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Dr. Beverly Bianes: Thank You, WO

Dr. Bianes - Pyxis winner By Beverly Bianes, OD

In 2020, the pandemic lockdown and changes to my practice model made me feel empty and lost. I asked myself, “Is this how I’m going to finish the last part of my career?”

Shortly after, I read a book titled “No Regrets: A Fable About Living Your 4th Quarter Intentionally.” It was about living the latter part of your life intentionally and with purpose. The author discussed five keys to living and dying with no regrets.

  1. Say yes even though it may be uncomfortable. By stretching yourself, you will find growth.
  2. Focus on your passion, talents and gifts.
  3. Give of your time, talents and treasure. The more you give yourself away, the happier you’ll be.
  4. Forgive those who rejected or hurt you. Forgive yourself.
  5. Be open to life. Be open to what can be.

This book was partly responsible for my “YES” to joining the Women In Optometry advisory board. I took a step to do something uncomfortable. No longer would I live with regrets.

Dr. Bianes (center) with Dr. Gioia (left) and Dr. McGee (right) speaking at the Women’s Leadership Conference in Oct. 2023 in San Diego, California.

I wanted to give back to a profession that has been so good to my family and me. The past two years in serving on the Women In Optometry board has opened doors that I never imagined possible. I was featured in a video for “Influence in the Community” at the 2021 Women’s Leadership Conference. In 2022, I was invited to be a panel speaker for the “Be the Change” Women’s Leadership Conference. I had the privilege of meeting inspiring women leaders Neda Gioia, OD, CNS, FOWNS, CFMP; Lauretta Justin, OD; Maria Sampalis, OD; Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO; Melissa Barnett, OD; and so many other women, all of whom share a common passion for advancing our field and empowering women in optometry. I even had the opportunity to write a featured article for Women In Optometry. The encouragement and support have been a blessing professionally and personally.

I am truly grateful for the Women In Optometry community. The relationships I have formed have been invaluable, providing me with a solid and supportive network. In this last part of my career, I am living my profession with intention and with purpose. I have no regrets!


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