CEwire2019

The Virtual Optometric Conference
56 COPE Approved Credits, Online!

LIVE ONLINE: January 26 & 27th, 2019
ON DEMAND: Through July 1st, 2019

$189.00  $149 Early Bird Pricing (hurry - ends Jan 1!)


Your registration includes access to the Virtual Exhibit Hall, with exclusive vendor discounts

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About CEwire2019

Join us for the largest online CE event in optometry and see why over 9,000 ODs have chosen to participate over the past five years!

Earn up to 56 COPE-approved CE credits from leading eye care experts with all-new lectures, without leaving home.

Watch LIVE online on January 26th & 27th, or ON DEMAND at your own pace and on your own schedule through July 1st, 2019.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading vendors, and tune in to the CEwire2019 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

56 Hours of COPE-Approved CE: Watch LIVE or ON DEMAND!

Your registration to CEwire2019 gives you access to the lectures when they are given LIVE online.

Can't make it live? No problem!

The lectures will all be recorded & placed online for you to view on demand through July 1st, 2019.

Watch each course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.

There is no more convenient, inexpensive, or relaxing way to pick up your required CE hours.
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Taking CE Has Never Been Easier

Receiving your COPE credits is incredibly simple:

1. Register for CEwire 2019
2. Login and watch the lectures live online, January 26th & 27th, OR on demand through July 1st, 2019
3. Complete a short quiz after each hour of class (take the quizzes as many times as you need to in order to pass)
4. We transmit your credits to ARBO automatically, and also provide you with a digital certificate after you complete each course

There is no better education value in eye care!

Profits for Charity

Profits from the event are being shared with leading eye care charities:
- The American Academy of Optometry Foundation
- VOSH International

Learn more about the missions of each organization by clicking on the links above. CEwire is proud to have contributed to both organizations at our prior four virtual conferences!

Exhibit Hall


CEwire2019 also features a virtual exhibit hall, where leading vendors will demo their products and provide you with the most up-to-date information. Many will have staff available live via text chat during the event!

Several exhibitors will be offering exclusive show discounts to CEwire2019 attendees.

Check here to get the latest news on show discounts and information about the show.
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CEwire2019 Livestream!

As in prior years, the team will broadcast live from CEwire HQ, giving you the latest updates on the conference, current discounts being offered at the show, and interviewing leaders in eye care.

They will be joined in studio by special guest analyst Gretchyn Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, Editor in Chief and Content Channel Director at Optometry Times.
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CEwire2019 Scheduled Course List

(last updated: 12/11/2018)
Total COPE Hours: 56
(all "Pending" Courses will be approved & given a COPE ID by conference start!)
OCULAR GRAFT-VS-HOST DISEASE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60133-AS

Survival rates among patients with blood cancers continue to improve but, unfortunately, the success of treatment brings with it the increased prevalence of chronic graft vs. host disease.

This course will detail the ocular complications and guide the primary eye care clinician in managing the challenges of this devastating condition.
THE 21TH CENTURY SCIENCE MESSAGE IS “HEALTH PROMOTION"
Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: Pending

This course focuses on promotion of health within the 21st century optometric practice. Health promotion requires a shift in our thinking from only describing pathology and symptomatology, to focusing on well-functioning physiology at the level of the cell, tissue, organ and system. It embraces the new science of epigenetics.
SYSTEMIC DISEASES AND GLAUCOMA
Richard Madonna, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

For a very long time, glaucoma has been described as a sick eye in a sick body. This course explores the relationship between the most common systemic conditions that appear to influence the onset and progression of glaucoma.

Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, sleep apnea, and neurodegenerative diseases are all investigated.
10 HACKS FOR OCT INTERPRETATION IN GLAUCOMA
Mark T. Dunbar, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

The OCT has emerged as a critical tool in diagnosis and management of glaucoma. Not only can it help differentiate normal from abnormal optic nerves but it can help diagnose pre-perimetric glaucoma and document progression before it is seen on a visual field. This course will discuss 10 key tips and tricks for using the OCT in managing glaucoma.

Objectives:
Discuss the importance and limitation of the normative data base in glaucoma
Discuss how the OCT can show early pre-perimetric glaucoma before it shows up on a visual field
Show how progression can documented using the OCT
JUMPING TO LIGHT SPEED: EXPLORING THE SCIENTIFIC AND CLINICAL EFFICACY OF INTENSE PULSE LIGHT FOR THE DRY EYE AND MGD PATIENTS
Laura Periman, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

There’s a lot of targets to hit when planning comprehensive treatments for the DryEye/MGD patients. With a playful slant, we will explore the science and published literature on Intense Pulsed Light therapy as well as the adjuncts in a comprehensive treatment plan
THE PRICE OF BEAUTY: AESTHETICS AND OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE
Jennifer Lyerly, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60116-AS

With the cosmetics and beauty industries thriving, doctors are also seeing dramatic increases in patients with dry eye and ocular surface disease, even in younger patients. Through this course you will be introduced to common cosmetics and beauty procedures, their potential ocular side effects, and strategies for educating and managing ocular surface disease side effects.
THE EYE IN SLEEP APNEA
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is a disease characterized by recurrent complete or partial upper airway obstructions during sleep. Risk factors for SAS include obesity, male sex, upper airway abnormalities, alcohol use, snoring, and wide neck girth. Reported ophthalmic findings in patients with SAS include floppy eyelid syndrome, glaucoma, keratoconus, and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). This course provides clinically relevant information on sleep apnea syndrome and it ophthalmic implications.
EYE CANCERS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Some eye cancers, such as retinoblastoma, present very early in life, while others are more common in adults. Ocular and orbital tumors may be primary or metastatic to the eye from a distant site. The goal of this course is to provide current and accurate information the eye in neoplastic disease. Clinical cases are used to illustrate diagnostic guidelines, work-up, and treatment and management strategies.
RETINAL DETACHMENT OR NOT?
Mark Friedberg, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

This course will teach how to distinguish retinal detachments that need prompt attention and treatment. Conditions that masquerade as retinal detachment will be presented and risk factors for retinal detachment and when these risk factors need treatment will be reviewed. Systemic causes of retinal detachment and the treatment of such will also be included.
OCULAR MANIFESTATIONS OF SYSTEMIC DISEASE
Brian R. Hall, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

This course will review common systemic diseases and the ocular pathologies they cause. Systemic and ocular management of each disease will be reviewed. Clinical studies reviewing both past and current management of the systemic disease, as well as the ocular pathology associated will be presented. Cases will be discussed to highlight the current management of each ocular disease.
GRAND ROUNDS: NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY AND SYSTEMIC DISEASE
Brian R. Hall, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

A series of grand round cases are used to discuss the relationship between systemic and neuro-ocular disease. Appropriate diagnostic work up based on neuro-ophthalmic findings are reviewed. The ocular side effects of various medications used in the treatment of systemic disease and the recommendations for monitoring for adverse effects are covered.
TBI "SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFO ON TBI, CTE AND THE NFL CONCUSSION CRISIS
Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Description coming soon!
KERATOCONUS: THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BACKSIDE
Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Description coming soon!
SPORTS VISION THERAPY - PROCEDURES AND ACTIVITIES
Alexandar Andrich, OD, FCOVD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Let the games begin! Sports vision therapy is one of the best kept secrets in all of sports. With the advancement in technology for therapy procedures and activities, optometrists are poised to be the leaders in the field of performance enhancement. Specific activities will be discussed along with demonstrations.
SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE VISION IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

This course is designed to discuss the various aspects of sports and performance vision from general concepts, to testing and ultimately to treatment. Special attention will be given to one of the more visible issues in regards to sports performance and vision: concussion.

