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Women in the News — June 2024

Women In Optometry regularly recognizes the awards and accomplishments of women ODs in the profession and in their communities in the “Women in the News” series. Have you received an award or acknowledgement for your contributions to optometry or your community? Send us a note: MBijlefeld@jobson.com.

Congratulations to all honorees.

Optometry Association of Louisiana – 2024 OAL Annual Convention Awards

Dr. Jarrett Johnson
Dr. Johnson
Jarrett Johnson, OD, was named OD of the Year.

Dr. McGhee
Dr. McGhee
Breanne McGhee, OD, won the President’s Award.


Dr. Yu
Dr. Yu
Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, Dipl AOO, was appointed as the new Vision Services Administrator for Southern California Permanente Medical Group.


Sandra Juarez Fortenberry, OD, FAAO, was appointed to the Latinos En Optometry Board of Directors.

Read the full story here.


Dr. Novel-Simmons
Dr. Novel-Simmons
Angel Novel-Simmons, OD, was named associate dean of student services and alumni relations for the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Optometry.


Dr. Zarn Urankar
Dr. Zarn Urankar
Melissa Zarn Urankar, OD, FAAO, of Southern College of Optometry, was named the new Chief of the Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Service, effective July 1.


Dr. Oyaide-Ofenor
Dr. Oyaide-Ofenor
Maureen Oyaide-Ofenor, OD, MSc, PVT, of Ontario, Canada, received the 2024 Women of Distinction award at a local International Women’s Day event.


The State University of New York (SUNY) held its 2024 awards ceremony. See the photo album here.


AOA Award Winners

Award recipients will be honored throughout Optometry’s Meeting® in Nashville, Tennessee on June 19-22, 2024. Read the full story here.

AOA 2024 Distinguised service award
Dr. Cook
Andrew Cook, OD, of North Carolina won the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Matt Jones 2024 AOA OD of the Year
Dr. Jones
Matthew Jones, OD, of Arkansas was named Optometrist of the Year.

Dr. Deering
Dr. Deering
Kelly Deering, OD, FAAO, of Missouri was named Young Optometrist of the Year.

Read her story here.

Dr. Jeffrey Walline - educator of the year
Dr. Walline
Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, of Ohio was named Optometric Educator of the Year.

Maggie Dunn, AOSA of the year
Maggie Dunn
Maggie Dunn of the Ohio State University College of Optometry was named the AOSA Student Award winner.

Awards administered through Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation

National Optometry Hall of Fame

Dr. Joe Ellis
Dr. Ellis
Joe Ellis, OD

Dr. Jaanus
Dr. Jaanus
Siret Jaanus, MS, PhD

Dr. Bernay
Dr. Bernay
Deborah Bernay, OD, won the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., InfantSEE Award.

Dr. Stelmack
Joan Stelmack, OD, MPH, won the Dr. Jerry P. Davidoff Vision Care Award.


Paraoptometric Professional Awards

Savanna Johnson
Savanna Johnson
Savanna Johnson, CPOA, was named Paraoptometric of the Year.

Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller, CPO, was honored with the Paraoptometric Community Service award.

Sally Greeley
Sally Greeley
Sally Greeley, CPOT, won the Paraoptometric Lifetime Achievement Award.


Alin Torosian
Alin Torosian
VSP® Ventures, in collaboration with Brookside Optometry, announced Alin Torosian of the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry as the recipient of the $2,500 Dr. Craig Hisaka Memorial scholarship.


See previous Women in the News from April, March and February 2024.

To view more newsmaker stories from WOclick here.

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