Episode 75

Rethinking Eye Care in the Modern Era from an Entrepreneurial Mindset

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | June 7, 2024

Dr. Shanika Esparaz, a woman entrepreneur and ophthalmologist, has made great strides in her career. Opening her own practice and establishing a different patient care model, she has shown her true entrepreneurial spirit. In this episode, Dr. Esparaz joins Dr. Shehzad Batliwala to expand on her story of opening her direct care ophthalmology practice, as well as the hurdles and problems she had to overcome to make this model successful.


  • 00:01:37 – Get to know Dr. Shanika Esparaz
  • 00:06:05 – Motivation to pursue an entrepreneurial path
  • 00:10:22 – Niche market targeting: How Dr. Esparaz did it
  • 00:15:18 – Top 3 barriers encountered when starting her practice
  • 00:18:57 – Patient interaction story
  • 00:24:36 – Secret sauce of successful entrepreneurship
  • 00:29:15 – If you could work only two hours per week on your business, what would you work on and why?
  • 00:31:42 – Advice for people who hesitate to put themselves out there
  • 00:35:16 – Final thoughts

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Shanika Esparaz, M.D.

Owner of the Envision Ophthalmology & Wellness
Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Life, Health & Wellness Coach

Dr. Esparaz is a double board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained medical retina specialist and cataract surgeon.  Her goal is to provide personalized, compassionate, and cutting-edge medical and surgical treatment for a variety of eye conditions. 

​Dr. Esparaz’s practice is unique in that she offers comprehensive ophthalmology care with a subspecialty focus in retina. She offers in-office medical retina treatment, including minimally-invasive laser therapy and injections. She surgically manages routine and complex cataracts. She also offers implantation of premium lenses using laser-assisted cataract surgery to help improve her patients’ vision and in some cases reduce their need for glasses. She also treats glaucoma with in-office laser and medical therapy. 

​Dr. Esparaz is also board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine and can offer counseling on nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, and more. She has been an invited speaker and lecturer at numerous conferences including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Millenial Eye, Real World Ophthalmology, as well as Women in Ophthalmology. She is a member of the Academy of Ophthalmology.

Connect with Dr. Esparaz

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-shanika-esparaz-bb4323238
Instagram: www.instagram.com/shani_esparazmd/
Practice website: envisioncle.com


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