See ODs’ New Year’s resolutions for 2020

It’s that time of year to look to the year ahead and consider plans, goals, intentions, or resolutions…whichever word works for you.

See what your colleagues would like to accomplish in the coming year.

But before you do, take a look at our stories from the past three years to see how goals have changed over time.

Our 2018 story: What New Year’s resolutions ODs make for 2019Our 2017 story: Making New Year’s resolutions, optometry styleOur 2016 story: ECPs share their New Year’s resolutions

See 2020 resolutions

Marc Taub, OD, FAAO
Memphis
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To live life more by the golden rule.

Susan A. Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Roslyn, NY

As much time with baby Rhys (new grandson) as possible.
Travel more, work less.
Seek new technologies in practice.

Michele Andrews, OD, FAAO
Director of professional affairs, CooperVision

I’d like to better prioritize my personal time this year. Yes… the elusive work-life balance.

Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO
Grinnell, KS
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I try to live/do my best all the time, so I hope I don’t need to make New Year’s resolutions.

Jeff Anshel, OD, FAAO
Encinitas, CA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I resolve to stop making resolutions that don’t last more than two weeks.

Carla J. Mack, OD, MBA, FAAO
Global head of professional affairs, Alcon

Enjoy the little things in life more.

Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO
President and CEO, New England College of Optometry

Drive positive change.
Put myself in “their” shoes more.
Support and ensure a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture for our college.
Don’t listen to the naysayers.
Be the best me possible every day.
Play drums more…I just want to bang on the drums all day.

Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO
Greenfield, IN

Eat better. I’m not 25 anymore.
Limit use of my phone when at home or with family/friends.
Charge appropriately for all elective services my practice provides.
As incoming Indiana Optometric Association president, work hard to engage with ODs in every type of practice setting. We’re all in this together.

Ben Casella, OD, FAAO
Augusta, GA
Optometry Times Chief Optometric Editor

Take time to breathe-even if it means scheduling fewer patients. Sometimes it feels like I get too busy to get anything done.

Bill Townsend, OD, FAAO
Canyon, TX
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I will listen more attentively to my patients’ history and presenting complaint. 

Chris Wroten, OD
Hammond, LA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Invest more in staff training and development.
Seek more opportunities to help others.
Volunteer with organized optometry to protect our patients and help further our profession.
Spend more quality time with my family.
Expand the services offered in our clinic in a meaningful way that patients appreciate.

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Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO
Louisville, KY
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To live more in the present and not worry about the past or future.

Jennifer Lyerly, OD
Raleigh, NC
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To create more video content for our office website and social media.

Tracy Swartz, OD, FAAO
Madison, AL
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Be a positive example for my new staff and promote teamwork and cooperation.

Scott Moscow, OD
Roswell, GA

More time working on my business and less time working in it.

Diana Canto-Sims, OD
Chicago
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I don’t do resolutions. I make intentions. This year my intention is to pick my battles wisely and get ready for my soon-to-be empty nest in a couple of years.

Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Duncansville, PA

To eat out less and cook more, using the nutritional information that we all know about omega fatty acids and carotenoids. Perhaps get the resveratrol from a good red wine. 

Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO
Park River, ND
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To be more intentional with our goals for the practice and staff in 2020. We have a day-long staff retreat scheduled for Wednesday, January 8, to look at our past and present and plan for the future. 2020 is going to be a great year.

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA
Sacramento, CA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To embrace a gratitude mindset, connect more with my favorite people, and get enough sleep. The last one is the most difficult.

Scott Hauswirth, OD, FAAO
Aurora, CO
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To not screw anything up too badly.

Richard Mangan, OD, FAAO
Aurora, CO

To learn how to play the cowbell. “We need more cowbell!”

Kathy Mastrota, OD, FAAO
New York City
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Wait half a day (or more) before ever hitting “send.”

Barbara Fluder, OD
Valdosta, GA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I never make resolutions. I never keep them.  I will say I want to stay happy and healthy in 2020.

Joe Shovlin, OD, FAAO
Scranton, PA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

To spend more time with friends and family. That might just mean seeing fewer patients, I guess.

Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Become super adept at my new EMR.