Linnea Robbins-Winters - Woman to Watch Class of 2015

Doctor of Optometry/Partner of Eye Care Associates of Michiana

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Linnea Robbins-Winters has been serving the vision needs of families in the Michiana area since 1992, and is co-owner of a fourdoctor, 30-employee eye care practice with offices in South Bend and New Carlisle. She is Board Certified in Medical Optometry, and provides comprehensive vision, optical and eye-health services. As a clinical consultant for leading contact lens manufacturers, her patients have early access to new, improved lens products before they become widely available. In 2003, this sassy doctor was appointed by Governor Kearnen to serve a term on the Indiana Optometry Board, advising the state on professional licensing standards and eye care legislation. In 2010-11, she
represented 760 optometrists when she was elected president of the Indiana Optometric Association. She volunteers her professional services through free vision screenings to area school children, and is a spokesperson for InfantSEE , a non-profit organization that offers free infant eye assessments for early detection of vision disorders.

Just In A Day's Work:

What do you love about your job?
Great vision and eye health are essential for overall well-being and quality of life, so I love that what I do is important. I also genuinely enjoy getting to know my patients so
I can offer them a personalized eye care experience. Recently a patient posted an online review that said “Going to Dr. Robbins feels like family to me.” That’s the kind of doctor care I am most proud of, and why I love my job.
How did you choose your line of work?
I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field, but was uncertain of the specialty. My adviser told me it was difficult to be admitted into optometry school. That was enough to motivate me to pursue it!
What was the best business advice you have received and who gave it?
BALANCE your life and you will find happiness! I cannot recall who gave it but I remember it well!
What are some of the obstacles (if any) you have faced as a woman in your workplace?
Early in my career, there was the issue of equal pay for men and women in the same position. But since joining Eye Care Associates of Michiana in 1999, the obstacles have not been there. From the beginning, I was fully embraced as an equal by my partners Dr. Tom Morton and Dr. John Offerle.
What is your single best piece of advice for women in business?
Go for it! Don't ever think something is out of reach.

The Balancing Act: 

What does “success” mean to you?
Success means enjoying what you do on a daily basis while providing well for your family and balancing life with work.
What’s your best secret to “having it all?"
A positive attitude!
What is your favorite non-work activity or hobby?
How do you stay organized?
Mental checklists and my iPhone calendar!
What is your favorite form of stress relief?

10 SASSY Facts About Linnea Robbins-Winters:

Favorite TV Show:
The Good Wife
Favorite Book:
Anything James Patterson
Favorite Dessert:
Carrot Cake
Favorite Beauty Product:
Pevonia Facial Cream
What do you think makes up a Sassy woman?
A women who balances life- work, family and social (or at least appears to balance)!
How about your favorite weekend style?
I love my athletic wear if I am hanging out at home. If not, a great pair of jeans!
Biggest Pet Peeve:
Bad attitudes or negativity- glass half empty frame of mind!
What’s your go-to and in-office beauty style?
Dress pants with a nice blazer or sweater.
What makes you feel the SASSIEST?
A night out with my husband!
If you were a shoe, describe what you would be and why?
I would be a casual black boot that could go with jeans or dress pants.

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