Speakers

Lori Bende, O.D.

Dr. Bende is in private practice in San Diego, California. She graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Bende is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society and was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association. She is an active member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio. He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry. Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.

Jeffrey S. Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Jeffrey Cooper is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry.

He graduated from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1971, later that year he completed a special post-graduate training program in Vision Therapy. He served as the assistant chief of the Vision Therapy Services from 1972-1978. Dr. Cooper received a Masters of Science in physiological optics. He has authored over 60 research papers that have appeared in numerous prestigious ophthalmological and optometric journals. Currently, he is on the editorial board of Binocular Vision and Eye Muscle Surgery and the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. He is a reviewer for numerous professional publications.

Dr. Cooper, under the auspices of Bausch and Lomb, served as a consultant to the USA Olympic Team. He has provided peer review for research grants submitted to the National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute. Dr. Cooper presently teaches in both the professional and residency programs – strabismus and amblyopia.He developed both the Computer Orthopter and the HTS therapy systems. Both of these treatment systems are used by more than 6,000 optometrists and ophthalmologists worldwide. He serves as a consultant to Vision 3D, and maintains practices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD

Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977 and first in his class at Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. He was a resident and Chief Resident at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and he completed a Cornea Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in 1985. He is a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU.

Dr. Donnenfeld has served as Resident Instructor at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and as Program Director at North Shore University Hospital. He is a National Medical Director of TLC and Surgical Director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. Dr. Donnenfeld served as president of many professional societies including the Nassau Surgical Society, cornea section of ASCRS, the Ophthalmology Division of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and the International Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He is the immediate past president of ASCRS. Dr. Donnenfeld is the editor-in-chief of EyeWorld and the editor in chief emeritus of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

He has written over 190 peer review papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 30 book chapters and books. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. He was a primary investigator of both the excimer laser and femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Secretariat Award.

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

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.

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, DPNAP is a native New Yorker who graduated from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. After relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC and The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, PLLC and serves as the Director of Cornea - External Disease, Clinical Research and The Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Center. He also heads Ophthalmic Research Consultants of Arizona.

Dr. Epstein is a highly regarded educator and popular speaker. He serves as Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and has presented in excess of 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He is also a prolific author who has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and American Board of Clinical Optometry, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and admitted to the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.

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.

Mark Friedberg, MD

After graduating with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and being selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Friedberg was chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training. He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center. He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.

Ian Benjamin Gaddie, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ben Gaddie earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Gaddie then completed a Residency in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University College of Optometry at the Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Gaddie completed both his Residency and also a Fellowship in Glaucoma and Laser Therapy at NSU College of Optometry. Currently he is the owner and director of the Gaddie Eye Centers, a multi-location full service practice in Louisville that was started by his father over 40 years ago. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS). Dr. Gaddie is currently the chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the American Optometric Association. He is also the Immediate Past President of the Kentucky Optometric Association. Having published extensively in the ophthalmic literature, Dr. Gaddie serves on the editorial boards of Review of Optometry, Optometric Management, Primary Care Optometry News and Optometry Times. In 2011, Dr. Gaddie was inducted into the Oklahoma Pioneers in Optometry Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was selected as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the last 50 Years by Optometric Management.

Agustin Gonzalez, OD, FAAO

Graduated in 1987 as a doctor of Optometry from Inter American University school of Optometry and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb research award, he started working as a faculty member at his alma matter where he later became Dean of Clinical affairs at IAU.

Dr. Agustin L. Gonzalez currently practices as a Texas Licensed Optometrist in the Dallas area specializing in Medical Optometry with primary interest in ocular surface, cornea and conjunctival disorders and a special interest in Visual Evoked Potentials. Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied at Jacksonville University in Florida where he received a B.A. in Biology.

His interest in social media and internet based marketing lead him to serves as part of the editorial staff for Primary Care Optometry News as editor of the Social Media and the OD column. He is a recognized ophthalmic industry expert in the patterns of adoption and usage of ophthalmic medications by optometrist and a well known promotional speaker on various ophthalmic medications.

As a CME speaker and ophthalmic pharmaceutical consultant, he has lectured extensively to optometry, medical and other health care groups in the United States and South America, presented scientific posters at mayor optometry meetings and authored multiple peered reviewed articles in scientific and education publications

A COPE lecture and reviewer, Dr Gonzalez was the recipient of Inter American University school of Optometry Alumni of the year award and holds an Adjunct Faculty member position with IAU School of Optometry.

Alberto Gonzalez-Garcia, M.D.

Alberto González García, M.D. is the Research Director for Diopsys, Inc. and is Chairman of the company’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. His extensive experience in neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma research contributes to the Diopsys scientific and engineering teams as a valuable resource for developing the most advanced, patient-friendly vision testing equipment available.

