Academy 2018 San Antonio Attendance Shatters All Previous Meeting Records

Published November 27, 2018

ORLANDO, FL – November 27, 2018 – Academy 2018 San Antonio, held November 7-10, was the 97th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants (a 3% increase over 2017), including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and technologies in the exhibit hall, and learned the latest in vision research that is advancing the profession.

The Plenary Session was titled “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice®: The Future of Health Care Delivery.” Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Gordon Guyatt, and Anthony Cavallerano covered trends affecting the future of providing patient care.

The third joint educational program of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Imaging Structure and Function in the Eye,” took place in San Antonio, and was also presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in October. Moderators Drs. Austin Roorda and Joel Schuman were joined by Drs. Christopher Leung, Donald Miller, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Adrian Glasser, Stacey Choi, and Jay Duker. The speakers each provided an update on the anterior segment, retinal and glaucoma applications of ocular imaging and their clinical implications. This collaboration represents a continued effort by the two Academy organizations to work together to better prepare and support their members in delivering the highest quality eye care.

A highlight of the meeting was the confirmation of 303 new Fellows – the largest class of new Fellows in the Academy’s history. Fellows of the Academy must complete a candidacy process that includes submitting written work demonstrating their skills as an optometrist or vision scientist, and sitting for an oral exam at the annual meeting of the Academy. It is estimated that 10% of practicing optometrists in the United States are Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Optometrists, scientists, educators, librarians, administrators and editors are eligible to become Fellows of the Academy and earn the right to use “FAAO” after their name.

In addition, an impressive record 17 individuals were awarded Diplomate status by Sections of the American Academy of Optometry. Diplomates are Fellows of the Academy who wish to demonstrate their skill in a specific area. Currently eight Sections offer Diplomate programs: Anterior Segment; Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry; Comprehensive Eye Care; Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Glaucoma; Low Vision; Optometric Education; and Public Health & Environmental Vision.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the Academy’s foundation supporting research and education, would like to thank registrants, sponsors, donors, awardees, and volunteers for making Academy 2018 San Antonio another huge success. The meeting resulted in nearly $200,000 in donations and new pledges. Approximately 200 supporters attended the Foundation’s Celebration Luncheon. Special thanks go to the seven individuals and couples who joined the Presidents Circle or moved up a level during the meeting by making pledges or donations of $10,000 or more. Because of their commitment, the AAOF Circle of Giving, which includes President’s Circle, now has more than 185 members. Additionally, the AAOF would like to thank the Alcon Foundation for their donation in the amount of $25,000, triggered by participants who shot a total of 2,020 digital baskets in the exhibit hall as part of the Hoop it Up 20/20 Challenge.

In addition, Dr. Barbara Caffery of Toronto, Canada was inducted as President of the American Academy of Optometry on Saturday, November 10 at the Fellowship Banquet. She will serve her 2019 and 2020 term alongside the following board members: Dr. Timothy McMahon (President-Elect), Dr. Susan Cotter (Secretary-Treasurer), Dr. Joseph Shovlin (Immediate Past-President), Dr. Jenny Coyle, Dr. Andrew Mick, Dr. Carl Spear, and Dr. Jeff Walline.

2018 New Diplomates


Anterior Segment


Anne Mika Moy, Berkeley, California

Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry


Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, St. Thomas Mount Chennai, India

Comprehensive Eye Care

Bisant Labib, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stephanie A. Klemencic, Wheaton, Illinois
Danielle L. Weiler, Tucson, Arizona
Tina R. Porzukowiak, Auburn, New Hampshire

Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies


Daniel G. Fuller, Germantown, Tennessee
Melanie J. Frogozo, San Antonio, Texas
Julie DeKinder, Saint Louis, Missouri

Low Vision


Hendrik Peter Derksen, Arnhem, Netherlands
Greg R. Hopkins II, Columbus, Ohio
Gay Tokumaru (posthumously)
Matt S. Valdes, San Antonio, Texas

Optometric Education


Daniel Arnett Taylor, Big Rapids, Michigan
Raymond H. Chu, Fullerton, California

Public Health and Environmental Vision

Ruth Hyatt, Ormond Beach, Florida
Hector C. Santiago, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

