Miki Lyn Zilnicki, OD, FCOVD
Miki Lyn Zilnicki, O.D. graduated with honors from the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, receiving the VSP Excellence in Primary Care and Excellence in Vision Therapy awards. She then continued her education by completing a residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation with Dr. Barry Tannen, OD. She has extensive experience in family eye care with a specialty and passion for pediatrics, vision training and neuro-rehabilitation with traumatic brain injury patients. With her partner, she owns Twin Forks Optometry, a specialty care private practice with a focus on vision therapy, rehabilitation, pediatrics, and low vision on the Eastern End of Long Island. In her spare time, she loves cooking and working on the farm with her fiancé.
Billing and Coding for Co-Managing Eyecare Patients
Billing and coding for co-management can be tricky. Learn the necessary steps for ensuring both parties are properly compensated for their time and expertise.
The Big Vision Therapy Question: To Take Insurance or To Not Take Insurance
The biggest decision when starting a vision therapy clinic is deciding to take insurance or not. Here is what Dr. Miki Zilnicki considered when it came time to make that decision.
How Contact Lenses Fit Into My Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Practice
Contact lenses serve as a critical tool in a specialty care practice. Learn how to approach the use of contacts in a different way to better serve unique patient populations to improve vision and visual function.
Eye Exercises for Presbyopia: Fact or Fiction?
Billions of people suffer from presbyopia. We have tools to manage symptoms, but is there more that we can do? Check out all of the options below to discuss with your patients about combating this sign of aging.
Why All Optometrists Should Know About COVD
Whether or not you work in vision development, you should check out the wealth of resources from COVD.
Investing in Optometry Staff Increases Your Efficiency
Being the doctor is the easy part of running a practice—the hardest is finding and retaining staff. By making these small changes within your office, your staff will be happier, things will run smoother, and you will ultimately increase your practice efficiency and bottom line!
Hindsight is 20/20: A 6-Year Review of Opening Cold
When opening an optometry practice cold, mistakes are bound to happen. To prevent others from making the same ones that cost me valuable time and money, I share three mistakes I made and my solutions!
The Optometrists' Guide to Starting a Vision Therapy Practice
What do you need to consider when starting a vision therapy practice?
4 Tips for Managing Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Managing patients with traumatic brain injury can be challenging. Here are four important things to keep in mind when attempting to help these patients.
An In-Depth Look at Opening a Private Optometry Practice Cold
Opening a private optometry practice cold can be overwhelming. Here are important tips and questions answered by a new grad who opening his office cold!
What New Grads Need to Know About Strabismus
As a new grad, patients with strabismus can be intimidating despite all of your clinical education. Here are the basics to handling these patients.
Top 3 Reasons to Consider a Fellowship
Here are my top 3 reasons as to why new graduates should consider pursuing a fellowship in an area that they are most passionate about.
The 2 Step Process to Monitor Your Optometry Practice's Growth
For any optometry practice owner, tracking growth is critical for the success of your business. Here is a two step process to help you understand key data!
Choosing the Right Electronic Medical Record For You
Here's how you can decide what electronic medical record might be best for your practice, and some of the pros and cons of the most commonly used EMRs.
Here's Why I Decided to Open My Optometry Practice Without An Optical
I opened a private optometry practice cold without an optical. Here are the main advantages and reasons why I decided I did not want or need an optical.
Here Is How I Got Money To Pay For My New Optometry Practice
Here are several ways to obtain money in order to fund your new optometry practice.
Here's What It Cost Me To Open My Optometry Practice Cold
Here you'll find a detailed invoice of what it cost to open my new optometry practice cold.
This Is The Business Model I Developed To Open My Optometry Practice Cold
These are seven questions my partner and I answered to help develop our business model to open our optometry practice cold.
What Matters Most: Thinking About Your Roles, Values & Primary Aim
Find success and fulfillment by identifying your roles, values, and primary aim.
Vision and Development: What's Old is New Again Within Vision Therapy
Find out what tests are most effective for visual perceptual workups within your vision therapy practice!
Top 5 Resources for Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation
Here is a list of my top five ways to learn and stay connected with the advancements in vision therapy and rehabilitation.
Staying Connected To Your Vision Therapy Patients
Staying connected to your vision therapy patients through emails, reports and Facebook gives you the opportunity to stand out among your peers!
Vision Therapy & Special Needs Populations
Learn how vision therapy can successfully treat these special populations: traumatic brain injury, autism and learning disabled patients.
The Truth About Corporate Optometry
I want to share with you what I believe is the truth about corporate optometry. Your career path is wide open with an endless amount of options and opportunities.
Vision Therapy Programming: How Many Sessions?
How many vision therapy sessions does it take to treat a patient? This is a how-to guide to help answer that question for vision therapy practices.
Ultimate Guide To Vision Therapy Normative Values
The following is a guide highlighting some of the most critical vision therapy normative values. A must have for any vision therapy doctors.
How to Get Referrals to Your Vision Therapy Practice
Here I will teach you my favorite methods for getting vision therapy referrals into my office. I practice vision therapy in Long Island, NY and get lots of referrals.
Creating A Business Plan for Vision Therapy (sample included)
A step-by-step guide on how to create a business plan for vision therapy. Included are start up costs, calculations of revenue, expenses and profits and examples.
Optometry Specialty Care – Why You Should Stand Out
My goal over the next year is to bring my optometry readers on my journey of creating a vision therapy business within an already existing practice and walk you through the process of actually doing it. Look out each month for a new article about bringing VT to your practice!