Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Nate Harkins
Dr. Nate Harkins passed his board certification exam in January 2018. As a newly minted Diplomate, he believes board certification gives ODs an opportunity to have a more focused approach to self-improvement and maintenance of abilities. “Certainly one can do the study on their own,” said Dr. Harkins, “but the prospect of being tested was a good way to streamline my efforts. Many of my colleagues had taken the exam and said that the review and preparation had bolstered their clinical abilities.”
A 2011 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Harkins completed externships at Corpus Christi Naval Hospital in Texas and at Schultz Eyecare in New Port Richey, Florida before beginning his primary practice 4 years ago. Now, working in a multi-specialty setting with SSM Health Dean Medical Group in Madison, Wisconsin, his patient base includes a large number of older adults which brings with it an emphasis on ocular disease treatment and management.
When not seeing patients or keeping up with professional obligations, Dr. Harkins enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors. He’s also a fan of live sporting events, attending concerts and hanging out with family and friends.
Dr. Harkins is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Wisconsin Optometric Association. And we are excited to say that he is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
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