New Fellows Class of 2018

 
Batoul Fayez Abuharb, Houston, Texas
Stephanie M. Aguilar, San Antonio, Texas
Joseph Bryan Ahlborn, Harker Heights, Texas
Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, Kumasi, Ghana
Denise D. Alexopoulos, Chicago, Illinois
Joseph J. Allen, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Peter M. Allen, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Muhammed S. Alluwimi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kingsley Osemwegie Alohan, Makurdi Benue State, Nigeria
Thomas Andrea, Salem, Massachusetts
Reuben A. Arunasalem, San Antonio, Texas
Bita Asghari, Needham, Massachusetts
Bright Senyo Ashimatey, Los Angeles, California
Siavash Assar, San Jose, California
Javeria Azhar, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Vanessa Bachir, Montreal, Canada
Adam Wesley Baird, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Morgan A. Baker, West Bloomfield, Michigan
Jill M. Bakota, Spring Lake, North Carolina
Lisa Beard, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Matthew Nicholas Beard, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Jessica M. Beauregard, Sunnyvale, California
Lindsey Behrendt, Omaha, Nebraska
Monica Bentley, San Antonio, Texas
Amitabha Sankar Bhakta, West Palm Beach, Florida
Robert C. Binkley, Granger, Indiana
Sondra Black, Toronto, Canada
Jenna Blechman, New York, New York
Mary Botelho, Staten Island, New York
Daniel Brigham, Dublin, Georgia
Cerina Buchanan, Baltimore, Maryland
Emily Bucher, Seattle, Washington
Laura L. Capelle, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kelsey A. Carriere, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nicholas A. Castellano, Ballwin, Missouri
Steven Chang, Los Angeles, California
Kenny Chen, Fresh Meadows, New York
Taylor Chesnut, Johnston, Iowa
April G. Chiu, Portland, Oregon
Dorothy Chou, Berkeley, California
Alexander Chow, Bellevue, Washington
Joanna Chu, Bayside, New York
Sharon Chua, Singapore, Singapore
Ashley Greenawalt Chung, Santa Clara, California
Cameron Waters Clinard, Bath, North Carolina
W. Reid Cluff, Henderson, Nevada
Jeffrey James Connor, Temecula, California
Cheryl Conovaloff, San Jose, California
Joseph S. Conrad, Howell, Michigan
Luisa Holguin Colorado, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Andrea N. Cotler, New York, New York
Halie Cottrill, Memphis, Tennessee
Emily Crane, New York, New York
Allison Cronin, San Antonio, Texas
Nicole Sangani Cumella, New York, New York
Brad Thomas Cunningham, Fort Eustis, Virginia
Jeffery T. Curry, Alachua, Florida
Avani Dave, Mississauga, Canada
Matthew L. Decker, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dirck DeKeyser, Overland Park, Kansas
Sean P. Dempsey, Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Maria Rachel Denietolis, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Lisa M. Dok, Mill Creek, Washington
Katherine D. Dronka, Sealy, Texas
Eva Duchnowski, Bethpage, New York
Kim S. Duong, Birmingham, Alabama
Ikechi Caius Duru, Kingstown, St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Amanda S. Duty, Shalimar, Florida
David Edmunds, Chicago, Illinois
Tybee Eleff, Flushing, New York
Leah Ellenberg, Great Neck, New York
Candace Marie Ellis, Naples, Florida
Emily Eng, Honolulu, Hawaii
Elizabeth Escobedo, Phoenix, Arizona
Karisa Jean Etter, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Noelda Karen Fernandes, Scarborough, Canada
Lauren Anne Feroli, Campbell Hall, New York
Veronica M. Ferris-Metzger, Birmingham, Alabama
Sarah Galt, Houston, Texas
Janet Garza, Houston, Texas
Jeremy Gerritsen, Salt Lake City, Utah
Alex Gibberman, Loveland, Ohio
Nina Glauch, East Lansing, Michigan
Celia R Gong, Brisbane, California
Jill Gottehrer, Boston, Massachusetts
Lauren Ashley Grainger, Dacula, Georgia
Katherine Green, Davie, Florida
Nicholas Green, Irmo, South Carolina
Carly J. Grondin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kelsey Deitz Guth, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mark S. Hakim, Oak Park, Michigan
Meghann Hamidiani, Denver, North Carolina
Mengli Han, Worcester, Massachusetts
Sulman Hans, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Brooke Morris Harkness, Portland, Oregon
Marni M. Harris, Chicago, Illinois
Pinar Haytac, Davie, Florida
Genna D. Higbee, Chicago, Illinois
Sara Hitchman, Beachwood, Ohio
