My name is Alison Tendler. I am an ophthalmologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In July, I opened my own office and inside of that, an office based surgical suite, where we started performing some cases.
I am a cornea specialist by training and happened to do a lot of cataract lens-based refractive surgeries. And then I happen to do a lot of oculoplastics and have an aesthetic center as well. So one of the goals as I kind of tried to vision and envision where I wanted my patients to be. It's small, it's intimate, it's personalized, and yet when you walk in, you feel like you're automatically, you feel special, yet you also feel very much at home.
I've worked in both hospitals and ASCs performing surgeries and one thing I really did not anticipate was the fact that the psychology of how different not only my patients would feel as they came in on their day of surgery and how different the anxiety level of my staff was. It just tends to be a calmer environment, so the patients also sense that. And then as a surgeon, as well, I thoroughly enjoy my day and that extra one-on-one special time.
I wanted transparency. I wanted patients and their family to be able to, basically they're walking in and there's the office based a suite right there. Although that doesn't cause increased anxiety, I think it actually lessens it.