While many people might associate a trip to see the optometrist with basic eye exams or being fitted for glasses, these are only a small portion of the valuable services that you, the optometrist, provide to patients.
Indeed, as a doctor of optometry — or OD — you are essentially the first line of defense when it comes to eye-related health, as you diagnose, treat and manage a host of complex conditions and disorders related to the eye, its related structures and the visual system as a whole.
As an OD, you also followed a path that called for years of demanding coursework and rigorous training, including completion of both a four-year doctorate program and a postgraduate residency program, a passing score on all sections of the national boards and, of course, securing the necessary licensure.
In light of all the hard work you’ve not only put into your education and training, but also into the building of a successful practice and a name in the local community, it can be incredibly jarring to receive a letter from the Minnesota Board of Optometry indicating that a formal complaint has been filed against you.
Indeed, it becomes all the more disconcerting when you consider that the board can take a multitude of actions affecting your license and your livelihood, including a public reprimand, an order to stop performing certain procedures, suspension and even revocation.
At the Law Office of Sivertson and Barrette, P.A., we have significant experience representing all types of medical professionals in matters relating to their professional licensure, including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and optometrists.
We understand and appreciate the profound effect that any sort of disciplinary action can have on your professional life and, for that reason, we are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation and vigorously protect your rights in all hearings before the board.
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