Jessica Bailin, a Denver optometrist in training at Vision Care Specialists, knew from her sophomore year in high school that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, she just hadn’t settled on optometry. We are proud to have played a special role in Jessica’s training and to share her story with you.
Testing Out Careers as a Volunteer
Jessica started exploring careers in medicine when she was a sophomore in high school and began as a volunteer at Sky Ridge Hospital in the surgical and emergency room. She had decided that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, so began to test out different specialties. Her next stop after the emergency room was the spine and total joint center. Jessica also interned for an OB-GYN office where she watched surgeries, shadowed the doctors and eventually got a job working at the front desk during summer and winter vacations while attending college.
Setting Her Sights on Optometry
Jessica attended the University of Puget Sound in Washington and received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish. This major allowed her to fulfill the prerequisites required for most medical programs. It wasn’t until her senior year at the University of Puget Sound when she was still struggling to find her perfect fit in the medical field that Jessica discovered she would go to optometry school. Her family optometrist offered to let her shadow his practice to determine if optometry might be her passion. She discovered “it was fantastic.”
Patient Referral Led Jessica to Vision Care Specialists
One of the Bailin’s family friends was a patient of Vision Care Specialists and praised the practice and doctors. At the time, Jessica was working for a small suburban optometry practice, but she wanted to get more experience working in a variety of settings with a variety of patients. After talking to the doctors at Vision Care Specialists, working here was an opportunity Jessica felt she couldn’t pass up.
“I love how optometry is so creative. You adapt to each individual’s vision needs in order to fit the way they live their life and in order to do that you really need to get to know the patient on a personal level. So optometry has that wonderful combination of science and creativity, on top of getting to build strong relationships with patients. There is no other profession like it!” said Jessica.
How to Use This Information
Jessica is in the midst of her four-year training program that will conclude with a series of externships where she’ll go to various practices all over the country—and some abroad—and start seeing patients. Please call 303-991-9600 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with any of Vision Care Specialists’ doctors.
What advice do you have for Jessica to become the best doctor of optometry possible?