SECO 2022 Speakers

1AjamianPPaul C. Ajamian, ODSECO InternationalPaul C. Ajamian, O.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, is the co-founder of the first Optometric Comanagement Center in the Country, Omni Eye Services. His monthly column known as “Clinical Quandries” has run in Review of Opometry since the 1990s. He is a past president of the Georgia Optometric Association, a founding Board Member of the American Board of Optometry, and has served as General Chairman of the Education Committee for SECO International since 2002. At SECO 2018, he was honored with the President’s Award, for Lifetime Achievement in Continuing Education. In 2014 he was the recipient of the AOA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Georgia State Board of Optometry. 824527drajamian@gmail.comAjamian
2AutryJJill Autry, ODEye Center of TexasJill Autry, O.D., R.Ph. practices optometry and is a partner at the Eye Center of Texas Ophthalmology Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Autry completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in a hospital based surgical care unit before returning for her optometry degree at the University of Houston. Upon graduation with honors, Dr. Autry completed a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-managment at the Eye Center of Texas where she continues to practice today. She lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of ocular disease and pharmaceutical topics. 585151jill_autry@hotmail.comAutry
3BorgmanCChris Borgman, ODSouthern College of OptometryDr. Chris Borgman is an assistant professor at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He earned his O.D. degree from the Illinois College of Optometry then completed a one-year residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is a course instructor for the Systemic Pathology and Integrative Analysis courses at SCO. He has authored many articles published on various topics of ocular disease conditions and ocular pharmacology, and has lectured in numerous continuing education venues on the topics of: primary care ocular diseases, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and neuro-optometric diseases.1434917cborgman@sco.eduBorgman
4CarrascoBBrooke CarrascoEssilor of AmericaBrooke Carrasco ABOC, NCLEC, is currently the Customer Training & Education Manager, for Essilor of America. Her optical career started almost 20 years ago working as a clinical manager and lead optician for an independent practice. After joining Essilor in 2014, working in various roles, she found her true passion in developing & delivering best in class training and education for Eye Care Professionals. She is an ABO-NCLE approved speaker, program facilitator, and dynamic public speaker. By leading Essilor’s live training programs, she has helped provide hundreds of Eye Care Professionals with the training tools needed to unleash their fullest potential, and take their professional careers and businesses to the next level. 1308586brooke.carrasco@essilorusa.comCarrasco
5CarterSSharon CarterEye Care Optometric ConsultingSHARON CARTER ECOC Sharon Carter has over 30 years of optometric experience including working in an office as an office manager, sales and training for an optometric software company to consulting for private practices. She started her own consulting company, Eye Care Optometric Consulting, in 2001 and consults in offices all over the country spreading her team building philosophy. She is very energetic and enthusiastic and for more than 15 years has been speaking and motivating staff at state, national and international conferences sharing her company’s philosophy of “provide the best patient care possible and the money will follow.”585155sharoncarter@ecoc.bizCarter
6CastilloRRichard Castillo, OD, DOAmerican Society of Optometric SurgeonsDr. Richard E. Castillo, OD, DO has been NSU-OCO’s Chief of Surgical Services and principle surgeon since 1998. He is the 2021 recipient of the Arkansas Optometric Association's Special Service Award for "Outstanding Service to the Association and Profession of Optometry," a past recipient of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physician's Distinguished Service Award (2017), has been honored as the first "ophthalmologist" to be named "Distinguished Friend" of the Illinois College of Optometry (2019), and has been acknowledged by the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry for outstanding contributions to the advancement of optometric surgical care (2016). Dr. Castillo is the recipient of a Special Citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his Contributions to the Advancement of Surgical Eyecare in the State of Oklahoma (2015). With his arrival, Dr. Castillo established the present NSU-OCO Outpatient Optometric Surgical Procedures Student & Resident Training Clinic in 1999, training scores of optometric faculty, students and residents as well as DO and MD colleagues in optometric dermatologic and laser procedures, and clinical medicine for over two decades. Dr. Castillo is one of the original (founding) members of NSU’s Advanced Procedures CE (Surgery & Laser) Course (1999), a past commissioner and chair of the National Comission on Vision & Health, has served as a physician reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration, and is a volunteer with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Castillo has served on multiple committees for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry including the Laser & Surgical Examination (NBEO:LSPE) task force/development committee, and has been contributing to optometric education nationwide since 1995. He is currently co-chair of the AOA's Contemporary Practice Task Force, and President of the American Society of Optometric Surgeons.1434918rcdo@me.comCastillo
