Stewards of the Profession Lead Optometry Forward at AOA’s Optometry’s Meeting

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SAN DIEGO—Leaders of the optometric profession convened at the San Diego Convention Center June 26-30 for the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting. See the award winners, industry executives and other dignitaries who attended the annual event in the following slideshow.

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President of Pennsylvania College of Optometry for 25 years, Thomas Lewis, OD, PhD, received the AOA’s Distinguished Service Award for his numerous contributions to the profession.

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AOA president Ronald L. Hopping, OD, MPH, presented the OD of the Year award to Neil W. Draisin, OD, of the Draisin Vision Group in Charleston, S.C.

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Sandra Fortenberry, OD, FAAO, was named Young Optometrist of the Year.

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The Optometric Educator of the Year award went to Michael J. Earley, OD, PhD, assistant dean for clinical services at the Ohio State School of Optometry.

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Iraq war veteran and Dancing with the Stars winner Jose (J.R.) Martinez was the keynote speaker, concluding the Essilor-sponsored opening general session of Optometry’s Meeting.

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AOA leadership at the Optometry Cares reception: (L to R) Steven A. Loomis, OD, Mitchell T. Munson, OD, and David Cockrell, OD.

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Richard Wallingford, OD, (l) with Jack Schaeffer, OD, FAAO, at the Optometry Cares reception.

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National Optometry Hall of Fame inductee John F. Amos, OD, (r) former dean of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry with his wife Catherine Amos and The Vision Council’s Mike Daley.

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For the first time in its history the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl ended in a tie with David Zimmerman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Blake Dornstauder of Nova Southeastern University sharing first place.

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(L to R) Barry Barresi, OD, PhD, AOA Excel CEO; Stephen M. Montaquila, OD, FAAO; and Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD, professional editor of Review of Optometric Business at the AOA Excel/Jobson “State of the Optometric Profession” event.

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At the “State of the Optometric Profession” presentation sponsored by Essilor and VisionWeb, (L to R) Jeffrey Jones, OD; Richard Wallingford, OD; Essilor’s Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO; and Tommy Crooks, OD.

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(L to R) Representing SECO at the AOA Excel/Jobson “State of the Optometric Profession” event—VP Stan Dickerson, OD, past president Ronald R. Foreman, OD, and current president Darby Chiasson, OD.

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At the “State of the Optometric Profession” presentation (L to R) Global EyeVentures’ founder Nikki Iravani, OD, Steve Baker, president of Eyefinity, and VSP Global’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa.

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VSP’s Ed Buffington (l) with FYidoctors’ president and CEO, Alan Ulsifer, OD, at the “State of the Optometric Profession” presentation.

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Ann-Marie Lahr, OD, (center) moderated a panel sponsored by PPG and Hoya about Children and Healthy Eyes—(L to R) Greg Hicks, OD, Elizabeth Christensen, OD, Glen Steele, OD, and Paul Alan Harris, OD.

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Sponsors of the optometrists’ roundtable discussing "ECPs Can Do More to Educate Parents to Teach Children about Healthy Eyes” included PPG’s Nathan Troxell (center) and Hoya’s president Barney Dougher (l) and Ron Barnes.

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At SUNY College of Optometry’s reception (L to R), with its president David Heath, OD, were Louisiana State Senator, David Heitmeir, OD, (D) chairman of health and welfare, and Mario Contaldi, OD.

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(L to R) IDOC’s president/CEO, Mark S. Feder, OD; theRightcontact.com’s president/CEO, Jason E. Compton, OD, and Lily Chin, OD, at the SUNY College of Optometry reception

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Eyefinity held a press conference/reception to introduce Eyefinity EHR, the cloud-based electronic health records solution it launched with Modernizing Medicine.

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Beta users of Uprise shared their experiences with VisionWeb’s new electronic health records software—(L to R) Tommy Crooks, OD, Lorie Lippiatt, OD, and Kim Castleberry, OD.

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At the launch press conference for VisionWeb’s Uprise EHR solution: (L to R) Tom Loveless, VisionWeb CFO and VP business development; AOA’s Joe Ellis, OD; Ken Engelhart, VisionWeb president/CEO; and 4PatientCare’s Jeffrey J. Guterman, MD, MS.