Advisory Board

Roxanne Achong-Coan, OD, FAAO, FIAO

Dr. Roxanne Achong-Coan is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry and has completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Pacific University College of Optometry. She is in private practice at Coan Eye Care in Ocoee, Fla. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the International Academy of Ophthalmology. She has presented numerous scientific presentations at national meetings and was honored as the “Contact Lens Innovator of the Year” by Vision Monday magazine.

Bruce W. Anderson, OD, FAAO

Dr. Bruce Anderson received his doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston. He completed his disease residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. Currently in private practice in Tampa, Fla., he is also the director of the contact lens and low vision clinics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. He specializes in keratoconus, irregular corneas, and other difficult contact lens fitting.

Mark Andre, FCLSA, FAAO

Mark Andre is an associate professor of optometry at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore. He received his degree in ophthalmic technology from Pima College in Tucson, Ariz., and also received a certificate in management from Marquette University’s School of Business in Milwaukee, Wis. He is a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and a popular lecturer in the area of contact lens design and fitting.

Thomas P. Arnold, OD, FSLS

Dr. Tom Arnold is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He opened his Today’s Vision practice in Sugar Land, Texas, in 1992. His primary professional interests are diseases of the eye, specialty contact lenses and the management of refractive laser eye surgery. He is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and was co-organizer of the inaugural International Congress of Scleral Contacts in Miami Beach, July 2016. The ICSC was the first meeting in the world dedicated solely to scleral contact lenses.

Richard W. Baker, OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Baker has been practicing optometry for more than 37 years and is assistant clinical professor at Berkeley’s School of Optometry. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the California Optometric Association. Dr. Baker is involved in clinical research and is a consultant to the contact lens industry. He also co-manages refractive and cataract surgery and is the chief optometrist at Lamorinda Optometry. He is a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute’s “GP Practitioner of the Year” award.

J. Bruce Baldwin, OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Bruce Baldwin is currently assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he manages a specialty contact lens clinic. His 29-year career in optometry includes fitting specialty contact lenses and teaching at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, UAB School of Optometry, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. At UNC he teaches the art and science of fitting contact lenses to ophthalmology residents and fellows and optometry residents and externs. His undergraduate degree is from Auburn University, and he was granted the OD and PhD degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO

Dr. Melissa Barnett is a principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento, Calif. She specializes in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses, corneal collagen cross-linking and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She serves on the boards of Women of Vision, Gas Permeable Lens Institute and The Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and has appeared on several television shows. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her husband, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex (8) and Drew (6).

Rachel Behdadnia, FCLSA

Ms. Rachel Behdadnia specializes in fitting and management of complicated medical and therapeutic cases in adult and pediatric patients. She is proficient in pediatric aphakia, keratoconus, post-refractive and corneal transplant, corneal refractive therapy, and trauma. Ms. Behdadnia is a fellow member of the Contact Lens Society of America (FCLSA) and the National Academy of Opticianry (FNAO). She is a certified member of the American Board of Opticianry (ABOC) and a master of National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLEM). She has been in the industry and fitting contact lenses for more than 20 years. She is a contact lens specialist at Eye Consultants of Atlanta.

Raymond J. Brill, OD, MBA, FAAO, FOAA

Dr. Raymond Brill graduated cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1978 with BSVS and OD degrees and received a scholarship from the IOA and a U.S. Army Health Professions scholarship. He served as the division optometrist at Fort Riley, Kan., for four years, leaving the service with the rank of captain. Dr. Brill is owner of Brill Eye Center in Mission, Kan. He earned an executive MBA degree from the Bloch School of Management in Kansas City, with emphasis in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has earned professional fellowship designations from the American Academy of Optometry and the Orthokeratology Academy of America, and he became a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2011.

Mile Brujic, OD

Dr. Mile Brujic is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful four-location optometric practice in northwest Ohio. He practices full-scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment and contact lenses. He is active at all levels of organized optometry. Dr. Brujic has published more than 150 articles and has given more than 850 lectures both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.

