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SECO Announces Its 2022 Award Winners

SECO International

SECO International, the world’s leading annual conference providing ophthalmic professionals with outstanding educational opportunities since 1923, proudly announces the recipients of its 2022 awards. SECO recognizes the following leaders in optometry and their significant contributions to the profession.

“It is an honor and privilege to recognize this outstanding group of leaders and their contribution to the profession,” said Dr. Richard Durocher, President of SECO International, LLC. “Like a circle, the pursuit of excellence has no end. We salute your unwavering commitment to outstanding personal performance. SECO leadership would like to thank Dr. Sidney Stern, Dr. Tiffany Li McElroy, Samantha Denton, CPO, CPOA, Dr. Stan Dickerson and Dr. Tammy Than for their personal and professional contributions.”

Southern Council of Optometrists’ Optometrist of the South Award

Sidney Stern, OD, FAAO, of Miami, Florida was honored with the 2022 Optometrist of the South Award. He is currently a distinguished colleague of the Southern Council of Optometrists and member of the Florida Optometric Association. Dr. Stern is a continued leader in the profession where he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and exemplary community service at the highest level.


Southern Council of Optometrists’ Young Optometrist of the South Award

Tiffany Li McElroy, OD, of Madison, Mississippi, was honored with the 2022 Young Optometrist of the South Award. Dr. McElroy is recognized by her peers for her outstanding commitment and service to optometry throughout her career. She is a distinguished colleague of the Southern Council of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association, and is active in the Mississippi Optometric Association.


Southern Council of Optometrists’ Paraoptometric of the South

Samantha Denton, CPO, CPOA, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was honored with the 2022 Paraoptometric of the South Award. Samantha was named Oklahoma’s 2021 Paraoptometric of the Year and currently serves as the Practice Administrator for Leadership Square EyeCare in downtown Oklahoma City. Samantha’s colleagues call her their rock, motivator, and cheerleader; and they say she is beloved by her patients.


Southern Council of Optometrists’ President’s Award

Stan Dickerson, OD, of Columbia, Tennessee, was honored with the 2022 President’s Award in recognition of his dedicated years and outstanding advancements to the profession of optometry. Dr. Dickenson is a distinguished colleague of the Southern Council of Optometrists where he served as Trustee, served on the Logistics, Exhibits, and Reserve Fund committees, and is a SECO Past President.


Southern Council of Optometrists’ Distinguished Service Award

Tammy Than, OD, MS, FAAO, of Sun City, Arizona, was honored with the 2022 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the profession of optometry. A graduate of the Southern College of Optometry (ranked number 1 of 105 in class), Dr. Than now is Co-owner of Whole Coaching LLC, which works to improve the health of individuals through nutrition, fitness, and life coaching; nutrition certification obtained 2020.


Congratulations to all honorees!

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