Announcing the 2017 AOA Award winners

Announcing the 2017 AOA Award winners

The winners of the AOA annual awards will be recognized at the 2017 Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session, Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m., in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision, the session also will feature keynote speaker Dara Torres, a twelve-time Olympic medalist considered as one of the greatest female competitive swimmers of all-time, who will deliver an inspirational message about pursuing goals, no matter the obstacles in the way.

The Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Paul Barney, O.D., of Alaska, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public. READ MORE.

The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Angelique Sawyer, O.D., of New Hampshire, who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and her community. READ MORE.

The Optometric Educator Award recognizes Elizabeth Steele, O.D., of Alabama, for outstanding service on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public. READ MORE.

The Paraoptometric of the Year Award recognizes Sally Greeley, CPOT, of Maine, for her significant contributions to the profession of paraoptometry. READ MORE

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Dale Heaston, O.D., of Washington, for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry. READ MORE.

The AOA congratulates all 2017 award nominees

The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 29 state associations and the Armed Forces Optometric Society. Each of these AOA-member doctors of optometry have distinguished themselves, and the profession, and are deserving of recognition and appreciation.

April 6, 2017

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