Diva of the Week – Lachionte’ Culpepper OD, MS

Ambassador - Atlanta, GA Chapter

The featured Diva for this week is Dr. Lachionte’ Culpepper. Read the feature to discover how Lachionte’ started thinking outside of the box to create her Optometry path.

1. Tell us a little bit about you?

I am a native of Atlanta, GA and I am married to the love of my life. One thing I find unique about me is that I love my gray strands and I prefer to wear my hair in its natural state. I don't like hair straighteners. One of my favorite things to do is lay on high quality bedding sheets with a glass of red wine and interesting reading material. I'm delighted to report no red wine spills as of yet. LOL!

2. What made you decide to become in Optometrist?

I attended a summer program at UAB. One day while there, my roommate and I decided to take a walk and visit the buildings that were open on the campus since our day ended shorter than usual. Everyone else went partying but we stayed behind to be nosey...lol. Out of the buildings we visited that day, the school of Optometry made my top 5 list. After weighing my pros and cons, I applied and 4 years later...VOILA! 😊

3. What Optometry school did you go to?

NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry

4. Where do you currently practice?

Inside a Walmart Vision Center

5. Do you offer any specialty services in your practice?

Currently I offer Myopia Management. I will receive hands on training for specialty contact lens fits at a conference in June then I will add that specialty to my arsenal.

6. Name 1 to 3 hurdles you personally faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

Burnout - I realized that there is no shortage of patients and the faster I work the faster they will come. So I slowed down and started saying "no" more often to give myself more balance.

Under compensation - I voluntarily left that situation and never looked back.

Getting boxed in - When I felt I was getting boxed in, I started thinking outside of the box to create my own Optometry path. That's what led me to start the products I talk about below.

7. If you could go back to when you were a student, what advice would you give yourself?

As diligently as you worked to pay off your student loans in 4 years, play, enjoy, and reward yourself just as diligently.

Do you have a product or side business you’d like for us to include in your feature? 

The External Eye Cleanser is a gentle formula that is used to clean the outside surface of the eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes.

The Eye Refresher revitalizes the eyes from the feelings of dryness, irritation, and fatigue. So, stay tuned!

The Patent Pending eye care idea rollout of information will begin at the end of March.

Please visit https://www.afflueyence.com/ to learn more. 

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