Stephen P. Byrnes, OD, FAAO

Dr. Stephen Byrnes maintains a primary eye care private practice with specialization in contact lenses in Londonderry, N.H. He routinely participates in clinical studies of GP contact lens materials, GP and soft contact lens designs, GP and soft contact lens solutions, and artificial tears. Dr. Byrnes is an academic education consultant to the schools and colleges of optometry for Bausch + Lomb. He is a consultant for Menicon North America, Viscon Contact Lens, and Blanchard Contact Lens. He lectures internationally on GP contact lens design, fitting, and problem-solving.

Patrick J. Caroline

Mr. Caroline serves as associate professor at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is a fellow member and diplomate of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. For the past 15 years Patrick has been a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and is on the editorial board of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and Eye and Contact Lens journals. He has published more than 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

Karen G. Carrasquillo, OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Karen Carrasquillo received her doctor of philosophy degree in chemistry in 2001 from the University of Puerto Rico after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in chemistry. The following year she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. She received her doctor of optometry degree, followed by a residency specializing in cornea and specialty contact lenses, at the New England College of Optometry. She is director of clinical care at the Boston Foundation for Sight and an adjunct clinical professor at the New England College of Optometry.

Carmen F. Castellano, OD, FAAO

Dr. Carmen Castellano is owner of The Koetting Associates, an optometric group practice specializing in contact lenses. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and serves as an adjunct assistant professor at several colleges, as well as the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Washington University School of Medicine. He is a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies and past president of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. In addition, he is past chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section as well as a distinguished practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Optometry.

Clark Y. Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO

Dr. Chang is director of cornea specialty lenses at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. He is also adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania College of Optometry – Salus University. After finishing his residency, he completed an additional clinical fellowship training in cornea and contact lenses. Dr. Chang has also been a subinvestigator in numerous cross-linking clinical trials and has published extensively on keratoconus treatments with both surgical innovations and advancing contact lens technologies. He is also an executive board member of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals and the Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society.

Gloria Chiu, OD, FAAO

Dr. Gloria Chiu received her doctor of optometry degree at the University of California, Berkeley. She then pursued a post-graduate residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Southern California College of Optometry. In 2009 she completed a BostonSight PROSE clinical fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight. Dr. Chiu is the chief optometrist at the PROSE Clinic at the USC Eye Institute in Los Angeles. Her clinical interests include contact lens fittings for patients with ocular surface disease and irregular corneas. In 2009 she received the George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award from the American Optometric Foundation.

Walter L. Choate, OD, FAAO

Dr. Walter Choate is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry and owns a private group practice in Goodlettsville, Tenn., which specializes in the treatment and management of ocular disease, refractive surgery, and consultative contact lenses. He is an FDA investigator and consultant for numerous contact lens, contact lens solution, and equipment manufacturers and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international eye care conferences. He is also a diplomate of the National Academies of Practice and an adjunct professor for four colleges of optometry.

Robert L. Davis, OD, FAAO

Dr. Robert Davis is co-founder of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute. He is a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry and an inductee in the National Academy of Practice in Optometry. He has published and lectured extensively on topics related to contact lenses, eye care and the management of eye disorders. He is an adjunct faculty member for six colleges of optometry and has developed many contact lens designs, holding various contact lens patents. He is a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute “GP Practitioner of the Year” award.

Gregory W. DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO

Dr. Greg DeNaeyer is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He completed a hospital-based residency at the Columbus VA Medical Center. He practices at Arena Eye Surgeons with an emphasis on specialty contact lenses. Dr. DeNaeyer was a co-founder and past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society and is contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute “GP Practitioner of the Year” award. He has lectured internationally on specialty contact lenses. Currently, his primary research is focused on scleral lens design.

Timothy B. Edrington, OD, MS

Dr. Timothy Edrington is a professor at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. He received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and earned a master of science degree in higher education from California State University, Fullerton. Upon graduation from optometry college, he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a diplomate and current chair of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. Dr. Edrington also served on the executive committee of the National Eye Institute-funded, multi-center Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study.

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

Dr. Barry Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a private group practice specializing in primary eye care, complex contact lens management, treatment of eye diseases, and refractive surgery. He is president and medical director of the National Keratoconus Institute and is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field. Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an adjunct faculty member of four colleges of optometry. He is also past chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section.

