SPEAKERS - VISION BY DESIGN 2019

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Thomas Aller, OD, FBCLA

Thomas Aller, OD, FBCLA graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and for 25 years he has been researching the use of bifocal contacts for the control of myopia. After receiving the world’s earliest patent for a method of myopia progression control, he spent ten very enjoyable years collaborating with Brien Holden and the Vision CRC on their anti-myopia program. 
Dr. Aller is currently conducting clinical trials on a novel EDOF myopia control lens design, a low-dose atropine combination trial, a hybrid multifocal lens, and an anti-hyperopia multifocal lens design. He is also serving as a scientific and clinical advisor to TreeHouse Eyes. In 2016 he launched Myappia, a myopia progression control progression app. Dr. Aller is the editor of managemyopia.org, a new myopia management website for eye care practitioners. Dr. Aller is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and was also an Adjunct Professor at University of Houston and serves as a consultant and advisor to several companies working on myopia control contacts, spectacles and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Aller is also participating in the International Myopia Institute, an international consortium dedicated to developing an authoritative consensus report on the myopia epidemic, its consequences and the recommended treatment approaches. He is also advising and participating in Essilor's Myopia Initiative in Action myopia taskforce.


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Dr. Monica Allison

Dr. Monica Allison, OD was born in Dallas, TX . She attended college at Angelo State University and graduated with honors with her BS degree. While at Angelo State University she became interested in optometry as a profession. She attended the University of Houston College of Optometry. She was the recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program for the United States Army. After graduation in 1998, her three year commitment began with the Army. It was while at the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston that she and her family fell in love with San Antonio. After her three year commitment ended, she returned to San Antonio to begin private practice life. She was able to purchase Stone Oak Vision Source in 2005 and has enjoyed growing the practice. Dr. Allison is past president of the Bexar County Optometric Society. She was previously a member of the board of directors for the Texas Optometric Association and is an active member the American Optometric Association. She is also a Fellow of the Orthokeratology Academy of America. In her free time, Dr. Allison enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with her amazing husband and their 5 kids.


Sami El Hage, OD, PhD, DSc

Prof. Sami G. El Hage, O.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. received his O.D. degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the University of Paris. He is a former student and colleague of Professor Yves Le Grand in Paris, France. He has taught at the University of Paris and the University Of Houston College Of Optometry, where he was a tenured full professor and graduate faculty at the age of 33. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. 
He serves as a consultant to several scientific and board organizations.  He is a member of several societies, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the French Society of Ophthalmology, and many other organizations.  He has published numerous articles and chapters in scientific journals and books. He also co-authored a book with Professor Yves Le Grand on optics of the eye, published by Springer Verlag.  Professor El Hage holds several patents and trademarks on corneal topography and contact lens design; he maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas.


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Patrick Caroline, FAAO, FIAOMC

Mr. Caroline serves as Associate Professor at 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. For the past thirty years Patrick has served as a contributing editor for the Contact Lens Spectrum. He has published over 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.


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Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAOMC

Dr. Caroline Guerrero Cauchi graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has been in private practice since 1982. She is the managing partner of Vision Solutions in La Mesa California – a suburb of San Diego. The practice concentrates on specialty lenses including orthokeratology, myopia control, scleral lenses and topographically-designed RGPs. In 2006 she attained her fellowship in the Academy and in 2008 she was invited to join the Board of Directors. She sits on the Executive Committee for the IAOMC and is the Chair of the Fellowship committee for both organizations. She also sits on the Education committee and was responsible for developing the very popular “Bootcamp for Newcomers” program. In this role, she lectures nationally and internationally on all topics of myopia control.Dr. Guerrero Cauchi also spends time serving as a mentor and role model for young women of all ages – particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many have gone on to become optometrists or other health professionals. In her spare time she enjoys working on her property located in the mountains outside of San Diego, playing with her 2 rescue German Shepherds, working out, staying fit and traveling to unusual eco-locations with her husband, Mel.


Nick Despotidis, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FIAOMC

Nick Despotidis (Dr. D) practices Optometry in Hamilton, NJ with his partners, Barry Tannen, Ivan Lee, and Noah Tannen.   Together, they have one of the largest practices in the country, specializing in orthokeratology.  

Dr. D is the lead author of two books, “My Children are Nearsighted Too” and “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Children with Healthy Vision”.  His workshop SuperChargeYourPractice is the most sought-after practice management course offered at Vision by Design.  In 2018, Dr D took the TEDx stage where he presented “A Childhood Disease Worth Preventing”.


