It is with much gratitude that I may personally welcome you to Michigan Ophthalmology. I have spent months, perhaps even my entire life, planning for this day. Some reading this will already know me as their physician, but for those who don’t, I wanted to provide a more personal touch, and share more background about myself and this practice.
What inspires me?
My grandfather, Andrew Vrabec, came from a poor immigrant family in Milwaukee WI. After serving our nation as a pilot in the Pacific Theater of WWII, he worked tirelessly to get through medical school and eventually became a GP in the small town of Beaver Dam WI. His tenacity and commitment to his patients inspired me to open this practice, and deliver your care with the same spirit of personalized care, accessibility, and an unwavering commitment to quality results. I still remember how he opened his office for me as a child on a Saturday after I fell at the park to sew up the large cut on my chin, something that inspires me to personally be there for my patients when issues arise
I’m also inspired by my parents Susan and Peter, both pharmacists, who were forerunners in innovating and implementing quality improvement measures to minimize medical errors in their local pharmacies. Their joint dedication to quality and patient safety has inspired me throughout my career to always place patient safety number 1,2, and 3! They also inspired me to pursue a path of giving back through volunteerism with their work in Haiti.
I’m also grateful for my uncle and mentor, Michael Vrabec. His endless drive and energy and commitment to his ophthalmology practice truly inspired me to make this leap, and his advice along the way has been indispensable. My very first experience in ophthalmology was shadowing Mike on a day of cataract surgery, and I nearly passed out! But I was forever after bitten by the ophthalmology bug. After spending a year as an ophthalmic technician in his office prior to medical school, and then joining him on a mission trip to Haiti, there was no turning back!
I know that your time is valuable, and often your most limited asset. At Michigan Ophthalmology, we will strive to make your experience as smooth and efficient as possible, while never compromising on the quality of your care. We are truly a 21st Century practice, with the latest in testing equipment and high-tech exam rooms designed to optimize the quality of your care. We do this while minimizing so much of the red tape and redundancy of medical information that plagues so many areas of medicine now days. Have you ever wondered why you need to explain your symptoms three different times to three separate people at each doctor visit? I know I have! Thus, I have personally designed this practice from the ground up with your personal experience in mind. We want you to have the best vision and quality of life as possible for years to come. We also believe that you should have more time with your physician, and to have the ability to directly access your physician when issues arise.
Thank you for taking the time to browse around and read about this new paradigm for eye care. Check back for new features, including a planned blog with regular updates on some common eye conditions. And we look forward to seeing you at our open house as we approach our Grand Opening in April 2019! Be sure to subscribe to our email list for updates!
- Dr V
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