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. 

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. 


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.

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.

Justin Bazan, OD

Justin Bazan, OD, a 2004 SUNY grad, is the owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, N.Y., which he established cold in the summer of 2008. He pioneered the use of social media as a marketing tool to help build a successful practice. Dr. Bazan is a recognized international speaker, with an emphasis on practice management, both in the eyecare industry and small business world. He is an avid industry writer and is a regular columnist Optometric Management and Optometry Times. He holds several industry positions including spokesperson for The Vision Council and academic consultant expert for Bausch and Lomb.

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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.

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.

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.


Jagrut Lallu, OD, FIAO

Jagrut graduated with Honours and a host of undergraduate awards from the University of Auckland in 2009, that same year he began working for Visique Rose Optometrists – Home of the Rose K lens, in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has a special interest in the irregular cornea, disease and orthokeratology including Hyperopic, astigmatic and myopia control Ortho-k. He has relished in learning the art of contact lens fitting from his colleagues Paul Rose and Peter Walker. He has become an owner of Rose Optometrists and Innovatus Technology which provides services to practitioners and manufacturers for rigid contact lens design through topography. Currently; he is a branch president (Waikato) for the New Zealand Association of Optometrists, a councillor for the Cornea and Contact lens society for New Zealand, a board member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and serves as the NZ representative on the member committee for the Orthokeratology Society for Oceania. He is currently working on a masters for specialty contact lenses with the University of Auckland, specific areas of interest include keratoconus and orthokeratology. He has recently co-authored a textbook entry for a chapter on corneal topography.

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.

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 was invited by the British Council to the City University in London, for post doctoral work. He initiated the Corneal Research Laboratory at Professor Herbert Schober "Institut fur Mediziniche Optik der Universitat Munchen", in Munich, He was invited by professor Vasco Ronchi of the "Istituto Nazionale Di Ottica" in Florence - Arcetri He was elected as an honorary fellow of the "Collegio de Optometrista de Venezuela" . He received the Grand Honors Award of the National Eye Research Foundation in 1983. He received the 2005 Founders Award at the Global Orthokeratology Symposium meeting in Chicago. 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.

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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.

Hsiao Ching Tung, MD, FIAO

Dr. Tung is a board certified Ophthalmologist practicing in Taiwan. He chose to specialize in contact lenses and treatment of binocular visual function problems in children. He is the inventor and worldwide patents holder of GOV® and ArtMost® Lenses for variety range of Orthokeratology, Specialty contact lenses and Corneal rehabilitation for altered corneas. He currently holds eight US patents in the design of Orthokeratology and specialty soft contact lenses, of which the most well known designs are high myopic molding, dual geometric hyperopia and presbyopia.

As one of the few Ophthalmologists practicing Orthokeratology, Dr. Tung is responsible for allowing the Ophthalmology community worldwide to accept and embrace Orthokeratology. Through his many lectures, he has been able to convert many critics into believers. Dr. Tung single handedly helped Orthokeratology propel to a respected science it is today. 

Although Dr. Tung is busy teaching and educating new doctors in the Orthokeratology, he still finds time to work with children in both Orthokeratology and Vision Therapy. His dedication to helping children strive for better and more functional vision has made him a leader and hero in his field.

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.


Juan Bolívar Parra, OD, FIAO

Degree in Optics and Optometry by the University of Granada-Spain (1997).
Fellow of International Academy of Orthokeratology and Control of Myopia (IAOMC) and member of Eurok since 2012. Is a member of the board of the Spanish Section of the IAOMC.
Professor of the Master's Degree in Clinical Optometry and Advanced Optics at the University of Granada (teaching Orthokeratology and Myopia Control).
He has participate as speaker in different congresses (Eurok Budapest 2015, SAO 2016, Optom 2016, Eurok Iberica Granada 2016, Eurokmeeting Venice 2017).
For 15 years he has run his own private clinic in Alcalá la Real-Jaén (Óptica Real). His areas of specialization are advanced contactology, especially ortho-k, and in the early detection of retinal diseases.
Currently, he combines his work at his clinic with the university and teaches post-graduate training courses for the College of Opticians and Optometrists.