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Helen Changmin Duan, OD, MS, FIAO
Dr. Duan graduated from Zhejiang Medical University and completed her graduate education in “Clinical Refraction”. She was awarded Master in Vision Science, Doctor of Optometry and Fellow of America Academy of Orthokeratology in US. She practices optometry specialized in pediatric eye care, visual system development, myopia control, visual function disorder through teaching, research and patient care. 
She is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Emeritus, in the State University of New York, College of Optometry. She is the founder of Dr. Duan and Associates in New Jersey, and on faculty of Eye Center, the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, School of Medicine, Hangzhou China. Along with her publications, she has been presenting and lecturing in English and Chinese at numerous national and international conferences. Through her frequent trips and connections in the US, China and the rest of the world, she has provided many opportunities for international communications for Chinese eye care professionals.


Marino Formenti, OD, FIAOMC

Dr. Formenti graduated from University of Montreal, School of Optometry. He is actually practicing the profession of Optometry both in Canada and in Italy. Since the beginning, Myopia Control has been a milestone of his practice. He is a fellow of the IAO. Marino is contract professor of Optometry at the University of Padova, Dept. of Physics, School of Science. He has been President of the Italian Academy of Orthokeratology - AIOK for three terms and is actually the President of the European Academy of Orthokeratology - EurOK and Vice-President of the International Academy of Orthokeratology.  He is lecturing worldwide on myopia control topics.


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Dr. Gary Gerber, OD

Dr. Gary Gerber is the co-founder of Treehouse Eyes, the country’s first centers dedicated exclusively to providing myopia management services to children. Using innovative and proven practice building strategies learned from helping hundreds of practices in his role as the Chief Dream Officer for The Power Practice®, a practice building and consulting company, Treehouse Eyes has grown to be the country’s most successful myopia management practice and will be expanding across the United States and several other countries.


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Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAOMC

After graduating with honors in Pre-Optometry from Northeastern Illinois University, Dr. Rob Gerowitz attended the Illinois College of Optometry and received a second bachelor's degree in Visual Science. In 1981, he was awarded his doctorate in Optometry. 
He was honored "Best and Brightest in Optometry” by 20/20 Magazine and "Optometrist of the Year" by Eyegrad. As a community supporter, Dr. Rob is a member of the Rotary Club of Palatine and was also honored as a "Rotarian of the Year”. 
Dr. Gerowitz is a charter member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of OrthoK. In 2006, he received his Fellowship in the Academy and was named to its Board of Directors. 
Dr. Rob and Korreen reside in Palatine with their son, Nathan and daughter, Miranda. Together they enjoy travelling as a family.


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Alan Glazier, OD, FAAO

Dr. Glazier is the founder and visionary behind ODs on Facebook and ODsOnFB.com, the eye care industry's largest and most highly engaged eye care organization online OR off, with over 36,000 members. He is the founder of Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care serving the Rockville, Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He is a partner and business development executive in Total Eye Care Partners, enabling Optometrists with mature practices a medical model legacy exit. 2011-2012 - voted one of the most influential optometrists in the US by the VisionMonday organization.  2015 - selected as one of the 50 most influential optometrists ever by his peers; 2016 - named "Visionary" by Vision Expo organization; 2017 - honored as Maryland Optometrist of the Year.


Cary Herzberg, OD, FIAOMC - Co-President of the AAOMC                                               

Dr. Herzberg has been in practice for more then thirty years. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1969 and 1971. Dr. Herzberg is a leader in the field of contact lenses . A member of the advisory board of RGPLI, design consultant to C and H and co-inventor of the macrolens "elite" and "ok" contact lenses. Dr. Herzberg is President of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (formerly the OAA), Orthokeratology chair of the AOA Contact Lens Section, and an advisory board member of the PRIO corporation. 


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Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD

Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD, is a cornea specialist with expertise in ocular surface disease. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in this field. Dr. Kheirkhah is a member of editorial board and reviewer for many ophthalmology journals. He has received numerous awards from various organizations for his scientific contribution. Currently, he is a clinical faculty member at University of Texas Health at San Antonio and an adjunct scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.


