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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Optometrics runs in Eubanks family

  • The daughter of the late Dr. William Gregg Eubanks has returned to Harrisburg to start up the practice of optometry at her father's old practice.
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  • Dr. Krystina "Glimmer" Eubanks, recent graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, is following in her late father's footsteps and has returned to Southern Illinois to be the new optometrist at the Eubanks and Daugherty optometry firm in Harrisburg.
    Glimmer grew up watching her father, the late Dr. William Gregg Eubanks, work as an optometrist at the locally-owned practice and saw how much he loved his job. He worked as an optometrist in Harrisburg for 28 years and even served as president of the Illinois Optometric Association before his untimely death in August 2009.
    "I watched my dad and Dr. (Benna) Daugherty and saw how much they loved their job," she said. "I've always known that this is exactly what I wanted to do."
    Glimmer graduated from Eldorado High School, then went on to receive her bachelor's degree at Murray State University. There, her studies focused on chemistry and psychology, but she knew her long-term goal was to become a doctor of optometry.
    After graduating from the four-year optometry program in May, Glimmer felt her calling was to return to Southern Illinois and continue her father's practice. She had worked at the firm on and off throughout high school and college, doing clerical work and answering the phones, but now she is a full-time optometrist there and says "it feels good to be home."
    "It's nice to be home and be able to serve the community you grew up in," she said.
    Glimmer, who started seeing patients in July, said she loves her new job, especially getting to interact with so many members of the community.
    "I enjoy the patients. They always have stories to tell," she said.
    Glimmer said many of the patients she sees have been coming to the firm for a long time and are glad to see a next-generation Eubanks continuing the practice. Though she could have chosen to practice optometry elsewhere, Glimmer felt strongly it was time to come come.
    "This is where my family is. This is where my community is," she said. "This is where my heart is."

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