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Meet My Mentor: A Shout-out to the Individuals Who Have Inspired You

Where would we be without our mentors? Each year, we collect a series of stories of your mentors, and we are so honored to share these wonderful pieces of inspiration. Here’s a collaboration of all of these most recent stories.

Let’s keep the praise going for your amazing mentors! Want to send out some love to your mentor? Drop us a note.

Students and colleagues alike were impacted by the work of Betty Harville, OD, who retired from Southern College of Optometry last year. Erika Cox, OD, of Cordova, Tennessee, is among those who benefited from the genuine positivity that Dr. Harville brought to each interaction. Read more.
Nwamaka Ngoddy, OD, has a shout out to share during Women In Optometry’s Mentor series. She’s sending a special thank you to one of her mentors, Essence Johnson, OD. Read more.
By Monica Johnsonbaugh, OD, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan—My world is forever changed after the loss of Rhonda Robinson, OD. I am so thankful to have been inspired by her during optometry school and that our paths merged when I moved to Indianapolis. Read more.
By Mary Anne Murphy, OD, of Broomfield, Colorado—An acknowledgement to Pam Lowe, OD, FAAO, and Louise Sclafani, OD, both from Chicago, Illinois. Read more.
By Hardeep Kataria, OD, of Oxnard, California—During residency, Peter Lalle, OD, FAAO, and Zoe Lazarou, OD, FAAO, of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, inspired me to pursue a career in medical optometry. Read more.
When Maria Nguyen Tantsits, OD, met Mary Murphy, OD, of Primary Eyecare & Eyeware in St. Louis, Missouri, they quickly discovered a shared enthusiasm about what the profession has to offer. Read more.
By Jennifer Stewart, OD, of Norwalk, Connecticut—I’d like to recognize these two mentors: Jennifer Palombi, OD, FAAO, and Michele Andrews, OD, both from CooperVision. Read more.
Lynda Nguyen, OD, had just completed her undergraduate studies in biological sciences and was considering what healthcare field she wanted to pursue for her career when she found a technician job at Ideal Vision Care, office of Amy Dinh, OD. Read more.
Diana Nguyen, OD, was still an optometry student when she met her future mentor Richard Maharaj, OD, FAAO. They were first introduced at the first Canadian Dry Eye Summit in 2018 when Dr. Maharaj—one of the founders of the event—was looking for volunteers. Read more.
Inna Lazar, OD, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, doesn’t shy away from reaching out when she sees a good opportunity to expand her expertise. She’s sending out a special thanks to two mentors who have provided inspiration to her as an optometrist and business owner. Read more.
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