BY C.S. HOWARD
Dr. Angela Love is an Optometrist with Millennium Eye Center in Orlando, Florida, in practice with the owner, Dr. Laurette Justin. Her job is to provide quality eye care and visual health by examining, diagnosing and treating eye disease as well as prescribing glasses and contact lenses.
Dr. Love is a 2006 graduate of Southeast High School where she was in the International Baccalaureate Program, where she received an IB diploma with a full scholarship to college. At Southeast, she was active in the Student Government Association, Vice President of the Senior Class, on the Yearbook Committee, Key Club member, statistician for the boys varsity basketball team, was a cheerleader, and played varsity volleyball from 10th to 12 grade. Angela was also named the 2005 Miss Southeast. She also participated in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Delta Gems mentoring group.
After graduating from Southeast, Angela attended Florida State University where she graduated in 2009 in 3-1/2 years, obtaining a Bachelors degree in Biological Science. During her college career, she was on the Dean’s List, was active in Garnet and Gold Guides where she served as Vice President and was the basketball chair for recruiting athletes. She was also active on the Seminole Student Boosters Advisory Board, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Pre-Optometry Club and Study abroad program (Valencia, Spain).
Dr. Love continued her studies a t Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale campus, graduating in 2015 with the Doctor of Optometry, O.D. degree. Her graduate/medical school activities included National Optometric Student Association (Historian), College of Optometrists in Visual Development/Sports Vision Club (President), and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists Club. She had the opportunity to attend two medical mission trips to Jamaica and Nicaragua and continues to be active in the Women of Optometry-Orlando Chapter, where she serves as event coordinator.
Growing up with a mother who is a surgical RN and a father as a fire fighter, Dr. Love knew she wanted to be in the medical field because of the examples they set. “I started working summer jobs while in high school at different clinics in different disciplines until I found something that I felt was a good fit for me,” she said. After rotating through general health care, pediatrics, obstetrics, dermatology, dentistry, and optometry, she discovered that optometry was the one she liked the most. She took six months off after graduating from college to do some traveling – to Italy, Greece, France, Panama and D.C. – which sparked her love for international travel. “Then God showed me where HE wanted me to be. I was blessed to meet Dr. Justin and I have the opportunity to work full time in a practice that has everything I prayed for.” Dr. Love admits that she did have some challenges along the way. “I experienced some setbacks and it was difficult getting to where I am today. I have not yet reached my ultimate goal, but I am grateful for how far I have come. I have received a lot of support along the way and am so excited for what’s to come next.”
In her spare time, besides traveling, she also enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with her twin brother, family and friends. She is the daughter of Debra Love and Anthony Love, Sr. Millennium Eye Center is located at 6601 Old Winter Garden Road, Suite 104, in Orlando.
To what do you attribute your success?
I attribute my success to five things: (1) Faith. My foundation of faith has always allowed me to believe that with God I can do all things, despite the obstacles I face; (2) Family. I say this often that they are “the wind beneath my wings!” My family pushes me to not only reach my dreams but to go above and beyond what I imagined. They believe in me more that I do myself sometimes and that makes such a huge difference; (3) Friends. My friends have kept me sane and have given me a positive atmosphere to be around outside of the stress that comes with being a professional student. There’s nothing like having someone you can vent to and then go shopping with; (4) Health. It’s so important to take care of yourself. I am so much more productive when I have adequate sleep and nourishment; (5) Humanity. I truly believe this is what makes the world go around. Being kind and giving back is not only fulfilling to other’s needs, but it’s fulfilling to me as an individual. I wouldn’t be where I am without others helping me, so it’s only right for me to do the same.
What advice do you have for a young person today?
My favorite quote is “Whatever you do, do it well!” There’s more than one path to success and not everyone is destined to do the same thing. Once you find your passion, pursue it and try to turn it into your career. Success does not come easy and it is not always fast! I sacrificed a lot of things early in life (I went to school for 9 more years after high school) so that I would be able to reach my long term goal.