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Speakers2019-04-23T23:38:49-04:00

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International myopia management experts will be presenting on various topics of popular interest at the upcoming GCOMM Conference. To propose a presentation or workshop (either topic ideas, or your offer to present), please contact us.

Pat Caroline, FAAO

Professor Caroline serves as an instructor and lecturer at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon (USA). He is a Fellow member and Diplomat of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He has published over 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

Earl Smith, OD, PhD

Professor Smith’s research interests are focused on the optics of the eye. He has conducted award-winning research on the role of vision in regulating refractive development and eye growth, and published more than 180 refereed papers. He is also an accomplished lecturer, having received teaching awards at the department, college and university levels.

Stanley Woo, MS, OD

Dr. Woo currently serves as the Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He was previously Dean of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University. He has served as President of the Texas Optometric Association,  the American Academy of Optometry Diplomate program (low vision), and the professional OD committee for the ACOE.

Bruce Williams, OD

Dr. Williams has published, lectured and conducted workshops on the fitting principles and follow-up care for Orthokeratology across the United States and in countries such as Canada, Australia, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Belgium, Spain, Colombia, Chile and the UK.

Randy Kojima, FAAO

Mr. Kojima is Director of Technical Affairs for Precision Technology, a GP contact lens manufacturing company based in Vancouver, Canada. He focuses on topographical interpretation, the study of corneal and scleral shape and research into a wide variety of advanced contact lens designs. He publishes regularly and frequently lectures internationally in the areas of corneal topography and specialty contact lenses.

Jeffrey Cooper, MS, OD

Dr. Cooper specializes in cornea and contact management and is also currently a clinical professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry. He is affiliated with the New York State Optometric Association and the New York chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. He also is a member of the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.

Andrei Tkatchenko, MD, PhD

Dr. Tkatchenko is Associate Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences at Columbia University. The main focus of Dr. Tkatchenko’s research is identification and characterization of genes and genetic networks underlying refractive eye development, as well as studies of genetic variations causing development of refractive errors. He has published numerous papers related to myopia development.

Justin Bazan, OD

Dr. Bazan is a pioneer in the use of social media as a marketing tool to help build a successful practice. Dr. Bazan is a recognized international speaker, with an emphasis on practice management, both in the eyecare industry and small business world. He is an avid industry writer and is a regular columnist Optometric Management and Optometry Times. He holds several industry positions including spokesperson for The Vision Council and academic consultant expert for Bausch and Lomb.

Michael Lipson, OD

Dr. Michael Lipson is an optometrist/assistant professor at Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center. His clinical practice involves contact lenses with emphasis on specialty contact lenses for overnight corneal reshaping, keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery and severe dry eye patients. He is actively involved in clinical research as the principal investigator for studies on corneal reshaping, vision-related quality of life, myopia control and new lens designs.

Peter Zhi Chen, MD, PhD

Dr. Chen is an ophthalmologist from Fudan University Eye and ENT Hospital in Shanghai, China. His research interests are in the mechanism underlying myopia onset and development, optical and pharmaceutical interventions regarding myopia control, especially those related to orthokeratology. He is frequently published and has developed novel methods to deliver customized myopia control treatment plans to patients.

Desmond Cheng, OD, PhD

Dr. Cheng is a frequent speaker at myopia conferences, including as keynote speaker at the 1st WEIRC in Wenzhou, China, and at the 14th Hong Kong Optometric Conference, and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He is a reviewer for several optometry and ophthalmology journals, and inventor of the Essilor Myopilux Max spectacle lens for myopia control. His research interest is on children’s myopia and binocular vision.

Dr. George Woo, OD MSc PhD LOSc FAAO FVCO HonFCOptom

Professor George Woo was a tenured full Professor at the University of Waterloo from 1970 to 1996, followed by Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Optometry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) until his retirement in 2011. He has served on numerous local, national and international optometry, health and research committees and councils, and has been published in numerous scientific and professional journals. Research interests include vision rehabilitation, myopia and contact lenses.

Gary Gerber

Dr. Gary Gerber is the founder and Chief Dream Officer for The Power Practice®, a practice building and consulting company whose mission is to help doctors power their professional and personal dreams. He is also the cofounder of Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s first company dedicated exclusively to providing expert myopia management services. Dr. Gerber is a prolific writer and speaker who has authored hundreds of articles and given more than 500 thought provoking and enlightening presentations. He is also the host of The Power Hour, optometry’s only live talk radio show.

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

Mr. Norman has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous products and technologies in the soft, GP and scleral lens category. He has published over 120 articles, posters, videos and book chapters on GP and Soft Lens Design, Presbyopic Contact Lenses, Specialty Contact Lens Uses and Eye Care Practice Management. He is presently the CTO (Chief Thinking Officer) of Wink Productions, Inc. an eyecare training and professional development.

A clinician for over 35 years, he has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous products and technologies in the soft, GP and scleral lens category. Until the summer of 2018 he was the founding Director of Research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University where he remains on the adjunct faculty.

