Dr. Tamra Soriano said she wanted to give back the community that has supported her from day one – which was Dec. 1, 1992.
Twenty years ago, Soriano started the Carthage Eye Care on the south side of the Square with one employee. After a complete renovation, an addition of five full-time employees, two part-time employees and the partnership with Dr. Michelle Pyle on Aug. 4, 2003, today the center serves an estimated 13,000 active patients. As a way of celebrating these “20 crazy” years, as Soriano called them, the Carthage Eye Care team will provide appointments to 40 (20 for each doctor) prior patients for $25 – the money raised from these appointments will then be donated to local charities.
“I was sitting at home thinking of these years and how fast it all went,” Soriano said. “This community has come up and supported us, and now we want to give back.”
Prior patients' donations may be made to charities of choice, but Soriano and Pyle chose the United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Cancer Foundation, the Carthage Crisis Center, Carthage Salvation Army and Cystic Fibrosis – six ways patients can “pay it forward” to organizations that have made a difference to people in the Carthage community.
“With us starting the holiday season, we're hoping to plant a seed,” Pyle said.
In the spirit of giving and giving thanks, Soriano said she remembers Betty Landes, who worked for Carthage Eye Care for 15 years. She passed away about five years ago, but her kind and supportive spirit lives on with new members at the center.
“One thing that makes it easy is how well we work together,” Pyle said of Soriano. “This was my first job out of school, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.”
Carthage Eye Care will give appointments (20 for each of the two doctors) for $25 to prior patients, which will then be donated to local charities. Exams must be made prior to Jan. 1, 2013.