National Academies of Practice Optometry 2011

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National Academies of Practice Optometry 2011

  1. 1. NAP Class of 2011 National Academies of Practice March 26, 2011
  2. 2. Optometry AcademyDouglas P. Benoit, ODDistinguished PractitionerDr. Douglas Benoit received his optometric degree from New England College of Optometry. Sincereceiving his optometric degree he has given back to the profession educating practitioners withmore than 90 presentations, 13 publications and numerous scientific posters. As a clinician inConcord New Hampshire promoting “Healthy Eyes” and preserving his patient’s vision, he haspromoted the science of contact lenses as a clinical investigator bringing multiple lens designs andsolution regimes to the marketplace. As a leader in the field, he has devoted time to the discipline ofContact Lens fitting and management ascending to the Chair of the Section on Cornea, ContactLenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry. He is an advisor to theGas Permeable lens Institute and has been the education chair of the New England Council ofOptometrists. He has always strived to promote excellence of our profession serving as a clinicalexaminer on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and president on the Board ofOptometry, State of New Hampshire. Dr. Benoit has always has a strong affiliation to his localcommunity by serving as a Lion’s Club Volunteer and receiving a Recognition Award numeroustimes. He has also received the Robert Morgan Community Health Service Award. Dr. Benoit hasbeen voted one of the top 3 optometrists in New Hampshire by peers and now is being recognized asone of the top 150 Optometrists in the country.Larry J. Davis, OD, FAAO, (DipCL)Distinguished ScholarLarry J. Davis is Dean in the College of Optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Under hisleadership the faculty revised faculty governance, college strategic plan and outcomes measures. Hehelped advance several initiatives to improve the college facilities, including an architecturalrendering to co-locate the Colleges of Nursing and Optometry. College endowment funds doubledduring the period between July 2000 and July 2006 and now total more than $1 million.He is a graduate of Indiana University (BSVS and OD) and completed residency training at theUniversity of Missouri Saint Louis. He later joined the faculty there following five years service onthe faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine wherehe also served as Director of the Contact Lens Service.He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Diplomate of the Cornea and ContactLens Section. He has served on the Scientific Program Committee of the Academy. He is a member ofthe Board of Directors and President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and Past-President of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. He served as President of the Association ofSchools and Colleges of Optometry and the Saint Louis Optometric Society (SLOS). He has beenrecognized as Outstanding Optometric Educator of the Year by students at UM-St. Louis,Optometrist of the Year and Distinguished Optometrist by SLOS. 13
  3. 3. Dr. Davis’s area of academic specialization is cornea, contact lenses and anterior segment oculardisease with emphasis in refractive management of the diseased and/or injured eye. He has authoredor co-authored more than 50 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts.David A. Heath, OD, EdMDistinguished ScholarDr. David A. Heath has served the 3rd President of the State University of New York State College ofOptometry since June 2007 and holds the rank of Professor. The State University of New York StateCollege of Optometry, founded in 1971, is dedicated to the education of optometrists, to theadvancement of eye and vision care through research and graduate education, and to the care ofcommunities through the provision of comprehensive visual health services. The College ofOptometry is a doctoral degree granting, research institution with approximately 300 students.Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Heath was at The New England College of Optometry wherehe served as Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs (2000-2006), and Dean of Academic Affairs(1994-2006). He was on the faculty of The New England College from 1984 and attained the rank ofProfessor of Optometry in 1994. Dr. Heath received his BA from Ithaca College in 1976; his Doctor ofOptometry from The New England College of Optometry in 1983; completed his residency in 1984;and his Masters in Education from Harvard University in 1992.With approximately ninety scholarly publications and/or presentations to his credit, Dr. Heath isbest known for his work in educational program development and international vision care. In 2001and 2007, Dr. Heath was the recipient of the Jack Bennett Innovation in Education Award from theAssociation of Schools and Colleges of Optometry for his leadership in optometric educationnationally. In 2008, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the New England College ofOptometry Alumni Association.Internationally, Dr. Heath has worked extensively in China with the Wenzhou Medical College, theMinistry of Public Health and the medical education system to increase the quantity and quality ofprimary eye care providers in China. In 2002, he was recognized by China’s Ministry of Health andappointed as the Honorary Director of the National Optometry Research Center in Wenzhou, PRC,in 2008 received the “YanDang Friendship Award” from the city of Wenzhou, and in 2009 the “WestLake Award” from the Governor of Zhejiang Province for his contributions to the community.Dr. Heath is highly active nationally, providing service to organizations such as the Association ofSchools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO); the American Optometric Association, and the NewYork State Optometric Association. Most recently, Dr Heath was appointed by ASCO to serve aretheir representative member on the Board of Directors of the newly formed organization, theAmerican Board of Optometry.The College of Optometry is one of the 64 campuses which constitute the State’s comprehensivepublic university system. 14