7CharestTTrudi CharestMarketing4ECPsTrudi Charest is the Co-Founder of Marketing4ecps, a digital marketing agency focused on building digital advertising for Optometrists, Opticians & Ophthalmologists. Trudi is well known for designing, developing and facilitating training and marketing programs to Eye Care professionals across North America. Trudi is a Licensed Optician with over 25 years of extensive eyecare experience. She also holds a Human Resource Management certificate from the University of Calgary. Her experience includes corporate training in retail optical, territory management for Bausch & Lomb, Clinical Consulting with Optos and VP of Marketing & Training for Eye Recommend, a leading Optometric buying group before starting Marketing4ecps in 2015. She is an international speaker, author, industry consultant and business innovator. 1072146trudi@4ecps.comCharest
8DrakeDDiane DrakeDiane F. DrakeDiane F. Drake, LDO, ABOM, NCLEM, FNAO has over 40 years in the Optical business and is an approved speaker for ABO-NCLE up to advanced level and for Paraoptometrics and for JCAHPO. She has served as president for the Narional Academy of Opticianry, the SouthEastern Opticians and the Opticians Association of Georgia recieving recognition and awards from all of these organizations. She has authored several books and is a continuing contributor to several publications including the widely accepted contact lens review book, Beginning Your Life as a Contact Lens Technician, the Basic Opticians Tutorial and the Advanced Opticians Tutorial. 585162dianedrake@aol.comDrake
9DunbarMMark Dunbar, ODBascom Palmer Eye InstituteDr. Mark Dunbar has been a member of the optometric staff at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for over 30 years and currently serves as the Director of Optometric Services. He is also Co-Chairman of the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo. Dr Dunbar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). Dr. Dunbar also serves on the Editorial Boards for Review of Optometry where he writes the monthly column “The Retina Quiz. “ 824534mdunbar@miami.eduDunbar
10FranklinTTami FranklinVision Source, LPTami Franklin, CPOT, ABOC, Senior Director of Staff Education and Development, Vision Source, LP Tami is responsible for programs and education for staff in the Vision Source practices across the United States. In addition, Tami directs the Vision Source Representative (VSR) Program across the USA. Tami leads over 100 VSR Program Facilitators/Key Staff Members in staff training and facilitation of the program. Tami began her full-time position with Vision Source in March of 2012. Prior to 2012, Tami had led the regional staff development as a VSR Program Facilitator from 2004 to 2012 and was a corporation administrator for Alliance & Bridgeport Vision Source, P.C. from 1988 - 2012. She has lectured across the country for many organizations to help educate doctors and staff. Along with lecturing Tami volunteers within her profession with the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and in her community. Tami has been awarded as one of the 2018 Vision Monday Most Influential Women in Optical, thr Nebraska Distinguished Service Award Recipient, an American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Community Service Award Recipient, the National American Foundation for Vision Awareness Career Achievement Award Recipient, an American Optometric Association Paraoptometric of the Year Recipient and a Nebraska Paraoptometric of the Year Recipient. Tami is know as a mentor and leader within the paraoptometric profession. She has a committment to the education of doctors and staff. 1434920tfranklin@visionsource.comFranklin
11GersonJJeffry Gerson, ODGrin Eye CareDr. Jeffry Gerson graduated from Indiana University school of Optometry in 1997, after which he went on to do a VA residency concentrating in low vision and ocular disease. He has been in several different practice settings, including a retina referral practice where he participated in several large clinical trials. Currently, Dr Gerson is in private practice that is a collaboration of both OD’s and MD’s. He see’s primary care patients, and has an emphasis on retinal care in his practice. He enjoys having 4th year optometry interns with him and the challenges that they present. He still participates in clinical trials and utilizes many different diagnostic modalities. Dr. Gerson is a frequent lecturer in the US and abroad, and writes regularly for optometric publications. When not at work, he enjoys travelling, working out and spending time with his family. 1434921jgerson@me.comGerson
