My name is Mick Kling and I am a practicing optometrist from San Diego, California. I have had the great fortune to live and work over the last 25 years in the greatest city in America with some of the finest eye doctors in the country. After graduating from Southern College of Optometry in 1993 and completing a residency at Omega Eye Care Center in Jackson, TN a year later, I packed my bags and moved west. I started my professional career working for a large ophthalmology practice, then soon after, along with several colleagues, started a laser center where we began performing LASIK and PRK for our patients with a local surgeon. In 2002, we sold the company to TLC Laser Eye Centers (TLC – La Jolla) where I became one of the clinical directors.
How I Got Here
In 1999, I purchased my first practice and ran it as a side gig as we built the laser center. My heart wasn’t really into it, but I enjoyed the experience of building my chops at practice management and trying something new. In 2006, I made the decision to purchase a second practice and leave the laser business altogether. Since then, I have acquired 3 additional practices (5 in total), along with a new building, and parlayed them into a one of the largest single location practices in San Diego. I now own one of the most unique and innovative practices in the country. In fact, in 2017, Invision Magazine recognized our office as “America’s Finest Optical Retailer”. To this day, I continue to be intimately involved in the day to day operations of the practice, and still enjoy the challenges of running the business.
Not long ago, it became clear to me that all of this growth had only resulted in more stress, anxiety and frustration. As the practice grew, so did the expenses and anxiety that came along with managing the cash flow. What I thought would result in more financial freedom actually led to sleepless nights, a strained bank account and a growing resentment toward my decision to own my own practice. As I chased the top line growth of my business, things in my professional life only became more and more complicated and stressful. While the ego was well fed, I was starving for financial peace of mind.
That’s until I figured it out!
That’s when I stumbled upon a breakthrough that has completely changed my perspective and attitude toward my practice. I have since found complete peace of mind and satisfaction with running my practice. No more sleepless nights worrying about the bank account balance. No more stress about making payroll. I’ve lost just about all of my anxiety surrounding money, and now know where every penny goes each month. I’ve been enjoying unbelievable profitability in my practice, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you.