Name: Brigette Roman 2022 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2022

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
Abram A. Hubal, OD Student Service Award

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
I am very grateful to be receiving the Student Service Award, as it is a phenomenal way to transition from being a student here at SUNY Optometry, to my future as a practicing optometrist. This award is the culmination of my dedication to this field and my beliefs that anything is possible with hard work. Throughout my career, I aspire to use my platform to help my community and hopefully inspire a new generation of optometrist. It was a great pleasure being a part of NYSOA’s committee throughout my time in school.

What drew you to the field of optometry?
As an undergraduate student, I worked as a technician at an optometry clinic and was astonished at how important and special an organ, the eye, is. After witnessing the impact optometrists had on patients from infants to 96 years old, as well as the patient-doctor relationships that were created, I knew what career path I wanted to follow. Several years later, here we are.

What are your plans following graduation?
After graduation, I will be completing a residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease at VA Harbor Health.