Women In Optometry: Diving Straight Into Ownership

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Natalie Vu, OD, and her husband Joe Nguyen, OD, always had a goal of practice ownership, but Dr. Vu said that they didn’t originally plan to tackle it so early in their careers. When she graduated in May 2018 from the University of Houston College of Optometry, she took a job in a corporate setting, but the couple quickly realized they were delaying their inevitable goal. “We were waiting for the perfect time, but I realized there was no better time,” she recalled. “We were fresh out of school [her husband graduated three years earlier] and we are young without kids—we had the energy to do it now rather than later,” she said. Dr. Vu and her husband drove around the Houston, Texas, area on their days off and would sit in the parking lots of different shopping centers to check out anchor stores and people watch for potential patients. Read More