2019 Global Specialty Lens Symposium
 

Key Opinion Leaders


*Remaining 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 in Optometry and (WO) Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and is 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. Drs. Melissa Barnett and Lynette Johns edited the book Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application with the unique perspectives and contributions of international experts. Dr. Barnett was awarded the inaugural Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with her family, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex and Drew.

 
Edward Bennett
OD, MSEd

Edward S. Bennett received his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry and his M.S.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Bennett is currently Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Dr. Bennett is also currently Executive Director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and is past Chair of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE). He currently serves as Chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association (AOA). He is also the past President of the MD-OD Contact Lens Foundation of St. Louis. He is a Diplomate and past Chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Bennett has authored over 200 publications including 13 texts and lectured at over 250 scientific and continuing education symposia. He is a recipient of the Dr. Josef Dallos Award (CLMA), the Achievement Award (AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section), the Dr. Leonard Bronstein Memorial Award, the Global Specialty Lens Symposium Award of Excellence, the Annual Kevin Tuohy Memorial Award (CLSA), the University of Houston College of Optometry Award for Distinguished Research on the Cornea and Contact Lenses, the University of Missouri St. Louis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Optometric Foundation Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education, the National Keratoconus Foundation Ambassador Award, and The Dr. R.A. Koetting Memorial Award from the St. Louis Optometric Society. He was named one of the 50 most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the 30 most influential in contact lenses in the last 30 years by Contact Lens Spectrum. He was selected as one of Primary Care Optometry News(PCON) 250. He is on the Education Committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He is the Clinical Features Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, an Editorial Review Board member for Review of Optometry, and an Editorial Board Member for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.

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

Jan PG Bergmanson 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.

 
Edward Boshnick
OD
 
Patrick Caroline
FAAO

Patrick Caroline 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.

 
Karen Carrasquillo
OD, PhD
 
Kevin Chan
OD
 
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

Dr. Chiu received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Minor in Music at the University of California, Berkeley and her Doctor of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. She then pursued a post-graduate residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the Southern California College of Optometry. In 2009, she completed a fellowship at the Boston Foundation for Sight to specialize in PROSE (Prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) treatment, utilizing customized scleral devices.

She is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California, and Adjunct Faculty at the Southern California College of Optometry. Her clinical interests include contact lens fittings for patients with ocular surface disease and irregular corneas. Her research interests include physiological changes related to scleral lens wear and solution related microbiological findings. In 2009, she received the George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award from the American Optometric Foundation and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Resident Research Award from the American Optometric Association. She has over 30 combined papers and posters on ocular surface disease and contact lens related topics. She enjoys teaching, lecturing, and collaborating with others to advance science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society.

 
Pauline Cho
BOptom, MEd, PhD

Prof. Pauline Cho obtained her Bachelor and PhD degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia and University of Bradford, UK, respectively. Her current research interests include contact lenses and orthokeratology. She speaks extensively both locally and overseas especially at major contact lens conferences and has published over 160 papers in optometric and contact lens journals. She has worn several awards from PTeC (PolyU Technology & Consultancy Co., Ltd) and was one of the Winners of Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) Awards of Excellence (Pioneers in Myopia Control) in 2018. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and British Contact Lens Association, and the Founding member and Immediate Past President of The Hong Kong Academy of Orthokeratology. She is currently an Honorary Professor of the School of Life & Health Sciences of Aston University, Birmingham, UK and a Visiting Professor of West China Hospital, Sichuan University and Peking University, Beijing, China. She is one of the Associate Editors of the Journal “Contact Lens and Anterior Eye”. Since 2004, she collaborates with Rotary Club of Kowloon North to organize annual vision screening for children in China.

 
Karen DeLoss
OD

Dr. Karen S. DeLoss is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL. She completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Houston, College of Optometry, Houston, TX and a clinical fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight, Needham, MA. She is currently assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Department of Ophthalmology, Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she specializes in medical contact lens fits, including scleral lenses and dry eye management.