Robert Ensley, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Robert Ensley is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry, where he went on to complete a residency in cornea and contact lenses. He is currently in a group private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, where he fits a wide variety of specialty contact lenses. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society and an active member of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He has also contributed multiple columns for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, DPNAP, Dipl. FACMO

Dr. Art Epstein graduated from State University of New York College of Optometry and recently co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC and The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, PLLC. He serves as clinical adjunct associate professor at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and has presented in excess of 1,000 invited lectures throughout the world. He has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers, and book chapters. Dr. Epstein is also a contributing editor for Review of Optometry and executive editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. He founded and serves as chief medical editor of Optometric Physician, the first e-journal in optometry.

Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Melanie Frogozo completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry. After residency, she took a faculty position at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, where she continued to develop her specialty. She is the owner of Alamo Eye Care and the director of the Contact Lens Institute of San Antonio located in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Frogozo enjoys lecturing and is a regular columnist for Contact Lens Spectrum.

John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS

Dr. John Gelles is the director of the specialty contact lens division at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute – Hersh Vision Group and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is also the chief emerging technology officer at EyeCareLive. He is an adjunct clinical instructor for the State University of New York College of Optometry and New England College of Optometry. Dr. Gelles serves on the executive board of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals. He is a fellow in the International Academy of Orthokeratology, the Contact Lens Society of America, and the Scleral Lens Education Society; as well as a consultant and clinical investigator.

Greg Gemoules, OD

Dr. Greg Gemoules has established a large specialty lens practice in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Millikin University. Dr. Gemoules has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses, and he has presented at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium and other international educational symposia. He is a pioneer in the design and fitting of scleral lenses using digital imaging and wavefront-guided optics, and he holds several patents and patents pending in that field.

Robert M. Grohe, OD, FAAO

An Illinois College of Optometry graduate, Dr. Robert Grohe divides his professional patient care between practices in Northwestern University Medical School Ophthalmology Department and the Wheaton Eye Clinic in Hinsdale, Ill. He is a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology for Northwestern University Medical School and co-author of numerous publications, including the text Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses. Dr. Grohe is also a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute “GP Practitioner of the Year” award.

Susan J. Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Susan Gromacki graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry and completed a residency in hospital-based optometry with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She serves as contributing editor of Contact Lens Spectrum, Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses, and Contact Lenses Today. She is a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry. Formerly a faculty member of the New England College of Optometry and the University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, she is currently the director of the Contact Lens Service at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Silver Spring and Chevy Chase, Md., and specializes in difficult-to-fit contact lenses, refractive surgery, low vision, and anterior segment disease.

Cary M. Herzberg, OD, FIAO

Dr. Cary Herzberg has been in practice for more than 40 years in the Aurora, Ill., area and is an active participant in the eye care community, providing lectures, articles, and technical consultation to the contact lens industry, notably in the area of overnight orthokeratology. He has also been an FDA investigator on overnight orthokeratology lenses. Dr. Herzberg specializes in and has lectured on the subjects of pediatric optometry, computer vision, behavioral vision, orthokeratology, and corneal scleral lens design. He is a founder as well as president of both the Orthokeratology Academy of America and the International Academy of Orthokeratology and a former board member and president of the National Eye Research Foundation.

Jason G. Jedlicka, OD, FAAO

Dr. Jason Jedlicka is the founder of the Cornea and Contact Lens Institute of Minnesota, a private practice focused on specialty contact lens fitting, educating optometry students, and clinical research. He is a frequent author and speaker on contact lens and anterior segment topics and a columnist for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens. He has developed several original lens designs and serves as adjunct faculty for several colleges of optometry. He also was a founding board member of the Scleral Lens Educational Society.

Lynette K. Johns, OD, FAAO

Dr. Lynette Johns is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care at the New England College of Optometry. She is a clinical attending at the New England Eye Institute. She was formerly the senior optometrist at the Boston Foundation for Sight, where she exclusively designed and fit scleral lenses for irregular corneas and complex corneal disease. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. She serves as a clinical and education consultant for Bausch + Lomb. Dr. Johns speaks nationally and internationally on specialty contact lenses, irregular corneas, and severe ocular surface disease.

