Rob Henslick, OD
"Dr. Rob" has been in private practice for over 20 years. He graduated from Berkeley in 1984 and from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1988. He specializes in contact lenses and treats ocular disease and infection. He also is an expert in Lasik consultation and co-management. He has a friendly and experienced office staff who enjoy helping Dr. Rob serve family eye care needs.
Giving back to Others
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Laguna Niguel doctor helps people in Kenya see
Optometrist has given out more than 2,000 pairs of glasses.
By DEBBIE L. SKLAR
For The Orange County Register
Many say that Dr. James Rob Henslick, an optometrist in Laguna Niguel, has a heart of gold.
Henslick set up a charitable vision clinic in Kitale, Kenya in February 2007, inside of a small cottage hospital called the Sister Freda's Medical Clinic. To date, he has taken four mission trips to Kenya and dispensed more than 2,000 pairs of glasses to the less fortunate people of Kenya. He has treated hundreds of eye infections and diseases such as glaucoma, thanks to the generous donations of Alcon and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Here is a closer look at the man known as "Dr. Rob."
Q: What is your full-time job?
A: I've been a doctor of optometry for 20 years and have practiced in Laguna Niguel for eight years.
Q: When did you become interested in helping others less fortunate?
A: In high school, I went on several mission trips to Mexico with my church youth group. In 1993, I joined the
Mission Viejo Rotary Club, and through the Rotary Club came in contact with the Flying Doctors group called LA LIGA International. I served with them in rural Mexico for several years, flying to remote villages to provide medical care. In 2003, I joined a group from Saddleback Church helping the Lost Boys of Sudan.
These boys are refugees from Sudan who were brought to the U.S. Working with these boys developed my interest in helping the people of Africa.
Q: To date, what has been your favorite place to lend a hand and why?
A: Kenya, because there is such a desperate need and the people are so grateful for everything you do for them. It is also very rewarding to work alongside Freda Robinson, a Kenyan nurse, whose incredible story is told in her biography "Heart of Compassion Hands of Care" written by Darlene Sala.
Q: What's the best part of this work?
A: Using my God-given talents to help those less fortunate.
Q: The most challenging?
A: Not being able to help everyone we come in contact with.
Q: How has this work bettered or enhanced your life?
A: It always makes you feel good to help others and reminds us of how blessed we truly are to live in the
United States with all the opportunities we have here.
Q: If you had to choose someone to spend a week with dead or alive who would it be and why?
A: My father because he died way too young. I'd love for him to see me and my family today.
Q: What is one thing that you have never done, but would like to in the near future?
A: Taking my family trekking in Peru and traveling to the Holy Lands.
Q: What are your future goals?
A: To continue serving the vision needs of the people of Saddleback Valley, to expand my charitable vision clinic in Kenya to include cataract surgery and continue serving the people of Kenya.