12GreenwoodMMichael Greenwood, MDVance Thompson VisionMichael Greenwood MD is a Fargo, ND board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in cataract, glaucoma, cornea, and laser vision correction (LASIK) surgery and leads Vance Thompson Vision Fargo. As a Jamestown, ND native, Dr. Greenwood is proud to offer premier eye care close to home. While attending the University of North Dakota, Dr. Greenwood was recognized by ESPN as an Academic All-American football player. After receiving his undergraduate education, Dr. Greenwood enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences to complete his Doctorate of Medicine. For his ophthalmology training, Dr. Greenwood chose to train at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH where he was an administrative chief resident. Dr. Greenwood furthered his ophthalmology training with an advanced anterior segment fellowship at Vance Thompson Vision alongside board-certified ophthalmologists Drs. Thompson and Berdahl. When Dr. Greenwood is not performing eye surgery, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi and daughter Quincy. Together they like playing golf, running, reading, and listening to music. Dr. Greenwood also enjoys playing hockey and skates year round. In the summertime, they enjoy spending time outdoors in the lakes area.824588michael.greenwood@vancethompsonvision.comGreenwood
13GurwoodAAndrew Gurwood, ODSalusAndrew Gurwood, OD is a Professor of Clinical Sciences and Co-Chief of Suite 3 at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He is attending clinical staff in the department of Ophthalmology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. He has lectured and published nationally and internationally on a wide range of subjects in the arena of ocular disease. He is the Diagnostic Quiz Columnist for Review of Optometry Journal. 1434922agurwood@salus.eduGurwood
14HanlinPPete HanlinEssilor of AmericaPete Hanlin is designated as a master optician by the American Board of Opticianry, and currently serves as Vice President Professional Services at Essilor of America. Pete entered the ophthalmic industry in 1989, and managed numerous laboratory and optometric practice operations before joining Essilor in 2002. Pete serves as an industry representative on the ANSI Z80 standards committee, and- when not traveling to present CE- can be found tinkering in the garage or hunting in the woods. He resides in Hickory Creek, Texas with his wife Debbie and grandson Ayden.1434923phanlin@essilorusa.comHanlin
15HomMMilton Hom, ODCanyon City EyecareMilton M. Hom, OD, FAAO, FACAAI(Sc). is a national award winning optometrist that practices in Southern California, USA. He is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer in dry eye, allergy and glaucoma. Dr. Hom has written 4 books and published over 300 papers and peer-reviewed abstracts. He is also an American Board of Optometry Diplomate.585180eyemage2@gmail.comHom
16IbachMMitchel Ibach, ODVance Thompson VisionDr. Mitch Ibach is a residency trained optometrist at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Ibach attended the Pacific University College of Optometry where he graduated summa cum laude. Mitch completed his residency training at Minnesota Eye Consultants with a concentration on cornea, refractive surgery, external disease and glaucoma. In September of 2014, he joined Vance Thompson Vision to focus on advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology. Mitch is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an Intrepid Eye Society member, a member with the American Optometric Association, Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), and the South Dakota Optometric Society. He actively teaches in the Vance Thompson Vision residency and is also an adjunct clinical faculty for the Illinois College of Optometry and the Pikesville College of Optometry. 824543mitch.ibach@vancethompsonvision.comIbach
17JasperAApril Jasper, ODAdvanced Eyecare SpecialistDr. April Jasper has extensive experience in various modes of optometric practice and currently owns and operates Advanced Eyecare Specialists, a group optometry practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Jasper, a 2015 -2016 Benedict Professor in practice management at Houston College of Optometry and a community leader, in addition is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometric Management magazine, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Past-President of the Florida Optometric Association. Dr. Jasper received her degree in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University and completed her residency in primary care, ocular disease and contact lenses in Boston, Massachusetts where she also held a position as adjunct professor at the New England College of Optometry.1434924dr@apriljasper.comJasper