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Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAOMC

Randy Kojima is the Clinical Research and Development Director for Precision Technology based in Vancouver, Canada. His primary role is to assist practitioners with their challenging specialty contact lens fits in keratoconus, post refractive and transplant surgery, ocular surface disease, multifocals and orthokeratology. He also serves as Research Scientist and Clinical Instructor at the Pacific University College of Optometry where he teaches, works in clinic and performs studies in both eye shape and contact lenses. Additionally he is a clinical advisor to Medmont Pty in Australia providing both topography orientation and education worldwide.
Randy has published numerous articles and submitted posters on various contact lens related topics as well as been a contributing author in a number of text book chapters. He lectures globally and enjoys sharing insights, methods and research with eye care colleagues from around the world.
Randy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and a Fellow of International Orthokeratology Society.


Paul Levine OD, FIAOMC, FAAO - President of the AAOMC

Dr. Paul Levine graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned his Doctorate with honors from the New England College of Optometry. He completed a one year residency in Primary Care Optometry at the South Boston Community Health Center/Boston Medical Center. He co-founded Vision Care Specialists in Southborough, Massachusetts in 2004. In addition to primary eye care for patients of all ages, Dr. Levine specializes in Orthokeratology, Scleral Lenses and Specialty Contact Lenses. He is a Certified WAVE designer. 


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Michael Lipson, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Michael Lipson is an optometrist/associate professor at University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center. His clinical practice involves contact lenses with emphasis on specialty contact lenses: overnight corneal reshaping, keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery and severe dry eye patients. He has published peer-reviewed clinical research studies on corneal reshaping, vision-related quality of life, myopia control and new lens designs. He lectures nationally and internationally on specialty contact lens and research topics. Dr. Lipson and a collaborator have developed a validated questionnaire to assess vision-related quality of life for use with various types of vision correction, including OrthoK. He is an independent consultant to the specialty lens industry emphasizing OrthoK education. He is on the GPLI Advisory Board, served as Vice-President of the Scleral Lens Education Society and on the Scleral Lens Education Society Board for many years. He attended Michigan State University, received his OD degree from Illinois College of Optometry.


Matthew Martin, OD, FIAOMC

Meet Dr. Martin, the optometrist at Auburn Optical.
Doctor Matthew J. Martin, a graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry, prides himself on providing comprehensive, leading edge eye care, in a family friendly environment. As Adjunct Faculty at Delta College Dr. Martin believes in education and helping those interested in the exciting field of healthcare. He has a passion for helping people. His thorough, relaxed chair-side manner sets Doctor Martin apart from many of his colleagues. He believes in giving back to the community, volunteers in several charitable organizations, and often lectures to local schools and community groups. He has extensive experience caring for patients of all ages and has been serving the Tri-City community for the past sixteen years. Doctor Martin has been awarded fellowship in the Orthokeratology Academy of America.


Langis Michaud, OD, M.Sc., FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, FEAOO

Dr Langis Michaud is graduated from École d’optométrie de l’Université de Montréal in 1986 where he also obtained his Master’s Degree in physiological optics (1998). He received also a diploma in Public administration from École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP) in 2006. He is a full professor and practices at Université de Montréal since 2001, as the chief of the contact lens department. He is Fellow of the Ameican Academy of Optometry (Diplomate), the British Contact Lens Association, the Scleral Lens Education Society and of the European Academy of Optometry. Dr Michaud has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications or professional reviews. He is an author of more than 35 chapters of book edited in France and USA. Because of his expertise he is a regular speaker at major optometric and ophthalmology meetings around the world.


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Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO FNAP

Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO FNAP 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, eye and orbital trauma, systemic/vascular disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI) (military and non-military), military medicine and ophthalmic & medical research. He is a graduate of Boston University* (B.S.), Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry** (O.D., Clinical Honors) and completed his training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Morgenstern is the Chief Methodologist for the American Optometric Association (AOA) Evidence Based Optometry Committee Clinical Practice Guidelines and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery/Ophthalmology at the US Department of Defense Uniformed Service University Medical School located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Since 2012, Dr. Morgenstern has been the Optometric Subject Matter consultant to the DoD/VA Vision Center of Excellence at WRNMMC. He is an executive board member and co-founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals (IKA). IKA is an organization that was established to promote ongoing professional education and scientific development in the area of keratoconus and other forms of corneal ectasia including analytical corneal shape design to include all aspects of refractive & disease solutions.


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Alexandra Nicklin, OD

Alexandra L. Nicklin, OD, is the Director of Education & Professional Relations at Avedro, Inc., in Waltham, MA. Alexandra oversees the department, which manages investigator initiated studies, advisory meetings, and education on crosslinking technology.


