Pathways to Practice: Dr. Priti Patel
"The key aspect of being successful is being around people you can learn from," says Priti Patel, OD, vice president, operations and professional affairs at FirstSight Vision/National Vision. Influenced by women scientists and educators, she says she is encouraged by an increasing number of women in leadership positions in corporations, as well as large practices. Her role in corporate optometry continues to teach her a great deal about the business aspects of the profession, lessons most ODs learn beyond optometry school. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone opens new doors, she says. "As women are willing to take that challenge, it's going to be very rewarding," she says.