From its inception in 2002 through 2018 he was Education Committee Chairman of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. Mr. Norman has been a Consulting Editor to the Contact Lens Spectrum authoring a column on Prescribing for Presbyopia for 15 years, an Editorial Board Member for the Refractive Eyecare journal and Editorial Advisory Board Member of AllAboutVision.com. He is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the GP Lens Institute, Advisory Board Member of the International Keratoconus Academy and has been an Advisory Panel Member to numerous SCL and GP lens companies.

He has published over 120 articles, posters, videos and book chapters on GP and Soft Lens Design, Presbyopic Contact Lenses, Specialty Contact Lens Uses and Eye Care Practice Management and traveled extensively throughout the world lecturing on a variety of contact lens and eyecare related topics.

Mr. Norman is presently the CTO (Chief Thinking Officer) of Wink Productions, Inc. an eyecare training and professional development.

Shalu Pal, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Shalu Pal is a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Society and the current Chair of the American Optometric Association, Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She is a guest lecturer at all Optometry Schools across North American as a founder of the Staple Program. Her work in the area of specialty lenses, communication and practice management continues to be published.

Dr. Shalu Pal graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry, completed her Contact Lens, Cornea and Disease Residency at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry followed by her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Pal is the current Chair of the American Optometric Association, Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She is currently the owner of a group practice in Toronto, specializes in advanced specialty contact lens fitting, dry eye management and treatment, concussion rehabilitation and vision therapy. Dr. Pal is a member of the Dry Eye faculty for Allergan and Alcon’s Dry Eye Speakers group. Dr. Pal is a guest lecturer at all Optometry Schools across North American as a founder of the Staple Program. Dr. Pal volunteers her time with the Ontario Association of Optometrist, local community groups and VOSH. Dr. Pal’s work in the area of specialty lenses, communication and practice management continues to be published. She also lectures and consults with many industry partners for the betterment of the profession through education.

Eddie Chow, OD

As GCOMM President, Dr. Chow welcomes all attendees, speakers, vendors, and sponsors. Dr. Chow is a licensed optometrists and renowned expert in orthokeratology and specialty contact lenses. He was the first Canadian optometrist to engage in the practice of orthokeratology, is a frequent presenter and orthokeratology lecturer in Hong Kong, China, Japan and at the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo.

Jeff Goodhew, OD

Dr. Jeff Goodhew will present on spectacle lens therapy in the management of myopia. Dr. Goodhew is very involved in the Optometry profession. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and served as president from 2014 – 2016. Along with his spouse Dr. Tina Goodhew they serve as co-editors of Canadian Eye Care Business Review.

Dr. Jeff Goodhew is a partner in Abbey Eye Care. A full scope independent practice located in Oakville, ON. Along with his spouse & partner Dr. Tina Goodhew they have opened practices in 3 different provinces. These practices varied in modality from private practice to corporate settings. He enjoys seeing all patients in a primary eye care setting but has developed several niche offerings including myopia control, glaucoma management & dry eye therapy. Jeff is also very involved in the Optometry profession. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and served as president from 2014 – 2016. Along with his spouse Dr. Tina Goodhew they serve as co-editors of Canadian Eye Care Business Review.

Jill Woods, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA

Dr. Jill Woods is Clinical Research Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist at CORE, Centre for Ocular Research & Education. Her work mainly involves the fields of contact lenses & aspects of dry eye disease with particular interest in presbyopic contact lenses, contact lens comfort & controlling myopia progression.

Dr. Jill Woods is Clinical Research Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist at CORE, Centre for Ocular Research & Education, which she joined in 2005. Her role involves overseeing clinical research trials from concept to final report, managing the workload of research investigators and oversight of administrative and regulatory processes. Jill’s work mainly involves the fields of contact lenses & aspects of dry eye disease with particular interest in presbyopic contact lenses, contact lens comfort & controlling myopia progression.

Jill completed her Optometry degree in London, UK and has experience in her own private practice, low-vision hospital work, clinical teaching and continuing education.

Vishakha Thakrar, OD, FAAO

Dr. Vishakha Thakrar has spoken on scleral lenses and myopia control throughout Canada and the US. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Society and currently sits on the board for the Contact Lens Section of the CAO, on the RCCO Contact Lens Working Group, and is a principal organizer for the CCLA conference.

Dr. Vishakha Thakrar is residency-trained in cornea, contact lenses and refractive surgery. She is the owner of Vaughan Family Vision Care, a specialty contact lens practice in Vaughan, Ontario where she primarily sees patients with corneal and ocular surface disease. She previously held the role of Director of the Contact Lens Service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and has spoken on scleral lenses and myopia control throughout Canada and the US. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Society. She currently sits on the board for the Contact Lens Section of the CAO, on the RCCO Contact Lens Working Group, and is a principal organizer for the CCLA conference. She has been a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye Care Review, and Optometric Management, and has written numerous articles for Canadian and American journals.

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