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.
Marc Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO
Dr. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), serving as President from 2009-2011. Moreover, Dr. Bloomenstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry and Arizona College of Optometry. Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals.
Dr. Bloomenstein currently serves as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.
Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO
Dr. Fingeret, a graduate of the New England College of Optometry, completed a residency at the Joseph C. Wilson Health Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Fingeret is Chief of the Optometry Section, Brooklyn/St. Albans Campus, Department of Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health Care System. Dr. Fingeret is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Fingeret sits on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Optometric Association, and the National Academies of Practice.
Dr. Fingeret is a founding member and past-president of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and is the recipient of the 2013 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award from the American Academy of Optometry, 2008 Distinguished Service Award Optometric Glaucoma Society, 2005 Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal from the American Academy of Optometry, 1999 AMSUS Federal Service Optometrist of the Year award and 1996 Otsuka Glaucoma Educators Award from the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Fingeret is on the annual meeting program committee, Glaucoma Section, Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the editorial boards for the Journal of Glaucoma, International Glaucoma Review, Glaucoma Today, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometry Times and Review of Optometry and has authored numerous articles and co-authored the texts "Atlas of Primary Eyecare Procedures" and "Primary Care of the Glaucomas". Dr. Fingeret sits on the advisory boards for Carl Zeiss Meditec, Merck, Topcon, Heidelberg Engineering, Optovue, Pfizer, Alcon, and Allergan and receives research support from Heidelberg Engineering, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Topcon, Merck, Canon and Optovue.
Bruce Onofrey, OD, RPh
Dr. Onofrey is a 1982 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and residency at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center. He also has degrees in chemistry and Pharmacy. He recently retired from the Lovelace Medical Center Eye Dept after 25 years where he served as the Chief of Optometry and Vice-chairman of eye services. His most current position is as a clinical professor at the University of Houston and the Exec. Director of continuing education programs. He also serves as the Director of the Primary Care residency program. His special interests include lectures in general and ocular pharmacology and clinical drug research.
Dr. Onofrey is a frequent contributor to ophthalmic literature. He is the current editor of "Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics", and the author of “The Ocular Therapeutics Handbook-A Clinical Manual”, both published by Lippincott. He also serves as a contributing editor to “Primary Care Optometry News". He is an internationally recognized lecturer on the management of ocular disease and the use of pharmaceutical agents.
Caroline Pate, OD, FAAO
Dr. Pate is originally from Saint Michaels, Maryland and earned her OD degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Pate completed her residency training in Family Practice Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. She has been a member of the UAB School of Optometry faculty since July 2005, where she currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Optometry and teaches Clinical Methods and Procedures and Diseases of the Anterior Segment. Dr. Pate serves as the Director of Residency Programs at UABSO. Dr. Pate was named the Alabama Optometric Association’s Young OD of the Year in 2014.
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®, and he is also the founder of Opt‐ED® Professional Continuing Education 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 and was recently named the University of Houston College of Optometry’s Benedict Professor for 2016‐2017. 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.
Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO
Dr. Shechtman is a full professor of optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where she serves as a clinician in the Eye institute. Dr. Shechtman is also the coordinator of the diabetes & macula service and the director of interdisciplinary education. She is a member of ASCO’s Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Practice Committee (IPECP), a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), as well as the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS). Her area of interest has centered on retinal disease. She has participated in various research grants, authored numerous posters and publications. She is also a member of the editorial board for a number of journals & will be authoring Optometric Management’s Inter-Professional Column. She continues to lecture at a local, national & international level on areas in retinal disease. In 2016, she will be completing a 6-month retinal shadowing experience with 7 distinct retinal specialists with an emphasis in medical treatment and diagnosis care of retinal disease in Miami, Florida.
Alyon J. Wasik, OD, FAAO
Dr Wasik is a 1999 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry and in 2000 completed her residency Primary Eye Care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Since 2002, she has been a full-time staff optometrist at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System in Tucson, Arizona where she sees patients, teaches optometry residents and students and is the optometry externship director.
Dr Wasik served as the Armed Forces Optometric Society President from 2012-2013 and is the 2015 AFOS OD of the Year. She was the federal service optometry representative and member of the AOA Federal Relations Committee from 2011-2016. Dr Wasik earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2000 and currently serves on the Academy’s Membership Committee. Dr Wasik lectures on the national, state, and local levels and her interests in the ocular effects of systemic medications, posterior segment disease and the ophthalmic manifestations of medical conditions. Her publications have been in the areas of neovascular glaucoma, cranial nerve palsies and their systemic etiologies, and use of VEG-F inhibitors.
Stephanie L. Woo, OD
Dr. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy.
Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Treasurer of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.
Robert P Wooldridge, OD, FAAO
Dr. Wooldridge is the Director of The Eye Foundation of Utah, an optometric comanagement 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 an Adjunct Clinical Professor at several schools and colleges of optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. He is the Past-President of the Mountain West Council of Optometrists and has served as President of the Utah Optometric Association.