Optometry is All in the Family: Drs. Frank and Ray Pirozzolo

June 26, 2013

This story is the third in an ongoing series about the family bonds that run deep through optometry. Today’s installment features New York father-son pair Frank Pirozzolo, O.D., and Ray Pirozzolo, O.D. They are the OD of the Year and Young OD of the year for the New York State Optometric Association (NYSOA) and are the first parent-child pair in NYSOA history to win both awards the same year.

Ray Pirozzolo, O.D., and Frank Pirozzolo, O.D.

Ray Pirozzolo, O.D., and Frank Pirozzolo, O.D.

How did you decide to follow in the family footsteps?

Dr. Ray Pirozzolo: I had always been on the path for a medically oriented career. Having an optometrist as a father not only showed me the joys of helping people see and preserve their vision, it also showed me the lifestyle it provided for a family, and the very wonderful people who took part in our profession. My dad was always involved in the NYSOA and I got to travel to some very cool places and meet some very nice people with him. I also got to see the profession evolve through the years and wanted to be a part of that as well.

What is special about working with your son?

Dr. Frank Pirozzolo: What I like is the mixing of the old with the new; comparing up to date new practitioner knowledge with 35 years of practical experience. This really makes for better patient care.

What is your Number 1 “Tip for Success” for your colleagues who want to make a go of multi-generational practice?

Dr. Frank Pirozzolo: Respect each other’s opinions. Know when to back down if the issue is not that important, but know when to hold your ground when you’re sure.

Dr. Ray Pirozzolo: I think the number one tip would be to try to leave home at home and work at work. You don’t want any petty differences to effect either environment.

(Read the previous installments of this series featuring Drs. Paul and Amanda Hodge and Dr. Desiree Hopping.)

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