Optometrist Spotlight: Dr Phillip Yang

Like most university students, Dr. Phillip Yang was trying to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life. Dr. Yang always knew he wanted to pursue a career where he could make a direct and positive impact on the lives of others. It wasn’t until he was in his sophomore year of university when he realized that his first pair of glasses was life changing in more ways than oneThrough shadowing and talking to various professionals in the industry, Dr. Yang quickly recognized a career in optometry as something he could happily do for the rest of his life. Since then, he has opened up his very own, independent clinic with Specsavers and now mentors students. 

What motivates Dr. Yang to mentor students

With years of experience under his belt, Dr. Yang takes a lot of pride and enjoyment in sharing what he’s learned with the future generation of optometrists.  

According to Dr. Yang, “Students enter our clinics with an abundance of knowledge and clinical skills, but they have usually only been in medical or educational settings up to this point. In fact, many of them have no experience in private or commercial practices at all and are eager to learn as much as they can about this mode of practice.” 

During a primary care rotation, Dr. Yang often finds that students are surprised with the amount of development they go through.  

“Being in the position to bring them in and to enable this development from student clinicians to primary eyecare providers is what motivates me and being able to give back to my profession is equally as fulfilling,” says Dr. Yang. 

What Dr. Yang offers students who complete their primary care rotation with Specsavers

At his clinic, Dr. Yang ensures that students are welcomed into a comfortable and fun learning environment. He focuses on improving clinical skills and preparing his students for their careers as an optometrist. As a full-scope primary eyecare clinic, they will be exposed to everything from contact lens fits to urgent care visits using brand new, state of the art equipment, including OCT and Humphrey Field Analyzer 3 testing. 

“I fully believe in tailoring my approach with each student to get the most out of their rotation at our clinic while providing great patient care. The goal is to, not only guide students’ learning, but to motivate and excite them for their future profession as well,” says Dr. Yang. 

At Specsavers, we always support our team to achieve. From the advanced clinical technology to the dedicated support team, Specsavers gives Dr. Yang all the tools he needs to provide the best – both to patients and optometry students. 

What Dr. Yang would tell other associates thinking about joining Specsavers

For any associates entertaining the idea of joining Specsavers, Dr. Yang’s best suggestion would be to talk to anyone that is already involved with the Specsavers network. The amount of genuine enthusiasm and passion shown by everyone in the Specsavers family is remarkable and is often overshadowed by the common goal to make a positive impact on people’s lives. 

According to Dr. Yang, “The global success of Specsavers speaks for itself but there’s no substitute for seeing and hearing about the in-clinic experience first-hand.  The team at Specsavers really does deliver a high level of support to allow you to focus on caring for your patients. Additionally, for those interested in further career development, partnership is an amazing opportunity that provides you with the resources to successfully own and operate your own clinic.”

Meet Dr. Yang, Optometry Partner, at Specsavers Willowbrook in Langley, BC.  

If you like transforming eye health through quality eyecare and clinical excellence, let’s get in touch. Learn more by reaching out to our recruitment team at enquiries.ca@specsavers.com. 

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