Florida Chapter

2021 Florida Chapter Meeting Recap

Location: The Mission Inn, Golf and Tennis Resort, Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida
Date: March 19-20, 2021
Attendance: Over 100
Presenters: April Jasper, OD, FAAO, and Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO
Special Note: The Florida Chapter of the AAO hosted the first Florida Optometry Resident poster session providing an opportunity to expand the chapter to a new generation of colleagues.
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Samantha Wang, OD, 2020-2021 resident at the Malcolm Randall VA in Gainesville, FL, presents her poster to meeting attendees. 
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Attendees enjoying a lecture from Dr. Jasper.
Fl Chap Res Madrigal
Sydney Madrigal, OD, 2020-2021 resident from Bascom Palmer presenting a case report to meeting attendees. 

Chapter History

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry received their Charter December 4, 1948. The Chapter held regular meetings in Central Florida and began organized educational events in 1982. In 1999 the meeting moved to its current home at the Mission Inn Resort and Club located in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. The meeting has a tradition of beginning with a golf scramble on Friday morning, education with dinner Friday afternoon and finishes Saturday early afternoon. Net proceeds from the educational event have traditionally gone to help students attend the Academy National Convention.

Chapter Officers

  • President – Charles Heacock, OD, FAAO
  • Vice President – Jeff Timko, OD, FAAO
  • Secretary - Pam Helbling, OD, FAAO
  • Treasurer – Art Young, OD, FAAO
  • Director – Joe Yager, OD, FAAO

NOVA Southeastern University Student Chapter Liaisons

Faculty Liaison – Julie Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO
Student Liaison – HaeMi Choi


Location: The Mission Inn, Golf and Tennis Resort, Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida
Date: April 8-9, 2022
Presenters: Alice Sterling, OD, and Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Continuing Education: 10 hours of CE including Jurisprudence and Prevention of Medical Errors with 6 hours of TQ
Special Notes: The Florida Chapter will be hosting the second annual resident poster session and will be adding a resident paper session for up to 2 hours of continuing education.

Dr. Arthur T. Young
9284 Trieste Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Phone: (239) 542-4627
E-mail: eyeguy4123@msn.com


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