Ryan Dugan Eye Care to open in Andale
01/11/2013 2:15 PM
01/11/2013 2:45 PM
WICHITA — As a new optometrist looking to open a practice in the Wichita area, Goddard native Ryan Dugan decided to take the advice of a dentist.
His brother's father-in-law, dentist Randy Newby, explained how he started his practice in Mount Hope and that it might make sense for Dugan to go to a smaller community as well.
"That kind of influenced me," says Dugan, who graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., in May. "I could really rely on him from personal experience."
Also, he says the Wichita market is already "pretty saturated" with optometry clinics, and he thinks a smaller community might help him to "kind of to differentiate myself."
So Dugan is opening Ryan Dugan Eye Care at 228 N. Andale Road in Andale where Via Christi Health used to have a medical building in 3,700 square feet.
"It's a lot larger building than I actually need, but it's great because I have room to expand in it," Dugan says.
One day, he says, he'd like to have his own lens lab there.
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