatments. There are a huge number of untreated adults with amblyopia and strabismus and we want to get the message out that there is something they can do to improve their vision.

Did you have grand vision of changing the way doctors practice or did it just evolve over time?

It evolved over time. At first I was just planning on making something to explore how my own vision works. When it worked better than I expected, that vision expanded to making a game anyone could play at home. Once I dove deeper into binocular vision and spoke to several optometrists, ophthalmologists, and vision scientists it became apparent that it is a deeply complex issue where everyone has a unique situation. This lead us to want to develop tools for optometrists to use rather than release something that didn’t involve eye doctors at all.

How does it feel to read and hear breakthrough stories of Vivid Vision patients like Betsy who describes her new 3D vision as a “superpower”?

It feels amazing. One of the things I’ve learned from speaking with hundreds of people with amblyopia and strabismus is that even though I had a tough time growing up with it, most people had a much more difficult time than I did. The reason we are building Vivid Vision is to improve people’s lives, to increase the reliability and efficiency of treatment, and to reduce the cost of treatment so that all of the millions of adults and children with lazy eye can get access to it. For many that means being able to pursue careers and hobbies that were previously out of their reach.

I expected Vivid Vision to be a great tool for treating amblyopia. I am surprised at how effective it appears to be for strabismus. What is it about Vivid Vision that you think makes it such an effective treatment option?

I think there are three major factors that contribute to the effectiveness of Vivid Vision over previous treatments. The first is that we have an awesome team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and vision scientists advising us and providing input on the system. Our Chief Optometrist Tuan Tran worked directly with patients and vision therapists treating binocular vision issues, our Science Adviser Ben Backus runs a vision science lab at SUNY studying binocular vision, and Dr. Paul Harris at SCO has given us advice and feedback since nearly the very beginning of the company.

The second factor is our use of virtual reality hardware. Because the system is enclosed, it means that the viewing conditions are always exactly the same. With other 3D technologies external lightning makes it difficult to be sure you are delivering exactly the right visual stimulus. Another big issue is inter-ocular contrast, and VR headsets provide a higher inter-ocular contrast than other methods of delivering unique images to each eye. Lastly, we think that providing training environments that are more like real life will make it more likely that the visual skills patients are learning will transfer outside of the training environment and into the real world.

The third factor is that the games and activities are more fun and more realistic than previous treatments. Although the locations and games may be more exciting and different than the real world, we believe that the exercises should contain visual activities that closely resemble people’s real life. Instead of choosing between relatively artificial targets on a screen, they could be choosing which basketball to catch at a park, for example. We want people to be practicing how to use their vision in ways they can directly apply to their life.

What has been the general feedback from doctors? Does this new technology make them uncomfortable?

Optometrists have been really positive about the technology. I think that most eye doctors realize that vision therapy could use more tools and that there is no reason these activities can’t be engaging and fun. Some doctors have been hesitant to bring in VR technology, but I think that is normal for any new tech to have a warming up period where people get familiar with it.

Is there anything else you want to add?

We want to empower doctors to treat more patients more efficiently by building them a set of tools to measure, track, and treat binocular vision issues. We want to educate patients so that they know there is a treatment option for them and connect them to doctors. We think this is the only way the millions of untreated adults can get treatment for their binocular vision issues.

Thank you, James, for sharing your story.

Bright Eyes is proud to offer Vivid Vision to our patients who will benefit from it. For readers who are interested in Vivid Vision, read more here or call us at 813-792-0637. You can request appointments here.

See Well!

-Dr. Nate

Great Glasses Play Day is Almost Here!

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The Great Glasses Play Day, which is being held August 5th and this upcoming week around the word! It is not only a chance for children of all ages with glasses to get together, but also a chance to educate about the important children’s vision and proper eyewear for kids. This fantastic idea is an effort of both my friend Ann Zawistoski from Little Four Eyes site and Kristin Ellsworth from Peeps Eyewear and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

You can read lots of good press coverage of the Great Glasses Play Day here. But I am glad to bring you an interview with Ann and Kristin here. Enjoy! – Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate: How did the idea for the The Great Glasses Play Day come about?