Dave Kading, OD, FAAO, FCLSA

Dr. Dave Kading owns a four-doctor, two-location practice in Seattle. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry before being accepted to its cornea and contact lens residency. Dr. Kading’s area of the practice is a referral-based dry eye, anterior segment, and contact lens clinic, well known for using the latest technology for complex or rudimentary dry eye and contact lens fits. Outside of the practice, he co-owns Optometric Insights with Dr. Mile Brujic. He is on the editorial advisory board for several publications and the medical advisory board for several companies.

Matthew J. Kauffman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Matthew Kauffman graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry and completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is an associate at Family Vision Solutions and Specialty Contact Lens Center, a group practice in Houston, where he fits a variety of contact lens designs for keratoconus, corneal transplants, and other types of irregular cornea conditions. Dr. Kauffman is an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and a fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Beth Kinoshita, OD, FAAO

Dr. Beth Kinoshita is an associate professor and serves as the director of the Pacific Eye Care Clinic at Pacific University College of Optometry. She is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry and of the Contact Lens Residency Program at Pacific University. Dr. Kinoshita is a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry. She lectures and conducts research on topics related to specialty contact lenses and contact lens complications in youth. She had practiced for three years in Phoenix, Ariz., prior to joining the faculty at Pacific University in 2006.

Jamie Kuhn, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Jamie Kuhn graduated from Southern California College of Optometry, completed her residency in cornea and contact lenses at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, and currently practices at Kokopelli Eye Institute in Arizona. She primarily fits specialty contact lenses and ocular prosthetic devices for the practice. Previously at the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University, Dr. Kuhn served as faculty in contact lenses and ocular prosthetics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a member of the SLAPP study group, and consults with industry to promote education of contact lens fitting and management for optical professionals.

John M. Laurent, OD, PhD

Dr. John Laurent received optometry and master of science degrees from The Ohio State University in 1976, and his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. He has practiced in a private practice, in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, and at Schaeffer Eye Center in Birmingham, Ala. He was a research scientist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab in Pensacola, Fla., and later served as the research director for the Navy Refractive Surgery Center in San Diego, Calif. He completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the UAB School of Optometry, where he is an associate professor of optometry. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists.

Ann L. Laurenzi-Jones, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ann Laurenzi-Jones works at North Shore University Health Systems Hospital in Glenview, a northern suburb of Chicago, Ill. Her professional focus is on difficult-to-fit post-surgical and diseased eye contact lens patients. Previously, Dr. Laurenzi- Jones spent 10 years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Cole Eye Institute. She has written and lectured extensively in the field of contact lens fitting and care, as well as in the area of surgical care and treatment for refractive surgery patients. She earned her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry.

Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Lee earned her undergraduate degree in physiological sciences with a minor in east Asian languages and linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her doctorate in optometry at the Indiana University School of Optometry in 2013. Now at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Dr. Lee completed a cornea and contact lens residency at the Southern California College of Optometry and a BostonSight PROSE clinical fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight. Dr. Lee is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, and also serves as education chair for SLS. She lectures regularly at the AAO annual meeting and was a recipient of the 2013 Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care from the American Optometric Foundation.

Michael J. Lipson, OD, FAAO

Dr. Michael Lipson is an assistant professor at University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, at the Livonia location. His clinical practice involves contact lenses, with an emphasis on specialty contact lenses for overnight corneal reshaping, keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery, and severe dry eye patients. Clinical research experience includes his role as principal investigator for studies on corneal reshaping, vision-related quality of life, and new lens designs published in peer-reviewed journals. He received a doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1977 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Lipson is also secretary of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Derek J. Louie, MSc, OD, FAAO

Dr. Derek Louie is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore. His practice is focused on providing contact lens services for patients with challenging corneal topography, such as post-corneal transplant or keratoconus. Dr. Louie is the director of the contact lens fellowship program at the Casey Eye Institute. He earned his master of science degree in vision science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and his doctor of optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, Calif. He completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, Tahlequah, Okla.

Kenneth E. Maller, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ken Maller is in private solo practice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The practice is devoted to orthokeratology, as well as providing visual resolution for the irregular cornea with specialty contact lens care. Dr. Maller also lectures and provides clinical consultation services through telemedicine. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow in the International Academy of Orthokeratology, and a diplomate in the American Board of Optometry.