Course Objectives:
1) To Promote: Prevention of Sports Injuries
2) Contact Lenses and other eyewear options for athletes
3) Prevention and Treatment of concussive injuries for athletes
4) Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy
OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE: TIPS AND TOOLS TO GO BEYOND DRY EYE
Crystal M. Brimer, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Holistically and scientifically devise your treatment plan, whether incorporating traditional or advanced treatments, according to patient presentation and etiology. Without a formula, the success of ocular surface treatments can be hit or miss, but utilizing a systemic approach creates outcome predictability and clinical confidence. This course offers a broad overview on where to start in creating an algorithm that works for your office.
GENETICS IN EYE CARE: TESTING AND TREATMENTS A NEW HORIZON
Steve Silberberg, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60162-SD

A summary of basic genetics, gene therapies now being utilized presently as well as ongoing studies being attempted. The course will give the audience a working knowledge of the status of gene therapies, problems and advances expected in the near future. Hopefully the course will motivate the audience to refer out patients for possible inclusion in the latest therapies now approved and research presently being conducted. The lecture will also give the practitioner the ability to discuss with patients their condition and how Gene Therapy may help presently or in the future.
GP LENS UPDATE
Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60112-CL

This course addresses advances in GP lens materials, design, fitting, problem-solving, and care. This will include scleral lenses, overnight orthokeratology, keratoconus, hybrids, care regimens, and surface coatings. In addition, important resources to assist in feeling comfortable fitting GP lenses are provided.
THE OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIAN A CRITICAL MEMBER OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF DIABETES
Kerry Gelb, OD & Jeffrey Gold, DO, FACC

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: Pending

An inside look how cardiology and optometry can work together to prevent the onslaught of this deadly disease.
RISKY BUSINESS: THE MAJOR RISK FACTORS IN GLAUCOMA
Graham Lakkis BScOptom

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60136-GL

A number of systemic and ocular risk factors are associated with both the development and progression of glaucoma, some more significantly than others. This lecture will provide a detailed overview of the major genetic systemic and ocular risk factors in glaucoma and allow the practitioner to properly consider risk factor analysis in glaucoma management.

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:
- correctly identify systemic and ocular risk factors for glaucoma
- apportion relative risk in glaucoma management
- recognise that risk factors vary between glaucoma diagnosis and glaucoma progression
GLAUCOMA: MISTAKES I’VE MADE (AND LESSONS I’VE LEARNED)
Graham Lakkis BScOptom

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60166-GL

Although generally straightforward to diagnose and treat, sometimes glaucoma management can go awry and sub-optimal outcomes can occur. This lecture will discuss the areas of misadventure in glaucoma that can result in litigation, highlight the main glaucoma masqueraders to watch out for, and provide strategies on how to minimise clinical errors.

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:
- identify the three main causes of litigation in glaucoma
- recognise glaucoma masqueraders that can confound diagnosis
- incorporate strategies to minimise errors in glaucoma management
OPTOMETRY IN THE AGE OF DISRUPTION: HOW GOOD DOCTORS COMPETE WITH BAD COMPANIES
Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

The field of optometry faces unprecedented disruption from companies outside of the profession. Regulatory agencies either have little enforcement dollars or have made commitments to reduce barriers to new unproven technologies. Therefore, educating patients about the importance of solid eyecare that meets the standard of care falls on the shoulders of optometrists. This lecture teaches the optometrist how to use the latest technologies in positive ways to recapture the hearts and minds of your patients.
MYOPIA: THE SCIENCE AND CLINICAL TREATMENT
Jeffrey Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

This course assumes a knowledge of the risk factors of myopic progression and development. We will review the literature of myopia control in regard to current treatment, i.e. progressive (bifocal) lenses, ortho keratology (OK), multifocal contact lenses, outside exposure and atropine. We will then develop a clinical guideline of use, e.g. when to use progressive, lenses, atropine and what strength, ortho K, etc. In addition, we will discuss the additive effects of each treatment; monitoring the patient for progression; and what to do; and when or if we should stop treatment.
CONCUSSION: WHAT'S VISION GOT TO DO WITH IT?
DeAnn M. Fitzgerald, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

This course will focus on concussion and concussion management with an emphasis on vision. Whether optometrists provide vision rehabilitation or primary care services, concussions can affect all of our patients. Practical ideas and tips to help student athletes function at the highest level will be provided.
OCULAR SIDE EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC DRUGS
Richard S Witlin MD, FACS

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Most of our patients take Oral systemic medications for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, the prescribing doctors are unaware of the ocular side-effects of these medications. It behooves the optometric physician to be the provider who both can recognize and treat the ocular complications of these drugs and supplements. This course is a comprehensive overview of this topic

Course Objectives: The optometric physician should be able to diagnose the ocular side-effects of systemic medications and their impact on various ocular structures and often treatment modalities to counteract these symptoms and side effects. The course will cover the impact of commonly prescribed oral medications on ocular structures. The treatment of these side effects will be discussed as well.
ANTERIOR SEGMENT AND CONTACT LENS APPLICATIONS OF OCT
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60122-AS

As technologies have evolved, so has our ability to utilize them to improve our understanding of ocular conditions that we manage in our practices. This is certainly true in the realm of the insights that anterior segment imaging with OCT (AS-OCT) has provided us. This course will help the clinician understand the applications of AS-OCT and how to apply this information to manage anterior segment disease and complex contact lenses.
MAKING THE COMPLEX SIMPLE: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO DRY EYE MASTERY
Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: Pending

This course shares wisdom and insight garnered from years of practice limited to dry eye and ocular surface disease in one of the driest places on earth. Clinically focused, it provides the foundation and specific approaches to developing a successful dry eye practice segment.
MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION: “WHERE DRY EYE BEGINS”
Craig Thomas, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

You will learn about the physiology of the meibomian glands in health and disease. Emphasis is placed on understanding the natural history of obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction and its relationship to dry eye disease. In addition, a systematic and long-term program of Eyelid Margin Hygiene is presented as the basis for treatment.
PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT – A SURVIVAL GUIDE
Richard Hom, OD, PhD, MPA

