The 2019 Power of Ten Leadership Academy concluded during the 2020 Oklahoma Veterinary Conference. The Power of Ten Leadership Academy is a seven-session program that provides an in-depth leadership development opportunity and 20 hours of continuing education credit at no cost to the participant. It is designed for veterinarians who have been in practice for 10 years or less since graduation and are OVMA members.
We will be featuring individual “spotlights” on each 2019 participant over the weeks ahead to see what they learned from the academy and to learn a little more about them as individuals within the veterinary community. The first participant we will be highlighting is Clairice Reynolds, DVM.
Dr. Reynolds is a 2015 Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate.
Where do you currently live?
Where are you originally from?
Ventura, California but I was raised in Oklahoma City.
What made you decide to apply to participate in the Power of Ten?
I felt I was growing stagnant in my personal growth and I also wanted to be a more effective team leader.
What did you enjoy most about the Power of Ten?
Talking with my peers about topics unrelated to medicine, anatomy, or physiology.
What is one thing you would want to change about the Power of Ten?
Actually, I was a little disappointed to discover only one of the meetings was held at the vet board building. I benefitted from every single topic we discussed and wish more of my peers knew about the group.
How do you define success?
Being confident in and happy with yourself and your achievements.
Who inspires you?
Jesus, my mom and family, my church mentors, my riding instructor – there are so many people who have inspired me!
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?
My first employer from my high school days: Dr. Sure Summers, DVM
What is one thing – either industry-related or not – that you learned in the last month?
Hashimoto’s Disease is a challenging-to-diagnose thyroid disorder that may present as an anxiety or psychiatric disorder.
What is something about you that not many people know?
During my undergrad years I saved over 300 LOLcat and icanhazacheeseburger photos … I still look at them and post them around the clinic I work at.
What is something you enjoy outside of veterinary medicine?
I’m such a nerd! I enjoy playing video games, rewatching my favorite anime, and reading manga and novels. I also clean and spin wool into yarn, crochet, sew clothes, draw, paint, and ride horses when my joints cooperate with me.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos, or maybe Ted’s Escondido Café’s shrimp ceviche tostadas
What advice would you give some who is interested in participating in the Power of Ten?
Do it. You won’t regret it.
What is your biggest take away from the Power of Ten?
I am not the only person who has struggled. Everyone has struggled in some way or another. Many of us struggle with the same problems and never talk about them. Also, personality differences are a much larger factor in teamwork than I had expected!