Kristin: For me, it came about shortly after my daughter was diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia. We were thankful her vision impairment was caught early. We had a positive attitude toward our daughter getting glasses. However, many of my friends’ and family’s reactions were less than enthusiastic. I wanted to change that. Our culture has shifted it’s attitude toward getting braces, why not glasses? I am hoping to do that with my ideas for children’s eyewear and I imagined a day when children will be running around parks and schools proudly wearing corrective eyewear and every parent will know about the importance of early child vision health.

Ann: When Zoe first got glasses, I kept hoping I’d run across some kind of play group or get together for kids with glasses, but never really found anything. Then I started Little Four Eyes, and the idea was always at the back of my mind. Here were all these wonderful people with kids in glasses, and we’re all connecting on line, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to get together in person? Especially for our kids who often don’t know other kids their age in glasses. The idea of a day to celebrate kids in glasses came up about year ago in the Little Four Eyes facebook group, so I started asking around if people were really interested. Kristin called me and said she’d always wanted to do something like this, and let’s make this happen! So we ended up combining the ideas, the day is really focused on celebrating our kids with glasses and their improved vision, and what better way to celebrate than to have ways of meeting in person and online?

There are a lot of great messages you are trying to convey about children’s vision and eyewear. If you could narrow it down to one, what would it be?

Kristin: For me, it would be that “it is great to wear to glasses!” I’m hoping we send the message how lucky we are our children’s vision health can be addressed early and that advancements in eyewear enable our children not only to see clearly but express themselves. Many parents are unaware that 1 in 20 preschool children require vision correction. I didn’t know it, and many of my friends didn’t either. The Great Glasses Play Day will hopefully not only be a day to celebrate but also help increase awareness about this important issue.

Ann: It’s similar for me. I hear from so many parents who have just learned that their child needs glasses, and they’re often very upset by the idea. I was too! I think it’s in part because there just isn’t recognition of how prevalent eye issues are and how important it is to treat them. I really want this day to focus (pun intended) on the positives of glasses and contacts and patching. How wonderful that most of these issues are treatable! How wonderful that our kids can see better!

This is truly an international event. How did the event in China get organized?

Kristin: My eldest daughter took mandarin language lessons through her public school. Our family became friends with her tutors and their families who loved the idea of the Great Glasses Play Day so much that they reached out to friends and schools in China.

Are you planning on doing it again next year?

Kristin: Absolutely, and we hope to get help from others! There are so many great ways families, organizations and eyecare providers can celebrate! We hope Great Glasses Play Days will not only be fun but will help put early childhood vision health on everyone’s radar–all over the world.

Ann: I cannot wait to do this again! The response has been great, and I think there’s a lot we can build on in future years! I really hope that we can have more in-person events so that more of us can meet and connect, but I look forward to expanding the online celebrations, too.

Anything else you want to add?

Kristin: I want to thank you, Nate, and all the organizations, companies, and innovators that take the time to help children and their families with their vision health. Every child has a right to see clearly, enjoy the world around them and learn all that they can from an early start. Healthy vision is truly a precious gift.

Ann: In addition to everyone that Kristin mentioned, I’ll add a big thanks to Kristin who has really put so much in to making this happen. I know that there’s no way the Great Glasses Play Day would have become a reality without everything she’s done. And I also want to thank the hosts of the get-togethers around the world. Everyone has been doing this on a volunteer basis.
Kristin: Well, I know there’s no way it would have happened without Ann! She has brought so many parents together through Little Four Eyes and getting our kids together couldn’t have happened without her!

Dr. Nate’s TV News Segment About Children’s Vision and VSP’s EyePledge program

It is not everyday that a television news crew comes to Bright Eyes, so when we were given the opportunity we were very excited. We got to the office extra early and made sure everything was ready. The subject was children’s vision and the importance of annual eye exams for kids. Children can have a variety of vision problems that interfere with learning, including difficulty seeing clearly, problems focusing and moving their eyes, and difficulty making sense of what they see. For some children, glasses are sufficient to solve their visual problem. For others, Vision Therapy, a series of therapeutic activities, is necessary to ensure the eyes are working properly.