18KadingDDavid Kading, ODSpecialty Eye David Kading, OD FAAO -- Owner Specialty Eye Dave Kading has been recognized as one of the top 50 optometry influencers of all time, as one of the top 250 innovators, and listed as one of the top 10 best practice in eyecare. His three practices in the Seattle focuses on Dry Eye, Specialty Lenses and Myopia Management. He Co-Owns Optometric Insights which is changing the way students and doctors perceive practice. He performs research as part of the post-graduate Residency that he hosts in Seattle. He lectures internationally and has written thousands of papers and articles. His podcasts: The OI Show and The Myopia Podcasts are released weekly and downloaded by practitioners worldwide. Most of all, Dr. Kading loves spending time with his three daughters and optometrist wife, Dr. Kristi Kading. 1434925drdave@specialtyeye.comKading
19KwanJJustin Kwan, ODJustin Kwan, OD, FAAO is a 2009 graduate of University of California, Berkeley. He completed a dry eye and contact lens research fellowship / residency at Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) where he was an assistant and then associate professor for seven years. At the University Eye Center, he served as chief of the contact lens service and also directed the dry eye clinic. He specializes and is passionate about dry eye, keratoconus, refractive surgery, orthokeratology, myopia management and multifocal contact lenses. Dr. Kwan is a reviewer for many professional journals and editor in chief of Clinical and Refractive Optometry. He collaborates with optometrists and ophthalmologists in clinical research. Dr. Kwan chairs the American Academy of Optometry’s Fellows Doing Research SIG. He has also served on the board of the Orange County Optometric Society as the legislative chair and won “young optometrist of the year” in February 2018 from the California Optometric Association. In October 2018, he moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois and became a full-time associate optometrist at Professional Eye Care Center. He is the current president of the Chicago North Side Optometric Society. In April 2020, he transitioned to CooperVision in the role of Senior Manager, Myopia Management. 1460327jkwan@coopervision.comKwan
20LawrenceLLynn LawrenceSee The Light ConsultingLynn E. Lawrence, CMSgt, USAF(ret), MSOL, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC, is currently a leadership and staff development consultant, national lecturer, and an ophthalmic technician for Mills Eye and Facial Plastic Surgery. He has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He is an approved speaker for the American Optometric Association, American Board of Opticianry, and Joint Commission for Allied Healthcare Personnel in Ophthalmology. Lynn has a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership. He retired after 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. During his military career he was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant and worked directly for the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office. It was then that he was appointed by the Air Force Surgeon General as the Ophthalmic Career Field Manager for 540 Optometry/ Ophthalmology technicians at 90 locations and overseeing quality control for 133 optical stores world-wide. He develops training, compliance, and staff development materials because of his passion to see others grow in their professions and advance in professional certification. Lynn has been a COPE approved speaker since 2008.Lynn was 1 of 4 nationally recognized technicians selected to attend the Industry sponsored 2020 Summit in Dallas, Texas. Currently Lynn is a staff development consultant. 585184martralyn@msn.comLawrence
21McGeeSSelina McGee, ODBeSpoke VisionSelina R. McGee, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry - Dr. McGee is the visionary founder of BeSpoke Vision, a boutique style practice that specializes in dry eye disease, specialty contact lenses, and aesthetics. She was also the co-founder of Precision Vision of Midwest City, an MD-OD practice specializing in premium IOL and cataract surgery. She earned her OD degree from Northeastern State University College of Optometry, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and the American Optometric Association. Currently she serves as the Vice President for Intrepid Eye Society. She is a past president of the OAOP. She was named Young Optometrist of the year in 2012 by the OAOP. She has served on the Legislative Committee for the OAOP since 2006 and as co-chair of the SmartNet Governance Committee of the OAOP from 2011-2016. She serves on the board of advisors for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the board of Edmond Beautiful and was a member of Edmond Leadership Class XXXII. She is a member in the Edmond Rotary Club. She is a member of the Voice for Change with the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Northeastern State University College of Optometry. She was a member of the Class Leaders Council for NSUOCO and Leadership Optometry Class of 2008. She was the past district director of District V for the OAOP for years 2011-2014. The Edmond Chamber of Commerce recognized Precision Vision of Edmond as one of the top 3 businesses in Edmond in 2015. PV Edmond was also recognized by Invision Magazine as one of the top 10 Optical’s in America in 2016. 824555selinarm@yahoo.comMcGee
