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.

2018 Meeting

Mission Inn Photo - BuildingThe next meeting will be April 20-21, 2018.  Featured speakers will include Drs. Brad Sutton, Jeff Perotti, Albert Woods, Todd Peabody and John McClane. Six hours of COPE Approved CE/TQ in Ocular Disease and Pharmacology will be offered, along with eight hours of non-transcript quality CE. There will be a golf tournament on Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. 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 20-21, 2018

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

Mission Inn Logo
Mission Inn - Scenery

Featured Speakers

Friday 4:15 - 6:15 PM: 

Dr. Albert D. Woods, OD, FAAO
"Medical Errors" - 2 hours CE


Drs. Jeff Perotti, OD, FAAO and Todd Peabody, OD, MBA, FAAO
"Iritis: An Overview" - 2 hours CE

Friday 6:15 - 8:15 PM

Dr. John McClane, OD, FAAO
"Optometric Jurisprudence" - 2 hours CE


Drs. Jeff Perotti, OD, FAAO and Todd Peabody, OD, MBA, FAAO
"Surgical Consideration in Eyecare" -  2 hours CE


Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO 
Indianapolis, Indiana
6 hours CE/TQ

Six hours CE/TQ in Ocular Disease & Pharmacology - COPE Approved
Eight hours of Non-Transcript Quality CE - 10 hours per optometrists
Total Hours Offered - 14

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