Ashley Kimble, O.D.
Optometry Divas Member Since 2018
In our quest to fulfill our mission to Empower, Connect and Promote the success of women ODs, we have created this weekly feature to promote our amazing members across the country. Their stories will inspire you to dream big and reach higher!
The featured Diva for this week is Dr. Ashley Kimble. Read the full feature below to learn how her life came full circle as she ended up working in the very same practice where she got her first eye exam.
1. Tell us a little bit about you?
My family moved to the Orlando area from Alabama when I was six years old so I’m basically a Floridian. I’ve been married nearly 14 years to my college sweet heart, Rajuan. We have two children, a 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter. We lead the youth ministry at the church my father and mother started.
I love to read and listen to audible books. My favorite genres are historical fiction and any non-fiction that addresses my questions at the time. I also enjoy travel, planning a good party and recently began learning to sew.
2. What made you decide to become in Optometrist?
Around my senior year of high school I realized how much I enjoyed math and science and started to exploring careers in healthcare. The idea of becoming an Optometrist didn’t occur to me until a friend mentioned that she was looking into it during the end of my sophomore year of college. After doing research and some soul searching, I decided to consider Optometry as well.
That summer, almost like providence, I received a call from my own Optometrist asking if I’d like a summer job as a tech in his office. I took the job and absolutely loved it. I could see myself doing his job and I felt that I could do it well. The rest is history. I truly find it so rewarding to help people in this capacity.
3. What Optometry school did you go to?
4. Where do you currently practice?
My practice is located inside the same Visionworks in West Orlando where I received my first eye exam! It’s amazing how life can come full circle.
5. Do you offer any specialty services in your practice?
I enjoy providing a warm private practice feel in my commercial setting. No specialties as of yet.
6. Name 1 to 3 hurdles you personally faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
I feel like the primary hurdle I have faced has been to balance work and home life. As a mother of two, life can get very chaotic. Sometimes it can feel very overwhelming trying to balance running my commercial practice and keeping up with my family responsibilities.
I have overcome that hurdle by daily remembering my priorities. I realized that there are only 24 hours in one day and since I am only one person, there is only so much I can do. Focusing on my priorities and forgiving myself when I come short helps me keep the work-life balance I desire.
7. If you could go back to when you were a student, what advice would you give yourself?
If I could go back, I’d tell myself to do the following:
I would tell my student self to make a plan for debt elimination and stick to it early. I would also tell her that she should design her career not based on the opinions of others but on what is best for her.
To contact Ashley you can click on her social media profile links below or visit her practice website – Eyecarecfl.com.