22MileskiKKelsey Moody Mileski, ODMarietta Eye ClinicDr. Kelsey Moody Mileski is an optometrist, specializing in neuro-ophthalmic disease, at Marietta Eye Clinic in Marietta Gerogia. Dr. Mileski received her undergraduate degree in biology at Florida State University in 2011 and studied Optometry at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University from 2011-2015. She then completed an advanced two-year residency in neuro-ophthalmic disease at The Eye Institute of Salus University from 2015-2017. Dr. Mileski stayed on as an Instructor at Salus University until 2018 when she joined the Emory Eye Center faculty. During her career at Emory, she worked on the hospital consultation team and with the neuro-ophthalmology and strabismus services in addition to providing primary and emergency eye care. In 2021, Dr. Mileski joined the Marietta Eye Clinic where she currently focuses on ocular disease, specifically neuro-ophthalmic disease and glaucoma. Dr. Mileski is an active member of American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA); she is the program chair for the Neuro-ophthalmic disorders in optometry special interest group for AAO and a member of the Evidence-Based Optometry Committee for AOA. She has co-authored various published materials and her vast contributions to multiple books, published manuscripts, and curation of over 20 presentations, defines her passion for optometric education.1434926kelsey.leigh.m@gmail.comMoody Mileski
23MyersMMarc Myers, ODCoatesville VAMCDr. Marc Myers is a Senior Staff Optometrist at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He also has been a guest lecturer and adjunct clinical faculty at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Myers contributes to numerous publications and lectures throughout North America on the topic of Ocular Disease. 585195marcdmyers@hotmail.comMyers
24CulpCCandace O'Keefe CulpYounger OpticsCandace O’Keefe Culp is a licensed Optician with 40 years of experience in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Territory Management. As an accredited speaker for the American Board of Opticianry, she is dedicated to serving the optical industry with the latest technical knowledge and service. Candace was awarded Vision Monday’s “Most Influential Women in Optical” in 2009. She is currently employed by Younger Optics as a Wholesale Manager for SC, GA, FL and the Caribbean. 1434937cokeefe@youngeroptics.comO'Keefe
25OKeefeJJackie O'Keefe LincolnO'Keefe Optical ConsultantsJackie O'Keefe, ABOC is licensed in Virginia and has been in the Optical industry since 1981. She is a contributing writer for 2020 Magazine, on Transitions Optical Speakers Bureau, a course preparer for Quantum Optical and consults in the Virginia Beach, VA area. Jackie has written, published and presented numerous CPC/ABO courses and lectures on a variety of optical topics. She was recently honored as one of the top 10 speakers for Vision Expo/Opticon East 2019. Jackie is a second generation Optician along with her two sisters, Candace O'Keefe Culp and Laure O'Keefe Pierce. She was active in the International Association of Lions Clubs, a volunteer for Maine's Prevention of Blindness Programs, Inc. and the Suicide Prevention Awareness & Resource Council. Jackie is Past President of the Opticians Association of Virginia and a founding member and Past President of the Opticians Association of Maine. 824561okeefelincoln@gmail.comO'Keefe
26ParkerRRyan Parker, ODEssilorLuxotticaDr. Parker graduated from the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma in 2004. While in school he was honored to be elected as President of The American Optometric Student Association and much enjoyed his time serving the national student association. He opened Ardmore Premier Eyecare in 2007. In 2018 he joined Essilor full-time as the Director of Professional Development. Dr. Parker has been featured in many articles and television interviews talking about various programs and technologies that EssilorLuxottica utilizes to achieve its mission of helping people see more, be more and live life to its fullest. He has lectured extensively on practice management, spectacle lens technology, and myopia management to numerous eye care professionals. 675862ryan.parker@essilorusa.comParker
27PateCCaroline Pate, ODUAB School of OptometryCaroline Pate, OD, FAAO is a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Pate earned her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, her OD degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Family Practice at UAB. She has been a member of the UAB Optometry faculty since 2005, where she teaches Clinical Optometric Procedures and Diseases of the Anterior Segment and serves as the Director of Residency Programs. Dr. Pate received the Alabama Optometric Association’s Young OD of the Year in 2014, the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017, the Alabama Optometric Association's Educator of the Year Award in 2019, and the AOA's Educator of the Year Award in 2020.585196cbeesley@uab.eduPate
