Summer 2016
Summer 2016

Angelica Perez, OD ’04 & Patricia Perez, OD ’03

Twin sisters Angelica Perez, OD ’04, and Patricia Perez, OD ’03, have made optometry a family affair. Their older sister, Sandra, got her first job at a practice in Chicago. Sandra worked in that same building for years, watching many doctors come and go. Eventually, the Perez twins became ODs. They purchased that very same practice for themselves, and now share Perez Eye Care.

Drs. Patricia and Angel rotate between two Chicago neighborhoods for work. We followed them one afternoon, while Dr. Patricia practiced in Pilsen and Dr. Angel in The Loop. Even when they’re apart, their days have a lot in common!

Photos by Brian Holloway and E. Aaron Ross
Interview by Lauren Faits

7:34 AM - DR. ANGEL
7:34 AM - DR. ANGEL

7:34 AM - DR. ANGEL

"Valentina is 9 months old. She was born premature, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Now, she’s healthy! My mom helps me take care of her in the mornings because my husband leaves really early. I talk to my mom about what we’re going to have for dinner. I’ll take out and prepare the meat, and she’ll cook it."

7:34 AM - DR. PATRICIA
7:34 AM - DR. PATRICIA

7:34 AM - DR. PATRICIA

"The first thing I do is get my daughters up to get ready for school. We start out with breakfast in the morning, which consists of either pancakes or oatmeal. After that, the five year old can kind of dress herself, but the little one… I have to do everything."

9:45 AM - DR. ANGEL
9:45 AM - DR. ANGEL

9:45 AM - DR. ANGEL

“It’s very convenient living in The Loop. We picked up Uber at 9:45 and I was at work at 9:59! That’s definitely a positive of living in Lincoln Park. My sister is always trying to get me to move to Wilmette. I would never be on time.”

9:45 AM - DR. PATRICIA
9:45 AM - DR. PATRICIA

9:45 AM - DR. PATRICIA

“I live in Wilmette, so it’s a long commute. Normally traffic isn’t too bad, because I’ve already passed the morning rush.”

10:00 AM - DR. ANGEL
10:00 AM - DR. ANGEL

10:00 AM - DR. ANGEL

“When you walk into the lobby of the practice, it’s very ‘Wow!’ It’s not your usual drywall and paint. It’s very ornate. It’s always nice to see it in the morning. Also, within not even a block radius, I have a really good pool of other doctors for immediate care.”

10:00 AM - DR. PATRICIA
10:00 AM - DR. PATRICIA

10:00 AM - DR. PATRICIA

“This mural is by Hector Duarte. He has done stuff at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Pilsen. One of the things he’s known for is his butterflies, so we had him incorporate them.”

11:05 AM - DR. ANGEL
11:05 AM - DR. ANGEL

11:05 AM - DR. ANGEL

“We’re going to move our doctor’s office into this room. We were measuring, just to make sure everything fits there. In a private practice, you have to juggle the patients, staff, but also some business decisions during the day.”

11:05 AM - DR. PATRICIA
11:05 AM - DR. PATRICIA

11:05 AM - DR. PATRICIA

“The doctors here cut glasses. Staff will leave the trays on the side of the machine, and that’s telling me that there’s a job waiting to be finished.”

12:22 PM - DR. ANGEL
12:22 PM - DR. ANGEL

12:22 PM - DR. ANGEL

“Probably 80% of the time I bring my own lunch. I make sure I talk to my staff- not just about what’s going on in the office, but their family life. That’s their time to regroup.”

12:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA
12:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA

12:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA

“Lunch time is NOT to talk about work. Maria and I chat about our kids. She has a son who’s older. My daughter is in gymnastics and tee ball. One of the staff members just got a new car. We just talk about what’s going on in our lives right now.”

3:45 PM - DR. ANGEL
3:45 PM - DR. ANGEL

3:45 PM - DR. ANGEL

“Clear, comfortable vision is what my goal is… for the whole person. I make sure that they’re healthy and comfortable with their whole experience, from the staff saying ‘hello’ all the way through to the end. “

3:45 PM - DR. PATRICIA
3:45 PM - DR. PATRICIA

3:45 PM - DR. PATRICIA

“It was interesting that this patient came in! I knew her during my pregnancy. She lives in Kentucky but will come back just to see us.”

6:00 PM - DR. ANGEL
6:00 PM - DR. ANGEL

6:00 PM - DR. ANGEL

“I’ll call my mom and tell her to put the dinner in the oven. I’ll also call my sister, Patty, to see how her day went and if there’s anything I need to know for the next day. “

6:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA
6:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA

6:00 PM - DR. PATRICIA

“I do a preliminary close out. I balance. Is everything accounted for? Then, I just say bye to the girls and finish all of my files. By the end of the day, the kids are all ready for bed and I have dinner with my husband. “

DR. ANGEL
DR. ANGEL

DR. ANGEL

“I love working with my family. It’s a great experience we have every day. It’s nice to just know that I’m going to be seeing one of my two sisters. [Patty] is my best friend and colleague.”

DR. PATRICIA
DR. PATRICIA

DR. PATRICIA

“We both know our weaknesses and strengths. She’s the planner for the future, and I’m more of the saver. I do more glaucoma, she’s does more keratoconus. She and I both linger a little longer than we should!”

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