Global Specialty Lens Symposium
 

Key Opinion Leaders


*Biographies and head shots will be populated as they are received.

 
Tom Arnold
OD

Dr. Tom Arnold has a private group practice in Sugar Land, Texas. With a long-standing interest in specialty contact lenses he is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and was one of three winners of the photo contest at the 2017 Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He has been a consultant for and spoken on behalf of Blanchard Lab, Bausch & Lomb Specialty Vision Products, Boston Sight Sclerals, EyePrint Prosthetics and AccuLens. Dr. Arnold is adjunct faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry”

 
Melissa Barnett
OD

Dr. Melissa Barnett is the principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO), a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and serves on the Board of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and is Immediate Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. She was awarded the inaugural Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO).

 
Edward Bennett
OD, MSEd

 
Jan Bergmanson
OD, PhD, PhD h.c., DSc

Jan PG Bergmanson, OD, PhD, PhD h.c., DSc, is the Brien A. Holden Professor of Optometry at University of Houston College of Optometry, founding Director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, is licensed in Texas as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He is a Life Foundation Fellow of College of Optometry in United Kingdom, and Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (AAO), where he is Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section. He is a lifetime honorary member of the Swedish and Dutch Optometric Associations. Scholarship includes 150 publications, 8 chapters and one book.

 
Patrick Caroline

Patrick Caroline, FAAO serves as an instructor and lecturer at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon. He is a Fellow member and Diplomat of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. Patrick is a Council member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research as well as a member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators and the American Association of Optometric Educators. For the past 20 years Patrick has served as a contributing editor for the Contact Lens Spectrum and is on the editorial board for the BCLA, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye journal and CLAO Eye & Contact Lens journal. He has published over 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

 
Clark Chang
OD

Dr. Clark Chang is Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital - Cornea Service as well as Director of Clinical Services at TLC Vision. After finishing his residency program at Salus University, he further completed a fellowship in cornea and contact lenses. He has also been a subinvestigator in numerous clinical trials studying corneal cross-linking and has published extensively on keratoconus treatments with both surgical innovations and advancements in contact lens technologies. He is the immediate past president of New Jersey Academy of Optometry and the current vice chair of the membership committee at American Academy of Optometry. In addition, Dr. Chang is an advisory board member at International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS).

 
Gloria Chiu
OD

 
Pauline Cho
BOptom, MEd, PhD

 
Karen DeLoss
OD

 
Sally Dillehay
OD, EdD

 
Barry Eiden
OD

Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden 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 Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry. He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

 
Art Epstein
OD

 
Daddi Fadel
Dip Optom

Daddi Fadel, Optometrist (IT), is a lens designer and specialist in contact lenses for irregular cornea, scleral lenses and orthokeratology. She speaks five languages, Arabic, French, English, Italian and Greek. She studied optometry at Istituto Superiore di Scienze Optometriche (ISSO) in Rome (1998-2001) a four-years course achieved with honor. She started to lecture and publish since the first year of school of Optometry. She run a optometric practice specialized in contact lenses in Italy where she designs and fits special customized contact lenses. She lectures and publishes internationally especially on contact lenses in irregular cornea, scleral lenses and ortho-k. She is the Founder and President of Accademia Italiana Lenti Sclerali (AILeS), board member of Accademia Italiana Lenti a Contatto (AILAC) and Fellow of Scleral Lens Society (SLS).

 
Jennifer Fogt
OD

 
Melanie Frogozo
OD

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.

 
Nicholas Gidosh
OD

 
Kate Gifford
BAppSc(Optom)Hons

Kate Gifford, BAppSc(Optom)Hons, FBCLA, FAAO operates an independent practice in Brisbane, Australia, with specialty interests in contact lenses, binocular vision and myopia control. Graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, Kate is now undertaking a part-time PhD by clinical research. She is a fellow of the BCLA, IACLE, CCLSA (Australia) and AAO and is the immediate past National President of Optometry Australia. Kate is an award-winning clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer at QUT, holds 34 peer reviewed and professional publications, and has presented over 70 lectures at conferences in Australia and internationally.

 
Jennifer Harthan
OD

 
Jason Jedlicka
OD

Dr Jedlicka is an Assoicate Professor at Indiana University School of Optometry, and the Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. He is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry's Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section, a past President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a Fellow and board member of the Contact Lens Society of America. He is the developer of the Zenlens and ZenRC scleral lenses and is a consultant to Bausch and Lomb.

 
Lynette Johns
OD

 
Lyndon Jones
PhD, FCOptom

Lyndon Jones is a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo. His research interests primarily focus on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye and the development of novel materials for ocular drug delivery. He has authored over 350 refereed and professional papers, one text-book and given over 900 invited lectures at conferences worldwide, in over 40 countries. He has been awarded over 30 national and international awards, including Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the 2014 “Glenn Fry Award” from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), 2014 “Donald Korb Award” from the American Optometric Association and 2013 “Max Schapero Award” from the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the AAO.

 
David Kading
OD

Dave Kading’s practice focuses on the Improvement of visual complications and enhancing the ocular surface. He owns and operates Specialty Dry Eye and Contact Lens Center, a multi-location referral-based practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Kading enjoys conducting clinical research within his practice, he has written over a hundred articles and papers, and has given several hundred lectures internationally. His specialized training comes from the Pacific University’s where he completed his residency. He now welcomes students from 5 optometric programs and has a Dry Eye and Contact Lens Fellowship program within his clinic. Above all things, he enjoys spending time with his optometrist wife, Dr. Kristi Kading and their three daughters.

 
Beth Kinoshita
OD

 
Jamie Kuhn
OD

 
Jagrut Lallu

 
Matt Lampa
OD

Matthew Lampa received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. After graduation he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific University College of Optometry. He is currently an Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry where he is involved with specialty contact lens fitting, contact lens instruction and clinical research. He is also currently an associate in a private practice in Silverton, Oregon.

 
Karen Lee
OD

 
Christopher Lievens
OD, MS

 
Maria Liu
OD, PhD

Dr. Maria Liu is an assistant professor of clinical optometry at UCBSO. She is the founder and chief of the Myopia Control Clinic - the first of it’s kind in a teaching clinic, which now serves as a model for optometry schools across the country. Originally from Beijing, Dr. Liu practiced as an ophthalmologist in China before relocating to the United States in 2000. She obtained her MBA prior to her OD training at Pacific University, College of Optometry. Dr. Liu also completed an MPH and a PhD at UC Berkeley and shortly afterwards became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. The emphasis of her research and clinical expertise has been on the investigation and utilization of novel contact lens designs and pharmaceuticals in myopia control.

 
Derek Louie
OD, MSc

 
Langis Michaud
OD, MSc

Dr Langis Michaud is graduated from Université de Montréal in 1986 where he also obtained his Master’s Degree in physiological optics (1998). Dr Michaud is a full professor at Université de Montréal Clinic since 2001. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (Diplomate), Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is a member of the European Academy of Optometry. Dr Michaud has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications or professional reviews. Because of his expertise he has often been invited to speak in Europe, Asia, and United States.

 
Andrew Morgenstern
OD

 
Sheila Morrison
OD, MS

Dr. Sheila D. Morrison was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She received her doctorate of Optometry and a MS of Vision Science degree from Pacific University College of Optometry. Her residency in Cornea and Contact lens was also completed at Pacific University. Currently, Dr. Morrison is on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she serves as clinical director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service, at the University Eye Institute. She is also a clinical instructor and designated provider for the University Eye Institute myopia control clinic. Her primary clinical and research interests include corneo-scleral topography, myopia control, orthokeratology, and GP contact lens design.

 
Clarke Newman
OD

 
Jason Nichols
OD, PhD

 
Henny Otten

 
Sharon Park Keh
OD

 
Jaume Paune
PhD, DOO, MOptom

 
Stephanie Ramdass
OD, MS

Dr. Stephanie Ramdass is a clinical researcher at the Vision Research Institute and adjunct faculty member at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada. She obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, before receiving her Doctorate of Optometry at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry. Upon graduation from optometry school, she completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at MCO and fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. Her research interests include myopia control, presbyopic lens designs, and the application of scleral lenses for normal eyes and in tinted form.

 
Muriel Schornack
OD

Dr. Muriel Schornack received her Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance from Jamestown College in 1984, followed by a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. She worked as an arts administrator and piano instructor for several years before beginning to pursue her optometry degree in 1994. She 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, Minnesota upon completing her residency in 1998. 

Dr. Schornack now serves as a consultant in that department and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She was instrumental in the development of Mayo community eye care clinic and served as the medical director of that clinic from its inception in 2004 until 2012. She was also responsible for the development of Mayo Clinic’s scleral lens program in 2006. Since the inception of Mayo’s scleral lens clinic, Dr. Schornack has lectured, presented, and published regularly on the topic of scleral lenses. Dr. Schornack is a founding member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and currently serves on the advisory board for the organization. She was also a founding member of the SCOPE (Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice Evaluation) research team and remains active in the leadership.

 
Louise Sclafani
OD

 
Suzanne Sherman
OD

 
Jeffrey Sonsino
OD

 
Steven Sorkin
OD

 
Kelsy Steele
OD

 
Loretta Szczotka-Flynn
OD, PhD

 
Eef van der Worp
BOptom, PhD

Eef van der Worp is an educator and researcher. He received his optometry degree from the Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands (NL) and has served as a head of the contact lens department at the school for over eight years. Eef received his PhD from the University of Maastricht (NL) in 2008. He now runs his own research & education consultancy 'Eye-Contact-Lens' which is based in Amsterdam (NL), and gives courses on ‘How to Present’. He is a fellow of the AAO, BCLA and the SLS and a lifetime fellow of IACLE. And he is on the education committee for a number of conferences, including the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in the US and the Dutch Contact Lens Conference (NCC) and Dutch Optometric Society meeting (OVN 2019). He is associate editor of the BCLA journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye. Eef is adjunct assistant Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry (Oregon, USA), and adjunct Professor at the University of Montreal University College of Optometry (CA) and he is lecturing extensively worldwide and is a guest lecturer at a number of Universities in the US and Europe.

 
Stephen Vincent
BAppSc(Optom)Hons, PhD

Dr. Stephen Vincent is a lecturer in the School of Optometry and Vision Science. He teaches primarily in the Master of Optometry course and coordinates the Vision Rehabilitation Centre (low vision clinic) within the QUT Health Clinics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Australian College of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association and the Higher Education Academy. Dr Vincent’s current research interests include the visual optics of contact lenses and refractive error development.

 
Maria Walker
OD

Dr. Maria K. Walker, OD MS attended The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science degrees in 2013. She went on to complete a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Dr. Walker is currently a Clinical Faculty member at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she is also pursuing a PhD focused on the effects of scleral lenses on the eye. Dr. Walker has received several honors throughout the years, including the Sheldon-Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award in 2014, and the American Optometric Foundation Ezell Fellowship in 2017. Her main interests include contact lens optics, corneal physiology, scleral contact lenses, and multifocal lens performance in presbyopia and myopia control.

 
Karen Walsh
OD, BSc(Hons), MCOptom

 
Bruce Williams
OD

 
Alexandra Williamson
OD

 
Stephanie Woo
OD

Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.