Behind the Vision: Emily, Senior Lead Developer
We know a lot of companies say this, but here at Brighter Vision, we think our customers are the greatest. Since the Brighter Vision process is designed to be so customized and personal to you and your vision, we get to know our customers pretty darn well – so we figured it’s only fair we return the favor!
Introducing Behind the Vision, where you can get to know a Brighter Vision employee a little better and get an inside peek at the team helping you grow your practice.
This month, I got to catch up with Emily, the Senior Lead Developer on our Blue Team. Emily has been helping our clients create beautiful websites for nearly 2 years now. So, if you have a Brighter Vision website, there’s a 50/50 chance you’ve had the pleasure of working with her 🙂
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Please share a couple of facts about the career journey that brought you to Brighter Vision.
My journey is an interesting one and I’m grateful to be where I am today. My story starts in 2013 when I was accepted into college at the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, CO. My initial plan was a career in nursing!
Spoiler Alert… That plan changed.
It was my Sophomore year and I was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at an assisted living center near campus and going to school full time. The competitive nature of UNC’s Nursing School and the pressure of working long hours seemed to be getting to me. I ended up doing a lot of soul-searching and realized that I wasn’t happy with my current path in life. I decided that I needed to do what made me happy and that now was the best time to make the change that will affect my future and future happiness.
It was then, that I decided to apply to the School of Art & Design to get a minor! I’ve always been detail-oriented and had a passion for creating art ever since I was a kid growing up in Centennial, CO. I was nervous but I was so excited when I was accepted into their program! It made me feel confident in my skills.
Not long after that, I changed my major entirely to Visual Communication and Design and continued my education with the School of Art & Design.
I knew I didn’t want to work as a CNA anymore, so I got a new job working at a local pet store in their retail area and doggy daycare. This job gave me the opportunity to meet and pet about 15 dogs every day (talk about happiness) and it also gave me the time I needed to pursue my dreams of working with graphic design, wheel throwing, printmaking, photography, painting, metalsmithing/jewelry, and more. I felt bad about the previous two years I spent taking science classes like microbiology and pathophysiology, and I didn’t want to waste that knowledge, so I decided to declare an emphasis in biology.
With only one extra year, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication and Design with emphases in graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, and biology. I had a wild ride and I feel so fortunate that not long after graduation and a summer internship at Condit Exhibits, I was blessed with my first position, Junior Developer, at Brighter Vision.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to play with my two cats, Zena and Rowena.
I like to spend time with family, especially my niece, Alice.
I try to find time to go on adventures and take photos with my boyfriend Tommy.
But when I’m not adventuring I’m catching up on my favorite tv shows like the nerd that I am.
How long have you been working at Brighter Vision?
Almost 2 full years now!
What is your role here at Brighter Vision? How do you spend your day?
I’m the Senior Lead Developer for the blue team! I typically spend my days collaborating with my clients on design consultations and answering emails; providing helpful feedback and answering client questions; and helping my team make beautiful and custom designs that bring out the client’s vision for their website.
Can you tell us about one of your favorite or most memorable Brighter Vision clients?
I’m not really one to pick favorites, however, I think my most memorable client would have to be Debra Milinsky. We spent a lot of time collaborating together on phone calls and bringing her vision for the website to life! It was great working with her!
Debra Milinsky’s Brighter Vision website for Feminist Therapy Connection
What’s one of your favorite Brighter Vision websites right now?
This is tough as I have many favorites. Right now, I think one of my top favorite websites is Bee You Therapy. I love her customized logo and I’m proud of how we were able to use it as a guide to design her beautiful website and show off her brand.
Brighter Vision website for Bee You Therapy
What are your hopes for Brighter Vision in the future?
I want us to continue to grow and make our services even better for our clients. We’ve already been making incredible strides with our new partnerships, like Psychology Today, and our new Payments solution.
I’m so excited about the new innovations we have in the works and I’m even more excited for our clients who will be able to use these new products to make it easier for them to utilize their websites to grow their practices.
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If you could give Brighter Vision therapists one tip about how to best use their Brighter Vision website and marketing tools, what would it be?
One tip I would give is don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid of using the tools you have available to you. As we all know, learning how to use new technology can be intimidating, time-consuming, and let’s face it, overwhelming. But don’t let that get in your way!
We have many tips and tricks that we can provide to help our clients be successful. From tutorials and screenshots to links for resources that can help bring their websites to life and make it stress-free to edit and create new content.
If you could suggest one of our blog posts to read TODAY, which would it be?
If I could suggest one blog post that everyone should read it would be, Why Can’t I Use Google Photos On My Therapist Site? – Copyright and You
It’s one of the things we’ve all been fundamentally taught to avoid since our days in grade school and the mention of it might even induce an eye-roll. But even now, it’s an important thing to know about and remember so everyone can protect themselves from avoidable copyright violations. We know to avoid copying when it comes to content but sometimes, we forget that this applies to photos and logos as well.
If you had to pick a new mascot for Brighter Vision, what would it be?
Hmmm. I think I would choose a shooting star.
Because shooting stars symbolize good luck and positivity. And, most importantly, they can allegedly grant wishes. 😉
It’s cheesy, but hey, what’s wrong with that?
Thanks so much to Emily for spending the time with us today and telling us what she loves about being a part of the Brighter Vision family and her own vision for the future.