Dr. Nate and ICO President Arol Augsburger
Being recognized for hard work doesn’t happen often, so we are very proud of Dr. Nate for his most recent recognition!
On September 7, 2012, the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago presented Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD with the Young Alumnus of the Year Award. He was recognized during a formal banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, along with the other award recipients which included his former professors.
Many of you know Dr. Nate from his various social media endeavors, such as Foursquare Day and local Tweetups. He actively participates in Google+ and Yelp events, both online and in-person. Did you know that Dr. Nate has expanded his use of social media to the optometric industry?
Dr. Nate has become a leading voice in optometry on the topic of using social media as a tool for patient communication and networking. He has written many articles for print and online optometric journals. He has lectured all over the country, encouraging doctors to establish a strong, positive online presence. In fact, the following day, he gave a lecture to students and alumni about using social media in different types of offices.
Chicago at the beginning of fall is beautiful! We had crisp air and bright blue skies, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown. Dr. Nate and I lived in Chicago for 6 years before moving to Tampa, so it was a great time to visit our former home. We know the winter is soon to come to Chicago, and for that we are grateful for Florida winters!
Congrats Dr. Nate for your work to bring people together both online and in-person! That’s what social media is best used for!
Dr. Nate in Chicago
Recently I was surprised and delighted to learn that I was selected by VisionMonday and Review of Optometric Business as one of the 20 “Doc Stars in Practice Management.” The piece highlights the people who they feel are the Optometric Business Innovators of 2011.
I typically do not like to toot my own horn in a blog post. If I am mentioned in an article, or am published somewhere, I’ll most likely link to it on our Facebook page. Perhaps one of the Bright Eyes staff will write a post about the story. But it isn’t normally my thing to write, in essence, “Everyone stop what you are doing and look at how great I am.” But being named one of the top optometric innovators was special and so I figured I’d write about it.
In the spirit of disclosure, I should note that I am a paid writer for both Vision Monday and Review of Optometric Business. I don’t think I was a shoo-in because the selection panel was diverse and most of those chosen didn’t have any tie to them. But it does make it a little bit sweeter because these are some of the biggest names in eye care publishing and I’m happy to have developed this relationship with them.
I was selected for my use of “Digital Media.” The other categories were Marketing, Patient Experience, Influencers, Eyewear Dispense, Contact Lens Dispensing, and Business Management. I feel I am in very good company among the honorees. These include my friends Dr. Justin Bazan, Dr. Alan Glazier, and Dr. Derron Lee as well as some eyecare heroes such as Dr. Brad Williams, Dr. Tommy Crooks, and Dr. Glenn Ellisor. You can find a complete list of the recipients here.
Of course, since this was for innovation, there will be no resting on any laurels at Bright Eyes. We have several new ideas to roll out and I’m happy that I’m involved in some great projects in Tampa. Where all this takes us, well, we never know. But it is exciting, isn’t it!?
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.