Dr. González has published and contributed to numerous books and studies in the areas of early diagnosis of glaucoma, ischemic optic neuropathy, and optic coherence tomography (OCT) in the diagnosis of the retina and optic nerve diseases, among many others. He has also invented different methods for the analysis of OCT images, and together with a team of mathematicians and engineers, developed the Diopsys® CORDATM software.

He received his medical training at Finlay-Albarran in Havana, Cuba. Dr. González completed fellowships in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Cuba, and in Glaucoma at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California San Diego. He was Chief of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery and a clinician and surgeon at the National Institute of Ophthalmology in Cuba.

Richard Hom, OD, MPA

Dr. Hom is currently a PhD graduate student at Salus University where his studying the function of environmental factors on vision impairment and disability. He received his OD from the University of California at Berkeley and his MPA from San Francisco State University. In 2017, he was awarded the Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision from the American Academy of Optometry. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the California Optometric Association and is a member of the American Diabetic Associationa (ADA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Association in Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

April Jasper, OD

Dr. April Jasper is an optometrist practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Vice President of the Florida Optometric Association and a Vision Source Administrator. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with highest honors in 1995 and completed an internship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and a residency in Ocular Disease and Hospital based Optometry at the Brockton/West Roxbury Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Jasper’s passion is sharing with her colleagues in areas of practice management and technology in an effort to help them become more successful in patient care and personal growth. Her most recent endeavor is the creation of a company “Distinctive Strategies” whose mission is to continue the work to help her colleagues in all their endeavors.

David L. Kading, OD, FAAO

Dave Kading owns a 4 doctor 2 location practice in Seattle Washington. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry before being accepted to their prestigious Cornea and Contact Lens Residency.

Dr. Kading’s area of the practice is a referral based dry eye, anterior segment and contact lens clinics are well known for utilizing the latest technology for complex or rudimentary dry eye or contact lens fits.

Dr. Kading has a one-year contact lens and dry eye post grad fellowship program. Together, he and his fellow, see complex patients and complete industry and non-industry research. His practice welcomes interns from 6 different optometry schools.

Outside of practice he co-owns Optometric Insights with Dr. Mile Brujic. Optometric Insights Inspires Success by helping emerging optometrist’s transition into the practice of their dreams as well as educating clinicians in novel and unique ways to diagnose and treat patients.

Dr. Kading enjoys conducting clinical research within his practice, he has written over a hundred articles and papers, and has given several hundred lectures in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. He works closely with industry, publications, local, state, and national organizations. He is on the editorial advisory board for several publications and medical advisory board for several companies. He has a regular column in multiple print publications, and a digital video series called Clinical Insights on Eyetube OD.

Above all things, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Kristi Kading and their two daughters (Olivia 3, and Elise 1 year old) at their Woodinville, Washington home.

Kelly Kerksick, OD

Dr. Kelly Kerksick is a 1997 graduate of the University of Missouri and a 2002 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry. A native of the St. Louis area, Dr. Kerksick started a private practice with an emphasis on contact lenses. She is a founding member of Women of Vision and was named by Vision Monday as one of the top twenty most influential women in optometry. In 2012, she received the Southern College of Optometry’s Young Alumnus Award. She has lectured internationally on contact lenses and has authored numerous publications for optometry. Dr. Kerksick is a member of the American Optometric Association and she is an OD Advisor for Revolution EHR.

Lorie Lippiatt, OD

Dr. Lorie Lippiatt is the President of The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., a comprehensive Optometric center she founded in 1989. Dr. Lippiatt has been instrumental in the development of electronic medical records for Optometrists, and technology integration. She currently serves as a consultant for VisionWeb and Marco. Dr. Lippiatt lectures nationally on the topics of EHR and technology integration, and has authored numerous journal articles on those topics.

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Diplomate American Board of Optometry is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry. Dr. Mastrota is the Director of Optometry for the New York Hotel Employee Benefit Funds healthcare system.

Dr. Mastrota is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician.

She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. She an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics. Dr. Mastrota was elected as the 2016 NYSOA OD of the year.

James P Milite, MD

Dr. Milite was a summa cum laude graduate from Fordham University in 1986, earning a BS in Chemistry. He obtained his MD from NYU Langone School of Medicine in 1990 then completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1994 at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary(NYEEI). Having been stimulated by several important mentors during his eye training, he went on to complete fellowships in Eye Pathology at NY Eye and Ear Infirmary with Steven McCormick MD and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Richard Lisman MD and Robert Della Rocca MD. His training in oculoplastics was in one of the fellowships in that discipline sanctioned by the Americann Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(ASOPRS). He has been part of the teaching faculty at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary since finishing his training; lecturing, teaching in the pathology lab and staffing surgical cases with residents and fellows. He also spent 15 years as part of that institution’s Eye Trauma Service. Since 2001, Dr Milite has been a teaching preceptor in an oculoplastic fellowship sanctioned by the ASOPRS based out of NYEEI and NYU Medical Center.

