When she graduated from Southern College of Optometry nine years ago, Dr. Tonyatta Hairston never dreamed her career would lead her to a place where she would have a business that includes three practices.
Today, as owner of EnVision Eye Care in Jackson, Hairston employs four optometrists, 12 support staff and serves thousands of clients each year. She also volunteers in the community at churches, schools and non-profit organizations.
In 2011, her company expanded from having offices in Jackson’s Belhaven district and Magee to opening an office on the Jackson State University campus. With those accomplishments, it’s no surprise that Hairston was named the Helen St. Clair Young Optometrist of the Year, an award which recognizes Mississippi eye doctors who have made significant contributions to eye health.
A volunteer with the Mississippi Optometric Association, she serves the organization in a public relations role. Hairston also serves as mentor to JSU students and others, and volunteers with Junior League of Jackson. She was featured in the National Publication for Women in Optometry last year and was the 2012 Featured Alumni of Tougaloo College. She was recently chosen as one of the Top 10 Business Women in the State of Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal.
When she’s not busy, Hairston enjoys walking, Pilates classes, playing classical piano and traveling.