Sally Dillehay, OD, EdD, FAAO

Dr. Sally Dillehay received her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Physiological Optics from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, and a Doctorate of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career at a multidisciplinary vision rehabilitation practice in Columbus, Ohio, and then joined the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She moved to Georgia and joined CIBA Vision as Director of Academic Development and Medical Affairs for over 16 years. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President for Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Visioneering Technologies, Inc. located in Alpharetta GA. She also sees patients at Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs, GA.

Dr. Dillehay is a member of the American Optometric Association, and the Georgia Optometric Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Diplomate in its Cornea Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section. She has received the Eminent Service Award from the American Academy of Optometry, and a Vision Monday Most Influential Women in Vision Award (Executive Category). She has published extensively in the field of contact lenses and myopic progression control.


Dr. Alan Kwok, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Alan Kwok a clinician at BostonSight and was previously a faculty member of the New England College of Optometry specializing in contact lens education. He is a graduate of the University Of Waterloo School Of Optometry and completed a primary care residency at the New England College of Optometry. He has presented numerous lectures at optometry and medical meetings in addition to publishing articles in his field.

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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.


Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, FSES

Dr. Muriel Schornack is a consultant at Mayo Clinic, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She was also responsible for the development of Mayo Clinic’s scleral lens program in 2006. Since the inception of Mayo’s scleral lens clinic, Dr. Schornack has lectured, presented, and published regularly on the topic of scleral lenses.

Dr. Schornack is a founding member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and currently serves on the advisory board for the organization. She was also a founding member of the SCOPE (Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice Evaluation) research team, and remains active in the group’s leadership.



Dr. Maria Liu. Dr. Liu is a globally recognized key opinion leader in myopia management.  She is a Chinese trained ophthalmologist who obtained her OD from Pacific University and her Ph.D. and MPH from UC Berkley. She is a full- time faculty at the School Of Optometry UC Berkley and the chief of the Myopia Control Clinic at UC Berkley Eye Center. 


Earl Smith, OD, PhD

Earl L. Smith III - Professor Smith received his OD (1972) and PhD (1978) from the University of Houston. He joined the faculty of the UH College of Optometry in 1978 and during his tenure in the College of Optometry, he has served as the Chair of the Basic Sciences Department and as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. He holds the Greeman-Petty Professorship in Vision Development and is currently serving as the Dean of the College of Optometry. His research interests are focused on the optics of the eye; Professor Smith received the Glenn Fry Award and the Prentice Medal from the American Academy of Optometry for his research on the role of vision in regulating refractive development and eye growth. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an ARVO Fellow (inaugural class), a member of the National Optometry Hall of Fame, a past Member and Chair of NIH NEI’s Central Visual Processing Study Section and a past member of NIH’s National Advisory Eye Council.


Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO - SLS Workshop Speaker

Dr. Sindt is Director of the Contact Lens Service and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She also serves as Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, and has served as Associate Editor for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Contributing Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Optometry Times. Her clinical interests include advanced contact lens fitting and dry eye. Her current research projects include elevation-specific scleral lens design, higher order aberration control on contact lenses, dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction. She has published over 100 publications including peer-review journal articles, book chapters, contact lens columns, CD-ROMS, videos, and web publications. 
Dr. Sindt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Advisory panel, and is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Past-President and Founder of Women of Vision, and Past-President and Cofounder of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She has won several awards, such as the Dr. Rodger Kame Award for service and dedication (2005), Practitioner of the Year by the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (2011), the Legends Award for contributions to the culture of contact lenses from the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section (2013), and the Achievement Award from the AOA CLCS for outstanding contribution to the optometric profession (2017).  Dr. Sindt earned her OD at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus and performed a disease-based residency in Optometry at the Cleveland VA Medical Center.


Edward Chow, OD, FIAO

Graduated in 1973 at the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Canada. Engaged in specialty contact lenses since practicing for 45 years. Lecturing at AAO, AAOMC, EurOK & CLAO conferences, Optometry schools and hospitals in US, Canada and China mainly focusing on orthokeratology and myopia control. Published numerous papers on the same topics with peer review journals.