  4. 4. Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-ADistinguished PractitionerDr. Dominick Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/IllinoisCollege of Optometry and is in private practice. He graduated from the Illinois College ofOptometry, received his MEd at the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from BeloitCollege. Dr. Maino is the past Director of the Institute for Advanced Competency Post-GraduateContinuing Education Program, an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the CentroBoston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service atthe Neumann Association. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and theCollege of Optometrists in Vision Development, and holds membership in the American & IllinoisOptometric Associations, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Artists of CasaItalia.Dr. Maino serves as the editor of Optometry and Vision Development, has authored approximately 200books, chapters, and articles. Has given more than 100 presentations worldwide and is a co-author ofthe ASCOTech column for Optometric Education and is currently the associate, consulting, and/orcontributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Dr. Maino has receivedrecognition for his work from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College ofOptometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society ofMetropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems ofchildren and adults with disabilities. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics,and binocular vision dysfunction. Dr. Maino’s avocations include website design, blogging, musicand photography.Douglas K. Penisten, OD, PhD, FAAODistinguished PractitionerDouglas Penisten received the OD and PhD degrees from Indiana University. From 1980-1984, heserved as the Acting Head and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Optometry at the University ofthe North, Republic of South Africa. At that time, this was the only optometry program servingblack students in South Africa.In 1988, Dr. Penisten joined the faculty at the Oklahoma College of Optometry, Northeastern StateUniversity in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In 2009, Professor Penisten was appointed Dean of theOklahoma College of Optometry.In addition to his teaching, patient care, and administrative duties, Dr. Penisten has a long and activehistory of service to the profession. His experiences in South Africa inspired his passion forinternational outreach teaching and for over thirty years he has delivered lectures and workshops allover the world.Dr. Penisten has served in many professional organizations, including the American OptometricAssociation, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, National Board of Examiners in 15
  5. 5. Optometry, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, American Academy of Optometry, andWorld Council of Optometry.Dr. Penisten has received over fifteen teaching awards from his students and in 2002 he was honoredfor his contributions to optometric education when he was awarded the Michael G. Harris FamilyAward for Excellence in Optometric Education from the American Academy of Optometry. In 2008,Dr. Penisten was inducted into the “Pioneers in Optometry Hall of Fame” of the OklahomaAssociation of Optometric Physicians.Richard W. Phillips, OD, FAAODistinguished PractitionerDr. Richard W. Phillips graduated from Milligan College in 1974 and Southern College of Optometryin 1978. He was in private practice, forming Tennessee’s first optometry/ophthalmology partnership(John Wilson Eye Clinic) until accepting the position of Executive Director of TLC Laser EyeCenters – TriCities in 1996. Dr. Phillips served as Regional Executive Director for TennesseeOperations until 2006, and additionally served as Regional Clinical Director Advisor for theSoutheast United States. He has published many articles and lectured internationally on the subjectof refractive surgery. He became President of Southern College of Optometry in May 2007.Dr. Phillips is a Past President of the Tennessee Optometric Association as well as the TennesseeAcademy of Optometry. He was awarded Tennessee Optometrist of the Year in 1998. He is a Fellowof the American Academy of Optometry. He has served as a member of the New TechnologiesCommittee of the American Optometric Association, as well as the Refractive Surgery Committee.Additionally, he served as Chair of the Professional Relations Committee of that organization andwas appointed to the Healthy Eyes, Healthy People Oversight Committee. He is a Past President ofSECO International. He Chairs the Clinical Affairs Committee for the Association of Schools andColleges of Optometry, and serves as liaison from the ASCO board to the Clinical Directors SIG andPractice Management Educators SIG. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the TennesseeCollege Association, and is on the Board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and UniversitiesAssociation.Christopher Quinn, OD, FAAODistinguished PractitionerDr. Christopher Quinn has committed his career to the service and advancement of the profession ofoptometry. He established an optometric referral center in 1986 with the goal of fosteringcollaborative and cooperative patient care between community optometrists and surgically skilledophthalmologists. Today this practice includes 15 doctors, 5 offices, an accredited ambulatorysurgical facility and a laser refractive facility. They provide care to thousands of patients each year ona referral only basis. Our practice has served as an educational resource to the profession. Dr. Quinn’sgroup has established a robust student externship program with 6 different schools and colleges ofoptometry, an accredited residency program, and an active program of external optometric 16
  6. 6. education for post-graduate optometric physicians in the community. He has been honored toprovide education to the optometric community via publications, as well as hundreds of nationaland international presentations on eye disease related topics. He feels privileged to serve theprofession in our state and national association. He has also served as State President of the NewJersey Society of Optometric Physicians and now serves as a member of the American OptometricAssociation Board of Trustees. Dr. Quinn is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, afounding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and a member of the American Public HealthAssociation.Christina M. Sorenson, OD, FAAO, ABCMODistinguished PractitionerDr. Sorenson received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louisbefore completing her residency at the Kansas City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centerin Low Vision Rehabilitation. She has practiced optometry at