Dr. Shaun Golemba has been a true pioneer in the world of Western Canadian Vision Therapy. His binocular vision clinic dates back to 2006, easily making him one of the earliest adopters of this trade. What you’ll sense from this conversation is that Shaun pushing forth and blazing a trail is not the least bit surprising.
Shaun has a collected and pragmatic way about him that lends itself well to being an effective early adopter. Identifying a need in his community for these services, he chose to take action, become educated and engage. Shaun’s trailblazing spirit very much extends to areas outside of the Vision Therapy space. I have always admired his ability to systematize and create order within a wide variety of Optometric niches. From dry eye to macular degeneration to low vision – he really has found a way to create a host of excellence centres within the confines of one building.
As you’ll sense from the outset of this talk, Shaun is certainly not the type of person who would sing his own praises as I have done above. While always exercising calmness and curiosity, his humble nature has led us to have many great conversations in the past, and I hope that it leads to many more in the future.
My Top 5 Takeaways:
- Analyzing your personal energy profile can be extremely valuable when setting the schedule for your day. We all go through unique periods of peak performance, lulls, and recovery – understanding how you function best is immensely beneficial.
- Optometrists can sometimes feel intimidated about what needs to be done to refer for Vision Therapy. Coaching local optometrists on quick screening tests to add to their arsenal can ensure these patients don’t get missed.
- When setting up a sub-clinic within your practice, simple and clean education materials are extremely important. We know that on average, patients typically only retain 10-20% of what you say.
- If you want to maintain an engaged and satisfied team, empowerment and continuing education are absolutely essential.
- If you’re starting to feel disenfranchised with your profession, stay curious and speak to those who seem to be really fired up. Regaining the spark may be as simple as choosing an area that interests you and really doubling down on building your knowledge base.