2016 40 Under 40 Honoree: Dr. Katie Robertson McElvaine, 31
As a seventh-generation Springfieldian, Dr. Katie Robertson McElvaine is passionate about community, and she’s elated to now have the title of small-business owner. McElvaine and her husband Scot in November opened Springfield Family Vision, an optometry clinic and optical boutique. She worked four years in private practice and served as the local trustee on the Missouri Optometric Association board – the youngest member in its history. She also knows how to raise money for charity. As chairwoman of Junior League of Springfield’s 55th annual Charity Ball, the 2014 event was the second most fiscally successful in its history. The eye doctor has donated care to The Kitchen Clinic and Special Olympics, and she graduated from Leadership Springfield Class 29.
What was your first job? Working at an Episcopal church camp as a lifeguard and medical technician.
What is your theme song? “Double Vision,” by Foreigner
What do you miss most about the 1990s? Slap bracelets.
What about your job would shock clients? After every pink eye patient, I always think my eyes are itchy – I am a little bit of a hypochondriac.
What did you learn the hard way? Life is full of amazing opportunities, but sometimes it is impossible to reach your dreams without disappointing someone.
What is your best productivity hack? Post-its notes.