Mayo Clinic Arizona, Department ofOphthalmology, Scottsdale, Arizona, and recently has been appointed Dean of Clinical Instruction atthe Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Arizona. She is a Fellow ofthe American Academy of Optometry as well as a member of both the Arizona and AmericanOptometric Associations who named her Arizona Optometrist of the Year in 2006. She has served asa member of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) Board of Directors since2003 and was the President of ARBO in both 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Dr. Sorenson wasappointed by the Governor of Arizona to the Arizona State Board of Optometry in 2001 and servedas its Vice-President and President.Dr. Sorenson was President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) 2009 - 2010.Since joining the National Board in 2006, Dr. Sorenson has previously served as Secretary-Treasurerand has been a member of several NBEO examination development committees as well as the Vice-Chair of the 2006 National Board Examination Restructure Task Force.Mary Jo Stiegemeier, OD, FAAO, Dipl.Distinguished PractitionerDr. Stiegemeier is in private practice in Beachwood and Hudson, Ohio where she specializes intherapeutic contact lens fitting. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometrywhere she earned the Bausch and Lomb Contact Lens Award. Dr. Stiegemeier was also presentedwith a Distinguished Teaching Award from Mt. Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.Dr. Stiegemeier is the 2009 recipient of the American Optometric Association Cornea and ContactLens Section Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice.Dr. Stiegemeier currently enjoys a faculty appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor atPacific College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate 17
  7. 7. in Cornea and Contact Lens, a member of the American Optometric Association, and a member ofthe AOA Contact Lens Section.Dr. Stiegemeier is one of the founding board members of Women of Vision, an organizationdedicated to helping female optometrists. Dr. Stiegemeier represented the American Academy ofOptometry on The Joint Board Certification Project Team. Dr. Stiegemeier is the immediate pastVice Chairman of The American Board of Optometry and is currently serving on the American Boardof Optometry as secretary.Dr. Stiegemeier has lectured extensively on the topic of contact lenses, has done numerous clinicalstudies and pre-market tests, as well as research in the area of contact lenses, contact lens solutionsand pharmaceuticals. She has authored or co-authored several scientific publications and abstracts.Andrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVDDistinguished PractitionerAndrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and aFellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is an associate clinical professorand former chair of Admissions at the SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Thau was elected tothe Board of Trustees of the American Optometric Association in 2007. Prior to her election to theAOA Board, she served as the first woman president of the New York State Optometric Association,the New York Academy of Optometry, and the Optometric Society of the City of New York. Dr.Thau is a former member of the Executive Board of the College of Optometrists in VisionDevelopment.Dr. Thau is a founder of the AOAs InfantSEE® public health program. Created in 2005, this programprovides no cost vision assessments to every baby in this country. This program was created at therequest of President Jimmy Carter and is designed to help our country’s children maximize theirvisual development and potential. She is a founding member and former vice president of the NewYork Childrens Vision Coalition, a multi-disciplinary coalition dedicated to ensuring that everychild in New York receives an eye examination prior to school entry. Dr. Thau has served as theMedicare Carrier Advisory Committee alternate for optometry in New York State since 1997. Achampion of children’s vision, she has been called upon to advocate on their behalf at the state andnational level including as a speaker at a Congressional staff briefing. Dr. Thau is a nationallyrecognized lecturer in the area of infant’s and children’s vision. As a spokesperson for the AmericanOptometric Association, Dr. Thau has been featured on national television, radio, and print toeducate the public about eye and vision care. She is the recipient of numerous awards including NewYork State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumnus of the Year, and Vision Monday’s 20Most Influential Women in Optical. Dr. Thau is the owner of a 4-woman group private primary carepractice on Park Avenue in Manhattan with special emphasis on childrens vision and visiontherapy. 18
  8. 8. John C. Whitener, OD, MPHDistinguished PractitionerDr. Whitener graduated from Illinois College of Optometry and received a master’s degree in publichealth at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He provided clinical care in the ArmyReserve at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for 15 years and served as an optometrist duringDessert Storm. He was hired by the American Optometric Association (AOA) in their Washington,DC office where his responsibilities included interacting with staff at government agencies, such asthe National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as various healthprofessions associations and Congress. He was the founding staff person for AOA’s Council onResearch, Public Health and Disease Prevention Committee, Healthy Eyes Healthy PeopleCommittee, and the Low Vision Section.In 2002, he was instrumental in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the AOAand the Department of Health and Human Services to help achieve the objectives of Healthy People2010. The MOU was renewed in 2006.Dr. Whitener has been an active participant in the American Public Health Association (APHA)serving on the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Vision Care Section, Section Councilor,Governing Council, and Awards Chair and as member of the Action Board. In 2002, he receivedAPHA Vision Care Section’s prestigious “Distinguished Service Award” and in 2010 the“Outstanding Scientific Project Award”.Currently, he serves as Chief of Staff of the Commission on Vision and Health. He is adjunct facultyat Salus University where he also serves on the Masters in Public Health Advisory Committee. 19

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