Clinic Blog: 2011 Ghana Clinic Blog
June 26, 2011
a little more from Dr. Joyce Medina….
Our Team Ghana Lead Doctor:
Ghana is my 7th Global Clinic. It's been many years since I've been the Lead Doctor for a global clinic. A lot has changed since then! Luckily, I had a great team of doctors. We had 10 optometrists (including myself) from the US and Australia. What made this team unique washaving two optometry students on the team: Khrystopher Gates (just graduated from optometry school) and Jake Hayward(finished his 2nd year) both from College of Optometry at University of Missouri-St. Louis. On the second day of clinic, Khrys found out that he had passed all of his Board of Optometry exams!!! As for Jake, not only was he able to keep up with the doctors, he always maintained a positive attitude. I have no doubt both Khrys and Jake will be excellent optometrists! Most of the time a global clinic is short a doctor or two...not this one! We all worked well together and delivered the best vision care to over 9,000 recipients of Ghana!
The Doctor Team:
from left to right, front row: Sinyoung Jun (LensCrafters, GA), Joyce Medina (Lead Doctor, EYEEXAM of Ca.), Shraddha (Julie) Sharma(OPSM, Australia), Nishil Patel(OPSM, Australia), Amy Moussa(EYEEXAM of Ca)
from left to right, back row:Noha Shehata(LensCrafters,Tx), Khrystopher Gates(Optometry Studant/Graduate, Mo), Paula Warnick(Pearle Vision, Il), Carla Lindsay(Pearle Vision, Ga), Michael Kim(Sears Optical, AK), Jake Hayward (2nd yr. Optometry Student, MO),JUlie Blenker(Sears Optical, WI)
I had the privilege of working alongside the the incredible people that made up our Leadership Team. I was excited to have Melissa as a Clinic Director again. I was on the doctor team with her in Thailand last year. It was Tanya's first time as Clinic Coordinator for a global clinic and Allison's first time as IMS Captain. It's been a while since Andrea and I have been leaders for a global clinic as well. John was the Cool Cat that kept us safe at all times and he controlled the daily chaos at the gate during clinic. I cannot imagine not having someone like him at every global clinic! Luckily, we all got along from the get-go! we learned a lot from Harriette about leadership, communication and teamwork. Withour her and Melissa's guidance, we would not have succeeded as a Leadership Team. It also helped to have a great team that worked well together!
The Leadership Team:
Tanya Duczek (Clinic Coordinator, Canada), John Stewart (AP Advisor, NY), Melissa Standridge(Clinic DIrector, Al), Allison Kiser(IMS Leader,Tn), Joyce Medina(Doctor Leader, Ca), Harriette Harrington(Leadership Development Specialist, Ca) and not pictured: Andrea Speta(Clinic Coordinator, Austria)