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By: Stacey Walters |
February 26, 2020
childhood, North Carolina native Sara Hoyek was intrigued by optometry and
recognized it as a career she would want to pursue. Today, she will be a part
of the first graduating class at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College
of Optometry (KYCO) in May 2020.
desires to impact lives in a direct and meaningful way, and with optometry, she
can do just that. She chose KYCO because she realized it was a comfortable
place with friendly people and being a part of the first graduating class
sounded like a venture she desired to achieve.
always had a pioneer spirit and paving the way for future optometry students
was important to me,” said Hoyek. “There was always a bigger picture.”
aspires to work with multiple doctors in a private-practice setting that will
allow her flexibility when she decides to become a mother and start her family.
from family was one of Hoyek’s most significant challenges during her time
spent in optometry school.
and friends have always been my biggest supporters, so not having them nearby
during those tough times was difficult,” said Hoyek. “Thankfully, my friends at
KYCO became like family, and we learned to support each other over the years.”
like most health professions, is an ever-changing profession with new standards
of care, research and solutions, so it is essential to be able to grow and
adapt along with the changing profession.
is one of the biggest skills I have learned while in optometry school. Learning
to adapt to new environments, people, and technology was a necessity,” said
Hoyek. “I know this skill will serve me well throughout my career and help me
continue to be the best optometrist that I can be.”