Home Health and Wellness The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society Welcomes New Board and Provides Two...

The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society Welcomes New Board and Provides Two Student Grants

The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) announced a significant expansion of its leadership team with the addition of accomplished board members and the establishment of an esteemed advisory committee. OWNS appointed Joseph Pizzimenti OD, FAAO, FORS, FNAP; Lara Zakaria PharmD MS, CDN, CNS, IFMCP; Ansel Johnson OD; and Kaleb Abbott OD, MS, FAAO to its board of directors. Each of these individuals brings a wealth of expertise, passion, and dedication to the organization’s mission. 

Additionally, OWNS also formed an Advisory Committee, a pivotal step toward fostering further collaboration in the field of ocular health and wellness. Committee members are Jeffery Anshel OD, FAAO; Marc Grossman OD, L.Ac; and Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO. 

2 students win grants
At the OWNS networking event (l-r): OWNS board member Dr. Kaleb Abbott, grant winner Steven Chen, OWNS president Dr. Neda Gioia, past president Dr. Julie Poteet and grant winner Rebecca Treen.

At a networking event held during the American Academy of Optometry, OWNS also presented two optometry students with grants: Steven Chen, of University of Alabama School of Optometry, and Rebecca Treen, of State University of New York School of Optometry.

Meet the rest of the OWNS board

President, Neda Gioia, OD, CNS, FOWNS, CFMP; immediate past president Julie Poteet OD, MS, CNS, FOWNS; Dennis Ruskin, OD, FAAO; Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, ABO, ABCMO Diplomate; and Steven Pratt, MD, FACS, ABIHM. 

Dr. Gioia in black dress hands grant envelope to student Rebecca Treen in indoor restaurant
Dr. Gioia presents grant to SUNY student Rebecca Treen.

Listen to a conversation between Dr. Gioia and Rebecca Treen about ocular nutrition and the appeal it holds to today’s students on a WO Podcast here.

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