Meet Dr. Susan Judson, an experienced optometrist who has been practicing in PEI for over two decades. She shares the FYidoctors spirit, by always putting her patients first and looking for ways to enrich her community practice. We chatted with Dr. Judson about her career journey as well as how she actively decided to become a partner with FYidoctors. Her Charlottetown Vision Care clinic joined the FYidoctors family on July 27th and we look forward to a rewarding collaboration. Read our inspiring interview with her below!
Well I had a lot of experience because I was very myopic, so I went to the optometrist a lot when I was a teenager! I actually thought I was going to go into pharmacy, until they called me to set up an interview to get into the pharmacy program at Dalhousie— I thought to myself, “No I really don’t want to go into pharmacy anymore!” That’s when I looked into optometry and it was a good fit for me. It was one of those epiphanies.
I finished school, moved back to PEI and started practicing as an associate in Summerside for 5 years. Then in 1998, I made a lot of changes all at once. I moved back to my hometown, Charlottetown, opened up my own practice, got married and bought a house all in the same year!
I was a non-dispensing practice from 1998 to 2002, and then in 2002 we moved 2 doors down the street, we bought this building and we’ve been here ever since.
As Charlottetown Vision Care has grown and our industry is changing, it’s been a real struggle, it’s been hard to be a small practice, to keep up with all the changes in technology and provide all the things for my patients I would like to provide that big practices can afford. So I was looking to make a change and I also needed to offload some things.
It’s a heavy load to own your own practice. It takes a lot of time, energy and effort—and I have a couple kids! I was finding that I just couldn’t do everything.
The more I researched, I really felt like FYidoctors was a good fit for me. I felt that the culture is challenging and supportive. They challenge you as an optometrist to do more and be better and to provide the best care, and to not just go in. see patients and leave. It’s inspiring it makes me want to keep growing and keep practicing.
I think they will benefit from the programs and online shopping. I will also be able to keep up with technology, it won’t be as much of a struggle for me to do that. I can say this is ‘top notch’ technology equivalent to what’s used across the country.
FYidoctors also has the Enhancing Life Foundation and supports local community charities so we will have the support to do things like that.
As we get busier, the plan is to have full time doctors to optimally support our community. This will enable me to personally focus more on patient care in our clinic. Also, if there is a downturn, (say a pandemic or something!) there is a little more buffer with joining a bigger organization.
It will be great to have support, the knowledge and that framework around me so I know I’ve got the tools to enhance a patient's life. To give them the best possible experience while they’re here but also the best possible experience for the 2 years that they are not.
I have great patients. I have patients that travel from the Western tip of the island. They travel over 2 hours to see me! I have patients that come from the Magdalen islands. I’m their optometrist. I have patients who first saw me in my first couple months when I started practicing in Summerside and they still come to see me in Charlottetown. I really appreciate that they travel to see me and that they have stayed with me all these years! I feel that we’ve built a good practice and there are a lot of people who appreciate that. We’re going into FYidoctors from a good place. I’m looking forward to having the support.
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