Success Stories

Natalie Bissoon

Complete Optometry Care

Queens-York SBDC

After graduation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2007 Natalie Bissoon practiced in corporate, private, and educational settings to gain experience. Each environment taught her different aspects of running an optometrist’s office. She was an Adjunct Professor at New York City College of Technology for 9 years where she lectured in the Vision Care Department. Her Complete Optometry Care office at Richmond Hill provides comprehensive eye exams and offers a sophisticated selection of eyewear. Dr. Bissoon is examining the eyes of grandchildren that were patients of the office’s founding eye doctor in 1923. She fits all types of contact lenses including toric for astigmatism, rigid gas permeable contacts for disorders such as kerataconus, bifocal contact lenses, as well as spherical and colored contact lenses. She manages ocular manifestations of systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and HIV to name a few. Dr. Bissoon was referred to the SBDC by a mortgage lender she contacted when she was ready to expand the clinic in which she had been working. With assistance from Adviser Brian Yeung at the York SBDC, Dr. Bissoon was able to get a SBA 504 loan from Flushing Savings Bank to buy a commercial property for her business. As a result of the expansion, one job was created and two jobs saved. Dr. Natalie Bissoon told her SBDC adviser, “I have wanted to be an eye doctor since I was 12 years old. I also knew that I wanted to be in private practice. It takes dedication to your patients and perseverance to overcome obstacles.”

Natalie Bissoon

Natalie Bissoon of Complete Optometry Care

 

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