Stirling Eyecare August September 2019

Meet Our Office Manager, Heather Lapusnak 20+ Years of Dedication

More than 21 years ago, Heather Lapusnak joined the Stirling Eyecare team as a part-time employee so she could still care for her family. Today, she continues to care for that family she and her husband, Garrick, created in their 25-year marriage and the family she has established with Stirling Eyecare. “We’re more than a team,” Heather says. “We’re truly a work family. We share the joys of life. Everybody has different strengths, but they work together to make an awesome whole.” When Heather first joined our team, she was one of three employees. She was an optometric assistant for more than a decade, and over nine years ago, Heather became our office manager. Today, she leads

a team of employees and works with our three doctors, Dr. Higgins, Dr. Gonzalez, and Dr. Frye, to ensure the clinic runs smoothly.

But Heather says she wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of her team. “[We’re] truly blessed to have a team that’s reliable and compassionate,” Heather says. “They go above and beyond to be helpful to each other. They really put the patients first.” After two decades with Stirling Eyecare, Heather says she has developed a close relationship with Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Higgins. “When I started here, they were only in practice for five years, so we grew together,” Heather says. “They didn’t have children; I didn’t have children. We shared all these life experiences together … They are caring. They go above and beyond to take a vested interest in our lives and be a friend to you.” Outside the office, Heather and her family are close. Many of Heather’s “free days” are spent cheering on her kids, Alyssa, age 19, and Garrick Jr., age 14, at their various soccer, baseball, and traveling club team events. The family has traveled along the east coast for sporting events and family vacations, Heather says, including a recent family adventure to Destin, Florida. Heather also assists her husband with his photography business. At Stirling Eyecare, we would be lost without Heather. She has been a constant in our office, and her dedication is second to none. Thank you for all your hard work, Heather! Roasted Corn Salsa Corn is plentiful during the summer months, and this easy-to-make salsa is sure to be a hit at your next get- together. Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine

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Ingredients:

2 medium ears of corn, shucked 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced

1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced

1/2 red onion, diced

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Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt, to taste

Directions: 1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.

5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.

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