The video also goes into detail about the excellent program called the Eye Pledge that for every Eye Pledge taken, VSP Vision Care will donate an eye exam and a new pair of glasses to a child served by the Boys and Girls Club – up to 50,ooo children. The Eye Pledge is easy to take and doesn’t cost you a thing! Take the Eye Pledge now and help a child. One of the great things about it is that you can specify if you want the donation to go to a child from a Boys and Girls Club in your area or to an area with the greatest need.

To read more and take the Eye Pledge visit: http://www.seemuchmore.com/take-the-pledge

Has your child had an eye exam? They should be a standard part of the Back to School Checklist! If you have questions about children’s vision or children’s eye care, do not hesitate to call us at 813-792-0637.

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

Mark Regen Interviews Dr. Nate about Social Media

Mark Regan interviews Dr Nate of Bright Eyes Tampa

Yesterday, self-described online marketing fanatic Mark Regan interviewed Dr. Nate about social media. Here is the opening:

In this week’s interview of Online Marketing experts here in the Tampa Bay area, I had the chance to hook up with Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford (Dr. Nate), owner of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in the Westchase area of Tampa. He sprang onto the Tampa scene early this year with…

I’ll let him tell the story.

The interview covers Dr. Nate’s early interest in social media, Foursquare Day, local social media, healthcare marketing and more. Click here to read the interview in full and learn more.

Enjoy!

Edna Moore
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Interview with Robin & Jillian about “Jillian’s Story” and Vision Therapy

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When a book comes out that helps people understand vision and vision therapy I write about it so my patients can find out about it. When an amazing book comes out, I try to interview the authors to not only spread the word, but because I am genuinely interested in their background and the process of writing. Like Fixing My Gaze, Jillian’s Story is one of those books that does a better job of explaining vision therapy than I can. So I am thrilled to be able to present an interview with its authors Robin Benoit and Jillian Benoit. -Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate: Robin, what made you decide that you wanted to take the time and effort to write the “Jillian’s Story”? Was there one moment, or a gradual realization?

I don’t think a week went by after Jillian started vision therapy that I didn’t say, “Somebody needs to do something to raise awareness about vision therapy.” My husband would always reply, “You should write a book.” But, I didn’t really consider it and sort of laughed at the idea. Then, one day after school as we were driving home in the car, Jillian told me that she suspected a girl in her class needed vision therapy because she had noticed her friend covering one eye with her hand as she read a book. I mentioned it the next day to Jillian’s teacher. She said, “You know, Robin, you and Jillian really need to write a book. I think Jillian’s story could help so many people.” That night, I started writing “Jillian’s Story.” I had searched for books to read about vision therapy and couldn’t find very much. I really wanted to read personal accounts from other parents about how vision therapy had worked for their child. When faced with the fact that our pediatrician didn’t refer us to vision therapy, our ophthalmologist discredited it and insurance wouldn’t cover it, we went on faith and hope that vision therapy would prove to be helpful to Jillian. We are so grateful that vision therapy exceeded all of our hopes and expectations. We hope “Jillian’s Story” will inspire, encourage and lend confidence to others considering vision therapy for themselves or their child.

Jillian, how does it feel to be famous? To have a book about you that people all over the country are talking about?

(Laughing) Am I famous? I haven’t noticed! At first I was kind of nervous, but then I realized how many people, especially kids, I could help just because I have vision problems like they do. Vision Therapy has made such a huge difference for me. I love 3D movies now because I can see stuff come out of the screen instead of a bunch of blurry junk. 3D movies used to make me feel sick. Now they are really fun! I used to get so frustrated at school. Now I love it. It’s so much easier to learn when you can see. I don’t get frustrated with homework anymore. Homework that would have taken me an hour to do before vision therapy now takes me just 5 or 10 minutes. I even love math now and I never thought I’d say that. I can read any book I want, even a thick one like “Harry Potter.” Vision therapy really changed my world and I’m so happy to share my story. I hope our book will help anyone with vision problems to have a happier life.

