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With their noncompetes about to expire, optometrists are planning to return to Fredericksburg
Dr. Myron Wasiuta and Dr. Bradley Church will soon be free to return to Fredericksburg and plan to do so next month.
The two optometrists took out a newspaper ad this week to announce the opening of a new office on Charles Street in Fredericksburg. They will begin seeing patients there on Oct. 1.
“It’s been a long time in coming,” Wasiuta said.
Church and Wasiuta left the Fredericksburg area in 2009 after working for many years at Access Eye Centers in Spotsylvania County. The noncompete clause in their employment contracts prohibited them from opening a new practice in Fredericksburg, so they moved to Culpeper and started Total Eye. That three-year contract restriction expires later this month.
Wasiuta said he and Church plan to continue to see patients in Culpeper and will split time between the two offices.
“We’ve had patients that have been asking us when we’re coming back,” Wasiuta said. “We wanted to get back as soon as we can so they don’t have to make any more unnecessary trips to Culpeper.”
A Free Lance-Star story on noncompete clauses published last year featured Wasiuta and Church and their colleague, Dr. Sandra Grossett. Grossett left Access Eye after Church and Wasiuta did and works with them in Culpeper. She said yesterday that she plans to return to Fredericksburg in January, after her noncompete clause expires.
(The 2011 story about noncompetes and the three optometrists is here.)