Private Practice and a Mediterranean Feast


P1080232Recently, a group of students in the Private Practice Club (PPC) at UIWRSO were generously treated to dinner by Dr. Fashid Amir and Dr. Nancy Amir,   Both doctors are faculty at UIWRSO and have a lot of experience in private practice so we took this opportunity to discuss business management in optometry with them.

Dr. Nancy Amir recommended meeting at the Darna Restaurant because the flavor reminds her more of the taste of Egypt growing up. I have tried Persian breakfast, but this was my first full-on family style Mediterranean feast.  PPC President, Jacklyn Alaquinez, did an amazing job setting this up. 

We initially offered to pay for this event and arrange a location, but the guest doctors would not have it that way.  Perhaps, it is because they are teachers that they understand the importance of this dinner to the PPC. They knew exactly where we are coming from and would tell stories that quenched our thirst for knowledge.

We started with a quick intro – name, year, what mode of practice are you interested in, and where do you want to practice? 

I have shadowed quite a few modes of practice when I was at UCLA,from eye surgery in The Jules Stein Eye Institute to a private practice in Hollywood and in a free clinic.  I came in with the intention of doing pediatric optometry, but now that I’m learning more and more about the optometric profession, there are so many other possibilities to consider.

Dr. Nancy Amir, told her story about getting involved with Low Vision and how much patience is needed; she really likes what she does because it fits her personality and the pace that she likes to practice. They stressed the importance of choosing a mode of practice that would make you happy. Dr. Fashid Amir recommended buying a private practice and wrote all over a take-out box breaking down the numbers for us.

He suggested that a new grad should gain more experience before trying to take the reins of a booming private practice. The Amirs, wanted us to think about location, namely, where do we want to live? Will our families be happy? I could not fathom the amount of information– relevant, personal, practical– that I have taken away from hearing them talk.

I was delighted and grateful to be a part of this experience. I must add, their wisdom was infinite.

I can ramble on and on about the Amir’s tips on business management in optometry, thankfully we get some training in our program, but any business classes you can take would also help.  All in all, I highly recommended  a sit-down dinner with optometry faculty, to get to know them. I learned a great deal meeting with faculty in a setting that is more comfortable.  It helped us ask more questions in an informal setting, that maybe we were too afraid to ask in class.

P1080236And why not try delicious Mediterranean food while you are at it!

UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry teams with NISD to provide Eye Examinations to Students

NISD students get help picking out their new glasses from UIW RSO staff.
NISD students get help picking out their new glasses from UIW RSO staff.

San Antonio – On Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1, UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) teamed up with Northside Independent School District (NISD) to provide free eye exams to 60 pre-selected students between the ages of 5 and 9 years who failed their school vision screenings.  These children either did not have vision insurance or the ability to pay for comprehensive eye care. UIWRSO optometry students, under the direction of UIWRSO clinic faculty, provided free eye examinations and the Essilor Vision Foundation provided free frames and lenses.

The students arrived in two groups and quickly made their way through the examination process.  The students were just a little nervous as this was the first eye exam for many of them.  Once they completed the exam they were able to pick out their new glasses.

“This affiliation between the UIWRSO, the NISD, and the Essilor Vision Foundation has made a significant impact in the quality of life of 120 children living in San Antonio. We look forward to conducting examination days at least one day a month in the future. I expect that these examination days to provide the underserved children of San Antonio well over $100,000 worth of free eye care, spectacles, and other forms of treatment annually. Not only does this improve the quality of life of the children receiving the care, we hope that the resultant clear and comfortable vision will improve their performance in school which ultimately provides dividends to the entire community. The UIWRSO is committed to serving the San Antonio community and it is an important value that we instill in all of our students and interns,” said Dr. James Chapman, UIWRSO clinic director.

UIWRSO, NISD, and the Essilor Vision Foundation have formed an affiliation to identify NISD students who require vision care, provide the professional examinations, and then to provide treatment through glasses or whatever modality that is best for the patient.

The UIW Eye Institute is one of seven patient care clinics operated by the Rosenberg School of Optometry. It provides specialty care in its Adult Care, Contact Lens, Ocular Disease, Pediatric, Low Vision, and Vision Therapy Services.  UIWRSO administers a four-year graduate program following a four-year undergraduate degree leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree.


Margaret Garcia
Associate Director of Public Relations
University of the Incarnate Word
Office: (210) 805-3689