 
Greg DeNaeyer OD

Dr. DeNaeyer was a co-founder and past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and a contributor to Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Optometric Management. Dr. DeNaeyer has lectured internationally on specialty contact lenses and was previously named GPLI practitioner of the year.

 
Sally Dillehay
OD, EdD

Dr. Sally Dillehay received her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Physiological Optics Summa Cum Laude and was the valedictorian at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She also holds a Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career at a multidisciplinary vision rehabilitation practice in Columbus, Ohio, and then joined the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She moved to Georgia and joined CIBA Vision as Director of Academic Development and Medical Affairs. She served as the Chief Medical Officer for Visioneering Technologies, Inc. located in Alpharetta GA for 10 years. She recently formed her own Medical Research Organization, ClinTrialSolutions. She also sees patients at Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs, GA.

Dr. Dillehay is a member of the American Optometric Association, and the Georgia Optometric Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Diplomate in its Cornea Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section. She received the Eminent Service Award from the American Academy of Optometry in 2003 and a Vision Monday Most Influential Women in Vision Award (Executive Category) in 2015. She has published extensively in the field of contact lenses and myopic progression control.

 
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

Dr. Arthur B. Epstein is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, NY. He received an O.D. degree from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry were he also was the college's first resident in ocular disease. After relocating to Phoenix, Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC. He heads the practice’s Dry Eye - Ocular Surface Disease Center – The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, and serves as the Director of Clinical Research for Ophthalmic Research Consultants of Arizona.

Active in the profession, Dr. Epstein is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, a member of the American and Arizona Optometric Associations and Past-Chair of the AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section notable for his leadership during the global Fusarium outbreak. Dr. Epstein is a prolific author who has published many hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. He is 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 and most widely read E-Journal in eyecare. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Epstein has presented more than 1,250 invited lectures on a variety of topics nationally and in more than 50 countries around the world.

 
Daddi Fadel
Dip Optom

Daddi Fadel 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

Jennifer Swingle Fogt is an associate clinical professor in practice at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where she is the Chief of the Pediatric Contact Lens Clinic and leads the Innovation in Vision and Eye care Research Group (iVERG). Dr. Fogt previously practiced at Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates, located within Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she founded and directed the Pediatric Contact Lens Services. She is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

 
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.

 
Gary Gerber
OD
 
Nicholas Gidosh
OD

Dr. Nicholas Gidosh is an optometrist at Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown Pennsylvania. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University where he now serves as adjunct faculty. Dr. Gidosh also completed a Cornea/ Contact Lens residency at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has served as a clinical investigator for studies involving hybrid, scleral, multifocal, and orthokeratology lenses. Dr. Gidosh has also presented lectures and posters at national and international conferences on these topics.

 
Jennifer Harthan
OD

Dr. Jennifer S. Harthan graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2006. After completing a Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at ICO, she became a full time faculty member. Throughout her career, she has also worked in private practice and hospital-based settings and continues to work in private practice part time. Dr. Harthan is currently an Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry. She served as Chief of the Urgent Eye Care Service from 2010 to 2014 and is currently Chief of the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She serves on several committees for the American Optometric Association and she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Harthan has several publications on the topics of complex contact lens fits, dry eye, and anterior segment disease. Dr. Harthan is actively involved in ocular surface disease, myopia management, and contact lens research. She has given over seventy-five professional presentations on these topics at national meetings. Dr. Harthan was ICO’s Young Alumni of the Year in 2014 and has received several awards for her clinical teaching.

 
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

Dr. Lynette Johns is a research associate at Harvard medical school department of ophthalmology. She has a limited practice at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Waltham office. Dr. Johns is an adjunct assistant professor at the New England College of Optometry. She is an author and co-editor with Melissa Barnett of the textbook: Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application. She has published and speaks internationally on scleral and specialty contact lenses, as well as severe ocular surface disease. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Scleral Lens Education Society and the British Contact Lens Association. She is on the advisory board of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. She was awarded with the Founders’ Award from the CCLRT section of the AAO in 2017.

