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Carl H. Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO
Dr. Spear owns a multi-location group practice with his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Spear is commander of the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron at Duke Field in Florida and chairman of the American Academy of Optometry Exhibits Committee. He consults for Alcon and Vision Source.
ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans
ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans
Vision care plans (VCP) can be difficult to figure out because each provider tends to have its own set of rules. In an attempt to bring clarity to the VCP landscape, I have put together a five-part series of blogs.
The benefits of cleaning out your practice
The benefits of cleaning out your practice
Today, I donated the suit that I got married in. Yep, I took it to the secondhand store and walked away.
10 tips to surviving an insurance audit
10 tips to surviving an insurance audit
To protect you and your practice, it is important to have a plan and process in place in the case of an audit
5 steps to creating a budget
5 steps to creating a budget
Applying the Golden Metric when creating a budget and increasing your profits
5 ways to finish strong for 2016
5 ways to finish strong for 2016
One of the hallmarks of a good college football team is to finish strong. That means that as the team heads into the fourth quarter, it needs to close out the game and play all the way to the end.
3 ways ODs can combat 1-800-EYE-EXAM
3 ways ODs can combat 1-800-EYE-EXAM
The recent announcement that 1-800 Contacts has partnered with online eye exam provider Opternative to offer consumers eye exams online has rocked the optometry community. What can we learn from this announcement, and what should we do?
Would you want your kids to become optometrists?
I have two kids in college, and up until last year, they never showed an interest in becoming an optometrist. Like many of you, I had them work in the offices doing all the glamour jobs—licking recall stamps, counting frames, taking out trash, cleaning baseboards, and many of the other jobs that often cause a revolt of paid employees.
Does your practice have a culture of can’t?
I hear a lot of talk about having a culture of service in the office. I know of some offices that are truly remarkable in their service culture. These offices have patterned themselves after Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton, or other noted service culture mainstays.
7 things ODs can learn from Super Bowl
7 things ODs can learn from Super Bowl
Super Bowl 50 is in the books, and the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning are the Super Bowl champions! What a storybook ending for Manning and the Broncos. Not all of our practices will ride off into the sunset with a world championship, but there are many lessons we can learn from the Super Bowl.
ICD-10 diaries: The first days of implementation
As the ICD-10 implementation deadline approached, we asked several practitioners to document their experience leading up to and the days after implementation.

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