2009 Smallbiz Success Awards
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Tyrie Jenkins, M.D., Eye Care
A fifth-generation member of a family of strong, health-service-minded women, Dr. Tyrie Jenkins is one in a long line of pioneering women who have been midwives, nurses, physicians and medical missionaries.
As a national pioneer in laser vision correction, Jenkins has kept up the family legacy, performing Hawaii’s first LASIK procedure in 1997 and offering her near-sighted patients the latest FDA-approved, permanently implanted contact lens, Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) in 2007. She has been honored twice as one of the nation’s Top 100 eye surgeons and is ranked among the country’s top 5 percent of refractive surgeons.
Keeping pace in a technology-driven field
Dr. Jenkins has raised the family legacy a notch as a successful contemporary businesswoman, owning and growing her 14-year-old ophthalmologic practice. Most of her business comes from referrals, a highly valued asset in today’s competitive, technology-assisted vision-correction industry. "I saw a need for ophthalmic services using the latest technology when I first moved here in 1989," she says of her business approach. "I’m gratified by the welcome I got and the loyal employees I have. We’ve worked to create a consumer-oriented office."
Offering general eye care for the entire family, from pediatric care and routine exams to diabetic and age-related cataract and glaucoma surgeries, her practice specializes in LASIK, Photo Refractive Keratec-tomy (PRK) and other FDA-approved, laser-technology vision-correction procedures. Keeping abreast of the latest vision technologies is both a professional and business passion for her.
As president of the Women’s Fund to benefit women and girls in need and founder of Doctors for the Cure, which raises funds for breast cancer research, Dr. Jenkins is also an active community volunteer and women’s sports and fitness advocate. By 2011, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in public health by correspondence from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to continue her family’s tradition of providing medical care in remote and marginalized areas, locally and internationally.
What has been overlooked among all these successful achievements? Dr. Jenkins quickly responds, "Raising four great children."
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