MONROE, N.J.—The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA), an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance, has announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members. The appointments are effective June 1. On the ISVA executive board, Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD, assumes the post of president. He succeeds Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD. Dr. Shidlofsky has served as ISVA vice president since 2015.
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD
He is clinical director at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas and also serves as the team vision consultant for the Dallas Stars (NHL), Allen Americans (ECHL) and FC Dallas (MSL), as well as vice president of the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD, has been appointed vice president-education. Dr. Davies has served as ISVA secretary/treasurer since 2015. He currently practices in South Jordan, Utah, as the clinical director of Utah Vision Development Center. Dr. Davies has worked with baseball, tennis, hockey, golf and ski team members on both a professional and amateur level. He also frequently lectures on topics including sports vision training, concussion rehabilitation, binocular vision and vision therapy.
Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD
Jennifer Stewart, OD, has been appointed vice president-membership. Dr. Stewart joined the ISVA advisory board in 2019. She is a partner at Norwalk Eye Care and also the co-founder and chief optometric officer at Performance 20/20, a practice specializing in sports and performance vision.
Jennifer Stewart, OD
Dr. Stewart has had the opportunity to work with athletes from the NHL, NFL, and NBA, as well as professional athletes in squash, lacrosse and figure skating. She regularly consults with optometrists and practice owners about bringing sports vision and performance to their practice.
Past president Andrich will continue on the executive board as immediate past president. In addition to providing vision therapy, sports vision, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation services at his private practice, he is also on staff in the physical medicine and rehabilitation departments at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Andrich is a vision coach for the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Monsters hockey team.
Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD
In addition, four individuals will join returning members Greg Appelbaum, PhD, and Frederick R. Edmunds, OD, FAAO, on the ISVA advisory board. The four are:
Thomas Bourdon ATC/L, PES, CES, is a professional athletic trainer with over 20 years of experience in injury management and rehabilitation. He is currently the head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Monsters Hockey Club, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets and also serves as the president of the executive committee for the American Hockey Leagues Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society. Bourdon is also on the advisory board for the FRST program, which is training local EMS crews in proper extrication of athletes during injuries occurring in competition.
Adam J. Clarin, OD, is the owner of Clarin Eye Care Center, one of South Miami’s premier optometry practices. In 2017, Dr. Clarin founded Miami Sports Vision, Miami’s only optometric-directed sports vision training program. He has worked with Florida International University’s baseball team and works with both professional and amateur athletes.
Daniel M. Laby, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and Sports Vision Specialist, director of Sports and Performance Vision Center, ChampionsEdge, LLC/SportsvisionNYC has served as staff ophthalmologist for several professional sports teams, including more than one-third of all MLB teams, three NBA teams, an NHL team as well as international teams from Korea and the Middle East. He worked with the USA Olympic team and attended the Beijing summer Olympic games as well as working with the international baseball team that was first to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo summer Olympic games.
Alireza Somji, OD, is the owner of a private practice in greater Houston, and founder of 20/20 Athlete, a visual performance center in his practice. He is on the medical team for the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team and works with amateur, Olympic and professional athletes. He is passionate about enhancing visual performance at all levels of sports. Dr. Somji is also a regional leader for Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA).
“We are very excited by the addition of our new advisory board members and the experience and passion for sports vision they bring to ISVA,” Dr. Shidlofsky said. “We sincerely thank our outgoing advisory board members—Dave Biberdorf, OD; Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS; Steve Hitzeman, OD, FAAO; Benoit Lombaerts, Optométriste, and Donald Teig, OD, FAAO, for their service and dedication.”