These ODs shared the stories behind their inviting office spaces, which were designed while carefully considering the budget.
A Fast Start
In August 2017, Maria Briceno Martin,
OD, decided to move forward with her dream of
practice ownership. Her second daughter was just
1, and while she had a great job, she
decided the time was right. She found a
space in her hometown of Miami Lakes,
Florida, inside of a professional building
with other health and business providers.
She told her contractor that “I needed it
done as fast as possible because I couldn’t
be without a job.”
Her husband, Greg Martin, a firefighter,
helped in many ways before and during
construction, and he helps manage the
practice now. Her sister Carmen Crespi had
opened an orthodontics practice about five
years earlier, so she provided many tips. The
practice opened about six months after she
made the decision to start.
Leigh Anne Green, OD, was able to buy a practice from a
retiring OD after she and her family returned to Waco, Texas,
after eight years abroad. Her contractor—fortuitously—was
part of the Magnolia Homes team, the remodeling and design
business owned by the Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna
Gaines. “He gave me suggestions on making it less expensive
with no renovation loan, and we did it, step by step,”
Dr. Green says.
Making Everything Just So
OD, spent about six
months finding just
the right location in
St. Johns, Florida,
and then about three
the space. The design
of the space is all her
own. She wanted a
modern farmhouse style, she explains, complete
with a touch of the traditional Tiffany Blue®, her
favorite color. Dr. Rebarber found inspiration
online as she carefully selected each detail
from the décor to light fixtures and more. Dr.
Rebarber opened the doors to SightHealth
Primary Eyecare in February 2018.
Found and Reclaimed Objects Add Style
A 1970s-era building wasn’t much to look at, but it offered
Kristi Kessler Williams, OD, and her husband and business
partner, Jim Williams, a lot of space for expansion for Eye to
Eye Optometry in Mexico, Missouri. “We didn’t have a huge
budget, but we made the best of it,” she says. They purchased
the building in 2017 and found that their neighbor was a
tropical hardwood craftsman, whose unique designs are now
showcased in the practice. They sourced local materials, and
friends and family pitched in to help.
Simple Is Sensible for
Vision Therapy Practice
When Allison Toler, OD, FAAO, and
her practice manager husband, Cal Toler,
of Clermont, Florida, outgrew the cute and
inexpensive house where she launched her
vision therapy (VT) practice, she found a
larger space nearby. The four-week remodel
from pediatrician’s office to VT space cost
less than $8,000, allowing for more funds
to be invested in staff training and equipment.
The color scheme was selected by Dr.
Toler’s childhood friend, Brian Patrick Flynn, who is an HGTV Dream Home designer.