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CooperVision Honors Best Practices

A class of 10 optometric practices is being honored by CooperVision Inc., as the 2017 Best Practices, chosen for their leadership and success in optometry.
The honorees were chosen after a nationwide search for eyecare practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership, and patient experience, and that “have forged new pathways to success in the face of industry changes and increased competition, finding unique ways to provide exceptional, inspirational patient care,” according to CooperVision.
 
The 2017 Best Practices are:
 
Amarillo Vision Specialists – Amarillo, TX
Established by Shauna Thornhill, O.D., within a Wal-Mart located in the heart of her community, and now has a second location.
 
Blount County Eye Center  – Maryville, TN
Founded in 1965, Blount County Eye Center by Will Tantum, O.D.
 
Caruso Eye Care – Lake Worth, Fl
Established in 2005 by Britney Caruso, O.D., and is now located inside Target Optical.
 
Castle Pines Eye Care – Castle Pines, CO
Led by owner Jason Ortman, O.D.
 
Complete Eye Care of Medina – Medina, MN
Founded in 2008 by Gina Wesley, O.D.
 
Havasu Eye Center – Lake Havasu, AZ
Opened by Stuart Adams, O.D., in 1990, and joined by Stephanie Woo, O.D., in 2012.
 
Lawrenceville Family Eyecare – Lawrenceville, GA
Founded by Mehdi Kazem, O.D., in 2012,
 
Little Eyes – Carmel, IN
Opened by Katherine Schuetz, OD, in 2013 to specializing in primary care pediatric optometry.
 
Premier Eyecare – Knoxville, TN
Established in 2002 by Brent Fry, O.D., who has since grown the practice to include six full-time employees. 
 
Specialty Eyecare Group – Kirkland, WA
Led by David Kading, O.D., and Kristi Kading, O.D., it now has doctors with a variety of specialties.
 
Each practice has a unique story behind not only its growth, but in how it chooses to serve its community. Read all their stories here.
 
“Through the applications and the initial notification process, we have already come to hear some inspiring stories from these honorees, who all dared to dream of establishing their own practices to help people. Regardless of the unique dynamics of each of these practices, the services they provide are changing lives,” said Michelle Andrews, O.D., senior director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America, CooperVision.  “In today’s business landscape, every practice faces challenges, yet these 10 practices have seized opportunity and forged unique pathways to growth. That is perhaps the greatest takeaway from Best Practices—that there is no one way to achieve success, and there is so much to learn from each other.”
 
In the months to come, the 2017 Best Practices will be broadly recognized and presented with opportunities to help educate and elevate the profession through the telling of their stories across the United States. In addition, honorees are invited to attend an educational meeting at CooperVision’s research and development facilities in Pleasanton, CA.