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Women in the News – December 2023

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.

2023 Contact Lens Institute Culture Award honorees

Dr. Hogan

Dr. Opferman

Dr. Polanek
Advanced Eye Care Professionals, Oak Lawn, IL (Casey Hogan, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Diplomate AAO; William Opferman, OD; Tiffany Polanek, OD)

Dr. Foster

Dr. LeFebvre

Dr. Compston

Dr. Day
Athens Eye Care, Athens, OH (Shane Foster, OD; Rachel LeFebvre, OD; Sherry [Crawford] Compston, OD; Liz Day, OD)

Dr. Coan

Dr. Achong-Coan

Dr. Sobel
Coan Eye Care and Optical Boutique, Ocoee, FL (Mark Coan, OD; Roxanne Achong-Coan, OD, FAAO, FIAOMC, FSLS, FBCLA; Steven M. Sobel, OD)

Dr. Seif
Contact Lens Institute of Seattle*, Seattle, WA (Noha Seif, OD, FAAO, FSLS)

*Not affiliated with the Contact Lens Institute

Dr. Inayatali
Dry Eye & Wellness Center, Sugar Land, TX (Faheem Inayatali, OD, MBA, MPH, FAAO, Dipl. ABO)

Dr. Sukontasup

Dr. Gromacki

Dr. Strong
First Sight Vision Care, Fulton, MD (Natalie Sukontasup, OD; Susan J. Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS; Thuy Strong, OD)

Dr. Laria

Dr. Fischer

Dr. Diana Perez

Dr. Bello
Laria Eye Care & Optical, Miami, FL (Lianette Laria, OD; Vicky Fischer, OD; Diana Perez, OD; Aurora Perez, OD [not pictured]; Claudia Bello, OD)
frances bynum Northwest Tennessee Eye Clinic (Frances Bynum, OD)

Stephanie Bray-Voorhes
Treehouse Eyes (Stephanie Bray-Voorhes)

Dr. Attar - 2023 WO board member
Dr. Attar
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (Roya Attar, OD, MBA, DHA)

Dr. Deering
Winchester Optical, Winchester, MA (Joseph Deering, OD)

Dr. Womack
West Point Optical Group/Family First Vision Care, Roswell GA & Jacksonville FL (John Womack, OD)


Dr. Richman
Maria Richman, OD, FAAO, was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award for Research & Development and Contributions to the Profession by the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians.


lori grover
Dr. Grover
Lori Grover, OD, FAAO, begins her three-year term on the executive board of the American Public Health Association to serve on its Committee on Health Equity.


Dr. Kenny
Erin Kenny, OD, was named an Accessible Pharmacy 2023 Vision Healthcare Award winner for Optometry.


Dr. Oleszewski, professor emeritus, left, receives the award from Dr. Anthony Di Stefano, vice president emeritus, right.
Susan Oleszewski, OD, was presented with the 2023 Lighthouse Award by Salus University.


The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) new Executive and Advisory board members

Dr. Shidlofsky
Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD, President.

Dr. Fitzgerald
DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, Advisory Board member. Dr. Fitzgerald is the immediate past president of NORA.

Dr. Zarn Urankar
Melissa Zarn Urankar, OD, FAAO, Vice President.

Dr. Blanc

Shirley Blanc, OD, FNORA, Secretary/Treasurer.


Dr. Letheren

Dr. Collins

Gina Kim
Cheryl Letheren, B.SC., OD, FAAO, Kathryn Collins, OD, and Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, Advisory Board members.


Dr. Zadnik
On January 1, 2024, Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, will become interim executive vice president and provost of The Ohio State University, serving as the institution’s chief academic officer while a search is underway for a permanent leader. She will continue serving as interim dean of the College of Public Health, a role she took on in July.

Read what Dr. Zadnik had to say about adding the position to her impressive curriculum vitae.


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Featured photo credit: Getty Images, Anna Efetova

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