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60150-PM

Private equity investment in optometry and the vision care market has become a significant source new investment. This course offers strategies for owners and their staff (doctors as well as staff) to follow a path that yields an optimal outcome. Techniques such as game theory and portfolio analysis will be discussed." As in everyday business, private equity investors are pursuing their own interests first and want to be"winners and instead of losers." Where do you want to be?
KERATOCONUS: EARLY SCREENING TO ADVANCED MANAGEMENT
S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Keratoconus impacts our patients in profound ways. The prevelance of the disease is far greater than ever thought before. Today we have developed technologies that can halt progression and resulting loss of vision. Additionally, we have means to provide enhanced vision and comfort for our patients with clinically significant keratoconus. This course will take us through the importance and methods of early detection all the way to reviewing technologies to halt progression, reduce disease severity and provide optimized vision.
ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF TODAY’S OPTOMETRIC WEBSITES
Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

The lecture will discuss how optometrists should structure their practice’s website to maximize the patient experience, encourage on-line interaction, and improve their ranking with Google search results.
OCT AND BEYOND IN OCULAR AND SYSTEMIC DISORDERS
Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: Pending

Myriad technologies exist to measure structure and function of the eye and visual system to detect ocular as well as systemic disease. In addition to OCT and OCT-A, FAF, UBM, objectiveField, LIV, VEP, Hand Carotenoid Scanner, Rabin Cone and NeuroVision imaging will be explored with exemplary cases.
HELP WANTED: HELP FOR HIRE
Justin Bazan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

If either you are a practice owner looking to hire an ideal associate or you are an OD looking to join your dream practice then this is the course for you. Listen from the perspective of both sides. Dr. Justin Bazan had been in practice for over 5 years and wanted to hire an ideal associate. He will share his process from making the decision to hire one, to attracting the right candidates, to evaluating them, to hiring them and implementing them into the practice. Dr. Brandon Or was a new grad of becoming an associate at a practice that had what she was looking for. Hear her process of how he was able to market herself and ultimately land her dream job.
HOW CALIFORNIA LAW AFFECTS YOUR VSP PRACTICE IN 2019
Craig Steinberg, OD, JD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

If you are a VSP provider you may be surprised to find out that, no matter where you practice, your VSP contract is controlled by California law. In 2018, at the request of VSP, California passed a new law specifically addressing VSP audits and the rights of doctors being audited. This course will address VSP audits generally – how to avoid being audited, what VSP looks for in their audits, how to respond when audited, and how to win if you are audited – and will specifically address changes to the VSP auditing and hearing process that take effect in 2019. Where helpful, VSP auditing will be compared with Medicare auditing procedures and rights.

Course Objectives: This course will teach the practicing optometrist that depends on VSP for a significant part of their income to understand what puts them at risk of being audited by VSP, how to avoid being audited, how to handle an audit if one occurs, what your rights are in opposing a VSP audit, and what they need to do to ensure that they have a bad audit result.
BUILDING YOUR MYOPIA MANAGEMENT PRACTICE. HOW THE EXPERTS DO IT
Gary Gerber, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60155-PM

"Why haven’t I heard about this before?” It’s a question parents routinely ask that has stymied hundreds of doctors and put many more myopic kids’ vision at risk.

While myopia management should be a viable part of most optometry practices, lack of awareness by consumers continually frustrates doctors who try to build this part of their practice.

Based on years of practice management and consulting experience and using that experience to build the country’s only practices exclusively dedicated to myopia management, Dr. Gary Gerber shares the tips, techniques, strategies and secrets he’s used to build Treehouse Eyes – practices that only do myopia management. These practices have no primary case base to draw from, accept no insurance and don’t sell eyeglasses. Yes – it can, and IS being done!
VISUALLY INDUCED TRIGEMINAL DYSPHORIA MAY BE THE LEADING SOURCE OF HEADACHES, EYESTRAIN AND DRY EYE SENSATION
Jeffrey Krall, OD & Carol M. Nelson, MD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60164-GO

After years of in-depth clinical research conducted at neurology centers nationwide, a new link between optometry and neurology has been discovered. Results from a series of clinical studies on headache patients revealed that symptomatic patients shared a common trait: a misalignment in their vision that caused specific symptoms when using digital devices, reading or doing near work.

Patients studied were found to share a common trait: a misalignment in their vision that was believed to put continual stress on the trigeminal nerve – the largest and most complex nerve connected to the brain, and the one responsible for head, eye and neck sensations. A further review of optometric literature revealed complaints of similar symptoms documented throughout history, predating the use of digital devices.

You will gain an understanding of the optical neurological mechanism triggering headaches and how it relates to neck pain/tension and eye fatigue. You will also gain new insights into how to identify and treat patients suffering from a misalignment in their vision.
UNLOCKING THE SUCCESS TO REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGERY
Clark Chang, OD, FAAO & Christopher J. Rapuano, MD

Credit Hours: 2
COPE ID: Pending

Custom refractive cataract surgery can significantly improve your patient’s vision and life. This course will discuss the various ocular conditions that can interfere with patients’ clinical outcomes. Speakers will share pre-operative management strategies required to control these diseases, and help you deliver the clinical results that will optimize patient satisfaction.
CONTEMPORARY KERATOCONUS MANAGEMENT – CROSSLINKING AND BEYOND
Clark Chang, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Keratoconus (KCN) may severely limit all aspects of our patients’ lives. It’s imperative for primary eye care providers to guide patients through treatment recommendations that can best maintain their quality of life. This course will discuss the most current KCN management protocols including disease stabilization as well as a diverse range of adjunctive surgical and non-surgical innovations.
DRY EYE DISEASE: IT IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK
Whitney Hauser, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Not all red, irritated eyes are dry eye. This rapid fire course will present five anterior segment cases that were initially misdiagnosed as Dry Eye Disease. Attendees will be offered case history, exam data and diagnostics testing results to interactively arrive at the proper conclusion. Each case reviewed are conditions commonly seen in optometric practice and offer clinical application.
MACULAR PIGMENT SUPPLEMENTATION: A PRESCRIPTION FOR VISION AND COGNITIVE HEALTH
John Nolan, PhD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60130-PS

In this course, you will learn about the macular carotenoids, how they are sourced, how they are optimized in the eye, how they are optimized in the brain, and what this means for visual function, visual health and cognitive function. This information will play an important role in eye care when helping patients enhance the health and quality of their vision.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR PEDIATRIC VISION EVALUATIONS
Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60188-FV

This course will discuss recommendations on where and how to perform community outreach regarding the importance of comprehensive pediatric vision evaluations as well as review how to discuss ocular and visual dysfunctions which may lead to learning related difficulties with parents and teachers.
INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL PERCEPTUAL EVALUATION
Tamara V. Petrosyan, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60190-FV

Visual perceptual deficits can have a devastating impact on a child’s interaction with the world as well as his / her reading and academic performance. This course will review the signs and symptoms of different visual perceptual disorders and introduce how to evaluate for them.
IS PRIVATE EQUITY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Benjamin S. Chudner, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

