SPEAKERS - VISION BY DESIGN 2019
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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.
Patrick Caroline, FAAO
Professor 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.
Caroline Guerrero Cauchi, OD, FIAOMC
Dr. Caroline Guerrero Cauchi graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has been in private practice since 1980. She is the managing partner of Vision Solutions in La Mesa California – a suburb of San Diego. She sits on the Board of Directors for the International and American Academies of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control . Her primary responsibility is coordinating the international fellowship (FIAOMC) program. In addition she is the founder and co-host of the annual Boot camp for Newcomers as well as a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally on orthoK and myopia control.
Nick Despotidis, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FIAO
Nick Despotidis practices in Hamilton, NJ with two partners, Barry Tannen and Ivan Lee. Their multi-disciplinary practice offers a variety of specialty services, including vision rehabilitation, treatment of vision-related learning problems and corneal reshaping. Together they have one of the largest practices in the country, examining corneal reshaping patients 4 full days per week. Nick is the lead author of the book, “My Children are Nearsighted Too,” and his practice management workshop, “SuperChargeYourPractice,” is one of the most highly attended workshops offered at Vision by Design.
Marino Formenti, OD, FIAO
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.
Rob Gerowitz, OD, FIAO
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.
Alan Glazier, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
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 34,000 members. He is the founder of Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care. In 2015 Dr. Glazier was selected as one of the 50 most influential optometrists ever by his peers. In 2017 he was honored as Maryland Optometrist of the Year. He is founder of MyopiaInstitute.com, award-winning eye care blog. Dr. Glazier has been interviewed by CNN, NBC, CBS, Entrepreneur magazine, INC Magazine, Blog Talk Radio and Network Solutions.
Cary Herzberg, OD, FIAO - 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.
Randy Kojima, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIAO
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 O.D., FIAO, 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.
Matthew Martin, OD, FIAO
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 Michaud graduated from Université de Montréal (OD-1986; M.Sc. 1998). Since 2001, he is working there as a full professor. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, of the Scleral Lens Education Society and of the European Academy of Optometry.
He authored many articles in peer-reviewed journals and had been invited to speak around the world. He is an editorial board member of Journal of Contact Lens Research and Science, and of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is the current president of the Quebec College of Optometrists.
Jaume Paune, OD, MVSC, PhD, FIAO
Degree in Optics and Optometry and Master in Optometry and Vision Sciences by the FOOT (Faculty Optics and Optometry of Terrassa, Spain). Is Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Chairman of the European 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.
Thomas Weshefsky, OD, FIAO
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.