Marsha M. Malooley, OD, FAAO

Dr. Marsha Malooley is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry and has completed a residency in corneal disease and contact lenses at the Illinois College of Optometry. She specializes in contact lens management of the irregular cornea and has written several publications on this topic. She practices in an ophthalmology-optometry group and also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Illinois College of Optometry in the Department of Community-Based Education.

Robert J. Maynard, OD

Dr. Bob Maynard has been in private practice in Arizona for 46 years, after graduation from the Los Angeles (now Southern California) College of Optometry. He is a member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association and the Central Arizona Optometric Association. In addition, Dr. Maynard is a clinical investigator for contact lenses and solutions with companies such as Polymer Technology/Bausch + Lomb Boston material, Barnes-Hind, and Vistakon. He is president of the Arizona State Board of Optometry and a past president and current member of the Arizona Optometric Association.

Brittney Mazza, OD

Dr. Brittney Mazza earned her doctor of optometry degree at The New England College of Optometry. She is a recipient of the Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lenses, awarded to one graduating student from each optometry school who demonstrates excellence in contact lens patient care. After completing a residency program specializing in cornea and contact lenses at The New England College of Optometry in 2011, she began working part-time in a private practice in Boston and recently joined the Contact Lens Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary part-time as a staff optometrist. Here she specializes in fitting and managing patients wearing routine contact lenses and several specialty design lenses for corneal disease/ectasia, post-surgery, aphakia, trauma, and pediatrics.

Brooke Messer, OD

Dr. Brooke Messer received a doctor of optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry and completed a one-year residency specializing in corneal care and specialty contact lenses. She is an associate in a prominent contact lens practice in Minnesota, where she specializes in fitting specialty contact lenses for keratoconus and other corneal diseases, as well as post-surgical corneas, multifocal contact lenses, and orthokeratology contact lenses for myopia control. Dr. Messer has published numerous articles pertaining to specialty contact lens fitting — notably scleral lenses — and is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Langis Michaud, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Langis Michaud obtained his optometry degree from the University of Montreal College of Optometry, where he also earned a master’s degree in physiological optics. Additionally, he holds a degree in public health. Dr. Michaud is a full professor and practices at the University de Montreal as chief of the contact lens department. He also treats anterior segment diseases. He has been involved in numerous clinical studies for pharmaceutical and contact lens companies. For more than 10 years he was a visiting professor at the Universite de Paris-Sud (France). Dr. Michaud has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications, and is an author of more than 35 book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Cornea and Contact Lens diplomate, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association.

Bruce W. Morgan, OD, FAAO

Dr. Bruce Morgan is a professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and is serving as the director of residencies. Recently he completed a term as interim dean of the college. Dr. Morgan graduated from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in 1987 and completed the residency in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1989. Dr. Morgan’s clinical and research interests include gas permeable contact lenses, keratoconus, and corneal reshaping. He specializes in the design and fitting of orthokeratology lenses for the purpose of non-surgical reduction of myopia and has published research in this area. Dr. Morgan has lectured both nationally and internationally in the area of contact lenses and anterior segment disease and is president of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators.

Clarke D. Newman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Clarke Newman is a 1986 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry, and since then he has been in private practice in Dallas, Texas. His practice specializes in the visual rehabilitation of patients who have had corneal diseases, failed refractive surgeries, or corneal trauma. Dr. Newman is a past president of the Texas Optometric Association and a volunteer advocate for the American Optometric Association. He is a long-time member of the AOA’s Cornea and Contact Lens Section. Dr. Newman is a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the AAO, and he is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. He writes and lectures frequently on a wide range of anterior segment and contact lens topics.

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s physician assistant of ophthalmology program, Mr. Craig Norman is the director of research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University. He is a consulting editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, an editorial board member for the journal Refractive Eyecare, and an editorial advisory board member of AllAboutVision.com. He is also an Education Committee member and program chair of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He has published more than 115 articles, posters, videos, and book chapters on GP and soft lens design, presbyopic contact lenses, specialty contact lens uses, and eye care practice management.

Roxanna T. Potter, OD, FAAO

Dr. Roxanna Potter owns a private practice in Sylvania, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, where she completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses. She enjoys fitting, writing about, and lecturing on specialty contact lenses and has published numerous articles in Contact Lens Spectrum and provided webinars on this topic.

Thomas G. Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Thomas Quinn is in a group practice in Athens, Ohio. He serves on the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council and is a diplomate of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also clinical assistant professor for The Ohio University College of Medicine and a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum. Dr. Quinn has served as an advisor or consultant to Alcon, CooperVision, and Vistakon and has received research funding from Alcon, Allergan, AMO, Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision, and Vistakon. He is a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute “GP Practitioner of the Year” award.

Phyllis Rakow, FCLSA

Ms. Phyllis Rakow is director of contact lens services for The Princeton Eye Group, a multi-specialty eye care practice with three offices in central New Jersey. She is a JCAHPO-certified ophthalmic medical technologist, an NCLE advanced-level contact lens technician, and an honored fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America. She specializes in fitting patients with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. Mrs. Rakow has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, writes for numerous trade and professional publications — including numerous book chapters — served a three-year term on the board of directors of the Contact Lens Society of America, and is currently on the board of directors of the National Contact Lens Examiners.

Renée E. Reeder, OD, FAAO

Dr. Renée Reeder is a diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She is also a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, the Scleral Lens Education Society and the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. Dr. Reeder is a tenured associate professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she was chief of the contact lens service for 14 years. She is currently coursemaster for the specialty contact lens, microbiology and anterior segment disease courses and coordinator for the ocular disease curriculum.

Susan A. Resnick, OD, FAAO

Dr. Susan Resnick is the principal partner in a New York City-based private practice devoted to the specialties of contact lenses, refractive surgery, and ocular surface disease. In addition to her emphasis on clinical care and problem solving, she is a frequent speaker, author, and consultant to the contact lens industry. Dr. Resnick is a diplomate of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

Buddy Russell, FCLSA, COMT, FSLS, LDO

Mr. Buddy Russell practices at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta, and is also the chief clinical specialist for X-Cel Specialty Contacts. Previously he practiced for many years at Emory University. In addition to patient care, Mr. Russell is involved in teaching, product development and validation; he lectures frequently and has been widely published. He is JCAHPO certified, is a certified ophthalmic medical technologist, and is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Society and the Contact Lens Society of America. Mr. Russell is a contributing editor for CLSA’s Eyewitness journal. He served as the national contact lens coordinator for the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study, and is a recipient of the Joseph Soper Award for excellence in education.

Pam Satjawatcharaphong, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Pam Satjawatcharaphong graduated from University of California Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a cornea and contact lens residency at Southern California College of Optometry. She returned to the Bay area and is currently an assistant clinical professor and chief mentor for the Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at UC Berkeley. Additionally, Dr. Satjawatcharaphong assesses patients with dry eye syndrome and ocular surface disease in the Clinical Research Center. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS) and currently serves on the board of the SLS.

Jack L. Schaeffer, OD

Dr. Jack Schaeffer practices in Birmingham, Ala., where he is president of a 15-location group practice as well as a refractive laser center. He lectures internationally, serves on numerous industry boards and advisory panels, and is involved with many clinical studies on contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, and equipment. He was executive associate editor of the International Contact Lens Leadership Summit organized by Eye and Contact Lens. Dr. Schaeffer also served as chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association and as president of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.

Muriel M. Schornack, OD, FAAO

Dr. Muriel Schornack attended the Illinois College of Optometry and received the valedictory award upon her graduation in 1998. She then completed a residency in primary eye care at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Schornack joined the ophthalmology department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., upon completing her residency and now serves as a consultant in that department. She also holds the position of assistant professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She served as the medical director of that clinic from its inception in 2004 until 2012 and was also responsible for the development of Mayo Clinic’s scleral lens program in 2006. Dr. Schornack was co-editor of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section newsletter for two years and has served the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in a variety of capacities since 2004. She is a founding member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, where she is currently secretary for the organization’s board of directors. She has lectured, presented, and published on the topic of scleral lenses.

Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO

Dr. Joe Shovlin is a senior optometrist at Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, Pa. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he serves as adjunct faculty. He is a diplomate and past chair of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and past chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. He is a current member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Optometry and serves as secretary-treasurer. He is clinical editor of Review of Optometry and Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses. Among his many honors is the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Achievement Award.

Brian Silverman, OD

Dr. Brian Silverman practices in two prominent multi-specialty practices in Seattle. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2009 and the following year completed a residency in hospital-based optometry with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Tacoma, Wash. His area of expertise is in fitting and management of keratoconus, post-surgical corneas, irregular corneas, and dry eyes. He is the local chief of optometry and contact lens specialist at Group Health Cooperative. Dr. Silverman also practices with a nationally recognized corneal specialist at Ophthalmic Consultants Northwest.

Christine W. Sindt, OD, FAAO

Dr. Christine Sindt is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a disease-based residency at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Sindt joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 1995, where she is an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of the Contact Lens Service. She was the 2010-2011 chair of the AOA Cornea and Contact Lens Council, is past president of Women of Vision, and is immediate past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Sindt is chief clinical editor for Review of Optometry and an associate editor for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens. She is a past recipient of the GP Lens Institute “GP Practitioner of the Year” award.

Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO

Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is in private practice in Nashville, Tenn. He graduated from the New England College of Optometry and completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago. He then joined the faculty at Vanderbilt Eye Institute, where he was an assistant professor, was the division chief of optometry, founded the Center for Sight Enhancement, was director of the Scleral Lens Clinic, authored nine patents on vision-related medical devices, authored multiple papers, and lectured internationally on contact lens technology. He is a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and serves on the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council.

Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is a professor at Case Western Reserve University in the departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as well as Epidemiology & Biostatistics. She is director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her doctor of optometry degree and master’s in physiological optics from The Ohio State University in 1992 and her PhD in epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. She is a diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry, and she is vice-chair of the Section. Dr. Szczotka-Flynn serves on the editorial boards for Optometry and Vision Science and Eye & Contact Lens, and she is a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today. She has received numerous major research grants and has authored or co-authored more than 55 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters, and 90 scientific meeting abstracts, and she has given more than 160 presentations worldwide.

Mindy Toabe, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Mindy Toabe is a hospital-based optometrist in a multidisciplinary setting in primary care, pediatrics and medical contact lenses practicing at MetroHealth Medical Center within the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a senior clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine; while also working with ophthalmology residents at the Cleveland Clinic, Cole Eye Institute. Additionally, she is adjunct faculty at the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She is currently the secretary of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Her main areas of clinical and research interest are primary care, ocular disease, dry eye management, medical contact lenses, and dry eye and contact lenses.

Long D. Tran, OD, FAAO

Dr. Long Tran is a graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. He completed his residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Southern California College of Optometry, where he became an assistant professor, with clinical and lecturing responsibilities in specialty contact lenses, corneal diseases, and refractive surgeries. He is an invited lecturer, nationally and internationally, and has authored numerous articles on the subject of contact lens and corneal disease. Dr. Tran is also a subject matter expert for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Currently he is the director of Specialty Contact Lens Service at St. Johns Eye Associates in St. Augustine, Florida.

Eef van der Worp, BOptom, PhD, FAAO, FIACLE, FBCLA, FSLS

Dr. Eef van der Worp is an educator and researcher. He received his optometry degree from the Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands and has served as a head of the contact lens department at the school for more than eight years. He received his PhD from the University of Maastricht in 2008. He is a fellow of the AAO, IACLE, BCLA, and SLS. He is affiliated with the University of Maastricht as an associate researcher, is a visiting scientist at Manchester University in the United Kingdom, and serves as adjunct professor at the University of Montreal College of Optometry, as well as adjunct assistant professor at Pacific University College of Optometry. He is lecturing extensively worldwide and is a guest lecturer at a number of universities in the United States and Europe.