With private equity spending millions of dollars buying up independent practices throughout North America, it is important to understand if this opportunity is right for you and your practice. This course will review several private equity groups, how optometric practices are valued, and what you can expect from the beginning of the process through the close of the sale.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY: REVOLUTIONIZING VITREORETINAL DISEASE
Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60195-PD

Recent advances in optical coherence tomography imaging technology now include angiography which allows for quantification of vascular density and flow within the retina and choroid. These advancements have led an explosion of research regarding the clinical utility of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in various retinal diseases. This course will provide a review of this emerging technology including its advantages and limitations as compared to conventional fluorescein angiography. Additionally, the role of OCTA in the diagnosis and management of a variety of retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinal occlusive disease, and age-related macular degeneration will be explored.
MAXIMIZING PROFIT: OPT-OUT AND ALTERNATIVE LENS SOURCING
Mark Sturm, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60170-PM

This course discusses how to understand and profit from the lab “opt-out” process. Alternative lens sourcing and sales strategies are also explained in detail. Profitability examples and brief case studies highlight the role of alternative sourcing in maximizing profitability in both opt-in and opt-out offices. This course is valuable to anyone looking to increase profit in their optical, regardless of whether they practice in an opt-out state or not.
OBESITY AND DIABETES TYPE 2
Lloyd Pate, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60191-SD

This course will introduce optometrists to the pathophysiology and risk factors for diabetes type 2. They will also become familiar with the interventional measures which have been shown to reduce the risk for developing or even reverse diabetes. They will learn what optometrist can do to prevent and manage diabetes in our patients.
HYPERTENSION
Lloyd Pate, OD

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: 60194-SD

The optometrist will be taught the common causes of error in measuring blood pressure and how to obtain accurate readings in their patients. They will also learn the proper interpretation of this readings in order to make a proper diagnosis in their patients.

They will also learn to properly identify and manage hypertension urgencies and emergencies. They will also learn the lifestyle interventions shown to lower blood pressure in order to counsel their patients.
CONSEQUENCES OF A TBI OR NEUROLOGICAL EVENT AFFECTING AND CAUSING DYSFUNCTION IN VISUAL PROCESSING: TREATING POST TRAUMA VISION SYNDROME (PTVS) AND VISUAL MIDLINE SHIFT SYNDROME (VMSS)
William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Persons who have a neurolgical event such as a TBI, concussion, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), etc. often have difficulty with balance, posture binocularity and spatial orientattion. A visual processing dysfunction caused by the neurological event often cause symptoms such as: headaches, eyestraiin, diplopia, visual fatigue, inability to tolerate busy environments, photophobia, to name several. Research regarding neuro-visual processing has documented spatial visual processing dysfunction that causes Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual mMidline Shift Syndrome (VMSS). These syndromes often interfere with clinical tretment and rehabilitation.

This presentation will discuss the implications of PTVS and VMSS as well as the means to affect the spatial visual processing dysfunction causing these syndromes through Neuro-Visual Processing Rehabilitation (NVPR) and Neuro-Visual Postural Therapy (NVPT). Research by Padula, et. al. demonstrates that a neurological event affects the organization within bi-modal visual processing interfering with binocularity, spatial oritntationbalance, posture and balance. Visual rehabilitation will be discussed using prisms and NVPT to affect the dysfunction and reduce the symptoms.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF LYME DISEASE ON VISION AND THE MEANS TO IMPROVE FUNCTION
William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA

Credit Hours: 1
COPE ID: Pending

Tick-borne diseases are emerging vector-borne infectious diseases that are highly prevalent in several U.S. regions including the Northeast, Upper Midwest and Northern California. The incidence of tick-borne diseases has increased the last two decades with approximately 25,000 confirmed cases reported annually. However, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating the actual number of cases may be closer to 300,000 each year. Although ocular complications have been previously reported, discussion about vision problems associated with tick-borne disease is sparse in the literature. It has also been reported that many persons begin to experience symptoms of blurring, double vision (diplopia), photophobia, distortion of space, visual strain and headaches when performing near vision activities, difficulty with balance, dizziness, difficulty with convergence and focusing, to name several.

This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of Lyme related disease and the consequences of visual processing dysfunction. In addition, Discussion will be presented about the affect on spatial visual processing compromise and the means to improve vision though prism lenses to affect balance, posture, reduce eyestrain and improve function and performance.

Speakers

Alexandar Andrich, OD, FCOVD is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and is in private practice in North Royalton, Ohio.

He lectures on the topics of pediatric/infant vision, binocular vision disorders, sports vision, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and learning-related vision disorders.

In addition to providing Vision Therapy, Sports Vision, and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation services at his private practice, he is also on staff in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation departments at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio.

Dr. Andrich is currently serving as the president of the International Sports Vision Association. Additionally, Dr. Andrich is a vision coach to the Cleveland Monsters hockey team and Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. He is professionally involved at state, national and international levels.

When he is not busy with optometry, Dr. Andrich enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, skiing, and mountain biking.
Justin Bazan, OD, a 2004 SUNY grad, is the owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, NY, 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.
Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS, received his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry and his M.S.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Bennett is currently Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Bennett is currently Executive Director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and is past Chair of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE). He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association(AOA). He is also the past President of the MD-OD Contact Lens Foundation of St. Louis. He is a Diplomate and is a past Chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He has authored over 200 publications including 13 texts and lectured at over 250 scientific and continuing education symposia.

He was named one of the 50 most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the 30 most influential in contact lenses in the last 30 years by Contact Lens Spectrum. He was selected as one of Primary Care Optometry News(PCON) 250. He is on the Education Committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He is the Clinical Features Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, an Editorial Review Board member for Review of Optometry, and an Editorial Board Member for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.
Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry, and a Fellow of the AAO. In Wilmington, NC, she owns a private boutique practice and Dry Eye Center, that she also uses for clinical investigations. Dr. Brimer is devoted to the development of equipment and protocols that help doctors differentiate the underlying causes of ocular surface disease and ensure successful outcomes.

Dr. Brimer enjoys publishing articles as well as the extensive travel, both nationally and internationally, to lecture and consult within the field. In her down time, she enjoys life on the water and being a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio.

He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry.

Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1400 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.
Clark Y. Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO is both Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital - Cornea Service and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Vision. After finishing his residency, he further completed a fellowship in cornea and contact lenses. He has taken part in numerous clinical studies on corneal cross-linking and has authored extensively on keratoconus management involving both surgical and/or contact lens innovations.

He is an advisory board member at International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS). In addition, Dr. Chang is also the immediate past president of New Jersey Academy of Optometry and the current vice chair of the membership committee at the American Academy of Optometry.
Benjamin S. Chudner, OD, FAAO is the Vice President of Eyecare and Chief Medical Officer for Acuity Eyecare Group, a private equity backed company based in Dallas, Texas with about 70 locations throughout the US.

