- How did you get interested in optometry?
“My college biology professor suggested that I shadow an optometrist as part of my career search. I met a fantastic optometrist that is still a great friend to this day. At the time we met, I had never had an eye exam. After that first exam, I learned that I was a glaucoma suspect and later found out I had a strong family history of glaucoma. That taught me the importance and value of an annual comprehensive eye health examination.”
- What is special about Fairway Eye Center?
“We provide a level of care that is second to none in Kansas City. The technology we use in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease is not offered at most primary eye care facilities. We also have wonderful, caring people that work here and take the time to take care of our patients’ needs.”
- What do you like to do in your free time?
“I have two boys, ages three and four. My free time is focused mostly on chasing them around and watching them in all their fun activities. I’m looking forward to the day when they are old enough to come out on the golf course and play a round with dad!”
4. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
“Christmas is my favorite holiday now that the boys are at the age where Santa’s presents are the most exciting thing in the world. They get spoiled by the grandparents, and we all have a blast.”
5. Do you play any sports?
“I played soccer at St. Thomas Aquinas and baseball at Rockhurst University. When I have a chance to get out and play with the boys, I love it. One of these days, I’ll probably have to teach Dr. Bunde how to play basketball!”
- Why did you launch the Gift of Sight Program?
“Our doctors love taking care of people and helping to better their lives through sharper vision and eye health. Through our Gift of Sight Program, we have been able to broaden the mission work to make it a part of the fabric of the business. When I was in optometry school, I loved the SVOSH program, which stands for Student Volunteers in Optometric Service for Humanity. The eyecare mission trips in Mexico and Belize were a fantastic experience. There are few things more rewarding in life than to be present when someone is truly seeing the world around them for the first time.”
- What do you hope to accomplish 10 years from now?
“In the next 10 years, I hope to have improved both the vision and overall quality of life for the people that need it most in the KC area and in locations that we travel to outside the country with the Gift of Sight Program.”
- What is your favorite treat?
“My mom makes the best cookies. I remember eating them straight out of the oven when they were warm and gooey. Doesn’t get any better. Unless there’s some ice cream to put on them.”
- What do you like best about Kansas City?
“It’s home. Love the people and places that I’ve come to love all over- both sides of the state line. I’ve spent time living and traveling outside KC, and there’s something special about going back to where you came from.”
- What was your proudest moment?
“I think my proudest moments come as a dad. When the boys go out of their way to do something selfless, it makes me feel like we’ve done something right. Hearing them say “thank you” or “I love you” without being asked kind of melts the heart a bit.”