28PeplinskiLLee Peplinski, ODFocal Point VisionDr. Lee Peplinski, O.D., FAAO, is a consultative optometrist with Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in refractive cornea and cataract treatment. He has spent more than thirty years practicing medical and surgical eyecare in a co-management setting. Dr. P. has taught laser eye procedures to his colleagues, residents, and interns for more than ten years, and was the first O.D. worldwide to perform an intracameral implant for glaucoma management. Dr. Peplinski is a past member of the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners and a past-president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. He has been active at both the state and federal levels as a voice to help shape healthcare policy and advocate for optometry, especially within the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee process. He has been published in national optometric journals and lectured both internationally as well as throughout the country at various state, regional and national meetings. Dr. P. has also designed and patented a device to aid in the dispensing of eye drops. Since 2011, Dr. Peplinski has led teams on eye care mission trips to Belize, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, and Peru. In 2018 he co-founded the Ret.Pray.Love.Foundation to “meet the physical and spiritual needs of those around the world through service and education.” Dr. Peplinski is a graduate of Ferris State University College of Optometry, having received highest honors. He then received his post-graduate training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is adjunct faculty at several Schools and Colleges of Optometry. When he is not working, Dr. P. enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two adult children (and favorite son-in-law). 1434927leepeplinski@gmail.comPeplinski
29PierceLLaurie PierceHillsborough Community College--BIO-- Laurie L. Pierce, ABOM, NCLC Ms. Pierce is an Associate Professor in the Opticianry program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Laurie is a graduate of Newbury College’s opticianry program in Boston, and managed Lugene Opticians, an upscale optical boutique in Boston’s Copley Place. Ms. Pierce lectures extensively on optical theory and management topics at local, regional and national optical conferences. Ms. Pierce is an ABO Master Optician and is certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners. She received the National Federation of Opticianry Schools Educator of the Year award, and was named by Vision Monday one of America’s Most Influential Women in Optics. 824566lpierce@hccfl.eduPierce
30RafieetaryMMohammad Rafieetary, ODCharles Retina Institute Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary is a consultative optometric physician at the Charles Retina Institute. He is a graduate of Boston University and has received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Following his Primary Care Optometry and Ocular Disease Residency at the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) and the Memphis Health Center, and until 1996 he served on faculty and as the Chief of Ocular Disease at SCO. Dr. Rafieetary is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) where he serves as the Chair of the Retina Interest Group (SIG) and President and fellow of the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). Dr Rafieetary is a Diplomate of the American Board Optometry and serves on the Board of Directors of ABO and Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. Dr. Rafieetary’ s clinical practice is dedicated to conditions of the posterior segment; he frequently publishes in professional journals and lectures on posterior segment topics. 1434928mrafieetary@charlesretina.comRafieetary
31SaenzBBobby Saenz, ODParkhurst NuvisionBobby Saenz, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O is currently the Clinic and Residency Director at Parkhurst Nuvision, a referral based, tertiary center in San Antonio, TX. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual OD/MS degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry and after completed a residency in refractive surgery and ocular disease at the Eye Center of Texas in Houston, TX. Bobby teaches ocular anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and ocular disease for KMK to students studying boards throughout the nation. Bobby also lectures nationally on optic disk edemas, dry eye, refractive, cataract, and glaucoma surgery. In his free time, he is typically singing baby shark with his two daughters Isabella and Sophia, and his wife, Lauren. 824574bobbysaenz@gmail.comSaenz
32SampalisMMaria Sampalis, ODSampalis EyecareRhode Island’s Young OD of the Year 2016 Most influencial women in optometry 2019 She is a member of the Rhode Island Board of Health, ADVISORY BOARD member for Healthy Eyes Advantage, Allergan, Tarsus, Essilor and is the WRITER for Pentavision Magazine Corporate Optometry TodaY, and Review of optometry business1434929msampalis@hotmail.comSampalis
33SanetRRobert Sanet, OD Sanet-Vergara Vision Seminars Dr. Robert B. Sanet graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. He has served as President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Chair of the A.O.A. Sports Vision Section, Board of Directors the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry. He has worked with amateur and professional athletes including the USA Men’s and Women’s Olympic Volleyball teams, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, and LPGA Golf Professionals. Dr. Sanet is a sought after lecturer who has presented more than 1,500 hours of continuing education in the USA and 4,000 hours Internationally. His numerous awards include the San Diego County Optometrist of the Year, G.N. Getman Award for Excellence in Children’s Vision Care, COVD President’s Award, Ralph Barstow International Award. In 1999 Dr. Sanet was named as a 1434930rsanet@cs.comSanet
