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2014 Young Memphian: Dr. Do Nguyen, Eyewear Gallery

The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

Suffice it to say that medical optometrist Dr. Do Nguyen wants to make sure everyone has a clear perspective of everything wonderful that Memphis has to offer. 

“There are two main reasons I chose the field of optometry for a career. One, when most people leave our office, they’re in a better place when they came in, as in, ‘Oh wow! I can see!’” said Nguyen, who works at The Eyewear Gallery in East Memphis and is also certified in therapeutics and injections to treat eye disease. 

“But also, I just really love interacting with all the patients. I see a broad spectrum of people – different races, ages, students, CEOs, labor workers, teachers. I love talking to people about what they do and learning about different things.”

Nguyen’s family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam and they arrived in Memphis when he was about two months old. The youngest of seven children, Nguyen has a strong sense of family values that’s been a common theme throughout his life. 

“Every step of the way, there was always someone helping me whenever I needed help. And obviously, my parents worked very hard,” he said. “They all provided so much guidance so I could reach my goals and dreams and be successful. Now I just want to give back in whatever ways I can.”

A graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., and later, the Southern College of Optometry, Nguyen has spent and continues to spend much of his free time in volunteer activities. He has performed free vision screenings for kids in the Grizzlies’ summer camps and tutors students as a Grizzlies TEAM UP mentor. 

He’s also a recent graduate of the New Memphis Institute’s Embark program which helps develop the leadership skills of the city’s most promising young professionals. 

“I look at my family as an example. Many people wouldn’t expect much from an immigrant family, but despite our circumstances, we were able to overcome,” Nguyen said. “I feel like that aspect of Memphis, the opportunities it affords – the fact that I was still able to succeed and get a full ride to college – it embodies what this community is about.”

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photograph by: Troy Glasgow
Posted: 9/30/2014 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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