A 1997 graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Chudner completed a residency in ocular disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

He practiced for over 13 years in the Pacific Northwest, owning his own private practice for 10 years before joining Bausch + Lomb to manage their learning and development department. After moving to professional strategy for B+L, he joined LensCrafters in 2015 and managed eyecare operations for 180 locations in the US and Canada. He was promoted to Senior Clinical Director for Luxottica in 2016, overseeing eyecare for over 2300 locations across LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. In June of this year he joined Acuity Eyecare group and now oversees eyecare strategy and operations.
Jeffrey S. Cooper, OD, MS, FAAO is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry.

He graduated from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1971, later that year he completed a special post-graduate training program in Vision Therapy. He served as the assistant chief of the Vision Therapy Services from 1972-1978. Dr. Cooper received a Masters of Science in physiological optics. He has authored over 60 research papers that have appeared in numerous prestigious ophthalmological and optometric journals. Currently, he is on the editorial board of Binocular Vision and Eye Muscle Surgery and the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. He is a reviewer for numerous professional publications.

Dr. Cooper, under the auspices of Bausch and Lomb, served as a consultant to the USA Olympic Team. He has provided peer review for research grants submitted to the National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute. Dr. Cooper presently teaches in both the professional and residency programs – strabismus and amblyopia.He developed both the Computer Orthopter and the HTS therapy systems. Both of these treatment systems are used by more than 6,000 optometrists and ophthalmologists worldwide. He serves as a consultant to Vision 3D, and maintains practices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Mark T. Dunbar, OD, FAAO has been a member of the optometric staff at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for over 30 years and currently serves as the Director of Optometric Services. He is also Co-Chairman of the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo.

Dr Dunbar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). Dr. Dunbar also serves on the Editorial Boards for Advanced Ocular Care and Review of Optometry where he writes the monthly column “The Retina Quiz. “
S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field.

Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry.

He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.
Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, DPNAP is a native New Yorker who graduated from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. After relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC and The Dry Eye Center of Arizona, PLLC and serves as the Director of Cornea - External Disease, Clinical Research and The Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Center. He also heads Ophthalmic Research Consultants of Arizona.

Dr. Epstein is a highly regarded educator and popular speaker. He serves as Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and has presented in excess of 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He is also a prolific author who has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and American Board of Clinical Optometry, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and admitted to the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.

A Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses he founded, and serves as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician™, the first E-Journal in optometry.
DeAnn M. Fitzgerald, OD is Vice President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), an inter-disciplinary group of professionals dedicated to providing patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury with a complete ocular health evaluation and optimum visual rehabilitation education and services to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Fitzgerald has been providing eye care to eastern Iowa since graduating from Pacific University School of Optometry in 1984. She runs a busy primary care clinic where she diagnoses and treats ocular disease and evaluates patients with brain injury. In 2007, she opened a multi-disciplinary clinic, Cedar Rapids Vision in Motion, which provides low vision services and vision skills rehabilitation, with an emphasis on vestibular and visual skills. She then launched her sports vision and concussion clinic, Active Evolution Studio.

Dr. Fitzgerald has a special interest in sports vision performance and concussion. She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she played softball and basketball. At Pacific University, she went to the NCAA softball nationals two years in a row. She taught pitching and batting clinics and was umpire in chief of softball tournaments for high school students. Dr. Fitzgerald also played semi-professional softball in the 1980’s. She has helped facilitate over 17,000 baseline testings for concussion in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities.
Mark Friedberg, MD graduated with top honors from Brown University Undergraduate and was selected to the medical honor society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Friedberg was also chosen to be one of 12 residents at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital where he did his training.

He was then selected to be the coveted, sole retinal trainee for the Washington National Eye Center located at the Washington Hospital Center.

He is the co-founding editor and original lead author of the best selling book in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease. Dr. Friedberg has also published numerous articles on eye surgery, has given dozens of lectures to societies of eye doctors, and has been a reviewer for eye journals in the past. He has served as a consultant to over 100 eye doctors and has performed thousands of eye operations.
Kerry Gelb, OD is a graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry. Upon graduation he received his Doctorate at the Illinois College of Optometry and garnered his Residency at the St. Albans Extended Care Center where he focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. He also held a staff position as Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry.

Dr. Gelb is in private practice in New York and New Jersey, where he is a sub lease holder at five LensCrafters locations, and is also the current President and a Board Member of ALLDocs, the Association of Lenscrafters Leasholding Doctors. Kerry is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Jersey Optometric Society.

While active on the lecture circuit, Kerry speaks on topics ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of external eye disease, corneal refractive therapy, and clinical ophthalmic procedures, to contact lenses, nutrition related to ocular disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He is a Clinical Investigator for Abbott Medical Optics and for the Ciba Vision Contact Lens Ev4-04 Trial, and has been published in the Academy of Optometry and Optometry Times.

Dr. Gelb has also volunteered in the “OneSight” program, helping to restore and preserve vision for people in need internationally. He enjoys exercising, traveling, playing softball, and currently resides in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where he lives with his wife and children.
Gary Gerber, OD is the cofounder of Treehouse Eyes, the country’s first centers dedicated exclusively to providing myopia management services to children.

He is also the founder and Chief Dream Officer for The Power Practice®, a practice building and consulting company whose mission is to help doctors power their professional and personal dreams. Dr. Gerber is also a prolific writer and speaker as well as an accomplished mentalist and magician who uses illusions to help illustrate his key learning points as well as entertain his audiences. He has authored hundreds of articles and given more than 500 thought provoking and enlightening presentations. He is also the host of The Power Hour, optometry’s only live talk radio show.

His team of consultant-optometrists at the Power Practice® is renowned for the innovative strategies and comprehensive systems used to build their clients’ practices. Comprised of knowledgeable authorities from all sectors of the optometric business world, these consultants specialize in taking middle of the bell curve practices and making them highly profitable and efficient.

When he’s not helping his clients power their dreams, he’s powering his own as a touring musician with Joe Lynn Turner, the singer from Deep Purple and Rainbow.
Jeffrey Gold, DO, FACC is a board certified cardiologist who has been in private practice for over 20 yrs. After graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine he did a 1 year rotating internship. He performed his internal medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Medical center and Cardiology fellowship at the Manhattan VA/NYU medical center. He spent an additional year at the University of Massachusetts medical center as an interventional fellow.

Dr. Gold has expertise in clinical cardiology and has spent the majority of his career in the cardiac catheterization lab performing invasive cardiac procedures. Over the past decade Dr. Gold has focused on preventive cardiology with a keen interest in vascular biology, lipids and has taken advanced training in metabolic cardiology. He resides in Westfield, NJ with his wife Vivian and 3 children.
Brian R. Hall, OD, FAAO Dr. Brian R. Hall practices at Atlantic Eye Physicians in Monmouth County, NJ. He provides primary eye care, ocular and neuro-ophthalmic disease management and emergency eye care. He is the Residency Program Director and holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the State University of New York.