Catherine M. Hogan, Ooltewah, Tennessee
Katherine M. Hogan, Cincinnati, Ohio
J. Mark Hooton, Mineola, Texas
Alexandra Horne, Gorham, New Hampshire
Robert D. Houghteling, Kingsland, Georgia
Lindsay B. Howse, Park City, Utah
Sarah E. Huff, Glendale, Arizona
Janice Hui, Markham, Canada
Adrian Nichole Hulbert, Vacaville, California
Sara Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas
Alexander F. Hynes, Mississauga, Canada
Jonathan J. Jacesko, Groton, Connecticut
Maria C. Jen, Berkeley, California
Stephanie Jian, Nashville, Tennessee
Petra Jo, Columbia, South Carolina
Jaclyn Johnson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Susan L. Johnson, Los Angeles, California
Kelsey Lynn Jordan, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Joseph Edward Kane, Jr., Waltham, Massachusetts
Ashley Katsikos, San Francisco, California
Mary Kelinske, Houston, Texas
Michael William Kerekgyarto, Anacortes, Washington
Nareh Keshishyan, Long Island City, New York
Protiva Khan, New York, New York
Jewearly S. Kho, University Place, Washington
Philip Kim, Hollywood, Florida
Alicia Elizabeth Kinch, Chicago, Illinois
Nicole Marie Klein, Platteville, Wisconsin
Steven R. Klein, Raeford, North Carolina
Piana Krymskaya, Lakewood, Ohio
Doan Trang Huynh Kwak, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Zoe Lacroix, Bath, Canada
Julie Lafreniere, Leawood, Kansas
Jessica Amanda Lam, Memphis, Tennessee
Colleen McIntyre Largent, Westfield, Indiana
Joanne Chih-Ann Lee, Ottawa, Canada
Michelle C. Lee, Chicago, Illinois
Rachel B. Lee, Des Plaines, Illinois
Annie C. Lee Kim, Alhambra, California
Laura Leis, San Francisco, California
Suzzane Li, Tucson, Arizona
Millie Mei Liu, Orange, California
Kristine Loo, Elon, North Carolina
Katelyn Lucas, Brownsburg, Indiana
Jeanie C. Lucy, Willowbrook, Illinois
Paul D. Luong, Saint Louis, Missouri
Karin Rose Lypka, Davie, Florida
Jonathan Jay Lytle, Galloway, Ohio
Ann M. MacDonald, Millington, Tennessee
Kelsey Etheredge Mach, Cincinnati, Ohio
Christie Mackenzie, Hunt Valley, Maryland
Megan Claire Mannen, Saint Helens, Oregon
Pamela Martin, Denver, Colorado
Simin Masoudi, Sydney, Australia
Ancil S. Mathew, Missouri City, Texas
Jeffrey Mattson, Spokane, Washington
Lauren May, Rossville, Tennessee
Esmeralda Carrillo McClean, San Diego, California
Darah L. McDaniel-Chandler, Memphis, Tennessee
Megan L. Meyer, Chicago, Illinois
Calista Siobhan Ming, Manhattan Beach, California
Kasie J. Mix, Roseville, Minnesota
Ayda Moaven Shahidi, Mississauga, Canada
Karen Eula Molina, Berkeley, California
Rebecca Moran, New York, New York
Hunter Morgan, New York, New York
Chrisoula Morris, Columbus, Ohio
Azinda Morrow, Brooklyn, New York
Sarah R. Munther, Cleveland, Ohio
Marc Musto, Rapid City, South Dakota
Manbir Nagra, London, United Kingdom
Sandra A. Nassar, Charlotte, North Carolina
Christine Wing Wah Ng, San Jose, California
Ryan T. Ngo, New York, New York
Natalie Nguyen, Hillsborough, New Jersey
Nathania C. Nhouyvanisvong, Bellevue, Washington
Ashley Elizabeth Nickell, Modesto, California
Alisa Nola, San Antonio, Texas
Kerri Norris, Kennewick, Washington
Clement I. Nwadozi, Mt Pleasant, Michigan
Brett O'Connor, Jacksonville, Florida
Jaclyn G. Oliver, Akron, Ohio
Chibueze Elechi Onyelucheya, Basseterre, St. Kitts/Nevis
Mark Ortiz, Columbus, Ohio
Raelyn Anne Michelle Ottenbreit, San Antonio, Texas
Desiree V. Owen, Riverwoods, Illinois
Janki H. Parikh, Old Bridge, New Jersey
Reed Breckenridge Parker, Knoxville, Tennessee
Anisha K. Patel, Orlando, Florida
Haina Patel, Medina, Ohio
Harshil R. Patel, Morristown, New Jersey
Forum Patel, Hillsborough, New Jersey
Pratik Patel, New York, New York
Bethany A. Peebles, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Alyssa Perlman-Hensen, Lexington, South Carolina
Marcella E. Pipitone, Cleveland, Ohio
Stephanie Pisano, Bexley, Ohio
Amanda Polacco, Yonkers, New York
Samantha Lynn Polster, Indianapolis, Indiana
Cameron K. Postnikoff, Irondale, Alabama
Winston Blair Posvar, Columbus, Ohio
Clinton Roger Prestwich, Meridian, Idaho
D'Laine Pulliam, Hurst, Texas
Leigh Purvis, Johns Island, South Carolina
Sloan Rajadhyksha, New York, New York
Jennifer Ramey, Lewiston, Idaho
Kirsti K. Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas
Monica V. Ramirez, El Paso, Texas
Samantha J. Rao, Cheshire, Connecticut
Ayeswarya Ravikumar, Manvel, Texas
