Jeffrey K. Austin, OD, FAAO

Dr. Jeffrey Austin is an honors graduate from the Southern California College of Optometry and is currently on faculty with that prestigious institution. He is also the administrator of the Optometric Student Internship Program and in clinical practice limited to ocular disease at New Eyes Las Vegas. He is active in the Optometric Community in Nevada and across the U.S. and has served on the faculty at various schools and colleges of optometry and as a clinical instructor at the University of New Mexico school of Medicine. Dr. Austin has been President and is currently the Education Chairman of the Nevada Optometric Association and is currently President of the Mountain West Council of Optometrists. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optometric Glaucoma Society and the Optometric Retina Society.

Jason Bacharach, MD

Dr. Jason Bacharach is a glaucoma consultant in Sonoma County, California since 1993. He is the Founding Partner as well as Medical & Research Director of North Bay Eye Associates, Inc., which is a multi-subspecialty ophthalmology practice. He completed residency at Hahnemann University Eye Physicians and Surgeons in 1992 and fellowship in glaucoma at Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA Medical Center in 1993. He serves on multiple advisory boards and consults for various ophthalmologic pharmaceutical and surgical manufacturers.

Academically, he is Co-Chair of the Department of Glaucoma at California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, California. He has been honored by receiving the Residents’ Outstanding Teaching Award on two occasions. He is a fellow of the American Glaucoma Society and has authored multiple articles on glaucoma management in peer reviewed literature including American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Glaucoma. He has authored text chapters including one on glaucoma laser management in Ophthalmology Clinics of North America. He is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Current Eye Research and Advanced Ocular Care. He has been a primary investigator in over 200 phase I through IV clinical trials in Ophthalmology. He is the past Chair of the American Academy’s Ophthalmic Knowledge Based Panel for Glaucoma. He serves as a board examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. Lastly, he has been honored with an Achievement Award in 2005 and the Secretariat Award in 2013 from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Alison Bozung, OD

Dr. Alison Bozung is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. She practices in the Cornea and External Disease as well as Comprehensive Ophthalmology services. Alison received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation, she completed a residency focusing on ocular disease at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Douglas Devries, OD

Dr Devries co-founded Eye Care Associates of Nevada in 1992 and since that point has limited his practice to diseases of the eye and surgical co-management. His specific area of interest has been in ocular surface disease, which makes up the majority of his clinical practice. He is the director of the optometric residency program and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Optometry.

Dr Devries graduated with a degree in financial management from the University of Nevada and received his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University. He has served as President of the Nevada Optometric Association as well as the Great Western Counsel of Optometry. He serves on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee as well as the Council on Optometric Education.

Whitney Hauser, OD

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in 2003.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty as Associate Professor, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hauser has authored many articles focusing on the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, the anterior segment and practice management. She has been an invited speaker across the United States and internationally. Dr. Hauser servers as Clinical Development Consultant at TearWell: Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center and the Advanced Care and Ocular Disease Service at Southern College of Optometry. She is, also, founder and senior consultant for Signal Ophthalmic Consulting (SOC). SOC designs premier care plans for optometry and ophthalmology practices with an emphasis on dry eye care and cataract/refractive surgery. Dr. Hauser serves on the boards of TearLab, RySurg, Paragon BioTeck and Science Based Health. She, also, serves on the editorial board of Advanced Ocular Care.


John A. McGreal, Jr.,

Dr. McGreal is a graduate of Albright College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was Chief of Eye Services at Greater Atlantic Health service in Philadelphia, where he also had a private practice. He was a founding partner in Vision Care Consultants, a managed eye care company in Pennsylvania. He was Center Director and Vice President for Vision America Incorporated for seven years. Currently, he is Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice in St. Louis.

He is adjunct faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Missouri. He is internationally recognized for his educational endeavors.

He served on the continuing education committee for the North Central States Optometric Council and is past member of the Congress continuing education subcommittee of the American Optometric Association. He was the 42nd Peter’s Memorial Lecturer at the University of California. He was the Nussenblatt Lecturer at the University of Houston in 2004. He was the 1998 Missouri Optometrist of the Year. He was the 2005 University of Missouri School of Optometry Educator of the Year. He is Director of Education of OD Excellence, a practice improvement company.


Tina Porzukowiak, OD

Dr. Porzukowiak earned a Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and completed a post-doctoral residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and the Edward J. Hines, Jr. Central Blind Rehabilitation Center in Hines, Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders Special Interest Group (SIG) member, and Nutrition, Disease Prevention, and Wellness SIG member. She serves as the Education Program Chair for the AAO Comprehensive Eye Care Section and is a co-founder of the AAO Arizona Chapter. Dr. Porzukowiak sees patients with a wide variety of ocular pathology; her primary area of interest is neuro-ophthalmic disease.


Jessica Steen, OD, FAAO

Dr. Steen is an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where she serves as an attending optometric physician and instructs ocular pharmacology. Dr. Steen graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science and completed her residency in Primary Care with Emphasis in Ocular Disease at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Steen’s main clinical interests include neuro-ophthalmic disease, retinal disease, and glaucoma with an emphasis in medical and surgical management. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and serves as Trustee of the Palm Beach County Optometric Association.

James Thimons, OD, FAAO

Dr. Thimons is a 1978 graduate of Ohio State University College of Optometry. He completed his hospital residency at the Chillicothe, VA Medical Center in 1979 and then served as Chief, Optometry Service until 1985. He then accepted the position of Center Director at Omni Eye Services, Fairfax, Virginia and served in that role until 1989 when he became Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences at the State University of New York.

While at SUNY he developed The Glaucoma Institute, a clinical research center, and served as its first Director. In 1998, he accepted the position of Executive Director of TLC and served in that role until 2002 when he co- founded Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. A multidisciplinary referral practice providing secondary and tertiary level care! Dr. Thimons has received numerous awards for his service to the profession and has over 200 hundred publications in Glaucoma, Dry Eye, Cornea and External Disease As well as Refractive Surgery and New Technologies. He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed Speaker and Educator and an acknowledged leader in ophthalmic clinical education. He serves in professorial appointments at several universities in the US and has been a clinical investigator in over 20 NIH, NEI and Post Release Clinical Trials.

In 1999 he was awarded Optometry’s Top Educator and was selected as one of the Top Ten Clinician’s of the decade. In 2002 he founded the National Glaucoma Society, a NFP with Executive offices in Andover, Massachusetts, that provides educational and clinical development services to primary care clinicians worldwide in the area of glaucoma management. In 2005 he was inducted into the Optometry Hall of Fame and has recently served as President, Connecticut Association of Optometrists. Dr. Thimons was selected as the Top Eye Doctor in Fairfield County in 2013.

Robert P Wooldridge, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, American Board of Academy

Dr. Wooldridge is the Director of The Eye Foundation of Utah, an optometric co-management center in Salt Lake City, Utah. A graduate of the Indiana School of Optometry, he formerly served on the staff of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Wooldridge is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He has served as President of the Utah Optometric Association, four terms as President and Education Director of the Mountain West Council of Optometrists and as a Director of the Great Western Council of Optometry. He is a member of the Utah State Board of Optometry, Department of Professional Licensing. As Adjunct Clinical Instructor at several schools and colleges of optometry, he directs the clinical education of optometry students at the Eye Foundation. He is a two-time recipient of the Utah Optometrist of the Year award and currently serves as the UOA Education Committee Chairman. A nationally known speaker, he has provided several hundred lectures over the past thirty years to optometrists across the U.S. and internationally.

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