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Latest Announcement | Events

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 8am PST/11:00am EST (4hrs FREE CEs)

Step into the vital world of medical billing and coding with the "Back To Basic" virtual continuing education event. This summit is meticulously crafted for doctors, both seasoned and newcomers, aiming to solidify their understanding of the core principles of billing and coding to boost revenue.

✅ A Simplified Approach to Medical Billing & Coding! (88618-PM) Andreas Zacharopoulos, OD, FAAO | CE Hour 1-2

✅ Evaluation and Management Coding (88659-PM) Katie Connolly, OD | CE Hour 3-4

👉 ODs on Finance Member Rate: FREE |  🎥 Recording AVAL TO REGISTERS ONLY x 4 weeks 

Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 8am PST/11:00am EST (4hrs FREE NON-CEs)

Embark on a transformative personal journey with this exclusive education event tailored for optometrists of all ages aiming to elevate their financial prowess. This summit is dedicated to empowering ODs with the tools, strategies, and insights necessary to achieve financial independence and success in their wealth-building.

Speaker | Agenda (PST/ET)

🔵 8:00 am | 11:00am:  Intro + Announcements 

8:20am | 11:20am:  How to Successfully Budget & Manage Your Student Loans (45mins) Patrick Logue CFP

9:20am |12:20pm:  LECTURE 2 Financial Basics 101: Investing, Retirement, Insurance (60mins) Evon Mendrin CFP

10:40 am | 1:40pm:  LECTURE 3: Tax Basics 101 (45mins) Joe Erickson CPA

11:30 am  | 2:30pm:  LECTURE 4: Contract Review & Negotiation (45mins) Chris Lopez O.D

✅  12:15 pm  | 3:15pm:  LECTURE 5: Practice Ownership? Is it right for me? (45mins) Rick Guinotte

🔵 1:05 pm | 4:05pm:  $200 Cash 4th  Raffle  & EVENT END

👉 ODs on Finance Member Rate: FREE |  🎥 Recording AVAL TO REGISTERS ONLY x 4 weeks 

ODoF Recruiting Services

Associate OD | Practice Owner

Dr. Chris Lopez has dedicated himself to assisting ODs and optometry students since his own time in optometry school, contributing in numerous ways.

  • He provides guidance to ODs navigating their career search journey and offers services in contract reviews for associates.
  • He invests a substantial amount of time in discussions with employers about the proper methods of hiring associate ODs.
  • He stands out as the leading recruiter within the optometry industry, continually working to pair employers with ODs, a role that has earned him the nickname "Optometry's Matchmaker."

Our transparent and flat-fee pricing structure ensures clarity regarding the payment amount, with fees only being applied upon a successful match.

⚠️ You will NOT be compelled to sign a restrictive exclusivity agreement. Thanks to our extensive and varied network, we are poised to offer you the finest opportunity to transition seamlessly into the next thrilling phase of your career!

Services Offered: 

  • Recruiting for employers seeking to hire an Associate OD
  • ✅ Recruiting for employers looking to sell their practice
  • ✅ Recruiting for ODs looking to purchase a practice
  • ✅ Recruiting for ODs looking for an employed Associate position

📧 Feel free to reach out to Chris Lopez, O.D., at for any queries.

💳 Service Fee: Please email us to inquire about recruiting pricing

We've had quite a few cold start ODs reach out to us for help and resources. Startup accelerators boosted many tech giants in their infancy. So why not have a similar system for cold start optometry practices?
So we created the 🚆 COLD START ACCELERATOR 🚆

We did some research and realized that four pain points heavily limit cold start ODs:
❌ Not Enough Funding
❌ No Access to Industry-Best Pricing on Equipment & Materials
❌ No Trusted Consultants that Don't Charge Exorbitant Fees
❌ One Central Resource Platform with a Blueprint for Success

So we decided to fix that.


 ✅ We leveraged our banking partners to provide up to $500k in cold start loans (and up to $2M for real estate).
✅ We negotiated industry-best pricing with both our equipment, frame, ophthalmic lens and contact lens partners.
✅ We brought in experienced, trusted consultants that charge a fair/affordable monthly fee (no more huge $20-30k upfront fees).

✅ We organized all of our resources into a simple to use platform.




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