Success: It’s a different thing for each of us. We look at “successful” people and desire to be like them. What would it take for you to be successful? Is it even achievable? We live in an age where success is often defined for us by others who have very low standards. What if the desires that we have while in school could be accomplished in the first few years after graduation rather than over a lifetime of practice? What if the dreams for your business could be achieved NOW, rather than dreading the long road that you need to take in order to get where you want to be? Optometric Insights helps bring your success into focus, and equips you with the tools to accomplish now what others would say is impossible. Welcome to the world of a new insights, the world of Optometric Insights.
Mile Bruijc, OD, FAAO
Co-Founder, Optometric Insights
My name is Mile Brujic. I enjoy working with people and understanding human interactions. The thing that drives me more than anything is inspiring success. When I have done this, either in the office with my patients, the people I practice with, students I communicate with or anyone else I interact with, I feel complete. Life is created from all of the experiences, challenges and opportunities that present themselves to us. I like to keep a positive outlook and try to create opportunities and positive experiences, even when we get thrown challenges. I am married to phenomenal woman, Sonia, and have two beautiful daughters, Zoe and Ava. (unbiased opinion of course)
What’s Your Favorite Movie?
Rudy. Hands down the best motivational story about the guy who defied all odds to reach his goals.
If you had the chance to do it again, with the knowledge that you have right now, would you still have selected optometry as your profession?
Anything you would have done differently?
I would have more seriously considered a residency after graduation.
Dave Kading, OD, FAAO
Co-Founder, Optometric Insights
My name is David Kading. I love seeing people succeed to their greatest potential. I feel that we live in an age where good enough is status quo and people don’t try to Crush It as often as they used to. That is why I am a part of Optometric Insights. I want to help students, industry partners, and practitioners see beyond the potential they think they have, help them set a plan in place and rocket them toward success. I currently practice in Seattle Washington with my wife and best friend and we have two daughters together.
Were you a nerd or Jock in High School?
I was a cool nerd. I was the head of the nerds. I was the President of the National Honors Society, Drum Major for the marching band, and regular attendee of the Science Club. I even metaled at the Science Olympiad.
Favorite Sports Teams
New York Yankees and New England Patriots. I have been told that I look like Tom Brady but I think the people were drunk when they told me that.
Kristin O’Brien, OD
Director of Optometric Professional Development
Four days after graduating from the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) in 2013 I had the opportunity to open a cold start private practice in Denver, CO that I’m proud to say is had grown faster than anticipated. Through Optometric Insights I speak with students in lecture settings at schools as well as at OI social gatherings to inspire success in our industry’s next generation. What I enjoy most about speaking with students is sharing the lessons I’ve learned from my most exquisite failures and seeing the look of inspiration on a student’s face. Working with Optometric Insights is extremely rewarding and I am grateful for the opportunity to surround myself with people I admire on a regular basis.
If you could be reincarnated into any living animal, what would it be?
I’d chose to be reincarnated as a Yellow Labrador – no matter how old they get, they still have energy like a puppy; they can take naps anywhere, as often as they like, for as long as they want; they don’t have to cook dinner (or any other meal for that matter); and they don’t have thumbs so folding laundry is out of the question.
What’s a story your friends like to make fun of you for?
Mistaking yard aeration kernels for dog waste and spending the better part of an hour picking it up with a pooper scooper.
What’s your favorite Starbucks Drink?
A Double Shot Latte with Chai (FYI it’s $0.75 cheaper than ordering a Dirty Chai Latte, and it’s the same thing. Don’t judge – I wasn’t this cheap before student loans!)
Harmin Chima, OD
Director of Professional Development
I am a recent graduate form The Ohio State University College of Optometry, and I practice in the Columbus, Ohio area. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for my undergraduate degree. I serve as the Director of Student Relations for Optometric Insights, with the goal of serving optometry students by giving them easy access to the resources we provide. I am thrilled to be part of a team that inspires success, and to be a resource for my peers.
What is your favorite movie?
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Are you upset you won’t be graduating in the year 2020?
Any optometrist knows 2015 is better.
What is it like being a Cleveland sports fan?
Director of Operations
I joined the team with the goal of just helping Drs. Brujic and Kading organize Optometric Insights and I must admit, I fell in love with what OI is doing and since then, I vow to serve this team more with the hope to inspire optometry students in my little ways. Hi! My name is Bee Enriquez and I am the only one with no optometry background. It is my honor to serve as the Director for Operations and I am grateful to be surrounded with super awesome people who inspire me to do great things everyday!
If you could speak any language what would it be?Korean! It would be fun to watch those Korean TV series without the subtitles. Plus I always imagine myself speaking fluently in that language.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I love beaches so Maldives would be a super cool!
What is it like to work with ODs?
They made me wear glasses!
Media and Communications Ambassador
Hello! My name is Kat Yandell and I am so excited to be a part of the Optometric Insights Team as the Media and Communications Ambassador. When I was a first year student the first event that I attended was an OI event through our Private Practice Club and I knew from that moment I wanted to be able to inspire students like myself to do anything and everything that dream of. There really is no better time than now to travel, meet new people and explore all of your options especially as a student. In 2018, I will be graduating from Western University of Health Sciences and am currently hoping to go into private practice emphasizing anterior segment disease and contact lenses.
Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have a 2 and a half year old kitty named Zedd. He was actually found on my campus in a dumpster, left behind by his family because he is deaf. He is all white, has heterochromia (one blue eye, one green) and is one of the most friendly kitties I have ever met.
Which Optometric Conference is your favorite to attend?
My favorite is definitely AOA-CAC. I find that it is a totally unique conference because you are meeting your fellow students and doctors who are just as passionate as you are about protecting our profession. I love the intimacy provided by us all working together for the same goal.
I grew up in Bellevue, WA just outside of Seattle and yes that makes me a Seahawks fan.
Will To, OD, ABOC
Frank Carusone, OD
Hey everyone! My name’s Frank Carusone. Joining the Optometric Insights team was a no-brainer for me as I saw the potential it had to motivate students (like myself) to maximize their potential. Getting to work with bright and talented optometry students from all over the country is unbelievably inspiring and serves as a constant reminder of what an amazing and unique profession we’re in. I will graduate from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in May 2016 and am interested in completing a residency in Pediatrics/VT or Primary Care.
What’s your favorite part of being an optometry student?
It’s a toss-up between all of the unique patient interactions I’ve had, and the opportunity to network and meet with so many of my fellow students from other schools at national and regional conferences. Blowing off some steam with future colleagues can be a lot of fun, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing your patient walk out with a smile on their face.
When not saving vision or inspiring others with OI, how do you spend your time?
I recently started playing guitar, so probably working on that, playing catch with my year old puppy Ellie, or helping plan my wedding next summer. I also try and golf as much as I can even though I end up losing about a dozen golf balls per round.