Administrative Eyecare Magazine article by Zachary Smith, MHSA, COE


Just over three years ago, as an active duty Navy officer, I deployed to Indonesia and Timor Leste with Pacific Partnership 2014, an annual humanitarian exercise that brings together thousands of military personnel from nations all across the Asia-Pacific region. It was on this deployment that I met Dr. Brice Nicholson and got my introduction to the world of ophthalmology. About six months later, I left active military service to become the Chief Operating Officer and Practice Administrator of Evergreen Eye Center. Admittedly, I knew very little about ophthalmology at that time, having most recently been the assistant administrator of a military occupational health clinic. However, a key feature of military training is leadership development, and for that reason the shareholders of Evergreen had confidence that I could successfully lead the practice

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