Florida Chapter

2022 Florida Chapter Meeting Recap

Location: The Mission Inn, Golf and Tennis Resort, Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida
Date: April 8-9, 2022
Attendance: Over 100
Presenters: Alice Sterling, OD and Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Special Note: The Florida Chapter of the AAO expanded its Florida Optometry Resident education program to include a resident grand rounds lecture in addition to the resident poster session. This provides an opportunity for local residents to obtain their fellowship through the national Academy of Optometry and to get practice speaking to a group of their peers. We look forward to expanding the program further in the years to come.
Resident Images FL Chap
Resident optometrists Jush Patel, Jorge Giraldo, and Timothy Shoff presenting during the resident poster session.

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 – Jeff Timko, OD, FAAO
  • Vice President – Tiffany Tucker Christiansen, OD
  • Secretary - Mike Cady, OD, FAAO
  • Treasurer – Art Young, OD, FAAO, Charles Heacock, OD, FAAO

NOVA Southeastern University Student Chapter Liaisons

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

Past Meeting Abstract Archive

Florida Chapter Meeting, March 19-20, 2021 

Florida Chapter Meeting, April 8-9, 2022