If you’ve met our Dr. Nicole E. Alessi, you won’t be surprised to hear she’s recently been recognized for her leadership and community spirit. We’re so proud of her, we want everyone to know that Dr. Alessi was awarded a coveted spot on the 2020 40 Under 40 list at Gulfshore Magazine!

The publication recognizes 40 rising stars each year (all under the age of 40) who individually shine in their professions and their communities in a variety of ways. This is the 18th year Gulfshore Business has saluted young achievers in Southwest Florida. Fun Fact: Dr. Collins made the list back in 2009!

Dr. Nicole Alessi in 2020 40 Under 40 list at Gulfshore Magazine

A Giver at Heart

Long before she joined the Collins Vision family, Dr. Alessi was driven to help others. While her career choice as an optometrist lets her help people see and feel their best every day, it also allows her to give back.

Just last year, Dr. Alessi traveled 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.

“The mo­ment patients can see for the first time in years is just magical.”

—Dr. Nicole Alessi

In 2020, international travel was out of the question, but that didn’t stop Dr. Alessi from finding creative ways to serve and help those around her. She 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.

Dr. Nicole Alessi

Is it any wonder Dr. Alessi is a fan favorite around here? Her patients love her as much as we do!

“My husband has Alzheimer’s and no one could be more patient and loving than Dr. Alessi,” said Pauline R. How sweet is that?
And what about this one from patient Susan S.? “I really like Dr. Alessi. She is so positive and cheerful! Not to mention I love her shoes!” We’ll be honest; we love her shoes too.

The Collins Vision Way

At Collins Vision, we are proud to share a longstanding commitment to service, from the local level to the global level. Led by our founder Dr. Michael J. Collins, Collins Vision embodies a culture of giving back that is exemplified in ways large and small.

“We feel like giving back is one of the best ways to not only make an impact externally in our community but it also organically creates more camaraderie and engagement within our own organization. It’s so heartwarming to see how much our team rallies together to share in a vision and support a cause. We couldn’t be prouder of Dr. Alessi for this well-deserved recognition.”

—Dr. Michael Collins

A Little More About Dr. Alessi

Dr. Alessi is a board-certified optometrist who serves as director of our Dry Eye Clinic. When she’s not seeing patients at our Fort Myers and Naples locations, she enjoys spending time outdoors on the water in her kayak and traveling, exploring new places and cultures, wherever she can. Oh, and adding to that awesome shoe collection, too!

If you’re not already part of the Collins Vision family, we’d be honored to welcome you and to safely serve your vision needs. From laser vision correction and modern cataract surgery to the diagnosis and treatment of several eye diseases and conditions, Collins Vision has been Southwest Florida’s trusted eye care experts since 2004.