Phenomenal Professionals: Dr. Angel Santiago (Optometrist)

9 minutes

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NARRATOR: An hour away from the old world charm of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the small town of Manati, is the practice of Dr. Angel Santiago. There is more, however, to this modest practice than meets the eye. Dr. Santiago, an optometrist with a hearing loss, has assembled a unique team of professionals, including a speech therapist, a speech pathologist, and a psychologist who specialize in health care for Puerto Rico's disabled population. Patients with vision loss, hearing loss, mental, or developmental challenges are welcomed and treated with care and respect. Dr. Santiago has earned the thanks of hundreds of patients who are grateful for his services.

ANGEL SANTIAGO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

ENA GARCIA: I think what Dr. Santiago is doing here is so important for Puerto Rico, because people who has special needs is going to find a place where the services are integrated. What I mean with this is if you have, for example, you can't hear well, but then you have problems with your family because they can't accept you the way you are, not only we're going to see the problem with your vision, or the problem with that you don't hear-- that we can look for something you can use and then listen-- but we're going, too, to give you the opportunity to have sessions, psychological sessions. It could be individually. It could be in group. It could be with your family so they can understand and accept you.

ANGEL SANTIAGO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]


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Dr. Angel Santiago is a practicing optometrist with a hearing loss. In Puerto Rico, his practice has a unique team of professionals, including a speech therapist and speech pathologist, who specialize in health care for persons with disabilities. This is a short segment from the "Achieving Goals! Phenomenal Professionals" series.

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