Florida Chapter

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.

2019 Meeting

Mission Inn Photo - BuildingThe next meeting will be April 26-27, 2019.  Featured speakers will include Drs. Susan Frick, John McClane, and Tammy Than. Six 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 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 – Christina Spelich


Date: April 26-27, 2019

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

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Mission Inn - Scenery

Featured Speakers

Friday 4:15 - 6:15 PM: 

Dr. Susan Frick
"Medical Errors" - 2 hours CE

Friday 6:15 - 8:15 PM

Dr. John McClane
"Florida Optometric Jurisprudence" - 2 hours CE 

Saturday 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Tammy Than
"Ophthalmic Therapeutic Update" - 2 hours CE/TQ

Saturday 10:00 AM - Noon 

Dr. Tammy Than
"When Good Drugs Go Bad: Ocular Adverse Drug Reactions to Systemic Medications" - 2 hours CE/TQ

Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Dr. Tammy Than
"Therapeutic Treatment Tales: Fact or Fiction" - 2 hours CE/TQ

Six hours CE/TQ in Ocular Disease & Pharmacology - COPE Approved
Two hours of Medical Errors and two hours of Florida Jurisprudence
Total Hours Offered - 10

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