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Doctor of Optometry

Richmond, VA
June 12, 2018

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Fausta Tabe, O.D.


Goal: Seeking a full-time, clinical optometric position, preferably a four-day work week.


Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) June 2012

oInter-American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) - School of Optometry

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biological Sciences May 2008

oUniversity of Maryland, College Park, MD

Associate of Arts (A.A.), General Studies (pre-optometry concentration) May 2006

oMontgomery College (MC), Takoma Park, MD

Professional Experience

Current Position: Independent optometrist doing fill-in (PRN) at various practices, primarily the LASIK Vision Institute (VA Beach, VA and Rockville, MD) Feb 2018 to present; and Sterling Optical (Temple Hills, MD) June 2018 to present

Past Positions:

Doctor of Optometry - Best Vision, PLLC (via NVI, Inc.) Aug 2016 – Dec 2017

Provided primary eye care to a diverse patient population in the Richmond, VA area and suburbs. I referred patients to many ophthalmologists in the area, often received feedback and in the process, developed a great rapport with several of them.

Doctor of Optometry - Kaiser Permanente (Mid-Atlantic States) Dec 2014 – May 2016

I practiced within Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente (vision departments), and worked at multiple centers with highly morbid patient populations.

oOur patient bases at those centers had high incidences of glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension, the latter two often along with their ocular manifestations (diabetic and hypertensive retinopathies of various degrees, and often with other associated conditions).

oI also saw countless cases of ocular surface disorders and a host of other anterior and posterior segment conditions. That experience significantly enhanced my knowledge of ocular and systemic diseases. Kaiser Permanente is a highly integrated, multidisciplinary system, and that greatly increased my exposure to various conditions. I learned a great deal from working closely with ophthalmologists, especially given the added benefit of sharing medical records within a secure EMR system (EPIC Health Connect).

Independent/sublease O.D. - Sears Optical (Mays Landing, NJ) Jun 2013- Nov 2014

I worked at my sub-lease practice most of the time, and filled in elsewhere (several practices) as needed. I did comprehensive primary care and contact lens fittings, as well as ocular disease management. My sublease practice was broader in scope than the average retail setting, as I took a keen interest in my patients’ overall eye health, not just their refractive conditions.

Associate O.D. - Family Vision Care Associates, Atlantic City, NJ Dec 2012 - Oct 2014

At FVCA, I practiced full-scope optometry at a high-volume urban setting: Primary care; specialty contact lenses; ocular disease management especially ocular surface disorders, red eyes, glaucoma. I worked full-time from December 2012 to May 2013, and part-time from May 2013 to October 2014. Prior to joining Family Vision Care Associates in December 2012, I filled in at a few practices in Maryland between August and November 2012 (as a new OD graduate, shortly after becoming licensed to practice optometry). I recall filling in at The LASIK Vision Institute in Rockville during that period (the interval between licensing and moving to NJ), and I did get to observe a LASIK procedure or two.

Intern - Sharper Vision - Duluth, GA Mar - May 2012

There, I provided primary care to a diverse population of patients; I also received great exposure to specialty (toric and multifocal) contact lens fittings, as well as treatment and management of ocular diseases. During this period, I also got to observe a few cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) procedures at OMNI Eye in Atlanta.

Intern - Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut (OCC) – Fairfield, CT Jan - Feb 2012

This position involved seeing a large and diverse group of patients at a busy OD/MD referral center, where I had exposure to secondary care, pre- and post-op care, and also observed a few ocular surgery procedures.

Intern - Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR), School of Optometry Aug 2010 - Dec 2011

Within our IAUPR-SO system, I provided primary eye care to a large Hispanic population with a high incidence rate of glaucoma, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathies. Exams were at multiple in-house clinics, and mostly in Spanish.

Intern - Vision and Conceptual Development Center (VCDC) – Bethesda, MD Jun 2011

As an intern at the VCDC, I worked up patients for vision therapy evaluation, observed VT training sessions, and received teaching sessions on VT and developmental optometry concepts.

Intern - American Optometric Association (AOA) Washington Office - Alexandria, VA Jun - Aug 2010

I gained exposure to policy aspects of optometry through Capitol Hill trips and other assignments, often working alongside AOA Washington office staff.

At AOA Washington, I also worked with a staff O.D. on an AOA-EPA collaborative project.

Student Health Aide - University Health Center Dec 2006 - Feb 2007 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)

At the UMCP Health Center, I checked in patients, prepared their charts, took vital signs and provided general assistance in triage area.


Optometry’s Meeting (AOA annual CE/exhibit conference) - Philadelphia, PA June 2014

Therapy by the Sea (NJSOP annual CE conference) - Atlantic City, NJ Sep 2013

Vision Expo East 2013 – New York, NY March 2013

SECO 2012 (sponsored, 2nd place winner of a student contest) - Atlanta, GA March 2012

Academy 2011 (won a student contest to attend this AAO conf.) - Boston, MA Oct 2011

COVD Annual Meeting 2010 - San Juan, Puerto Rico (student attendee) Oct 2010

Optometry’s Meetings - Orlando, FL & Washington, DC (student attendee) Jun 2010, Jun 2009

Member: UMCP Coll. of Chemical & Life Sciences Student Advisory Board 2007-2008 Acad. Yr.

Member: Unite for Sight, UMCP Chapter; vision screening volunteer Fall ‘06 - Spring ‘08

Several small-scale CE meetings by local optometric associations and practices Year-round


Church Choir Treasurer 2012-2014

Treasurer, IAUPR Student Council 2010 - 2011 Acad. Yr

Deputy Director of church choir, Burtonsville, MD 2009 – 2011

Treasurer, IAUPR Class of 2012 2008 - 2009 Acad. Yr

Achievements and Awards

Regular and very frequent compliments from my patients, for giving them “the most thorough” eye exams they have ever had at my various practice locations 2012-Present

IAUPR Student Services Leadership Award May 2012

IAUPR Office of Religious Life Award for Service May 2012

Recipient, Academy 2011 Student Travel Fellowship ($750) Oct 2011

Runner-up, SECO International 2012 Student Party Theme Contest Oct 2011

National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) recognition July 2011

Certificate of Commendation for attaining the highest score on the March 2011 administration of the Part I-Applied Basic Science (ABS) Exam of any student attending the Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Recipient, Allergan Student Travel Fellowship ($500) Jun 2010

Recipient, IAUPR School of Optometry Service Award ($300) Mar 2010

Recipient, UMCP German Dept. award ($2,500) based on essay contest May 2007

Member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society,

Adele H. Stamp Chapter - University of Maryland, College Park Inducted Apr 2007

Recipient, International Summer School (ISS) scholarship from Montgomery College (MC)

Spent two weeks at Cambridge University in England, UK Aug 2005

Recipient, Student Employee of the Year award, MC Facilities Office Apr 2006, Apr 2005

Member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society for Two-year Colleges,

Beta Lambda Alpha Chapter, Montgomery College - Rockville campus Inducted Dec 2004

Recipient, Dr. Harry Harden Jr. Academic Award - Montgomery College Mar 2004

Foreign Language Skills

Spanish – I can give an eye exam and hold a basic conversation in Spanish

French – I understand and can hold a basic conversation in French

Krio (Pidgin English spoken in several West African counties) - Fluent

References available upon request

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