He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthamology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). He has participated on several missions as a surgeon with Volunteer Health Program, a group of physicians affiliated with Creighton University who travel to underserved communities in the third world. For more information about James Milite, visit http://www.omnieyeservices.com.

Scot Morris, O.D.

International speaker, educator, author, and management consultant, Dr. Scot Morris is well known for his experience in ocular surface disease, technology, and practice management. He is recognized for both his expertise and his enthusiasm for helping professionals optimize their practices. Dr. Morris is widely published in professional journals, books, clinical references, and web-based resources. He also serves as chief optometric editor for Optometric Management and as a consultant to many eye care companies.

Scot is the operating partner of the eye-care consulting service, Morris Education & Consulting Associates. He is founder and senior technology consultant of Ocular Technology Solutions, Inc. He also serves as owner and medical director of Eye Consultants of Colorado. Scot is also a founding member of the National Student Practice Management Symposium Series. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.

Dr. Morris earned his doctorate in optometry at Indiana University in 1996 and completed his residency in ocular disease and refractive surgery at Triad Eye Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. He served as the cornea and refractive clinical director of Discover Vision Centers in Kansas City for five years before moving to Colorado in 2002. Dr. Morris practiced at a refractive surgery center in Denver for two years before acquiring Eye Consultants of Colorado.

Dr. Morris is a devoted family man. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Kelly and two sons. He takes pleasure in coaching his sons' sports teams and enjoys traveling with his family.

Steven Nelson, O.D.

Dr. Nelson completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana Tech University and University of AR, Little Rock with a biology/chemistry double major with early acceptance to the Doctor of Optometry program at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He completed his doctorate in 1999 and entered the US Navy as an optometrist/Naval Officer where he served as Chief of Eyecare Services at Naval Hospital Corpus Christi until his term ended in 2002. After leaving the armed services, he was in both private practice and corporate affiliated practice focusing on general family care until 2010 when he started a mobile care service treating the elderly and infirmed in nursing home facilities. His current practice focuses mainly on disease and treats roughly 4,000 patients annually in a dozen counties throughout Texas. He recently co-authored a book on medical coding and billing and also serves as the coding and billing consultant for Practice Mentors as well as lecturing nationally and is a frequent contributor to ODWire.org.

Clarke Newman, OD, FAAO

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 a volunteer advocate for the AOA, and 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 has won numerous awards, including the AOA CCLS Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice 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.

Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan graduated with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009 and went on to do a residency in vision rehabilitation, head trauma, low vision, and ocular disease at the Northport VA Medical Center. In 2011 she joined the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry where she precepts third and fourth year interns in the primary care, adults with disabilities, and pediatric units. Dr. Petrosyan also supervises primary care and ocular disease interns and residents at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brooklyn, NY. From 2012-2014 Dr. Petrosyan was on staff at the Refuah Health Center where she performed direct care pediatric and adult exams and vision therapy training. Dr. Petrosyan is currently on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and is the chair of both the vision therapy and infant vision clinical care committees of NJSOP. She is also the coordinator of the NJSOP Young O.D. program and has helped develop NJSOP mentorship program. Dr. Petrosyan is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, 2013 NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014 NJSOP Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 AOA Young O.D. of the Year Award, and the 2015 NJSOP Optometric Journalism Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Resnick is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island. Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management. Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.

Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO

Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO is Director of the Ocular Preventive Medicine Laboratory at the Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center Eye Clinic for veterans and navy patients. He earned an OD, MS (physiologic optics) simultaneously from UC Berkeley in 1981, a VA residency certificate in 1982, and a PhD in human physiology and biophysics in 1996 from Chicago Medical School. He’s an associate professor of Family and Preventative Medicine at Chicago Medical School, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Department of Ophthalmology / Eye and Ear Infirmary and holds 2 additional faculty appointments in clinical optometry at ICO and UMSL. Actively involved in primary care optometry for 30 years and prevention for 20 years, Dr. Richer has special interests in aging, prescribing nutrients in the intervention of age related macular degeneration, low-tension glaucoma, cataracts and dry eye.

