Full Name: Susan A. Resnick OD FAAO FSLS
Name of Practice: Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates 
Setting: Private Specialty group practice with 2 locations located in medical buildings; urban and suburban locations.
Location: Manhattan and Long Island
High School Attended: Forest Hills HS (Queens, NY)
College Attended: Binghamton University (SUNY)

Optometry School Attended: SUNY State College of Optometry

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I am a sports fanatic and my husband and I travel across the country each summer visiting different baseball parks to see games…whenever possible Yankees or Mets.

Tell us about your family: My daughter Rachel, 31, attended Bucknell University where she received a degree in Music Ed. She is a violinist who teaches strings in a public school district on LI as well as performing professionally in 2 local orchestras. My son Marc, 27, attended MIT where he received degrees in electrical engineering and education. Upon graduation, he taught HS Physics in MA. He now resides in Boston where he develops software for a mid-sized start-up. My husband Cliff was previously a VP of marketing for Publisher’s Clearinghouse. He is now a partner in a boutique internet marketing business.

Tell us about your parent’s occupations: My dad, unfortunately, passed away very young when I was 15 years old. He was a men’s clothing salesman. My mom, now retired, was a bookkeeper in the NYC garment center for 50 years.

Why did you choose optometry as a career? Optometry was the perfect combination of my two academic and career passions: physics (optics) and medicine. I did not want a surgical profession.

What aspects of your professional life do you find most rewarding? I am very fortunate that my patient population is largely composed of leaders/renowned individuals in many walks of life; entertainment, sports, politics, business. I get to “chat” with these people every day as I care for their eyes.

What aspects of your professional life do you find least rewarding? While the clinical component of practice can be stressful, I find personnel management to be more stressful. We do have an excellent practice manager and human resource director but ultimately, the buck stops with the partners.

How did you end up working where you are now? I started as a patient in the very practice I now own with my partner, Dr. Jordan Kassalow. When I was in my first year of optometry school, I approached my then optometrist and co-founder of our practice, Dr. Paul Farkas about becoming a technician while I attended optometry school. He hired me on the spot. I worked Saturdays and summers for 3 years and then, upon graduation, I was offered a position as an associate. I worked my way up to partnership and, as they say, “the rest is history”.

What professional conferences do you like best? With a practice devoted to specialty contact lenses and anterior segment, I find the Academy meeting and Global Specialty Lens Symposium, most beneficial.

Have you ever used a practice management consultant? No. I and my partners have belonged to “dirty dozen” groups (e.g, study groups) throughout the history of the practice. We gain a tremendous amount of insight from these semi-annual weekend retreats. We have also belonged to Vision Source for 15 years, which is a tremendous help with practice management.

What advice do you have for young people considering optometry as a career? It is what you make of it! You make your own luck…go find the setting and modality in which you are the happiest and put forth your best clinical effort…the rest will come!

Final thoughts… I am a perfectionist and a nerd. I demand excellence of myself and those who work with me – although I do try to reign it in! I enjoy clinical practice and academics hence I have successfully completed the Diplomate process in both the AAO and the ABO…I did it purely for self-enrichment and I continue to find ways to challenge myself. I enjoy lecturing and I find that when I prepare a presentation, I further my knowledge in ways I would not have otherwise. My most valued rewards at this stage of my career, however, come from mentoring current pre-optometry and optometry students as well as young ODs.

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