The AOA is proud to honor five members with its prestigious awards, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision.
The Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Kenneth Lawson, O.D., of Florida, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public.
The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Roya Attar, O.D., of Mississippi, who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and her community.
The Optometric Educator Award recognizes Caroline Beesley Pate, O.D., of Alabama, for outstanding service on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public.
The Paraoptometric of the Year Award recognizes Janet Millis, CPOT, of Illinois, for her significant contributions to the profession of paraoptometry.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Roger Jordan, O.D., of Wyoming, for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry.
The AOA congratulates all 2020 award nominees.
The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 30 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.
James A. Boucher, O.D., 83, founded his practice in Laramie, Wyoming, and served the community for five decades. Dr. Boucher specialized in cornea and contact lenses practice.
The Pennsylvania doctor of optometry practiced for 46 years in Beaver Falls. But Dr. Bennett’s vision had an impact there and beyond.
Janet Millis, CPOT, AOA’s 2020 Paraoptometric of the Year, has found professional fulfilment through paraoptometric certification.