Unique Optique’s style and presence was inspired by the Rose Curve and represents the fusion of nature, science and art. At Unique Optique, nature is represented by our pledge to approach prevention and treatment with holistic options first. Science is present in following the standard medical model of optometry and implementing the latest breakthrough research. Art is expressed through our desire to make all things beautiful from the fashion of the frames to the artistic design of the office.
Welcome to our vision!
Dr. Maria Higgins grew up in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Millersville University and her doctorate at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University). Dr. Maria has been a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry since 1999. She was voted Young Optometrist of the Year for Western Pennsylvania in 2003 and for Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2001, Dr. Maria purchased a practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She owned this practice for 10 years and loved it, but eventually felt uninspired by the standard medical model.
Dr. Maria felt that she needed to start a new life phase and began her search for the perfect place to grow this practice. Frederick is a quirky city that is supportive of local business with an amazing walkable historic downtown. On her first visit, Dr. Maria was hooked. She sold everything in Pittsburgh and moved to Frederick to open the office that is now Unique Optique! Diving into Frederick life, Dr. Maria has become a Downtown Frederick Partnership Board member and was recently voted Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year for Frederick County.
Jaquay grew up in Lancaster, PA with dreams of becoming a probation officer. She started her career by attending Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Jaquay needed a job to help with college expenses and became a receptionist in an optical shop in New York City’s upper east side. She enjoyed learning about the eyes and helping patients find the correct eyewear to suit their optical needs. Jaquay loved it so much that she changed her career path and decided that she no longer wanted to be a probation officer. Jaquay pursued her optical career and has worked in various position in optometry in numerous states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. She has a mind blowing 17 years of experience in the field.
Jaquay moved to Hagerstown, MD in August 2010. Over the years, she worked at many different optometrist offices and retail optical chain stores, but just wasn’t content. Still looking for her work niche, Jaquay interviewed at Unique Optique in December of 2013 and immediately knew this would be a place that she would enjoy! Dr. Maria’s feelings on exceptional customer service and choice of classy fun eyewear made for a “unique”, interesting and enjoyable work environment. Now when Jaquay comes to work she feels happy to be there and it shows on her face. Dr. Maria knows how lucky she and our patients are to have her and makes her feel well appreciated! “When you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day in your life” describes Jaquay’s experience working for Unique Optique.