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Jaume Paune, OD, MVSC, PhD, FIAOMC

Degree in Optics and Optometry and Master in Optometry and Vision Sciences by the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). Is Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Chairman of the European IAO fellowship. He obtained his PhD on 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. Behalf a Spanish Patent on two Orthokeratology lens design, a myopia control lens and a keratoconus contact lens designs. Currently works as a clinician in the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain and associate professor for specialty contact lenses at Faculty Optics and Optometry of Terrassa University.


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Michelle Rhee, MD

Dr. Rhee is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Before pursuing medicine, she studied music composition and performance at The Juilliard School and Princeton University. Her clinical and research interests are in corneal disease and anterior segment surgery.  She has published in high impact journals such as OphthalmologyCornea, and the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and recently authored the book "Dry Eye Disease: A Practical Guide".  She has lectured nationally and internationally on contact lens safety, eye banking, and cataract and refractive surgery. As medical director of the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in NY (the first eye bank in the world), Dr. Rhee leads a 22-member medical advisory board and provides oversight on all medical aspects of the eye bank laboratory operations.  She is the founding director of an annual course for corneal fellows in the New York area. Dr. Rhee is a graduate of the Humanities and Medicine Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  She then completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and fellowship in cornea at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.


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Cynthia J. Roberts, PhD

Cynthia J. Roberts, PhD, serves as Director of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science at The Ohio State University where she also holds the Martha G. and Milton Staub Chair for Research in Ophthalmology. She holds a cross appointment in Biomedical Engineering where she advises students in vision research. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with distinction in 1979. Subsequently, she received a Master of Science Degree in 1986 in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1989, both from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include corneal and ocular biomechanics; in vivo measurement of corneal biomechanical response, intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement error, and ophthalmic imaging applications. Roberts has given over 200 National and International Invited Lectures, has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed to more than 20 book chapters and has co-edited two books on Corneal Topography and Corneal Biomechanics. She was named to the 2014 and 2018 Power Lists of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Ophthalmology.


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Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D.

Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D., brings a unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned O.D. degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry in 1984 and has been licensed to practice optometry in California since then. Dr. Steinberg began his law practice in 1996 after completing law school. Shortly thereafter he became involved in 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 known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, has lectured extensively across the United States on a variety of topics of interest to optometrists, including practice transactions, contracting, and HIPAA compliance, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from State Board discipline, opposing VSP audits, business buy-sell agreements and partnerships, business and employee litigation involving optometrists, and optometric consulting. He has also been retained and testified in as an expert witness on issues such as standard of care and practice valuation. He represents several physician groups and is general and litigation counsel for a 130,000-member IPA. Along with continuing to play competitive golf in both the United States and Europe, he continues to practice optometry part-time while engaged in his law practice on a full-time basis.


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Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Maria K. Walker earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science degrees from The New England College of Optometry in 2013, and then completed a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University before moving to the University of Houston as a clinical faculty member in 2014. Dr. Walker lectures domestically and internationally on scleral lenses, and is involved in several research projects at the Ocular Surface Institute and Texas Eye Research and Technology Center at the University of Houston. She has won several awards related to contact lenses and research, including the VSP Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence (2012), the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award (2015), and she is a two-time awardee of the Ezell Fellowship given by the American Optometric Foundation (2017 & 2018). At UHCO, Dr. Walker is an attending clinician in the Contact Lens service, and is pursuing her PhD in scleral lens effects on the eye. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is the Secretary of the Scleral Lens Education Society.


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Thomas Weshefsky, OD, FIAOMC

Dr. Thomas J. Weshefsky graduated from Biscayne College in 1976 with a degree in Biology. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in physiological optics in 1985 and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987. He began his Orthokeratology practice while serving an externship with Dr. Robert Morrison of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1986. In 1997 he was among a handful of optometrists from New Jersey who studied with Dr. Jim Day, the developer of one of the early reverse geometry lenses. Dr. Weshefsky participated in the first ever Global Orthokeratology Symposium in Toronto in 2002 and joined the OAA (now the AAOMC) at its inception. In 2009 he completed his credentialing and earned his Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Weshefsky opened his private practice in New Jersey in 1988 and practiced there until relocating to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2006.


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Jingjing Xu M.D., Ph.D., FIAO 

Administrator of Optometric department at Wenzhou Medical University. 
Over 10 years of clinicial experience in contact lens clinic and binocular vision clinic.