 
Lyndon Jones
PhD, FCOptom

Dr. 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

Dr. 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

Dr. Kinoshita is an associate professor and serves as the Director of the Pacific Eye Clinic in Forest Grove and as an instructor for the Patient Care and Contact Lens courses. She is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum and of the Contact Lens Residency Program at Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Kinoshita is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the AAO. She lectures and conducts research on topics related to contact lens complications and specialty contact lens fitting and design.

 
Zanna Kruoch
OD
 
Jamie Kuhn
OD

Originally from Northern California, Dr. Kuhn received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She graduated cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry with an interest in Contact Lenses and Corneal Disease and then completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Previously faculty of the College of Optometry at Midwestern University in Arizona, Dr. Kuhn supervised care of patients in contact lenses and ocular prosthetic devices, as well as served as both a clinical and didactic professor in multiple courses of instruction.

Dr. Kuhn is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a committee member for the Arizona Optometric Association. She consults with industry partners to educate professionals and students via lectures sponsored by Alcon, TruForm Optics, and various continuing education seminars both locally and nationwide. She is also rigorously involved with the state association to educate the public and legislative leaders on the ability of optometrists to address the visual and ocular health needs of the population. Additionally, Dr. Kuhn is involved in clinical research in partnership with her group, the Scleral Lens Assessment by Patients and Practitioners Study, and has several publications in Optometric journals, editorials, and books.

 
Jagrut Lallu

Jagrut graduated with Honours and a host of undergraduate awards from the University of Auckland in 2009, that same year he began working for Visique Rose Optometrists – Home of the Rose K lens, in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has a special interest in the irregular cornea, disease and orthokeratology including Hyperopic, astigmatic and myopia control Ortho-K. He has relished in learning the art of contact lens fitting from his colleagues Paul Rose and Peter Walker. In late 2009 he setup the first myopia control clinic in New Zealand devoted to evidence based methods for control. He has become an owner of Rose Optometrists and Innovatus Technology which provides services to practitioners and manufacturers for rigid contact lens design through topography. He speaks regularly in the USA, South Africa, China, Australia and abroad. Currently; he is a branch president (Waikato) for the New Zealand Association of Optometrists, President for the Cornea and Contact lens society for New Zealand, a board member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and serves as the NZ representative on the member committee for the Orthokeratology Society for Oceania. He has recently received a Masters degree with honours for specialty contact lenses and orthokeratology from the University of Auckland. Specific areas of interest include keratoconus and orthokeratology. He has co-authored a textbook entry for a chapter on corneal topography. He also enjoys cricket, field hockey and the beach.

 
Matt Lampa
OD

Dr. 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

Dr. Karen L. Lee is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry who focuses on preserving or restoring patients' vision through the use of specialty contact lenses. Dr. Lee graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at the Southern California College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Treasurer of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a GPLI advisory board member.

 
Christopher Lievens
OD, MS

Dr. Chris Lievens is the Chief of Internal Clinics and Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Lievens has been employed in private practice, an ophthalmology referral center and he served in the United States Air Force. Dr. Lievens was the Chief of Aerospace Optometry at the Pentagon before joining SCO. Dr. Lievens is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Region Chair of the Academy’s Admittance Committee. He is currently a Council member of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Lievens is the co-creator of the funduscopic grading card and currently conducts research in glaucoma, dry eye, uveitis and contact lens care. Dr. Lievens has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Vision Science. Dr. Lievens is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the British Contact Lens Association and the Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology.

 
Maria Liu
OD, PhD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Maria Liu is an associate professor of clinical optometry at UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She is the founder and chief of the UC Berkeley Myopia Control Clinic - the first of its 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 with emphasis in biostatistics and clinical study design and a PhD in physiological optics at UC Berkeley. The main 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

Derek J. Louie is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Louie’s practice is focused on providing contact lens services for patients with challenging corneal topography, such as post-corneal transplant and keratoconus. He is also involved in teaching medical students, ophthalmology residents and optometry Fellows. Dr. Louie is the director of the Contact Lens Fellowship program and chief of optometric services at the Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Louie earned his Master of Science degree in vision science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. He completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

 
Mike Lyons
OD
 
Thanh Mai
OD
 
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.

 
William Miller
 
Andrew Morgenstern
OD

Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO is the founder of OcuSolve, LLC, a healthcare and management consulting firm. Dr. Morgenstern is a clinician with special interest and expertise in anterior segment ocular disease; refractive surgery; corneal ectatic disease detection, diagnosis and treatment; solutions and treatment of refractive error both surgical and non-surgical. He is a graduate of Boston University (B.S.), Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (O.D.) and completed his training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. BPEI has been voted the #1 Eye Hospital in the United States for the past 16 straight years by US News and World Report.

 
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

Dr. Clarke Newman is a 1986 graduate of the University Of Houston College Of Optometry, and he has been in private practice in Dallas, TX since. 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 is, currently, the Chair of the AOA Federal Relations Committee and a long-time member of the AOA’s Cornea and Contact Lens Section (CCLS). Dr. Newman is a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the AAO, and currently serves as the Chair of the Section. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice and is a Fellow in the British Contact Lens Association and a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Educational Society. He has been appointed to the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee—Ophthalmic Devices Panel. He has won numerous awards, including the AOA CCLS Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice and Legends Award, and the CLMA GPLI Practitioner of the Year. He writes and lectures frequently on a wide range of anterior segment and contact lens related topics.

 
Jason Nichols
OD, PhD

Dr. Jason J. Nichols is the Assistant Vice President for Industry Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is Director of the Office of Industry Engagement. He also actively conducts ocular surface and contact lens research and trains PhD students and Fellows. Prior to his current position, Dr. Nichols was the Kevin McDaid Vision Source Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry between 2011 and 2014, and an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry from 2004-2011. While at University of Houston, he co-founded The Ocular Surface Institute (TOSI) and was its Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Nichols received his undergraduate degree at Hope College (BA, biology), and Doctor of Optometry, Master’s in Public Health (epidemiology) and PhD (vision science) all from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Nichols has received research funding from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study dry eye diseases including meibomian gland disease, dry eye and contact lens-related dry eye. He currently receives R01 funding to study the structural and functional changes in the tear film. He writes and lectures extensively on contact lenses and ocular surface conditions such as dry eye and meibomian gland disease. He has authored 129 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 150 clinical manuscripts, over 200 abstracts, and has given over 200 lectures worldwide on these topics. Dr. Nichols is currently Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today®, whose publications reach over 50,000 eyecare practitioners worldwide. Dr. Nichols also serves as an Associate Editor for Eye and Contact Lens, is a topical editor for Optometry and Vision Science, and is on the editorial board of The Ocular Surface.

 
Craig Norman
FCLSA

Mr. Craig Norman is the CTO (Chief Thinking Officer) of Wink Productions, Inc. Until the summer of 2018 he was the founding Director of Research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Physician Assistant of Ophthalmology program and a clinician for over 35 years, he has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous products and technologies in the soft, GP and scleral lens category.

Mr. Norman was a Consulting Editor to the Contact Lens Spectrum authoring a column on Prescribing for Presbyopia for over a decade, an Editorial Board Member for the Refractive Eyecare journal and Editorial Advisory Board Member of AllAboutVision.com. He is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the GP Lens Institute and has been an Advisory Panel Member to numerous SCL and GP lens companies. From its inception in 2002 through 2018 he was Education Committee Chairman of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He has published over 120 articles, posters, videos and book chapters on GP and Soft Lens Design, Presbyopic Contact Lenses, Specialty Contact Lens Uses and Eye Care Practice Management and traveled extensively throughout the world lecturing on a variety of contact lens and eyecare related topics.

 
Henny Otten
BOptom, BSc

Henny Otten graduated in 1996 as an Optometrist at the School of Optometry in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Currently he is Senior Optometrist and practicing in several hospitals including the Academic Center in Utrecht and Radboud University in Nijmegen. He is fellow of the Academy of Optometry, Fellow and Reviewer for the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is a guest lecturer at the school of Optometry In Utrecht and teaching scleral lens basics and a lecturer at the Radboud University in Nijmegen teaching basic contact lens fitting to ophthalmologist in training. Main interest; Sclera lens fitting and he is involved in the developing of sclera lenses.

 
Sharon Park Keh
OD

Dr. Sharon Park Keh is an Assistant Clinical Professor of the SUNY College of Optometry. She is an attending doctor in the Contact Lens Clinics, instructor in the Clinical Optometry lab and is a research optometrist in the Clinical Vision Research Center (CVRC). Her research interests include cornea and contact lenses, particularly specialty lenses. She also works part-time in private practice on the upper east side.

 
Jaume Paune
PhD, DOO, MOptom

Dr. Jaime Paune possesses a Degree in Optics and Optometry and a Masters in Optometry and Vision Sciences by the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). He is Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Chairman of the European IAO fellowship. He obtained his PhD of Optics and Optometry with the topic "Myopia control with radial refractive gradient contact lenses". He holds the Spaniard National Council of Optics and Optometry Award by his work about "Myopia Control with Contact Lenses" in 1992 and for "A New Contact Lens Overnight Orthokeratology Design for Hyperopia" in 2010. Dr. Paune holds Spanish Patents on two Orthokeratology lens designs, a myopia control lens and a keratoconus contact lens designs. He currently works as a clinician in the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain and is an Associate Professor for specialty contact lenses at FOOT.

 
Clayton Radke
PhD

 
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

Dr. Louise A. Sclafani, a 1989 alumnus of ICO, began her career at the University of Chicago in 1993 where she was an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Optometric Services until 2017. Her main interests include contact lenses, corneal disease, trauma, dry eye, ocular aesthetics and corneal surgery co-management. She applies her many years of experience of challenging hospital-based care in her new role as Vice President of Professional Affairs for SynergEyes. Training young doctors and providing quality services to her patients will always be her passion, so she will continue to see patients via SOLO, a private practice in the South Loop, as well as at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she is a Clinical Associate Professor. She was awarded the status of Diplomate by the American Academy of Optometry in the Cornea and Contact Lens and Refractive Technology section and is a frequent lecturer on these topics. In 2008, she received the Illinois Optometrist of the Year and was selected by Review of Optometry as one of the Top 10 Females at the Forefront of Optometry. She is an advocate for women in the profession and serves as the chair of Women of Vision, an organization dedicated to mentoring female ODs and educating on women’s ocular health issues. Dr. Sclafani resides in Chicago with her husband Jeff McClimans (Optos, North America) and son.

 
Suzanne Sherman
OD

Dr. Suzanne Walter Sherman is Instructor in Optometric Science (in Ophthalmology) at Columbia University Medical Center. She is the Director of the Contact Lens Clinic at CUMC. She specializes in complex and medically necessary contact lens fittings and ocular disease. Dr. Sherman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with a degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. Dr. Sherman graduated from SUNY College of Optometry where elected to the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honors Society. She completed her optometric residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. She is board certified in the American Board of Optometry and National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). Dr. Sherman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is also dedicated to research and has contributed in peer-reviewed scientific articles in publications such as the American Academy of Optometry and lectured on the topic of Scleral Lenses.

 
Jeffrey Sonsino
OD

Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute. Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, and the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year.