Prior to joining Atlantic Eye Physicians Dr. Hall was the Assistant Director of Eye Care Services at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY. During that time he also served as the hospital’s Residency and Student Program Supervisor.

Dr. Hall graduated with honors from the State University of New York College of Optometry in 2004 and completed his residency training at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System.

Dr. Hall is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the American Optometric Association. He has been published and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on ocular disease diagnosis, treatment and management.
Whitney Hauser, OD 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 Assistant 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 serves 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.
Richard Hom, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dipl PHEV recently earned his PhD from Salus University where he studied the function of environmental factors on vision impairment and disability.

He received his OD from the University of California at Berkeley and his MPA from San Francisco State University.

In 2017, he was awarded the Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision from the American Academy of Optometry. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees of the California Optometric Association and is a member of the American Diabetic Associationa (ADA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Association in Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Jeffrey Krall, OD is the lead investigator for EyeBrain Medical. He has conducted research for Shamir, Bausch & Lomb, Signet Armorlite, Crossbows Optical, Tokai Optical, Stereo Optical, Hydrogel Vision and Illinois College of Optometry.

He has numerous publications. Lectured in the US and internationally on headaches, Dry eye and Ocular disorders. He received his Doctor of Optometry form the ICO 1988.
Graham Lakkis BScOptom graduated with his Optometry degree from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and was awarded the Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award. In 1991 he opened his private practice in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor East. The practice has a strong clinical focus on ocular disease, therapeutic management, specialised contact lens fitting, and advanced clinical equipment. Graham completed his training in Ocular Therapeutics in 2000. In 2008 the practice was selected as a clinical site for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Community Eyecare Partnership.

As well as private practice, Graham is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Science, and Lead Optometrist at the University of Melbourne Glaucoma Clinic. He is a member of the Optometry Board of Australia’s Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee and Secretary of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society in Victoria. Graham was heavily involved in the writing of the Glaucoma Guidelines for Optometry Australia.
Jennifer Lyerly, OD is the Director of Contact Lens Services for Triangle Visions Optometry in Cary, NC. A 2011 graduate of Southern College of Optometry, she founded Eyedolatry Blog in 2011 with a focus on patient communication, practice guides for new ODs, and women's leadership in optometry.

In addition to writing for Eyedolatry, she has also written articles for Review of Optometry, Invision Magazine, Review of Optometric Business, Women in Optometry, and been a contributor for O: The Oprah Magazine. She was recognized as a leading innovator in Vision Monday’s 50 Most influential Women in Optical in 2015, and was named the Southern College of Optometry's Young Alumni of the Year in 2017.
Richard J. Madonna, OD, FAAO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Education and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the SUNY College of Optometry. Clinically, his practice at the College’s University Eye Center is limited to glaucoma.

He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging. Among many professional activities, he currently serves as Vice President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

He has received a number of awards, most recently the American Academy of Optometry’s 2017 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician-Educator Award. Dr. Madonna was formerly Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York.
Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO is a Doctor of Optometry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and completed an ocular disease residency at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Majcher became and remains a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief of the Retinal Disease Clinic. She is an instructor within the posterior segment disease, glaucoma, and neuro-ophthalmic disease courses. Dr. Majcher’s research interests include retinal imaging and OCT angiography.
Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry. Dr. Mastrota is Program Chair of the Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry.

She is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician.

She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. She an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics. Dr. Mastrota was elected as the 2016 NYSOA OD of the year.
Andrew S. Morgenstern, OD, FAAO is a proud second generation Optometrist (father, Stephen Morgenstern, OD FCOVD & uncle, Sheldon Morgenstern, OD)

In late 2012 Dr Morgenstern accepted a position to serve as a Subject Matter Expert and Healthcare Consultant with the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton. His current assignment is with the organization created by the US Congress, The Vision Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Most importantly, he loves to ignore everything above and spend as much time with the three beautiful women in his life, his 2 daughters and his wife, Beth. If he had free time he would be with them fishing somewhere in the Caribbean or South Pacific, listening to progressive rock with a fruity drink complete with tiny umbrella in hand.
Carol M. Nelson, MD is a general neurologist,who cares for patients of all ages with brain, spine and nervous system conditions. Her passion for helping patients with neurological conditions motivates her to stay on top of the latest advances in health care.

Dr. Nelson specializes in treating headaches – from new onset headaches to chronic, longstanding migraines. She’s also part of an innovative clinical trial for treating a new, specific type of headache that focuses on how the eyes work together.

In her free time, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, paddle boarding, snow skiing and running. One fun fact about her is that she learned to ride a unicycle at 10 years old and can still ride it today.
John Nolan, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (www.nrci.ie) in Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. His research group studies the role of eye nutrition for vision and prevention of blindness, and current studies are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function.

Dr. Nolan has secured over €5 million in research funding to date to support these studies.

He has presented at over 100 international scientific conferences and has published 89 peer-reviewed scientific papers, which have been cited 3,317 times. His H-index is 37.

He is co-editor of Carotenoids and Retinal Disease published by Taylor and Francis in 2013 & is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He is currently serving his third term as Chair of the International Brain and Ocular Nutrition (BON) Conference, and is an editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International (NORA), and the National Academy of Practice.

Dr. Padula completed a fellowship at the Gesell Institute where he was also Director of Vision Research. He was the founding Chairman of the Low Vision Section for the American Optometric Association, and the founding President of NORA. Dr. Padula was appointed the National Consultant in Low Vision Services for the American Foundation for the Blind. He has also served as Consultant to the Committee on Vision for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Recently he has served as a consultant to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is the Past Chairperson of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry, and is the Treasurer of the National Academy of Practice (NAP).

Dr. Padula founded the first low vision clinic at the Zhongshan Eye Research Hospital in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, which was named in his honor. He lectures and consults internationally in China, India, Italy, Mexico, etc., with programs regarding children’s vision related to learning and development, and adult vision problems related to stroke, TBI and other physical challenges.
Laura Periman, MD is a General Ophthalmologist and Ocular Surface Disease Specialist at Redmond Eye Clinic in Redmond, WA. While she was putting herself through college at Willamette University, she won the Terry Spies Memorial Scholarship at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. Here, her interests in molecular biology began.

Her interests in immunopathophysiology took root during her work in Research and Development at Immunex Corporation in the Molecular Biology Department prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. During medical school, she received the Rex and Arlene Garrison Oncology Fellowship, the Western Medical Student Research Committee Award for Excellence and was elected to the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation with honors, she also received the Georgianna Kirby Award for outstanding patient dedication and compassion.

Dr Periman completed her Ophthalmology Residency as well as Cornea/Refractive Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has nine peer reviewed publications and has written extensively on the topic of Ocular Surface Disease. Her unique and passionate perspective on OSD stems from her work in immunopathophysiology. She is an enthusiastic speaker who loves bridging the gap between basic science, clinical practice and patient compassion.
Tamara Petrosyan, OD graduated with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009 and went on to do a residency in vision rehabilitation, head trauma, low vision, and ocular disease at the Northport VA Medical Center.

