Network Meetings “Gaining Ground” in Move to Atlanta

A new year brings a new location for Cleinman Performance Network’s First Session. Beginning in February 2016, meetings will be at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree, GA.

A new year brings a new location for Cleinman Performance Network’s First Session. Beginning in February 2016, meetings will be at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, GA.

Thirty minutes from downtown Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the facility sits among 19 acres of lush evergreen forest and is recipient of the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

In addition to a new hotel and a weekend of our powerful wisdom-sharing experience for optometrists, opticians, and practice managers, we are excited to announce the theme for the session: “Gaining Ground.” Inspired by the book of the same title written by our keynote speaker, Forrest Pritchard, the meeting’s focus will be on finding new and innovative ways to think outside-the-box about your business.

Pritchard, a professional farmer with degrees in English and geology from William & Mary, lives with his family on Smith Meadows in Berryville, VA. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm follows the journey of a seventh-generation farmer maintaining and elevating his business in the 21st century through sustainable farming. Through humorous and heartfelt stories, Pritchard offers an inspiring tale of thinking smarter, not working harder: A lesson valuable to farmers and optometrists alike.

Pritchard’s new book, Growing Tomorrow, will be released later this month. The book highlights 18 sustainable farmers across the country in an inspiring farm-to-table journey told through stories, photos, and recipes. To pre-order, click here. Pritchard will be signing copies of his books at the meeting.

Our Saturday night dinner continues the importance of the farm-to-table movement, featuring locally sourced foods and beer/wine pairings.

Another First Session highlight, Dr. Ernie Bowling will teach our Continuing Education workshop on ocular surface disease. Bowling, who practices in Gadsden, AL, is the chief optometric editor of Optometry Times and a Diplomate in the Primary Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry.

According to a July 24, 2013, article Bowling wrote for Optometry Times, he believes “optometrists ought to own ocular surface disease (OSD)” because “it is a disease process we can treat without co-management. All of the treatment options are at our disposal. We all know too well the devastating impact severe OSD can have on a patient’s quality of life.”

For information on how to join Cleinman Performance Network and attend a life-changing weekend, call 607.431.1001 or click here.

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