John Abdella, OD MBA FIAO

Doctor of Optometry Illinois College of Optometry, MBA University of Michigan, Board Certified Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents, Board Certified Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents, Member American Optometric Association, Member Michigan Optometric Association, Member American Optometric Association Contact Lens Division, Member American Optometric Association Low Vision Division, Member American Optometric Association Sports Vision Division, Fellow American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC), Member of the Board of Directors of The AAOMC, America's Top Optometrists: 2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007.


Pei Ying Xie, MD, PhD, FIAO

Prof. Pei-ying Xie 1987 granted Doctor of Medical Science from Juntendo University School of Medicine in Japan. 1994~1999 She was an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Beijing Tongren Hospital Contact Lens Centre. 1999~Now She is Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Peking University Optometry & Ophthalmology Center. Be engaged in clinic and education in optometry and ophthalmology field, special in contact lens and keratoconus research.  Membership: Chinese Optometry & Ophthalmology Academy, consultant,  IAO(International Academy of Orthokeratology) board member, Chair of IAOA(Asian section), Jpn. CL. Soc. member.


Langis Michaud, O.D., M.SC., FAAO (Dipl), 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.


Peter Wilcox, OD, FIAO

Dr. Wilcox has been in private practice nearly 30 years. He is an innovator and early adopter, all-the-while keeping to his roots of always asking : "WHY?". The privileged to lecture to the growing population of open-minded VBD attendees will repaid by providing yet-more alternative ways to practice and provide new solutions to your patients and your practices.



Donald Tan, FRCSG FRCSE FRCOphth

Donald Tan is the Arthur Lim Professor in Ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre, and Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, Senior Scientific Advisor at the Singapore Eye Research Institute, and a partner at Eye & Retina Surgeons, and Eye & Cornea Surgeons, Camden Medical Centre. Professor Tan has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles in the field of cornea, and is the recipient of over 20 international awards, which include the 2009 AAO/ISRS Casebeer Award, the 2012 EuCornea Medal, the 2013 Albrecht von Graefe Innovator’s Lecture, the CLAO 2014 Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr. Lecture, the CLAO 2015 Richard L. Lindstrom Lecture, the 2015 ASCRS Binkhorst Lecture, the 2017 APAO Jose Rizal Medal, the Netherlands Society of Ophthalmology 2017 Donders Lecture, and the 2018 Charles Tillett Lecturer. His major contributions to ophthalmology include the development of new forms of selective lamellar keratoplasty such as DALK, DSAEK and DMEK, including surgical instrumentation and devices, keratoprosthesis surgery, and the development of low-dose atropine eyedrops as myopia control therapy to reduce myopia progression in children. 

A recent Past President of the US-based Cornea Society, Professor Tan is also the founding and current President of the Asia Cornea Society, which he formed in 2007, and the founding and current chair of the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA).


Elise Kramer, OD, FAAO, FSLS - SLS Workshop Speaker

Dr. Elise Kramer is a residency-trained optometrist in Miami FL who specializes in ocular health and disease, ocular surface disease and regular and specialty contact lens fitting.

Her Doctorate degree was awarded in Optometry from the Université de Montréal in 2012 where she received a grant from the Scholarship Program of the Québec Ministry of Education for short-term university studies outside of Québec. Receipt of this scholarship award is based on academic performance. In the summer of her second year, she participated in a humanitarian mission in Laayoune, Morocco where she helped hundreds of impoverished people by giving them free eye examinations and glasses corresponding as closely as possible to their prescription.

During her fourth year, she completed a specialty contact lens training seminar course at the Vision Care Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. Later, in her fourth year, she helped teach a course on slit-lamp use and ocular foreign body extraction to family medicine residents in Montreal. She then completed her internship in ocular disease at the Eye Centers of South Florida, where she worked with Dr. Dan and Dr. Hoffman and went on to complete her residency at the Miami VA Medical Center. Her time there included training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s top eye hospital. After her residency, Dr. Kramer became a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Kramer is a member of the American Optometric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She strives to assist each patient with quality and advanced eye care whether he or she requires a basic eye exam or specialized eye or vision care.

