Practice Management

Special Report: Independent Practice Provides ODs with Autonomy & Flexibility

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Jan. 29, 2020

Staff Report

A network of colleagues and structural support can remove some of the barriers

Early in optometry school, Audrey Raley, OD, set her eyes on opening her own independent optometry practice—and less than two years after graduation from University of Houston College of Optometry, she did just that in New Braunfels, Texas. “I’ve always wanted to be the master of my own destiny and be able to care for my patients in the way I wanted to,” she says. “I felt like I would be limited in either scope or decisions if I worked for someone else.”

During the two years that it took her to “get my plans together,” she worked at short-term or longer-term stints in about 20 practices, filling in for private practice ODs and corporate ODs, ranging from high-tech practices with multiple doctors to smaller locations where she worked alone. Each experience provided her with some sense of what she wanted or didn’t want in her future practice. >>READ MORE>>

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