Robin, how long it it take to write and get printed?

I wrote the first draft about Jillian’s younger years very quickly, probably in just a few days. I started the chapters on her vision therapy experience about half way through her 15-month program and wrapped it up a little at a time as she completed vision therapy. Jillian read what I wrote throughout the writing process and added her suggestions and quotes for each chapter. It all came together quickly and easily. I had no idea how to get a book published. I did a little research on the Internet and bought a very thick book called the Writer’s Market. I went through it page by page and highlighted publishers I thought might be interested in her story. But, I just didn’t think that mailing in manuscripts and waiting months for a reply (not to mention rejection letters) was the right way to go. So, before I mailed a single manuscript, I decided to call an old friend for advice. He had written a book several years ago and I hoped he could give me some tips to follow. He did more than that! He suggested I contact a friend of his who owns a publishing company in Dallas and gave me her phone number. That was in July of 2010. I signed with Brown Books Publishing Group on August 11th and the book was released on November 12th. It was a whirlwind and I loved the entire experience!

Jillian: Vision therapy involves a lot different activities. I asked Dr. Barry which was her favorite and she said “Brock String.” Which was your favorite VT activity?

There is more than one. When I worked with Lindsey in her office, I loved the balance beam and wearing the “googly glasses.” I looked so silly in those glasses, like a mad scientist from one of those movies. It made me laugh. I also liked the big rotator and putting the golf tees in the holes. At home I liked the ball on the string and, like Dr. Barry, the “Brock String.”

Are you pleased with the how the book came out and the response so far?

(Robin): We are really pleased with it. The cover had to be redesigned rather late in the process. Our publisher ran across a book published in 1985 that looked too similar in font and coloring. We actually like the second design and colors even better, so it was a blessing in disguise. The eye chart is so iconic and the response has been that the second you see the book, you know it is about vision. We wanted our book to be like sitting down with a friend to talk about a problem. It’s wonderful to know that anyone looking for an answer or solution to their concerns can read our book in one evening, go to bed and wake up the next morning feeling much better about their situation. And, that is the response we’re getting. We’ve received emails from all across the country from people who feel we’ve been living the same life.

(Jillian): I love the book! One of the things I like best about it is that it’s quick and easy to read. Lindsey told us about a family that read it — grandmother, mom and daughter — and they raved about how it answered questions and helped all of them understand vision problems better. Friends at school have read it and come up to hug me! That’s awesome!

Have you had any interesting people contact you because of “Jillian’s Story”?

(Jillian): I had the chance to write a note to a girl in Iowa that just started vision therapy. I really hope vision therapy helps her like it did me.

(Robin): Dr. Horning suggested that I contact an optometrist that he admires named Dr. Paul Harris. Dr. Harris so graciously agreed to read the manuscript early in the process. He not only endorsed “Jillian’s Story”, but introduced me to many wonderful people including Dr. Sue Barry, who so kindly mentioned “Jillian’s Story” while speaking at the COVD Annual Meeting. We are finding so many great people willing to lend their support to Jillian’s goal of spreading the word that vision therapy really works.

Thanks for answering these questions and sharing so much! Do you have anything else you want to say?

(Jillian): Thank you, Dr. Nate, for sharing my story!


(Robin): Yes, thank you so much. We hope “Jillian’s Story” will be a strong advocate for vision therapy. Orders can be made at www.JilliansStory.com. Please email us your thoughts and comments at robin@jilliansstory.com or jillian@jilliansstory.com. Anyone wishing to receive a volume discount can have information sent to them on the 50 pack (20% discount) and 100 pack (30% discount) specials by emailing us for the special website ordering link. You will receive an email response with the link to a PayPal discount pack ordering page.

Patient Spotlight: Mark Regan

I first became aware of Mark when he checked in to Bright Eyes on foursquare. In fact, as he held down the mayorship for about 6 weeks, I got to know him better and was always interested in his ideas about social media and living in Tampa Bay. I thought he’d make a great subject for the Patient Spotlight! -Dr. Nate

Dr. Nate: Mark, I think of you as a social media marketer, but your background really is as a coder. Can you tell me about what that transition was like?