 
Steven Sorkin
OD

Dr. Sorkin is Director of Specialty Contact Lens Services at Corneal Associates of New Jersey in Fairfield, New Jersey. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. He participates in many contact lens related studies and lectures extensively throughout the country on contact lenses, dry eyes, ocular allergies, ocular therapeutics and corneal disease. He has a special interest in difficult to fit contact lens patients, such as those with keratoconus and post surgical cases and manages many patients with complex anterior segment conditions. Dr. Sorkin currently serves as President of the Essex County Optometric Society and has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

 
Kelsy Steele
OD, MS

Dr. Kelsy R. Steele is a clinical instructor and researcher at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Steele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, followed by a Master of Science degree in biology – medical sciences from Mississippi College. Dr. Steele received her Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry and following graduation, remained at OSU to complete a two-year Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship. She completed and defended a thesis on water exposure to contact lenses, which earned her a Master of Science degree in vision science. Dr. Steele won the George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award in 2017 and 2018. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where her research focuses on complications associated with contact lens wear including water exposure, bacterial and protozoal infections, and hygiene.

 
Loretta Szczotka-Flynn
OD, PhD

Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as well as Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. She is Director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio since 1992. She received her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Physiological Optics from The Ohio State University in 1992, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. She is a Diplomate and Past Chair of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves on the Board of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.

Dr. Szczotka-Flynn serves as an Associate Editor for Eye & Contact Lens and a guest editor for Optometry and Vision Science after having served on the OVS Editorial Board for 12 years. She has authored or co-authored ~80 peer reviewed manuscripts, 12 book chapters, 100 scientific meeting abstracts, and has presented about 200 presentations world-wide. Her research interests have been funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), Prevent Blindness Ohio, Prevent Blindness America, the American Optometric Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness and industry. She served as the Director of the Coordinating Center for the NEI funded Cornea Preservation Time Study which enrolled 1330 participants across 40 centers in the U.S and followed them for up to five years to measure the impact of preservation time on graft success.

 
Mindy Toabe
OD

Dr. Mindy Toabe is a hospital-based optometrist in a multidisciplinary setting with a specialty in medical contact lenses practicing at MetroHealth Medical Center within the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology in Cleveland, Ohio USA. 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. Dr. Toabe is the immediate past president and a founding board member of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is a full member and serves on the council for the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. Dr. Toabe is also on the advisory board for the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. She has lectured both nationally and internationally as well as published numerous articles about specialty contact lenses including scleral lenses. Her main areas of clinical and research interest are primary care, ocular disease, dry eye management, specialty/ medical contact lenses, and dry eye and contact lenses.

 
Eef van der Worp
BOptom, PhD

Dr. 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. Steve Vincent is an Associate Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. His primary research areas are refractive error development, visual optics, and scleral contact lenses and he has published over 60 peer reviewed scientific papers on these topics. Steve is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association, the Australian College of Optometry, and the Higher Education Academy (UK).

 
Maria Walker
OD, MS

Dr. Maria K. Walker 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.

 
Jeff Walline
OD, PhD

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and he received his Master’s and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Walline has led several pediatric contact lens studies, and he is the Study Chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a National Eye Institute-sponsored randomized clinical trial to investigate the myopia control effects of soft multifocal contact lenses.

 
Karen Walsh
OD, BSc(Hons), MCOptom

Dr. Karen Walsh graduated in 1997 with first class honors in Optometry from Cardiff University, Wales. She worked in all forms of practice in the UK, including six years of contact lens-focussed practice with former BCLA president Brian Tompkins. In 2007 she joined Johnson & Johnson Vision Care as Professional Affairs Manager for the UK & Ireland. She moved to Canada in 2015 and having completed a two-year Medical Research Fellowship, is currently a Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), Waterloo. She holds a post graduate diploma in Clinical Optometry from City University, London and is a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

 
Bruce Williams
OD

 
Alexandra Williamson
OD

Dr. Williamson graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Optometry in 2013. She holds an undergraduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America and is a current member of the Children’s Vision Committee of the Michigan Optometric Association. She is currently in private practice in the Metro Detroit area. Prior to that, she built and oversaw the contact lens service for a high volume pediatric ophthalmology clinic. She maintains her affiliation with Children's Hospital of Michigan. Her publications and clinical interests revolve around the field of pediatric contact lens.

 
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.