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Women In Optometry (WO) is an online business & lifestyle publication that targets the fast-growing female OD segment. It caters to women ODs’ professional informational needs with one key distinction: articles are written from the uniquely female perspective. A WO professional advisory board guides the editorial content and members provide their unique, first-hand experience on professional and lifestyle topics including new practice ownership models, building for growth, balancing other interests with career, mid-career transitions, patient experience and research breakthroughs that WO’s readers can relate to.

WO provides women a platform to share their experiences, gaining exposure to a national audience that includes other ODs as well as those who are looking for new speakers or leaders to help them tell their story. It’s networking—via our website and digital magazine, our live events and our social media pages.

After nearly 15 years, WO printed its last physical magazine in 2020. WO‘s fully digital platform allows the WO team to share even more stories in a more timely fashion, reaching a greater number of ODs and optometry’s supporters than before.

Marjolijn Bijlefeld

Marjolijn Bijlefeld, Editor-in-chief

Marjolijn has been a reporter and editor for a number of years, much of that time in the eye care industry. Her goal is to tell compelling stories that inspire, encourage or entertain. [email protected]

 

 

Maggie Biunno Fernandez

Maggie Biunno Fernandez, Associate Editor

As a high myope, Maggie truly understands the impact a pair of eyeglasses can make. She enjoys sharing the stories of ODs across the country who are making a difference in the lives of their patients and their communities. [email protected]

 

 

 

2021 Women In Optometry Advisory Board

Mamie Chan, OD, of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Camille Cohen, OD, of Brooklyn, New York

Lori Grover, OD, PhD, of the Center for Eye and Health Outcomes and American Optometric Association trustee

Nikki Iravani, OD, of Santa Clara, California

Alison Jensen, OD, of Seattle, Washington

Monica Johnsonbaugh, OD, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Viola Kanevsky, OD, of New York, New York

Hardeep Kataria, OD, FAAO, of Oxnard, California

Stacy Lyons, OD, of New England College of Optometry

Sidra Qadri, OD, of Los Angeles, California

Jessilin Quint, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO, of Augusta, Maine

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