Dr. Nicole Alessi has always been driven to help others. While her career as an optometrist at Col­lins Vision lets her help people see and feel their best, it also allows her to give back.

“I travel to Mexico with the Lions Club of Caborca to assist in sight-restoring surgery for an underserved and impoverished population, while also treating diabetic retinopathy and dispensing hundreds of pairs of glasses to the local children,” she says. “The mo­ment patients can see for the first time in years is just magical.”

Closer to home, Alessi organized Zoom meetings for friends and neighbors who were quarantining alone during Florida’s “Safer at Home” order. She also made masks for Golisano Children’s Hospital and assisted the United Way with various PPE projects.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Always lead with gratitude. I sincerely believe in the sentiment that says, “Gratitude reshapes your view of the past, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”