The featured Diva of the week is Dr. Lisa Hornick. Read the full feature below to learn how Lisa found strength, resourcefulness, and resilience by doing the things that scared her.
Lisa Hornick, OD
1. Tell us a little bit about you?
I grew up and attended college in upstate New York. I attended optometry school on a scholarship from the US Navy. I was an active duty Navy optometrist for seven years. I am also a military spouse and I have lived and practiced in California, Florida, Hawaii and Alaska. I have two boys who are 11 and 4 years old.
2. What made you decide to become an Optometrist?
My mother is a nurse and I have always been fascinated with medicine. I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old and really looked up to my optometrist who was also a woman. I started off as a Chemical Engineering major but later switched to pre-med when I decided to become an optometrist instead. I wanted a career where I could make a difference in people’s lives but also work successfully part-time and have a family.
3. What Optometry school did you go to?
4. Where do you currently practice?
http://www.clearvue.org – ClearVue Eye Care in Roseville, CA and Stanford Ranch Optometry in Rocklin, CA
5. Do you offer any specialty services in your practice?
We offer the latest in dry eye treatments from Lipiflow to IPL and more
6. Name 1 to 3 hurdles you personally faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
My biggest hurdle in my career has been the fact that I am a military spouse. Since I began practicing in 2002, we have moved 5 times. Each time I moved, I had to get a new license and find a new place to practice, essentially starting over from scratch. Alaska being the most challenging because we lived on the remote island of Kodiak. In fact, in Alaska, I convinced the Board of Optometry to create a temporary license for military spouses to help expedite their licensing process. Although military life has been stressful, it has also given me the gifts of strength, resourcefulness and resilience and for that, I am thankful.
7. If you could go back to when you were a student, what advice would you give yourself?
I would say to be brave and do the things that scare you. You will learn so much and open yourself up to so many more opportunities. You will become a better person for it. Also, work for the military for at least a few years if you can. You will gain experience, leadership skills and once in a lifetime experiences.
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How to Contact Lisa?
To contact Lisa, email her at [email protected].