The September staff feature is Dr. Paige Laudicina, an optometrist with Eye Center, Inc. Dr. Paige is originally from Naples, FL. and attended the University of Florida before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. She is happily married to Dr. Brad Laudicina, also an optometrist at Eye Center, Inc., and together they have one adorable son, Chase.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?

I always planned on working in healthcare, and I became fascinated with the eyes and vision, in about the eighth grade. My mom brought me with her to her eye exam, and I was hooked.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

My patients. I enjoy speaking with my patients, interpreting how they feel about their vision and their eyes, and coming up with a well thought out and well communicated game plan.

Describe yourself using only film titles.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil. (I don’t see very well and my husband doesn’t hear well…. :). We’re quite the pair.)

PHOTO BY MIKE CRANE, COURTESY OF TOURISM WHISTLER

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

Probably snow skiing in Whistler, BC. Being in a valley surrounded by mountains and everything covered in fresh powder. Felt like I had the mountains to myself.

What is your signature comfort food?

Pepperoni Pizza

What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?

Raja (my dog) is a bit annoyed at how much time I spend with my two year old son, Chase. Other than that, she’d say I’m pretty good to her.

Do you have a favorite board or card game?

Gin Rummy! My husband and I have a pretty fierce competition going.

What’s “your” karaoke song?

I’ve only done Karaoke once: Madonna “Like a Prayer.” Apparently the song is over five minutes long. I regretted that.

Visit Dr. Paige at the Cortez office on Tuesdays and Thursdays or at the Manatee office on Fridays and Saturdays. Give us a call to schedule your next comprehensive dilated eye exam at 941-756-2020.