(Part 4 of 4) Tracey K. Bruner, COA I Patient Care Technician
How long have you worked at 20/20?
I helped open the Indianapolis location back in 2007. I had just returned from 2 years in Burkina Faso, West Africa and was just looking for a filler job until I could teach elementary school again the following school year. I loved my job here so much that I never turned back, and don’t regret it for a second.
What do you like most about your work?
Changing lives every day. LASIK truly is a life-changing procedure–for some people more than others– but the joy seen in many of our patients at their one day post-op appointment keeps me going week after week. To have even a small hand in making someone’s life easier and safer gives my job a bigger purpose than just earning a paycheck or keeping busy–I love my job. In addition, I enjoy working with people who are like-minded. Our team at 20/20 Institute cares about people first and it is refreshing to work with individuals who are all motivated, proactive, and just generally nice people.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I served in Peace Corps for two years in West Africa, working on Girls Education and Empowerment. During those two years, my home had no electricity or running water and the closest town with any food or market was a 15-20 minute bike ride away. I lived in sandals, t-shirts, and either skirts or capris. I only had access to email and the internet every few months. There were several times I considered ending my service early, but in the end, I am grateful that I had the support and the courage to complete this goal and have the experience of a lifetime. There are a few things worth going in debt for, in my opinion–a good education and traveling are at the top of my list.