Full name: Meagan Melissa Herring
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Degree:- Optometry Degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Optometry- Certificate in Business from Nova Southeastern University- Ocular disease residency at Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace, MD (through Pennsylvania College of Optometry). Currently working on my Holistic Health Practitioner certification trough Trinity School of Natural Health.
Associations:-Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry-Member of the Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society-active involvement as a student in SVOSH and Student Optometric Practice Management Association.Undergrad
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo- BSc. in Vision Sciences from Nova Southeastern University
Personal hobbies: CrossFit, running, Yoga and meditation when I have the time!- Hiking, camping and outdoor adventure with my family.
Dr Herring is married and has 2 boys ages 3 & 6 moved from Clearwater, FL in 2017 with the US Coast Guard.
Do you have any personal stories relating to your interest in optometry?
I grew up in Canada where I had annual eye exams from a very young age. My mom took me and my sister to the only English-speaking optometry school in Canada where I really enjoyed having the eye tests performed by optometry students. Having that positive experience stuck with with me throughout my undergraduate education as a pre-optometry student at that same school.
Although I had plans to follow the pre-medical route vs. optometry, I became intrigued when I learned about the flexibility and family-friendly nature of this profession. It was then I decided to change course and begin applying to optometry schools.
Are there any industry specialties you have interest in focusing on down the road?
Definitely myopia control is on the horizon as we learn more about effective therapies for progressive myopia. Currently I am working towards becoming certified with the new MiSight soft CLs for myopia control. Holistic, integrated eye care, including homeopathy, herbology and iridology as they relate to whole body wellness.
What does being part of EYEcenter mean to you?
Having licenses across four different states in various modes of practice, EYEcenter is unlike any optometric practice I’ve come across. Being a part of the EYEcenter family to me means compassion, service and excellence in eye care. Everyone is extremely caring while the focus is truly on giving back to local communities. I am honored to have been welcomed into the EYEcenter family.
What are you excited for in optometry during the years to come?
I’m excited to see a shift toward a more integrated approach to eye health. The eyes aren’t just a window to the soul, but a glance at the status of the overall health of the body. As primary eye care providers, we are at the forefront of patient education in the prevention of disease, (whether it be eye-related or whole body), and abundance of wellness.