Florida Chapter

2020 Meeting Rescheduled 

The social distancing requirement for the country has been extended to April 30th. This requires us to change the meeting date for the Florida Chapter AAO meeting that was scheduled for April 17-18, 2020.  The only re-scheduled date we could secure with the resort and the speakers was June 26-27, 2020. If you want to attend these new meeting dates please let me know. If you want to cancel also let me know and I will refund your registration fee minus a service charge of $25.00. It is important for you to let me know one way or the other.  We will stay with the two tracks on Friday & the 6 hours of CE/TQ on Saturday.  We have replaced Julie Tyler, OD, FAAO, with Carlo Pelino, OD, FAAO, on Friday (2hrs CE) and Saturday (2hrs CE/TQ). Otherwise the program will be the same.  

If you have a room booked at Mission Inn it will be your responsibility to re-book due to a limited supply of rooms Friday and Saturday night (June 26-27). Mission Inn reservation number 1-800-874-9053   

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

2020 Meeting

Mission Inn Photo - BuildingThe next meeting will be April 17-18, 2020. Featured speakers will include Drs. Joe Pizzimenti, Julie Tyler, John McClane, and John McClane. Four hours of COPE approved CE/TQ in Ocular Disease and Pharmacology will be offered. There will be two hours of Medical Errors and 2 hours of Florida Jurisprudence. Plan a weekend and enjoy the comfortable accommodations of Mission Inn. Contact Art Young for registration at eyeguy4123@msn.com.

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


Date: This April meeting will be rescheduled for June 26-27, 2020 due to COVID-19

Location: Mission Inn, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida

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Mission Inn - Scenery

Friday, June 26, 2020

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

El Campeon Course at Mission Inn
Scramble with Shotgun Start
Coordinator, Charles Heacock, OD, FAAO

4:15 - 6:15 PM: 

Dr. Joe Pizzimenti
"Prevention of Medical Errors" - 2 hours CE (Pending COPE approval)


Dr. Carlo Pelino
TBD - 2 hours CE (Pending COPE approval)

6:15 - 8:15 PM - Eat & Educate Buffet
with wine and soft drinks; additional meal $60.00; Attend one of the two following sessions: 

Dr. John McClane
"Florida Optometric Jurisprudence" - 2 hours CE (Pending COPE approval)


Dr. Joe Pizzimenti 
"What to Prescribe When: Oral Medications" 2 hours CE (Pending COPE approval)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Carlo Pelino
TBD - 2 hours CE (Pending COPE approval)       

10:00 AM - Noon

Dr. Joe Pizzimenti
"Our Top Topical Meds" - 2 hours CE/TQ (Pending COPE approval)

Noon - 1:30 PM - Lunch & Exhibits - Sponsored
One meal included with registration; additional meal $50.00
After lunch discussion: How to Become an Academy member

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Dr. Joe Pizzimenti
"Diabetes on Trial" - 2 hours of CE/TQ (Pending COPE approval)

If you are not a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, please consider submitting your application while at the meeting.      


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