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Each month, we're highlighting a member of our Barco Brigade — passionate healthcare professionals who are making a difference in their Barco medical uniforms. This month’s Q&A is with Florida optometrist Dr. Trenisha Smith. We think her back story and philosophy toward work (and the importance of recharging) will inspire you!

How old were you when you decided you wanted to pursue your career in optometry?

I was 13 years old.

What (or whom) inspired you to enter this field?

I grew up in Turks & Caicos, and at the time, they did not have any local optometrists. An optometrist would come every six months to service my island, and I just found myself very inspired. After my first eye exam, I have been working towards becoming an optometrist myself.

What's the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Patient education. I strongly believe it is essential to spend a considerate amount of time educating patients, as everyone should have an adequate understanding of what is happening with their eyes. It brings immense joy to my heart to hear a patient say, "Thank you for taking the time to explain everything clearly." I find that by sharing the wealth of knowledge, most times, they pass on the information to friends and family, promoting better habits and lifestyle changes.



As my mother would always say, "You cannot run this race on an empty tank. Feed your spirit, and things will fall into place." 



What's the most challenging part?

Finding a work-life balance. It is easy to get caught up doing something you love, and unknowingly you end up putting yourself on the back burner.

Do you have any recent stories you could share?

I found it quite funny that my last patient stated that I make coming to the eye doctor fun.

What's your family situation? (spouse/partner, kids, pets, etc.)

I'm single.

Besides healthcare, what is your passion?

Traveling has always been my way of decompressing and renewing my energy, so upon my return, I can give my patients 110%. I have traveled to Europe, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Dubai, to name a few. With every new trip, I return with a new sense of enlightenment. I think it is important for every individual to take an opportunity to explore the world and understand various cultures and beliefs. 

As an optometrist, our patients come from all walks of life, so by exposing yourself to new things it also allows you to understand your patients on a wider scale. As my mother would always say, "You cannot run this race on an empty tank. Feed your spirit, and things will fall into place."

 How do you recharge your batteries after a shift?

My favorite thing to do after a long day of work is to take a long hot shower, hop into my pajamas and start my little "spa" night-time routine. It starts off with washing my face, followed by a nice face steaming with lavender aromatherapy. After toning and moisturizing, I snuggle into the sofa with my favorite book with fireplace sounds in the background. I know it is a bit extra, but it calms my spirit.

 What are some things you like the most about where you live?

I love Fort Lauderdale. It is not as busy as Miami, but it still has a lot to offer. There are great restaurants and activities all over the area. The beach is just another plus.

What's something interesting about yourself that few people know?

I am very adventurous. I don't like being afraid of stuff, so I will always try things no matter how scary they seem. For example, I recently signed up for Skydiving, and I am pretty excited.


What is one piece of advice you'd give someone starting out in your field?

A word of advice to any student who is contemplating optometry but is frightened by the time it will take, I encourage you to think of it this way: it is better for time to pass doing something you love than to either be unfulfilled or do nothing at all. Time will pass regardless. Why not make it count?


Picture of Pens, iPhone, post-its, and AirPods in Dr. Smith's Barco scrubs pocket.


What is one thing you'd want our audience to know about your profession? 

Optometry creates multi-faceted individuals, and I am honored to be a part of such a prestigious community. The most appealing aspect of optometry is that it provides various avenues to venture into elements like business, fashion, or even travel. It has exceeded my expectations. Optometrists are sometimes underrated, but we bring great value and care to the healthcare field.

What is your favorite quote?

"Comparison is the thief of joy!"

A fun question: what are the things you always carry in your scrub pockets at work?

Pens, iPhone, post-its, and AirPods.


Pens, Highlighter and AiriPods on a desk


How would you describe your style?

Cute & comfortable.


What are your favorite Barco scrubs or sets? 

The Barco ONE Boost Joggers in Ciel Blue are my absolute favorite. They are super comfortable and breathable. I always feel my best in these scrubs.

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