WO Voices Podcast Series

The Empowered OD: Dr. Selina McGee – Make Every Word Count
In this episode of The Empowered OD series, sponsored by Allergan, Selina McGee, OD, FAAO, of Edmond, Oklahoma, explains how she became more intentional in her communication with patients. Working with a dialogue coach, Dr. McGee became more aware of the intended and unintended consequences of her conversations and how effective communication helps her build areas of practice, such as with her presbyopic patients.

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The Empowered OD: Dr. Neena James - Leading an Empowered Staff
Neena James, OD, of Huntsville, Alabama, explains how cultivating an empowered staff allows doctors to do more. Hear how she learned to let go of some of the oversight of her associates and staff of 12 while steering the practice in the direction she wants to go.

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Dr. Michele Andrews: Introducing the Myopia Management Conversation
Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director of North America Professional & Academic Affairs at CooperVision, discusses how clinicians can—and why they should—talk about the progression of myopia with parents. The Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program provides guidance on ways to include these conversations.

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Dr. Linda Chous: Could Coronavirus-Related Stress Result in More Increased Non-Organic Vision Loss?
Linda Chous, OD, owner of the whimsically named The Glasses Menagerie in Minneapolis, Minnesota, encourages ODs to be on the lookout for a possible spike in nonorganic vision loss. She explains how NOVL is different from malingering and how to counsel patients and their parents.

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Dr. Melissa Barnett And Dr. Stephanie Woo: The Thrill Of A Specialty Lens Practice
In January 2020, Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS, opened the Contact Lens Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, a clinic dedicated entirely to custom contact lenses. Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, shares Dr. Woo's passion for fitting scleral lens patients. Enjoy listening to these two past presidents of the Scleral Lens Education Society talk.

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Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee: Reopening
Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, FBCLA, FAAO, and her practice partner reopened Vision Optique in Houston, Texas, with safety protocols in place to help protect doctors, staff and patients. Dr. Shen Lee was a guest on WO Voices as she was planning the reopening.

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Dr. Theresa Colonna: Use Customized Video Training For Staff
Theresa Colonna, OD, of Westminster Eyecare Associates in Providence, Rhode Island, has mastered a strategy for consistent and thorough staff training in the use of instrumentation and procedures: customized video. Hear how she developed this process as the staff at this practice grew to 65 employees.

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Dr. Kelechi Mezu-Nnabue: Routine Eye Care And Foundation Work On Hold; Planning Ahead
Kelechi Mezu-Nnabue, OD, MS, MPH, DrPH, worries about the patients she serves in her Pikeville, Maryland, practice, as well as those who would normally be served by her family foundation in Baltimore and in Nigeria.

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Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth: The Primary Importance of Primary Eye Care
From keeping patients with ocular infections out of emergency rooms and urgent care clinics to providing counseling on ocular and systemic health issues, the critical role that optometrists play in the health care becomes more apparent during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Dr. Cheryl Murphy: Dealing with Coronavirus Uncertainty – One Day at a Time
Cheryl Murphy, OD details some of the steps that the doctors and staff members are taking to do what they can to flatten the curve, protect themselves and protect patients.

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