I had a great conversation with my friend Rich Boling last night. He's fantastic: a great husband and father, devoted Christ-follower and brilliant doctor leading the "Boling Vision Center " in Michiana. He has performed over 13,000 cataract procedures and over 12,000 LASIK procedures. He was the first to bring refractive surgery to Michiana.
I thought about improving my vision all the way home.
When I got there I saw a magazine on the coffee table. My nephew, an ophthalmologist in Orlando, had his face on the front cover. Needless to say, I read every word they had printed. It was awesome.
Joel is my sister's youngest son. I'm very proud of him. I've always said, "Capacity without character is dangerous." Joel has both. He is a good man leveraging great gifts for the common good.
His picture is on the January cover of "LIFESTYLE," central Florida's premier community magazine. You can read the entire article here, but I wanted to "cut and paste" this portion of Joel's story and "Hunter Vision."
For all my subscribers in Florida, this could be the blog post that helps you see life more clearly.
"LIFESTYLE" magazine wrote:
Dr. Joel D. Hunter grew up in Orlando and is the son of Joel and Becky Hunter. His father is the pastor of Northland Church in Longwood. He is the youngest of three children. His oldest brother Josh is the CEO of Hunter Vision, his other brother Isaac is the pastor and founder of Summit Church.
Dr. Hunter knew that he wanted to continue the family tradition of serving the community in Central Florida with a tireless work ethic. The road to open a world class refractive surgery center in his hometown was long, but it is clear now that each step was worth it. He attended Taylor University in Indiana and graduated with honors in two and a half years. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He received the highest grade possible in every didactic course in medical school. Upon his graduation, he was given the award for Academic Excellence.
After a year internship in general medicine at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va., Dr. Hunter entered a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of South Florida. While there, he performed more cataract surgeries than any resident in the history of the program before him. After residency, Dr. Hunter continued to hone his skills for another year through a distinguished fellowship at Durrie Vision focused entirely on refractive surgery.
Dr. Dan Durrie has been personally involved in the development of almost every new technology since the beginning of modern refractive surgery in 1988. Durrie Vision chooses one doctor each year for an intensive one-on-one fellowship, which is widely considered to be the best in the world. After a two-day interview process, Dr. Durrie discontinued all further interviews with other applicants and gave Dr. Hunter the position. While at this one-year fellowship in Kansas City, Kan., Dr. Hunter was immersed in and trained on the most advanced equipment, by the leader in the field of refractive surgery.
Joel has been given much.
He's giving back more than he got.
Luke 12:48 - From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.