34SpearKKatie Gilbert-Spear, OD, JDThe Vision Hub, LLC & ESM Law Group, LLPKatie Gilbert-Spear, OD, JD, MPH Dr. Katie Gilbert-Spear completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University and obtained her doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Additionally, Dr. Spear completed her Master’s degree in Public Health-Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Mitchell-Hamline School of Law with dual certificates in Health Law and Health Care Compliance. Dr. Spear is the owner of the Vision Hub, LLC, a multi-location optometry office in the Panhandle of Florida. Dr. Spear is currently a member of the American Optometric Association’s Ethics Committee, the Florida Optometric Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association-Health Law Section, the American Public Health Association-Vision Section, and serves on the Board of Optometry for the state of Florida where she chairs the Probable Cause Panel. Dr. Spear is also a health care attorney and is currently working on cases involving pharmaceutical mass tort litigation, FDA medical device law, payer-provider disputes, and provider contracts. She is barred in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. 1434931kjgilbert77@gmail.comSpear
35SteeleGGlen Steele, ODSouthern College of OptometryDr. Glen Steele is a professor at the Southern College of Optometry Pediatric Service placing emphasis on the vision care needs of the infant and young child during the process of development. A past president of both the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, he is also past chair of the American Optometric Association InfantSEE® and Children’s Vision Committee. He has lectured extensively throughout the USA and internationally in the area of infant vision development and care. He has received numerous awards for his work in the area of infant and child development. He was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2019.824581gsteele@sco.eduSteele
36TheriotPPamela Theriot, ODBlink Eye SpaPamela Theriot, OD, FAAO, currently works as the Clinical Director of the Blink Eye Spa in Shreveport, LA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Rice University, her Doctorate in Optometry from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry, and she completed a residency program at State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Theriot is the author of Alleviate Dry Eye, Your 8 week plan to restore healthy eyes and clear vision. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Public Awareness Committee for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Lifestyle Workshop. She has been a speaker for pharmaceutical companies and has severed as an educator at local, state, and national optometric events. Dr. Theriot has practiced in 6 states in her career as she traveled with her husband’s military career. Now, her family now resides in Benton, Louisiana, where they enjoy swimming and boating. 1434933pam1466@hotmail.comTheriot
37VergaraPPilar Vergara GiménezRONAVISIONPilar Vergara Giménez is optometrist since 1989, Madrid, Spain. In 1993 she was awarded a Master of Behavioral Optometry and Visual Training from the International Optometry Center (COI), and she later worked there as a teacher until 199 6and worked with Dr. Pilar Plou and the Spanish Olympic shooting Team. Pilar has 33 years of clinical experience and In her private practice Pilar specializes in vision development, Syntonic Phototherapy, Behavioral Optometric Vision Therapy and Neuro- Optometric Vision Therapy for the treatment of patients with congenital and acquired brain injury. Pilar is the first optometrist in Spain to become a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (USA), and, from 2002 to 2007, was the first international optometrist to be named as a member of The COVD International Board of Examiners , and t he first CSO and BOAF Fellow in Spain. Pilar has taught and lectured nationally and internationally,(China, Italy, England, Germany, Brazil, France, Hunger, Peru, Mexico,Colombia, Rumania, USA,Australia,USA) and she co-taught courses with Dr. Robert Sanet in both Spain and Brazil. She is the author of the first book in Spanish for parents and educators about the relationship between vision and learning problems,and She also is the author of the book crossed and lazy eyes, myhts, misconceptions and truths, translated into English and Chinese. From 2002 until 2010, Pilar was an instructor at CEU University San Pablo (Madrid). In September 2014 Pliar Vergara Gimenez was awarded the prestigious Armand Bastien Award by OEPF, in recognition of 25 years of work to expand Optometry on an international level. Recently she was awarded with an other international Award in Viena, expanded by BOAF ( Behavioral european academy). She is a loving mother of her 2 beautiful children, Natalia and Rodrigo. 1434936pilarvergaragimenez@gmail.comVergara