In 2011 she joined the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry where she precepts third and fourth year interns in the primary care, adults with disabilities, and pediatric units. Dr. Petrosyan also supervises primary care and ocular disease interns and residents at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brooklyn,NY.

From 2012-2014 Dr. Petrosyan was on staff at the Refuah Health Center where she performed direct care pediatric and adult exams and vision therapy training.

Dr. Petrosyan is currently on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and is the chair of both the vision therapy and infant vision clinical care committees of NJSOP. She is also the coordinator of the NJSOP Young O.D. program and has helped develop NJSOP mentorship program.

Dr. Petrosyan is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, 2013 NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014 NJSOP Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 AOA Young O.D. of the Year Award, and the 2015 NJSOP Optometric Journalism Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD is a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO). He received his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Low Vision and Ocular Disease at the University of Houston. Dr. Pizzimenti is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS), serving as ORS President from 2012-2014.

Dr. Pizzimenti’s areas of research interest include diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peerreviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti was awarded a Fellowship by the World Council of Optometry in 2006, resulting in an appointment to teach and evaluate optometric education programs in Central Europe. He is involved in the both the didactic and clinical education at UIWRSO and the UIW Eye Institute.
Christopher J. Rapuano, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, and is the Chief of the Wills Eye Cornea Service. He is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Rapuano is the author of several books, numerous book chapters and more than 150 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on corneal diseases, refractive surgery, and excimer laser PTK surgery.

During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Rapuano co-authored the best-selling textbook in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual. He is also the series editor for the Wills Eye Color Atlas Series; Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Ophthalmology; and actively serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals, including Cornea, Expert Review of Ophthalmology and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr Rapuano has received the Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Secretariat Award (three times) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr Rapuano has served on many committees of the AAO including chairing the Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course book and Preferred Practice Patterns committees.
Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, FSLS is the president and managing partner of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates, a contact lens and anterior segment specialty practice with locations in New York City and Long Island.

Having received her Doctor of Optometry from The State University College of Optometry in New York, Dr. Resnick has devoted her clinical career of over thirty years to specialty contact lens fitting, ocular surface wellness, and refractive surgery co-management.

Dr. Resnick, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of specialty lenses and practice management. She has participated in numerous clinical trials for the contact lens and pharmaceutical industry. She is devoted to mentoring aspiring and newly minted optometrists.
Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO is Director of the Ocular Preventive Medicine Laboratory at the Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center Eye Clinic for veterans and navy patients.

He earned an OD, MS (physiologic optics) simultaneously from UC Berkeley in 1981, a VA residency certificate in 1982, and a PhD in human physiology and biophysics in 1996 from Chicago Medical School.

He’s an associate professor of Family and Preventative Medicine at Chicago Medical School, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Department of Ophthalmology / Eye and Ear Infirmary and holds 2 additional faculty appointments in clinical optometry at ICO and UMSL.

Actively involved in primary care optometry for 30 years and prevention for 20 years, Dr. Richer has special interests in aging, prescribing nutrients in the intervention of age related macular degeneration, low-tension glaucoma, cataracts and dry eye.
Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO is optometry’s most prolific author, publishing over 725 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters, two CDs, senior author of 4 books and has delivered over three thousand lectures both nationally and internationally.

Over the past 2 years, he has conceptualized, written and organized Jobson’s Retina Revealed web site.

As of Dec 2012, Retina Revealed has hundreds of cases with over 2400 retinal images and 100 movies exhibiting all the latest retinal technologies. All are available at no cost to everyone at www.retinarevealed.com and is supported by 13 of the major ophthalmic companies.

Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he presently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. Concurrently, he maintains a private practice, The Eye Institute and Laser Center, in New York City.

Dr. Sherman is a founding member of both the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and is the immediate past President of ORS.
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD is Secretary/Treasurer of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), an inter-disciplinary group of professionals dedicated to providing patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury with a complete ocular health evaluation and optimum visual rehabilitation education and services to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Shidlofsky is clinical director at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, a multi-office specialty clinic that serves both children and adults who have neurological vision processing problems. They offer both evaluation and treatment for these special populations. He is a member of the medical staff at Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation - Frisco Ft. Worth and Encompass Health. Dr. Shidlofsky also serves as a consultant for several Texas-based rehabilitation centers, including the Centre for Neuro Skills and Pate Rehabilitation. In addition, he is the director of the residency program at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas.

He is a frequent lecturer on a number of subjects, including vision testing and rehabilitation following a Traumatic Brain Injury/Acquired Brain Injury, Sports Vision, Developmental Vision, specialty contact lenses, and medical/allied medical co-management. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Optometry at: Southern College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, University of Incarnate Word-Rosenberg College of Optometry and Western University College of Optometry. He is also director of a private practice residency program in pediatrics/vision therapy/sports vision and neuro-vision rehabilitation through Southern College of Optometry.
Steve Silberberg, OD is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies.

Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals, and Cooper vision.

Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field.

His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics.

He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.
Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute.

Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.
Craig S. Steinberg, OD, JD brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998.

In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his 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 well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation.

He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.
Mark Sturm, OD is a graduate from Indiana University School of Optometry. He has owned and managed several successful offices in the central Texas area, and currently practices in Austin.

Dr. Sturm is the co-founder of Pivotal Group, an optometry alliance focused on independence and profitability. It has become one of the fasting growing optometry groups in the country. In his free time he enjoys working out and volunteering his time as a college and youth wrestling coach.
Craig Thomas, OD has practiced continuously in Dallas, Texas for the past 32 years. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in 1983 and was named Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association in 2001.

A prolific author and speaker on both clinical and practice management issues, Dr. Thomas is well known for his frequent case contributions on ODwire.org.
Richard S. Witlin, MD, FACS, of the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, serving East Brunswick, Toms River, and Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the pioneers in refractive surgery in the New Jersey area since 1981 when he performed the first radial keratotomy procedure in central New Jersey.

Following the FDA approval of excimer laser surgery in 1996, Dr. Witlin took up both photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and LASIK surgery. One of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in New Jersey, Dr. Witlin has performed 6,000 LASIK procedures and 25,000 cataract procedures since 1997. The surgical results have been outstanding, with over 98% of his patients achieving 20/40 or better visual acuities.

A board-certified ophthalmic microsurgeon, Dr. Witlin received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology.

Dr. Witlin is an enthusiastic refractive surgical educator, sharing his expertise with numerous professional and civic groups. He has trained and supervised many eye doctors and has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Witlin maintains faculty appointments at several prestigious teaching hospitals, including Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. In 1998, Dr. Witlin established the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, dedicated to the performance of refractive eye surgery and small incision, sutureless cataract microsurgery.
Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO received his optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to obtain fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012 and became Board Certified in Medical Optometry in 2017. Dr. Zimbalist is on staff at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He holds clinical adjunct appointments at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Zimbalist has authored multiple journal articles and posters for national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for COPE, a peer-reviewer for a major ophthalmic journal, and is actively involved with teleretinal imaging and virtual medicine in his facility and region. His clinical interests include retinal disease, systemic disease, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In his free time Dr. Zimbalist enjoys staying active with weightlifting, racquetball, rooting on the Missouri Tigers. He also is the founder and owner of COMO Web Designs and Ignite Medical which specializes in website design and management.

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Marco Ophthalmic
When Seymour Marco, OD founded the company in 1967, he could not have imagined the amazing proliferation in vision diagnostic technology we are all familiar with today.

We are proud that Marco has helped pioneer this evolution across five decades. We are committed to offering the finest in both classical and automated diagnostic instruments, for the complete practice. Our products are higher quality, more ergonomically designed, and deliver greater functionality–for the life of your office. Further, with ‘Marco Connect’, we make all Marco automated instruments integrate to meet your EMR/EHR requirements
OCULUS
German precision since 1895.

OCULUS has been setting milestones in the eye care industry since 1895.

We offer a wide range of products including the Pentacam®, visual field perimeters, Keratograph 5M corneal topographer, slit-lamp cameras, autorefractors, keratometers, trial frames and loupes.

OCULUS products are 100% made in Germany and fully supported in the United States.
VisionWeb
VisionWeb pioneered the first open and neutral online order processing for spectacles, frames, and contacts in 2000. Today this platform connects eyecare practices with over 500 labs, and processes 15 million orders per year from 20,000 eyecare professionals.

VisionWeb also provides an online insurance processing clearinghouse and revenue cycle management services to help eyecare practices maximize revenue from their insurance claim reimbursements.

Uprise is VisionWeb’s practice management and EHR software designed to streamline office workflow, provide regulatory-compliant exam documentation, and offer insight into practice operations and performance. Uprise eliminates the cost of add-on services and server hardware, is updated monthly, and designed to meet the changing needs of all eyecare providers. Learn more at visionweb.com.
ZEISS
Integrated Diagnostic Imaging Solutions by ZEISS

The key needs of ophthalmic practices today depend on new technologies that enable more effective and efficient chronic disease management. Doctors need faster transition of meaningful innovation into their practice. However, today's implementation of multimodal imaging has become challenging since it is difficult to take acquired data from separate devices, and organize it efficiently, and then correlate that data within a single integrated point of view.

Integrated Diagnostic Imaging is a software-driven platform that stores, organizes and correlates data from diagnostics devices, improving efficiency and decision making. Learn how ZEISS can help you CAPTURE quality data, TRANSFORM that data into insight and APPLY that to your daily clinical practice's workflow.

ZEISS Integrated Diagnostic Imaging empowers providers to customize imaging to their specific needs, adding to, integrating and growing treatment capabilities for an expanded level of care. ZEISS is your partner every step of the way. Contact Us
EMS
Enhanced Medical Services (EMS, a division of Lombart Instrument) provides a comprehensive selection of eye care equipment including new and pre-owned diagnostic and lane equipment.

Additionally, EMS is a full diagnostic national repair center offering single item repairs/maintenance, extended warranties, and comprehensive umbrella service contracts.
neurolens®
eyeBrain Medical Inc. is the innovator behind neurolenses®, the first prescription lenses that add a contoured prism to bring the eyes into alignment.

Contoured prism has been shown in studies to relieve the headaches, neck/shoulder pain and eyestrain that many people experience when using digital devices, reading or doing detail work. Patient satisfaction surveys show 93 percent of patients respond positively to their neurolenses.
ABB OPTICAL GROUP
ABB OPTICAL GROUP is a leading distributor of optical products in the United States. The company supplies nearly two-thirds of eye care professionals across the country with brand-name contact lenses, specialty contact lenses, ophthalmic lenses and more.

ABB OPTICAL also provides business-building services for its customers such as pricing strategy tools, as well as performance dashboards through its Glimpse software division and practice management solutions through Primary Eyecare Network. ABB OPTICAL’s DIGITAL EYE LAB Network utilizes cutting-edge technology to produce eyewear that is personalized to patients’ needs and lifestyles. For additional information, visit ABBOptical.com.
Lance Leasing Ltd.
Lance Leasing has been financing private practitioners since 1975. We have the finesse that only comes from working with health care providers for over 40 years. Virtually any vendor you choose has worked with Lance Leasing.

We know about CPT Codes, returns on investment of equipment and the clinical benefits of the instruments you put into your practice.

OCTs, Orthopantomographs, Spectrometers, Fungal Removal Lasers. What do these terms mean to a general lender?
EyeCarePro
EyeCarePro is a leader in digital and traditional new patient acquisition strategies for optometry and eye care professionals, employing a global team of Web Development, SEO, Marketing, Sales and Customer Support experts.

EyeCarePro’s team is dedicated to helping optometric practices achieve growth by attracting new patients and building engaging relationships with existing patients.

EyeCarePro offers value through results-driven marketing programs and employs proven, powerful and effective online and traditional marketing strategies in social media, search engine optimization and sales growth initiatives.
Pivotal Group
Pivotal: The group that’s helping ODs take back their profits and control. Multibillion-dollar companies and VCPs are choking the lifeblood out of your business. Manufacturers and middlemen have rigged the system to stay ludicrously profitable while your business’ profits continue to shrink.

Pivotal Group membership is 100% free to join, keep, or cancel. There are no hidden fees at all, whatsoever. It doesn’t matter if you stay an active member for years, or if you decide to cancel the day after joining.

Your business will not be restricted in any way. You can become a member today and keep doing things exactly as you always have… but we don’t think you’ll want to after seeing the profits that we make possible!
Vision Equipment Inc
Vision Equipment Inc., founded by Leo Hadley Jr., is proud to offer the highest quality new, preowned, refurbished, and certified optical and ophthalmic equipment to Eye Care Professionals worldwide. With over 30 years in the eyecare business, Vision Equipment Inc. has developed a vast network of manufacturers, distributors, and equipment technicians who fully support everything we sell. When you purchase from Vision Equipment Inc, you can be assured to receive the highest level of quality and support in the industry.
Optometry Times
Optometry Times delivers easily digested, practical information by ODs for ODs. This information can be immediately applied to improve the clinical experience of the next patient in your chair as well as your practice performance. In partnering with our readers, Optometry Times provides data, analysis, tools, and resources which are available whenever and wherever our readers want them. Visit optometrytimes.com to check out content to help your patients and your practice.
Acuity Eyecare Group
The Acuity Eyecare Group (“AEG”) is a caring family of local eyecare providers that delivers remarkable experiences to its patients and customers by being the trusted optical partner in the communities they serve. AEG is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and currently owns and operates leading North American eye care groups and optometric practices.

Today, they are comprised of almost 100 locations across 8 states, and serve their patients under 10 different local Brands. AEG also owns a large, full-service digital lab operation, First Look Lab, located outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The Acuity Eyecare Group was formed by Riata Capital in March 2017.
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