Mark, That’s right, I grew up writing code on routers and mainframes for IBM and Cisco. As I moved into management I started becoming interested in the marketing side of the equation. So I dabbled in product management and technical marketing. Then one day in 2006 I learned about web analytics, this wonderful sweet spot between the technical and the marketing. From there I’ve grown into online marketing as my fanatical passion. Social media is an integral part of that space.

Your current project “31 Days of Wobtoberfest” is very creative. Tell me about how you came up with the idea.

I’ve read a lot about people during projects like this from Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen to DotComGuy.com to Rolf Pott’s Round the World with No Baggage and dreamed of doing something similar. But I have a job and a family. On September 4th of this year while driving home from a Gator game in Gainesville, the idea literally popped into my head. That night my wife enthusiastically signed on. Now I am blogging daily at www.31wob.com during October from the World of Beer around the corner.

That is great. How it has been received by people online/offline?

80% of the people get it within the 30 seconds. The other 20% will never really understand what it’s about. To them it’s the beer and a waste of time and money. I don’t bother trying to convert them.

What else are you working on?

I try to experiment with everything I read or hear about if it interests me. Next up, I’d like to partner with someone on another short, focused project that doesn’t focus on profits, but rather makes me smarter and allows me to make mistakes with little downside. I have the ideas but it’s really about the time and collaboration with others to make them happen.

Anything else you want to share?

Tampa has such a high quality of life. Yet it’s really hard to find those fanatics like myself here in town. I wish there was some place for us to get together and collaborate without having business cards jammed in your face. I can dream, can’t I?

Thanks for letting me be a part of your Patient Spotlight, Nate! I’m glad we got to know each other.

No problem. It was fun!

If you’d like to join Mark for 31 Days of Wobtoberfest, check out www.31wob.com. The actual Wobtoberfest celebration is this Friday and Saturday October, 22nd and 23rd. PS: My birthday is the 23rd. 🙂

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

 

See It. Say It. Do It! Interview with Dr. Hellerstein

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The last new book that really got me excited was Susan Barry’s, “Fixing My Gaze.” It is a unique book about how and why vision therapy works. I was fortunate enough to interview Dr. Barry about her book.

Well, now there is another book out that I am equally excited about. It is called, “See It. Say It. Do It!” and is written by my friend and colleague, Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein. I know that the subject, developing visualization ability to improve overall performance and quality of life, was a long-time interest of Dr. Hellerstein, and I was interested to see how this would be treated in a book format.

Like “Fixing My Gaze,” this new book is very easy to read and is accessible to anyone with interest. I have given away several copies to patients and friends, and they have agreed that this is useful to anyone who wants to improve their life and abilities. You can read what Edna, our Vision Therapist, had to say about it here.

So, I am thankful that Dr. Hellerstein took some time from her busy schedule to answer some questions about ” See It. Say It. Do It!” Continue reading

“THE vision care expert among the Tampa Bay social media world”

This is cool! Localshops1.com has featured me on the very popular “Sticks of Fire” blog, in a piece called, “Bright Eyes See Social Media Work“:

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, better known as “Dr. Nate” among patients, friends … and Twitterbuddies (but more on that in just a bit) opened his business, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, in 2006 in Westchase. The family-friendly neighborhood in Tampa is ideal for Bright Eyes, which focuses on family vision care, with a big emphasis on eye care for children and even infants.

Now, about the Twitter stuff, business people especially should listen up. Dr. Nate is a great role model for business owners on how to effectively use social media to market their business. On Facebook and Twitter, Dr. Nate has established himself as THE vision care expert among the Tampa Bay social media world. More than 1,000 people follow him on Twitter@BrightEyesTampa; on Facebook, Bright Eyes Tampa has almost 150 fans. Dr. Nate has even been known to help quite a few neighboring businesses get on board in the social media world. “Get involved with social media as early as possible,” Dr. Nate tells other entrepreneurs. “We have really made connections and strengthened Bright Eyes via the Bright Eyes News blog, Facebook, and Twitter.”