38VoltzKKelly Voltz, ODDr. Kelly Voltz earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. She then pursued a career in Optometry at SUNY College of Optometry where her passion for contact lenses led her to be selected for the Medical Contact Lens Fellowship Program at Oregon Health and Science University. During that time, she served as a Clinical Instructor at Casey Eye Institute caring for patients in the cornea, pediatric, and medical contact lens departments. Dr. Voltz works with universities domestically and internationally to train doctors, residents, and students to enhance patient care utilizing specialty contact lenses. She serves on the Content Review Board of the AOA and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, and Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Services North America for Paragon Vision Sciences, a member of the CooperVision Specialty Eyecare Division. 1459508kvoltz@coopervision.comVoltz
39WalkerPPhernell WalkerPure OpticsPhernell Walker, MBA, ABOM is a renowned, sough after national speaker. Anyone who meets Phernell knows optics and business is his passion. Phernell authored the textbook, Pure Optics, used in several optometry and opticianry colleges. He is a Past Adjunct Professor of Ophtahlmic Optics at Pacific University College of Optometry. Phernell is one of only a few hundred people to earn the, Master in Ophthalmic Optics. He serves on the board of directors for the National Academy of Opticianry and the American Board of Opticianry. He is the Director of Optometric Relations VSP Ventures. His educational achievements include an MBA, BS in Business, and an AS in Ophthalmic Optics. Awards include; Joesph Bruneni Award from Association and Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Beverly Myers Award in Ophthalmic Optics, NAO Educator of the Year and Helen Keller benefactor award for his work in optics. 1434934phernell@pure-optics.comWalker
40WolfeCChris Wolfe, ODEyeCode EducationChristopher Wolfe, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO is a graduate of Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Dr. Wolfe also served as president of the American Optometric Student Association, where he represented over 6,000 members. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association. In 2013 and 2015 he was awarded Young Optometrist of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association. In 2016 he was awarded the Optometrist of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association and the Young Optometrist of the Year for the American Optometric Association. In 2014 he was awarded Political Keyperson of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association and Alumni of the Year from Skutt Catholic High School. Dr. Wolfe has a passion for education. He is a co-founder of KMK Board Certification Review Services, a company specializing in preparing Doctors of Optometry to take the American Board of Optometry examination. He is the founder of EyeCode Education, a company specializing in clinical and billing education. He is the co-author of the book: KMK Optometry Board Certification Review Manual and KMK Update and EyeCode: Billing and Coding. Dr. Wolfe is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He also has special interests in therapeutic scleral contact lenses to correct visual distortions in patients with corneal diseases. Dr. Wolfe is an avid runner and most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jaime, daughters Ryan, Paityn, Camryn, Logan, Maisyn and sons Lincoln, Deacon, Benton and Boden. 1072165drmoskweli@gmail.comWolfe
41WrotenCChris Wroten, ODBond-Wroten Eye ClinicChris Wroten, O.D., Dipl. A.B.O., Fellow -American Society of Optometric Surgeons, graduated from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) before completing a Residency at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Now a partner at the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinics, he supervises its Primary Care & Ocular Disease Residency, has served as President of the Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL), Vice Chairs the SECO International Education Committee, and holds appointment to the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners & the SCO Board of Trustees. He's conducted clinical research & lectured internationally, and is a devoted husband to his wife, Sarah Wroten, O.D., and a proud father to Emily & Ben.636186cwroten@od.sco.eduWroten
42YoungVVincent Young, MDEinstein Medical Center PhiladelphiaVincent Young, MD is an ophthalmologist in Philadelphia, PA who has been practicing for34 years. He is the head of the Division of Ophthallmology at Einstein Medical Center of Philadelphia. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology and performs many surgical procedures with a focus on cataract surgery. Dr. Young is a preceptor for the Salus University externship program and also provides surgical training for Wills Eye Hospital ophthalmology residents. He has spoken at many conferences, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, of which he is a member, as well as Vision Expo and SECO International. 1434935youngv@einstein.eduYoung