For the past year, Dr. Lauren Davis has served as our Ocular Disease Resident. And, now that she has completed her COA residency, she is returning to Texas to work in private practice. Dr. Davis has been a truly valuable member of our team, and we wish her all the best as she leaves Ohio!
During the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Davis’s dedication, talent, and efforts were especially appreciated by all the team members who worked with her and all the patients who she helped. Though we will miss having her in both of our offices, we know she will continue to do wonderful things. We have gathered some words from Dr. Davis, herself, along with notes from our COA team as we wish Dr. Davis all the best in the next chapter of her optometry career!
A Note from Dr. Lauren Davis:
“I cannot believe that my year here at COA has come to an end. First and foremost, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to every member of the COA family. The doctors, technicians, and staff made me feel welcome from the start and have played a huge part in making this year so special.
I chose a residency because I wanted to be able to provide the most comprehensive care to my patients throughout my career. This meant specializing in ocular disease diagnosis and management in addition to prescribing glasses and contact lenses. I came into this experience unsure of what to expect, but hoping to learn as much as I could from both the doctors and the patients during my year-long program. Looking back, I can honestly say I had no idea I could come so far in such a short time.
I had the privilege of observing every surgeon here at COA—both in the operating room and the clinic. From cataract surgery to blepharoplasty and corneal transplants, watching these procedures live while also having surgeons walk me through every step was an invaluable experience. Working in the clinic involved a mix of standard optometry patients as well as more complex pre- and post-operative management cases. My favorite part of this experience was that every morning was an opportunity to learn. This work taught me how to think on my feet and allowed me to see a variety of conditions.
I could not be more thankful for this year and what I have experienced. I am forever grateful to the doctors and staff of COA and will take what I learned into my career and beyond!”
A Note from COA’s Founder, Dr. Richard Orlando:
“One of the things I enjoyed the most in my 40 years as a physician was teaching the next generation of doctors. It was my good fortune that Dr. Lauren Davis was the very last resident I worked with during my career. Dr. Davis exhibits everything you would want in a doctor…she is insightful, curious, and a self-starter. She researches and studies for long hours after work in the clinic to learn about the disease process and its management.
Dr. Davis and I presented at the East West Destinations Conference this past winter on post-operative management of cataract surgery, and it was a pleasure to be able to discuss our findings together. I wish her all the best as she moves back to Texas, and I know she will be a great asset to any practice lucky enough to hire her!”
A Note from COA President, Dr. Robert Derick:
“Dr. Davis was a great addition to the COA team! We will miss her and certainly wish her the best as she continues her career. She was extremely helpful in the clinic—always willing to help out in any way that she could. During the shutdown, she worked every day seeing and working up patients when we only had a skeleton crew. Her personality is fantastic, and she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Our next resident will have big shoes to fill!”
A Note from COA’s Director of Optometry, Dr. Dawn Hartman:
“Dr. Davis is the epitome of hard work and a positive attitude. We enjoyed sharing our experiences with her and having her for the past year while she completed COA’s Ocular Disease Residency. The year went by so fast, and we wish she could stay with us longer. We will miss her but know that she has a wonderful future of caring for patients ahead of her. We wish the best of luck to Dr. Lauren Davis!”