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.