Cheryl Vincent-Riemer, OD, FAAO

Dr. Cheryl Vincent-Riemer received her doctor of optometry degree from Ferris State University and has been practicing in East Lansing, Mich., since 1986. She specializes in bifocal and hard-to-fit contact lenses. Additionally, she is a clinical investigator for several ophthalmic laboratories. She was named the Michigan Optometric Association’s “Key Person of the Year” and was given the mark of distinction as Wesley-Jessen’s “Optometrist of the ’90s.” As a current member and past trustee of the Michigan Optometric Association, Dr. Vincent-Riemer has been active on its Contact Lens Committee for 27 years.

Maria K. Walker, OD, MS

Dr. Walker attended The New England College of Optometry, where she earned her doctor of optometry and master of vision science degrees in 2013. She went on to complete a residency in cornea and contact lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Walker is currently on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she is pursuing her PhD in scleral lens effects on the eye. Her main interests include contact lens optics, corneal physiology, scleral contact lenses, and multifocal lens performance in presbyopia and myopia control.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD

Dr. Jeff Walline received his doctor of optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. He received both a master’s degree in physiological optics and a PhD in vision science from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he is on faculty in the Binocular Vision and Pediatrics and Contact Lens Services. He is a diplomate and member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Optometry and a council member of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Walline has conducted several pediatric contact lens studies to evaluate the effect of contact lens wear on myopia progression and children’s self-perceptions.

Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FCLSA, FAAO

Mr. Michael Ward is an instructor in ophthalmology and director of the Contact Lens Service at the Emory University School of Medicine. A noted lecturer, Mr. Ward is a past president of the Contact Lens Society of America. He is a recipient of the CLAO Honor Award, the JCAHPO Faculty Award, the Beverly Myers Achievement Award, and the Calhoun Medal. And he was named “2014 Practitioner of the Year” by the GP Lens Institute. He is a certified ophthalmic medical technologist and an honored fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America. He also serves as a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum.

Ronald K. Watanabe, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ron Watanabe is an associate professor and the director for the residency in cornea and contact lenses at the New England College of Optometry. He specializes in complex contact lens designs for patients with irregular ocular surfaces as an attending optometrist at the New England Eye Commonwealth. He is also in private practice in Andover, Mass. He is a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. He is co-editor of the “Materials and Design” column of Contact Lens Spectrum.

Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS

Dr. Frank Weinstock, now retired from the practice of ophthalmology, serves on the editorial boards of several ophthalmic journals. He has served as professor of ophthalmology at Northeast Ohio Medial University, affiliate clinical professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University, and volunteer professor of ophthalmology – The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He is author of multiple ophthalmic books (including Contact Lenses: A Clinical Atlas) and hundreds of ophthalmic articles.

Eric M. White, OD

Dr. Eric White has been in private practice since 1986 in San Diego, Calif. He is a clinical investigator for several contact lens companies, having participated in more than 350 clinical studies. Dr. White is a consultant to many advisory boards and numerous professional optometric organizations. He has published several articles on contact lenses and given numerous talks on contact lenses, eye safety, computer vision syndrome, and practice management. Recently Dr. White was awarded the “Transitions National Eyecare Practice of the Year.”

Bruce Williams, OD, FIAO

Dr. Bruce Williams practices in Seattle with an emphasis on complex contact lens fitting, including orthokeratology. He is involved in clinical trials for several lens manufacturers and has published, lectured, and conducted workshops across the United States as well as worldwide. Currently he is working with extreme molding and multi-geometry lenses for the correction of higher degrees of myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, and presbyopia. Dr. Williams is a member of the British Contact Lens Association and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry. Dr. Williams is a fellow and member of the board of directors of both the Orthokeratology Academy of America and the International Academy of Orthokeratology.

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO

Dr. Stephanie Woo graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed a cornea and contact lens residency at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry. She is a regular author for the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section online newsletter and is author of the “GP Strategies” column for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and practices at Havasu Eye Center in Lake Havasu, Ariz.

LaMar G. Zigler, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. LaMar Zigler is a graduate of The Ohio State University and owns a prominent optometric practice in Columbus, Ohio. He is past chair of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section (2011-2012). He is past chair of the Contact Lens Committee of the Ohio Optometric Association, the EastWest Eye Conference, and the EastWest Education Committee. He is a past member of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and currently serves on the EastWest CE Committee. He is a clinical assistant professor of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and has been principal investigator for more than 130 FDA clinical trials.