2015-2016 Council

David Lewerenz

David Lewerenz, O.D.

Chair of AOA VRS

Graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 1977, 

Residency in low vision and geriatrics 2003

AOA member for 40 years

Associate professor and chief of Low Vision Services at Northeastern State University

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Founded and chaired Oklahoma Vision Rehabilitation Special Interest Group

Vice chair of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

Contact Dr. Lewerenz at lewerenz@nsuok.edu

Jason Clopton

Jason Clopton, O.D.

Chair-Elect of AOA VRS

AOA member for more than 20 years

College of Optometrists in Visual Development Board of Directors 2008-2010

Tennessee Young OD of the Year 2002

Center director, Center of Vision Development in Cookeville, Tenn.

Co-author of two chapters in "Visual Diagnosis & Treatment of the Patient with Special Needs"

Contact Dr. Clopton at drclopton@drclopton.com

Bhavani Iyer

Bhavani Iyer, O.D.

Vice Chair, AOA VRS

Graduated from Michigan College of Optometry in 1997

Director, Center for Visual Rehabilitation,Cizik

Eye ClinicAssistant professor, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Director, Lyndon B. Johnson County Clinic, Low vision services, Harris Health System

Contact Dr. Iyer at bhavaniiyer@cizikeye.org ; bhavaniiyerod@gmail.com

John Rundquist

John Rundquist, O.D.

Secretary, AOA VRS

Graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996

Residency in low vision and hospital based optometry Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center West Haven CT VA Hospical in 1997

AOA Member for 19 years

Executive and Clinical Director of the Western New York Center for the Visually Impaired in Buffalo, NY

Past President of the Western New York Society of OptometristsLow Vision Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry

Contact Dr. Rundquist at jrundquirst@wnycvi.com

John Rundquist

Gary Asano, O.D.

Member-at-Large, AOA VRS

Clinical assistant professor of the Southern California College of Optometry  

Low vision rehabilitation optometric staff at The Center for the Partially Sighted since 1981

Preceptor for the SCCO low vision residency program at the Center and coordinator for the SCCO low vision intern program

Private practice in Torrance from 1980-2006Organizer of nearly 50-member Low Vision Rehabilitation Section of the California Optometric Association in 2010, and is the immediate past chair

Contact Dr. Asano at g.asano@verizon.net.

Carl Garbus, OD

Carl Garbus, O.D.

Member-at-Large, AOA VRS

Graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1980AOA member for 35 years

President of the LA County Optometric Society in 1993

President of the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association 2010-2014

Holds hospital privileges at three rehabilitation hospitals in So. California (Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and Long Beach Memorial Care Hospital) Current Past President NORA 2015

Consultant to the rehabilitation groups, Centre For Neuro Skills in Bakersfieldand in Encino, CA

Contact Dr. Garbus at cgarbusod@gmail.com

Brenda Montecalvo

Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, O.D.

Immediate past chair of AOA VRS

Graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1985

AOA member for more than 30 yearsPrivate practice in Beavercreek, Ohio

Past president of NORAPresident of Ohio Optometric Association

Contact Dr. Montecalvo at vtdocbhm@sbcglobal.net