Smiles, Food, and Drinks Warms a January Night – UHCO First Year Student Meet and Greet

TSO hosted the UHCO First Year student meet and greet at Cadillac Bar in Houston on January 29. Mingling over drinks and fajitas was the perfect way to thaw out during the chilly January evening.

Students mixed and networked with a number of TSO doctors including Dr. Kevin Katz, Dr. Ronald Montemayer, Dr. Alexander Chen, Dr. Wayne Maltz, Dr. Nelson Juarez, Dr. Elle Fazlalizadeh, and Dr. Phong Pham. After dinner, a few of the doctors spoke to the students about the benefits of joining the TSO Network. Dr. Katz discussed how much the TSO network has a commitment to the field of optometry. He explained how the doctors of TSO are very active in national and state associations and encouraged student to get involved to ensure progress is made in the optometry field.

Dr. Montemayer spoke to the students about what makes the TSO Network unique compared to other business models. He stressed how the TSO network provides a family culture among the doctors and likes the fact that it’s not about competition among the network. He compared the TSO Network to a team with the TSO network aiding as the 12th man on the field, because doctors are always available to answer questions.

Dr. Pham spoke last to the students, still excited about his brand new TSO Kingwood location. As a graduate of UHCO in 2009, Dr. Pham reminded students that he still remembers the joy and pain of being a first year optometry student. The reward of having his own TSO location was worth the hard work as he feels fully supported in his new practice. He echoed Dr. Montemayer about the team culture within the TSO Network and likes that he can call Ann Deen or any other doctor to learn about billing and coding or how to deal with difficult patients. 

John Marvin wrapped up the evening by inviting the students to stop by any of the TSO locations to learn more about the network or to gain a mentor. He then bought joy to a few students as he announced the raffle winners of the night. The students were all in smiles as they left for the evening which defiantly warmed the TSO Network spirits that January night.   

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