From the beginning, Angela Sellers, OD, of Eye Point Optometry knew she wanted to open her own practice.
Lili Liang, OD, MPH, was walking through the Gastown district of Vancouver, an older, artsy part of this British Columbia town.
In 2012, there were 9,966 women-owned ODs offices, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data, compared to 20,217 male-owned optometric offices.
“One of my biggest challenges in the last 17 years was trying to incorporate what I enjoy in a primary care environment,” says Manisha Geiger, OD.
After about 15 years of being part of a male-dominated group practice, Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, OD, FCOVD, decided she was ready to venture out and open her own practice.
There are a number of reasons why young ODs might choose to be employed, and the equation might be even more complicated for women ODs who are trying to weigh those options with the possibility of having children.
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