VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: I grew up here in Lincoln. After I finished high school, I moved down to Los Angeles for a few years, maybe four or five years, and worked as a meat cutter. And then, I started taking classes at the junior college, and I was in my first semester of classes. I took two classes: I took real estate, and I took computers. So, I took this computer class and toward the end of the class, the professor was talking about how research was making people who were blind see. Like they'd hook up a contact lens to their eye, and they'd feed in digital impulses from a computer, and people who were virtually blind could see geometrical shapes and things like that. And, something just clicked in my head where like: Wow, that's so cool. I want to do something like that. And, it wasn't going to be eyes, but I just thought: I want to do something where I could learn how to help people, maybe a paralyzed person walk or, I didn't know. I just knew I wanted to do something like that.
I started taking biology and physiology classes and got more and more excited about how the body works and you know all that stuff. I ended up going to Davis, and I was in my junior year at Davis, and I still was considering research, so I started donating time to some of the professors that do research on campus, and it was like watching grass grow, and so I thought: Oh no, I'm not doing this. It's just too boring. So, I didn't know what I was going to do, and I wore eyeglasses, and I had an appointment with my eye doctor, and I was telling him this very story, and he said: Have you ever thought about doing this? And, I kind of looked around and said: No, but looks pretty cool. And he said: Why don't you come hang out with me for a couple days and see what you think? So I did, and yeah, it was really cool. It was a really neat job, being able to make people see.
I wanted to do more medical side, so working under MDs, ophthalmologists with assisting or doing pre and post-op cataracts and I really wanted to get into the LASIK. That was probably the main thing I wanted to learn, so I got really lucky and landed the job here at Griffin & Reed. It's almost like an instant gratification when someone comes in. They sit in the chair. They can't see: One or two? One or two? --- Hey, I can see it! --- and they're all excited, and they leave a lot more happy than when they came in, so something about that just made me, it just struck a chord, that's what I wanted to do.
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