Paraoptometric Community Service Award

Marietta Richman

Marietta Richman

Marietta Richman has worked as a paraoptometric at Shore Family Eyecare for more than six years, starting by simply answering the phones. She trained under three optometrists and a CPOA, learning the basic ocular anatomy, then diagnostic testing and interpretation, advancing to working in the vision therapy room and with the low vision population. Marietta excels with the special needs population that comes to Shore Family Eyecare. Her drive to help in the field of optometry directed her to enter college in search of a Public Health degree to lead her to optometry school in the future. 

She participated with girl scouts while growing up, earning special recognition for working on community projects related to breast cancer awareness and burn prevention. For each of these causes, she interacted with medical professionals to learn as much as possible then transitioned the information into perpetual projects for the community at large. Marietta, who suffered third-degree burns from a home accident, took her own burn prevention program to local schools, area firehouses and served as an advisor to the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation. She was recognized in school for her citizenship, by the county with a "Caring Award," by local organizations for her community service, and by the Girl Scouts of America with a Silver Award and a Gold Award. Currently, she is in the process of developing an optometry club at George Washington University, has a leadership role in her sorority, and serves as mentor for her religious community group.  

As Marietta was passionate about her involvement with both optometry and Girl Scouts, she thought that it would be a good idea to develop a program that would introduce other girls and young women to the opportunities of optometry and paraoptometric service. After completing two terms on the board of directors for the regional Girl Scouts, she presented a program that would provide a "Vision Awareness" patch to the girls who visited an optometric office. The requirements were developed in conjunction with optometrists to provide an educational, entertaining and exciting experience for the girls attending.as well as the offices that participate. At Shore Family Eyecare, not only does Marietta lead the program, but the doctors and other paras ask to stay late to join in. All the proceeds for the purchase of the patches goes to the Richard Favreau Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization named in honor of an NJSOP president that focuses on the visual welfare of the people of New Jersey.