Jennifer Reilly, Stoughton, Massachusetts
Markus Ritzmann, Taegerwilen, Switzerland
Brenna Robertson, Fairchild AFB, Washington
Becky L. Rock, Highland, Illinois
Kimberly L. Rock, Hilliard, Ohio
Joshua James Rogers, Macedonia, Ohio
Bryan Michael Rogoff, Baltimore, Maryland
Rebecca Rojas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jamie Rosenberg, Jackson, New Jersey
Tracy E. Rossi, Bethpage, New York
Sean Patrick Rowan, Tucson, Arizona
Grace M. Salone, Georgetown, Texas
Vanessa Saltzgaber, Omaha, Nebraska
Waziha Samin, Irving, Texas
Ellen T. Sanders, Lexington, Kentucky
May Sanguanlosit, Glendale, California
Michael Santos, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Lea Sawicki, Macedonia, Ohio
Diane N. Sayah, Montreal, Canada
Austin L. Schipper, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Katherine Schmidt, Centennial, Colorado
Rachel Alexandria Schreiber, Longmont, Colorado
Sari Rachel Schwartz, Memphis, Tennessee
Alexandra Scovill, San Diego, California
Jenna Sembrat, Rockville, Maryland
Avni Ajay Shah, San Diego, California
Vidhi Shah, Fremont, California
Angela Shahbazian, San Francisco, California
Julie Shalhoub, Memphis, Tennessee
Andrea Christine Shank, East Lansing, Michigan
Kelli Y. Shaon, Columbia, Missouri
Erin Sherman, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Justin Sherman, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Neha P. Sheth, Manhasset, New York
Rina K. Sheth, Elgin, Illinois
Linda Shi, Portland, Oregon
Hannah Shinoda, Beaverton, Oregon
Delaram Shirazian, New York, New York
Megan K. Shirey, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Lor Sildiryan, Toronto, Canada
Charlene Singh, Long Beach, California
Soney Siriphone, Brooklyn, New York
Kelsea Vance Skidmore, Greenville, Texas
Stephanie M. Sloan, Dubuque, Iowa
Nancy Catherine Sorrell, Granbury, Texas
Kevin Sorya, Hammond, Louisiana
Lauren Soukup, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jared W. Staats, Indianapolis, Indiana
Andrew Steele, Louisville, Kentucky
Jeffrey Adam Sterling, Greenville, North Carolina
Jenae Stiles, Waynesville, Missouri
Kassy Swanson, Rapid City, South Dakota
Emmylou M. Swartz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Abby Tang, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Noah Maxwell Tannen, Trenton, New Jersey
Rachel Tanner, Greer, South Carolina
Holly Ternus, Omaha, Nebraska
Alicia Loren Thibodeaux, Gallup, New Mexico
Matthew C. Tholl, APO, Armed Forces
Sony Thomas, Des Plaines, Illinois
Emy Katherine Thompson, Clarksville, Tennessee
Amanda Mariah Thurmes, Saint Michael, Minnesota
Erin S. Tomiyama, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Amanda M. Tompkins, Memphis, Tennessee
Angelina Anh Tran, Houston, Texas
Nguyen Tran, Pasadena, California
Alan Tsai, Morganville, New Jersey
Barbara Katarzyna Tylka, Hickory Hills, Illinois
Pavanjeet Ubhi, Vaughan, Canada
Amanda Umlandt, Grundy, Virginia
Sierra Unruh, Minot, North Dakota
Melissa Valdellon, Berkeley, California
Jennifer Vicente, Kearny, New Jersey
Michelle Jenn Vickers, Prince Albert, Canada
Kristen M. Vincent, Dewey Beach, Delaware
Kelly Voltz, San Francisco, California
Betty Wang, Orlando, Florida
Steven Weifenbach, Charlotte, North Carolina
Kathryn Werner, Long Island City, New York
Jing Zeng Wickenburg, Bellevue, Washington
Emily Katrina Wiecek, Boston, Massachusetts
Leah Wiedemann, Saint Louis, Missouri
Denise Thomas Wilcox, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Casey John Wilgenbusch, Raeford, North Carolina
Meagan G. Williams, Memphis, Tennessee
Alexandra Williamson, Commerce Township, Michigan
Kristin S. Wilson, Northfield, Minnesota
Rebecca Wong, Toronto, Canada
Meng-Hua Wu, San Francisco, California
Ziwei Wu, Concord, New Hampshire
Nayuta Yoshioka, Kensington, Australia
Carol Yu, Hollywood, Florida
Cathy Yuen, Rochester, New York
Amy Zhang, Herndon, Virginia

About the American Academy of Optometry


The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.

About the American Academy of Optometry Foundation

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve patient clinical care. The AAOF is a proud affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.

The next annual meeting of the Academy will be October 23-27, 2019 in conjunction with the 3rd World Congress of Optometry at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.