The piece then goes on to interview me about the good and bad of small business owner, advice for other entrepreneurs and my opinions on the recession. Check out the whole thing here.

Thanks to Localshops1.com for making this possible! And remember, you can pick up a 1Card at Bright Eyes and use your 1 card for a Bright Eyes discount! You can see our Ls1 listing here.

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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Patient Spotlight: Doula Stefany Mills

It is time again for another Bright Eyes Patient Spotlight. Although I enjoy all of our Spotlights, this a more personal one for me because Stefany assisted with the birth of both Nora and, more recently, Javier.

Stefany is not only my patient at Bright Eyes, she is our doula. If you are not familiar with what a doula is, DONA International states that a a doula is “a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.”

But let me tell you what I think a doula is, based on my experience. A doula is person who make one of the most important and most stressful times of your life better. They can help you understand your options and can act as liaisons with the hospital staff. They can anticipate complex or potentially problematic situations and help prepare you. Mostly they stand by you and support you, regardless of your preferred birthing method or result. In short, they are great.

Before Nora was born, I had never heard of a doula. After the birth of Nora and Javier, I am a big advocate. I jumped at the chance to learn more about what Stefany does.

Dr. B: Thanks for being willing to answer some questions, Stefany. First, how long have you been a doula?

Stefany: 6 1/2 years

What lead you to become a doula?

I had two difficult labors due to my babies not being positioned properly Although they were both head down, they were not facing the right way which created long painful labors. When I was asked to support my cousin in her labor, I felt there must be something more I could do than just be there, so I started looking up doulas. I wanted to see what they do, specifically, to help the laboring mom. While reading and researching, something clicked and I knew this was what I needed to be doing for all moms.

What is the training like?

For DONA (my ceritifying organization)an intensives workshop is required along with a substanial amount of reading. Then a certain number of births need to be done complete with time lines and evaluations from the mother, Dr. and nurse. Each birth is written up with a description as well as what the doula learned from each. A written paper on the value of labor support is required as well. We are required to attend a childbirth education series (not as an expectant parent) as well as a breastfeeding education series (again not as an expectant parent). The entire process can take anywhere from a few months to two years.

Who could benefit the most from a doula?

EVERY woman. It doesn’t matter who she already has supporting her a doula is truly a necessity to have an empowering birth experience and every woman should feel empowered regardless of her delivery outcome.

What are some major misconceptions about doulas?

Many people feel they don’t need a doula if they are planning a medicated birth or even a c-section. Doulas are there to empower and support moms whatever their birth decisions are to be. Regardless of delivery choices, there will always be information necessary and work to be done. Another misconception is that women who have others supporting them don’t need a doula as they believe that it will be redundant. The fact is, we all have a job to do. This would be like saying I don’t need my doctor, nurse or midwife because I have support. Each person has a role to fulfill. A doula is as necessary as each of those other roles and his or her role is unique to that education. Neither the support people, the nurse, the doctor, or even the midwife has the same training and knowledge a doula does.

Anything else you’d like to share?

We believe every woman should have a doula and her decision to have one should never be factored by cost. We work with a sliding fee scale to be sure every woman can afford our services. We will support all of her birth decisions unconditionally.

Thanks again, Stefany. You have such a wonderful career!

If you would like to find out more about Touched by an Angel Childbirth services on Facebook and http://www.angeldoula.com
Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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St. Pete Times Interviews Dr. B. about Westchase Business Association

I had this post ready to go a while back and then forgot to post it. It is a little late, but still relevant.

I was recently quoted in the St. Petersburg Times discussing the formation of the Westchase Area Business Association. You can see the full story here, but here is a good quote:

In 2006, Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, an optometrist, opened Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in West Park Village. He struggled to connect with other business owners in the community.

Westchase is a wonderful place, but if you don’t come, you don’t know it’s here,” Bonilla-Warford said. “If we can give people a reason to come here, they’ll come back.”

Be Well!
Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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