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What Dr. Rice Loves Most About Being An Optometrist

VisionSpringfield_lovebeingWe recently asked Dr. Rice a few questions about his career. Here are his answers. We thought you’d find them interesting!

How old were you when you decided to become an optometrist? What circumstances helped you decide?

“I knew from a young age that this is what I wanted to do. I consider myself blessed on this front. It was almost a calling and I thank the Lord every day for leading me down this path. All of the things I thought the optometric profession would allow me to realize have definitely come to fruition! I am able to positively impact peoples’ lives daily; I have been able to help build practices that are known for excellence and are well-respected in the community; I have been afforded many opportunities to contribute to the community on a volunteer basis; I have had the unbelievable opportunity to gain the trust of, and create professional relationships with thousands of patients through the years; and I have been able to control my schedule to allow me time to be very involved in my family’s activities.”

Where did you attend school and how long have you been practicing?

“ actually went to 13 different schools in Illinois, Arizona, and California before I graduated from High School. My undergraduate work was done at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and my Doctor of Optometry degree was obtained from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry. This is my 27th year in practice.”

What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in Optometry?

“Do your homework! What I mean by that is talk to as many optometrists as you can and shadow as often as you can. I am always impressed with students who ask to shadow and then come prepared with a list of meaningful questions. There are lots of great resources on the web. Talk to your guidance counselor, but if you don’t feel they know, take things into your own hands. Lastly, if it is something that you want to do, Go For It! It is not an easy road, but persistence, perseverance and passion will get you where you want to go.”

What is one thing you find most satisfying and fulfilling about being an optometrist?

“Gosh, this is hard because I really believe that there are many things about my profession of Optometry I consider satisfying and fulfilling. Among them: Every patient is a unique person with specific visual and eye health needs that I can potentially positively impact; I have the enviable position of being able to earn the trust of my patients and make lifelong friends whom I consider part of the extended Vision Clinic family; I get to see patients of all ages every day; I get to work with colleagues and employees who are “All In” and who have servant hearts; it has given me the unbelievable opportunity to actually be an extremely involved father and husband; and lastly, it is a profession that demands my very best at all time, which is a challenge I love!”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Rice better! And, as always, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends!

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