“My practice has been devoted to the restoring quality vision and ocular comfort to those patients who have been affected by keratoconus, refractive surgical complications (ex: LASIK), corneal transplant surgery, eye trauma, chronic dry eyes, corneal dystrophies and degenerations and many others. Most of my patients who have suffered from vision loss are now wearing custom made contact lenses I have designed using advanced technology. The results are outstanding.


Nathan Schramm, OD FSLS CNS - SLS Workshop Speaker

Dr. Nathan Schramm is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. He has a primary and tertiary optometry clinic that specializes in scleral contact lenses, orthokeratology, and holistic eye care. He has lectured at ophthalmology and optometry conferences nationally and internationally about scleral lenses and omega 3's. 
As a service to other eye doctors, he created a group called Scleral Lens Fitters on Facebook. It has over a thousand eye doctors and is only open to ODs, MDs, and certified fitters without industry involvement. 
His passion is to help other doctors learn to fit compromised corneas, so more patients will have access to a technology that can greatly improve their quality of life.


Matt Kauffman, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Matt Kauffman graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He completed the prestigious Cornea and Contact Lens Residency program at the University of St. Louis College of Optometry, where he trained under the leading gas permeable contact lens and scleral lens fitting optometrists in the country. After residency, Dr. Kauffman joined Family a private practice in Houston, Texas, where he fit numerous individuals with specialty contact lenses, and was also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, College of Optometry. Recently, Dr. Kauffman became Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He is clinical faculty in the 3rd and 4th year contact lens clinic and participates in clinical research related to wavefront guided optics scleral lenses. Additionally, Dr. Kauffman has published and lectured on topics related to scleral lenses and specialty contact lens fittings.


Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD, FAOO

Dr. Meng C. Lin obtained her OD degree from the Ohio State University and completed her residency training at the University of Alabama. Thereafter, she pursued her PhD training in Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She received an NIH Clinician Scientist award (K12) for her post-doctoral training in Epidemiology and Chemical Engineering. Today she is Professor of Clinical Optometry and Vision Science at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, where her research laboratory focuses on ocular-surface physiology during contact lens wear and mechanisms responsible for human tear-film stabilization. Dr. Lin is the founding Director of the UCB Clinical Research Center and has been leading the center since 2004. Dr. Lin also established both the Dry Eye Clinic and Ocular Surface Imaging Clinic at Berkeley Optometry, specialty clinics that provide care to patients with ocular surface diseases. Dr. Lin's passion is training the next generation of clinician scientists who are interested in clinical and translational vision-related research.


Roxana Hemmati, OD, FAAO, FSLS - SLS Workshop Speaker

Dr. Roxana Hemmati graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She then received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from University of Houston College of Optometry in 2015, where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Hemmati continued her training by completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lenses with the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, where she gained experience fitting specialty contact lenses on complex corneas, and participated in a variety of clinical research projects. After completing her fellowship, she stayed on as faculty at the University of Houston, involved in both clinical education and research related to contact lenses. Her primary research project was on Wavefront-Guided scleral contact lenses. Dr. Hemmati has since completed the Boston Foundation for Sight PROSE Clinical Fellowship and joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and the American Academy of Optometry.


John Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS - SLS Workshop Speaker

Dr. Gelles is the director of the specialty contact lens division at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute-Hersh Vision Group and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey. His clinical work is dedicated exclusively to specialty contact lenses and surgical co-management for corneal disease (specifically keratoconus), ocular surface disease, and post-surgical corneal conditions as well as clinical research for keratoconus and specialty contact lenses.

Dr. Gelles is also the Chief Emerging Technology Officer at EyeCareLive and PeerMed. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Orthokeratology, a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America, and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is an adjunct clinical professor for State University of New York College of Optometry and New England College of Optometry.

Additionally, he is an optometric consultant and is an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute and serves on the executive board of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals.