Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry



 


Membership


All Fellows, Candidates for Fellowship, and Optometry Residents residing in the State of Arizona are eligible for membership.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Scholarship opportunities for Fellows
  • Free quality, local continuing education programs (2 events per year)
  • Camaraderie among Arizona Fellows
  • Promote the mission of the Academy
  • Mentor Candidates for Fellowship

Annual Dues:
To be able to provide our members with these benefits, the AZ-AAO collects membership dues. Please visit our PayPal account to pay your annual membership dues ($50). Optometry Residents are afforded free membership.

 


Chapter History


The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry (AZ-AAO) was founded in 2013 by Drs. Tina Porzukowiak, Danielle Weiler and Gregory Wolfe.

Chapter Objectives

  1. Providing a forum for the members to keep abreast of the recent scientific and clinical developments in optometry.
  2. Assuming the responsibility of leadership within the State of Arizona in the field of professional optometry, in the promotion and maintenance of the highest ethical principles, and actually working to provide the highest quality education in eye and vision care.
  3. Aiding and abetting, by whatever co-operative effort required, groups, organizations, professions and institutions concerned with the increased visual welfare of humanity.
  4. Recruiting all optometrists and others who are eligible for membership in the American Academy of Optometry.

Current Officers

President: Carla B. Engelke, OD, FAAO
Vice President: Sara N. Gaib, OD, FAAO
Secretary: Florencia Yeh, OD, FAAO
Treasurer: Matthew Rhodes, OD, FAAO
Immediate Past President: Danielle L. Weiler, OD, FAAO

From left to right: Danielle Weiler, Florencia Yeh, Sara Gaib, Carla Engelke, and Matthew Rhodes.


Recent Events


Fall 2016

The third annual fall meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry took place on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Approximately 75 optometrists and students were in attendance at the 6 hour CE event hosted by Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry.

The diverse CE program featured Chapter co-founder Dr. Gregory Wolfe who delivered a two lecture entitled Management of Orbital Disease to the Exam Room and Beyond which explored the intersection of ocular disease and public health. Other 1-hour lectures included Drs. Alyon Wasik and Laura Addy presenting Not Your Average Red Eye – Beyond the Conjunctiva, and Dr. Wendy Harrison speaking about the Update on Plaquenil Testing 2016 Guidelines and Beyond. The CE program also included a Grand Rounds presentation featuring case reports from Fellows on staff at the Midwestern University Eye Institute: Drs. Tina Porzukowiak, Kaila Osmotherly, Brianne Hobbs, and Alicia Feis.

At the fall meeting, the Chapter had the second annual presentation of our Travel Grant Awards. The Chapter provided two $250 grants: one to a 4th year Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry student and one to an optometrist enrolled in a residency program in the state of Arizona in order to help defray the cost of travelling to this year’s AAO meeting in Anaheim. This year’s student winner was Diane Settlage and the resident winner was Dr. Catherine Dee who practices at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in Tucson, AZ.

Our next meeting will be the Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

Spring 2016

The third annual spring meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry took place on Saturday, March 5th, 2016. Approximately 65 optometrists and students were in attendance at the 6 hour CE event hosted by Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Alcon.  

The diverse CE program featured our members. The keynote speaker and Chapter co-founder, Dr. Tina Porzukowiak, delivered a two lecture entitled Transient Visual Loss which provided a comprehensive review of neuro-ophthalmic & vascular disease.  Other 1-hour lectures included Dr. Alyon Wasik presenting on Anticoagulation and the Eye, and Dr. Len Koh speaking about Adverse Drug Reactions in Eyecare.  The CE program also included an Anterior Segment themed Grand Rounds presentation featuring case reports from new Fellows Drs. Jamie Kuhn, Brianna Ryff, Kyle Ryff, Florencia Yeh and Brandon Runyon.  

The business meeting was held in conjunction with the spring meeting where new Fellows were recognized, and new officer elections were held. Congratulations to the new officers!
•    President: Carla Engelke, OD, FAAO
•    Vice President: Sara Gaib, OD, FAAO
•    Secretary: Florencia Yeh, OD, FAAO
•    Treasurer: Matthew Rhodes, OD, FAAO
•    Immediate Past President: Danielle Weiler, OD, FAAO
 
Our next meeting will be the Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.
 

Fall 2015

The second annual fall meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry took place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Approximately 70 optometrists and students were in attendance at the 6 hour CE event was hosted by Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and sponsored in part by the AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses, & Refractive Technologies.

The diverse CE program featured our members. The keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Edmonds, delivered two 1-hour lectures about specialty contact lens fitting in patients with keratoprosthesis and post refractive surgery corneas.  Other 1-hour lectures included Dr. Erika Anderson presenting The Optometrists Role in Ocular Trauma and Dr. Kaila Osmotherly speaking about Glaucoma for the Primary Care Provider.  The CE program also included a Grand Rounds presentation featuring case reports from new Fellows Drs. Christina Esposito, Leslie Falcon, Alicia Feis and Allissun Hoppert as well as Dr. Danielle Weiler presenting her research results on retinal vascular tortuosity in diabetic patients.  

At the fall meeting, the Chapter had the inaugural presentation of our Travel Grant recipients.  The Chapter provided two $250 grants: one to a 4th year Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry student and one to an optometrist enrolled in a residency program in the state of Arizona in order to help defray the cost of travelling to this year’s AAO meeting in New Orleans.  This year’s student winner was Kelly Ly and the resident winner was Dr. Adriana Medina who practices at the Chinle Indian Health Services Facility.   

Our next gathering will be at the Spring Meeting with a tentative date set for Saturday, March 5th, 2016.

Spring 2015

The second spring annual meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry took place on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Approximately 50 optometrists and students were in attendance at the 6 hour CE event was hosted by Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry and sponsored by Alcon.

The diverse CE program featured our members. There were four 1-hour lectures with Dr. Christina Sorenson presenting Bilateral Red Eyes, Dr. Carla Engelke speaking about Traumatic Brain Injuries, Dr. Tina Porzukowiak covering Neuroimaging, and Dr. Stephanie Woo discussing Biological Contact Lenses. The CE program was rounded out with Arizona College of Optometry faculty – Drs. Sara Gaib, Brianne Hobbs, Jamie Kuhn, and Tina Porzukowiak – presenting a series of grand round cases.

The business meeting was held over lunch where new fellows and student fellows were recognized, the membership approved Resident/Student Travel Grants, and new officers elections were held. Congratulations to the new officers!

  • President: Carla Engelke, OD, FAAO
  • Vice President: Sara Gaib, OD, FAAO
  • Secretary: Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
  • Treasurer: Kaila Osmotherly, OD, FAAO
  • Immediate Past President: Danielle Weiler, OD, FAAO

Our next get-together will be at the Fall Meeting. Once a date is finalized, it will be communicated to the membership.

Fall 2014

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry (AZ-AAO) held its first ever Anterior Segment Symposium on September 13, 2014. This 6 hour COPE approved CE event was attended by 70 fellows, candidates, non-fellows, residents, and students. The Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University graciously hosted the symposium, which featured topics concentrated in anterior segment disease and contact lenses. Fellows and candidates from across Arizona - Drs. Carla Engelke, Matthew Rhodes, Breanne Flores and Pablo deGracia -presented four stimulating Anterior Segment Grand Rounds cases.  Additionally Dr. Sunny Sanders, a nationally recognized expert in ocular prosthetics, presented “Ocular Prosthetics in the Optometric Practice.” Closing the symposium was the featured speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, who presented two lectures: “Anterior Segment OCT Applications in Contact Lens Evaluation” and “Train Wrecks in Contact Lenses.”  The AZ-AAO thanks the Academy’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies for their assistance in sponsoring Dr. Sonsino.

Dr. Weiler presents an appreciation plaque to Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino for being the Chapter's featured speaker for the CE program.

Spring 2014

The AZ-AAO held its inaugural meeting on February 8, 2014. In total, 50 fellows, candidates, non-fellows, residents, and students attended the meeting. A special thank you to Dr. Donald Jarnagin, Dean of the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University, for hosting the meeting at the college’s wonderful facility. Our first COPE approved CE event, “Grand Rounds: Front to Back,” engaged the audience on a variety of stimulating topics. Thank you to Dr. Tina Porzukowiak for moderating the outstanding program, which included speakers: Dr. Christina Sorenson, Dr. Danielle Weiler, Dr. Wendy Harrison, Dr. Larry Richardson, and Dr. Gregory Wolfe. Following the CE program, the Chapter held its first business meeting, where the Chapters Committee Chair, Dr. Charles Kinnaird, represented the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Kinnaird congratulated the Arizona Chapter on being the 16th chapter and the first new chapter formed in over a decade!

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