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA

Dr. Rumpakis is currently President & CEO of Practice Resource Management, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing a full array of consulting, appraisal, and management services for healthcare professionals and industry partners. He has developed some of the leading Internet-based software applications for the medical/eye care field such as CodeSAFEPLUS.com® (www.CodeSAFEPLUS.com), the industry leading cloud-based CPT & ICD Code Data and Information Service, and offers personal medical coding consultation through JustAskJohn (www.JustAskJohn.info). He is also the founder of Opt-ED® Professional Continuing Education (www.Opt-ED.com) which creates and delivers top tier continuing education around the country as well as Opt-IN® which provides optometric marketing and promotional services.

Named the Chief Medical Coding Editor for Review of Optometry & Optometric Management, he has been extensively published on the topics of third party coding & billing, strategy development and execution, practice management, team building, maximizing effectiveness and profitability, including the textbook “Business Aspects of Optometry”. Dr. Rumpakis is a popular lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition to having had a successful solo practice, Dr. Rumpakis developed the practice management curriculum at Pacific University College of Optometry and taught optometric & medical economics there for over a decade.

A 1984 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, he served as a volunteer for the AOA for near 17 years and sits on numerous advisory boards, and board of directors for companies both in and out of the ophthalmic industry.

Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO

Jerome Sherman, O.D.  is optometry’s most prolific author,  publishing over 725 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters, two CDs, senior author of 4 books  and has delivered over three thousand lectures both nationally and internationally.  Over the past 2 years, he has conceptualized, written and organized Jobson’s Retina Revealed web site.  As of Dec 2012, Retina Revealed has hundreds of cases with over 2400 retinal images and 100 movies exhibiting all the latest retinal technologies.  All are available at no cost to everyone at www.retinarevealed.com and is supported by 13 of the major ophthalmic companies.

Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he presently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. Concurrently, he maintains a private practice, The Eye Institute and Laser Center, in New York City. Dr. Sherman is a founding member of both the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and is the immediate past  President of  ORS. 

 

Steve Silberberg, OD

Dr Steve Silberberg is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies. Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals, and Cooper vision. Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field. His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics. He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO, 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), executive 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, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.

Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD

Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D., brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998. In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his efforts at reining in the illegal sales of contact lenses by various out-of-state mail-order contact lens companies. Since then he has become well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation. He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.

Craig Thomas, OD

Craig Thomas, O.D. has practiced continuously in Dallas, Texas for the past 32 years. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in 1983 and was named Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association in 2001.

Gina Wesley OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Wesley attended The Ohio State University, where she pursued concurrent degrees in both clinical optometry and masters in vision science. Accolades for Dr. Wesley include The Ohio State University College of Optometry Graduate of the Year and fellowship within the American Academy of Optometry. She was also awarded Minnesota’s Young Optometrist of the Year for 2011 and the Early Professional Achievement Award in 2013 from Ohio State. Currently, she practices at Complete Eye Care in Medina, Minnesota, which Dr. Wesley opened in 2008. She is a member of the Minnesota and American Optometric Associations. Dr. Wesley lectures, advises and publishes on many aspects of the optometric industry, and has regular TV appearances discussing public health aspects of vision care. She enjoys all facets of primary care practice, including refractive surgery co-management, contact lenses, children and infant exams, practice management and advanced eyewear education. To find out more about Dr. Wesley and her practice, please visit www.cecofmedina.com.

Richard S Witlin MD, FACS

RICHARD S WITLIN MD FACS has been a practicing ophthalmologist for 35 years and has performed over 33,000 cataract surgeries. He has extensive experience co-managing patients with referring optometrists and his office has served as referral center in New Jersey for the past 20+ years. He has specialized in cataract surgery, laser vision correction surgery and anterior segment diseases. He is a member of the speaker’s bureau for Alcon, Valeant, and Shire.

Charissa D. Young, OD, FAAO

Charissa D. Young, OD, currently specializes in dry eye management and custom contact lenses at Specialty Eyecare Group in Kirkland, WA. She graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry and received the AOF/Vistakon Contact Lens Excellence Award and Lion's Club Community Service Award. She is involved in active research in contact lenses and dry eye, particularly in the areas of scleral lens wear, keratoconus, meibomian gland dysfunction, tear osmolarity, and ocular surface inflammation. Dr. Young also leads eyecare missions regularly to rural and low-income areas in Thailand.

Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Zimbalist received his optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to obtain fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012 and became Board Certified in Medical Optometry in 2017. Dr. Zimbalist is on staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He holds clinical adjunct appointments at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Zimbalist has authored multiple journal articles and posters for national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for COPE, a peer-reviewer for a major ophthalmic journal, and is actively involved with teleretinal imaging and virtual medicine in his facility and region. His clinical interests include retinal disease, systemic disease, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In his free time Dr. Zimbalist enjoys staying active with weightlifting, racquetball, rooting on the Missouri Tigers. He also is the founder and owner of COMO Web Designs and Ignite Medical which specializes in website design and management.

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