Article

THE BACKSTORY

Uncommon Career Path Shereen Hakki, Ph.D., O.D.

Shereen Hakki, Ph.D., O.D.

Shereen Hakki, Ph.D., O.D., is a managing optometrist, field leader, and O.D. mentor with LensCrafters in King of Prussia, PA, as well as an associate professor at Salus University. How she got there is fascinating.

Connect with Dr. Hakki via LinkedIn: bit.ly/drhakkilinkedin

1 Ph.D. TO O.D.

I was a pharmacist/biochemist researching signal transduction in the eye when I was invited to join an accelerated program to certify optometrists and ophthalmologists from other parts of the world.

2 WHY LENSCRAFTERS?

Corporate practice allows me the freedom to maintain my academic affiliation while pursuing my career. LensCrafters was an obvious choice due to their support of O.D.s with CEs and the newest and best technology, their giving-back program, OneSight, plus their encouragement of continuous growth and diversity in patient care and management.

3 LEARNING + TEACHING

I am involved with the international program, and my role as an adjunct professor allows me to fulfill my passion for teaching and learning.

4 RECRUITING + MENTORING

I have been involved with recruiting O.D.s and mentoring students. I am also an O.D. mentor for our region. It is extremely rewarding to be a liaison for my colleagues. COT!

—Stephanie K. De Long