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.

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 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: April 17-18, 2020

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

Mission Inn Logo
Mission Inn - Scenery

Friday, April 17, 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. Julie Tyler
""Uveitis Mysteries" - 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, April 18, 2020

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Julie Tyler
"Sexually Transmitted Disease & The Eye" - 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