Networking for Optometrists: 3,100 Optometrist Are Better Than One

December 9, 2022


Networking and joining doctor alliances are two ways to thrive among the competition in optometry. But is networking worth the investment? According to a report by Market Scope, over 40% of practicing optometrists in the U.S. are affiliated with a doctor alliance or buying group. Whether you’re just starting or looking to make a change mid-career, affiliating with an independent doctor alliance may be the key to unlocking your full potential as a practitioner.

So, how can doctor alliances benefit independent practices? Are they the silver bullet for operational and financial challenges?

In this insightful episode of the ECP Viewpoints podcast, our host, Dr. Jennifer Palombi, engages in a fascinating conversation with Dr. Chris Wolfe, a seasoned optometrist and podcaster who has reaped the benefits of being a Vision Source member.

Throughout the episode, they delve into:

  1. The strength in numbers provided by networking
  2. The value of shared philosophy and mutual support within the alliance
  3. The face-to-face meetings and events learning opportunities focus on emerging technologies and disease management education.

Likewise, Dr. Wolf shared his experiences with myopia management and contact lenses with other members. Through effective networking, practitioners can foster mutual growth and raise the standard of care across the board. He notes that cost savings on goods and services are one major benefit – savings that more than offset any membership fees or royalties paid by members In Dr. Wolfe’s words, “Being part of an alliance like Vision Source, you gain camaraderie, collaboration, and a competitive edge through collective bargaining and shared knowledge.”

Dr. Chris Wolfe has navigated the waters of independent private practice since 2001. An active member of Vision Source and partner of Exclusively Eyecare, he leverages his experience and insights to educate other optometrists via his podcast, presenting a realistic and inspirational view of private practice.


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