Kristy Tart-Bryan, B.S. 2001

Founder, Optometrist, Carolina Family Vision – Holly Springs, NC

2001 Major: Biology and Psychology

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"My degree from Duke prepared me well for post my graduate degree. Working alongside my fellow students helped open my eyes to different career opportunities and fields in which I could just a biology degree. A few years after I was licensed, I opened my own optometry practice and grew it from a cold start to a thriving clinic with 5 doctors and 15 staff."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"Don't get too stuck on any one path too early. Keep your eyes and ears open. There are so many different opportunities, you may find something outside of the box to do with your degree."

Kristy Tart-Bryan