Honoring the profession’s finest at Optometry’s Meeting® 2023

July 6, 2023
When the AOA and AOSA gathered June 21-24 in Washington, D.C., for Optometry’s Meeting® 2023, the profession set aside time to recognize the outstanding contributions of its members.
AOA Hall of Fame

The 2023 National Optometry Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Mitchell Scheiman, O.D., Ph.D., Siu Wong, O.D., MPH, Joseph Shovlin, O.D.

Amid a whirlwind of ardent advocacy, student engagement, cutting-edge continuing education and professional networking, optometry took time to recognize the outstanding contributions of members to the profession and patients. Accolades ranged from outstanding advocacy to impact over a career.

“And to you, the many AOA and state volunteers,” AOA President Ronald L. Benner, O.D., said during Optometry’s Meeting. “We have the largest and most strategic volunteer group ever. Your service is not unrecognized. Your service is completely appreciated. Thank you for all the time you have given us.”

Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr., InfantSEE® Award

  • Andrea Thau, O.D.

National Hall of Fame Inductees

Since 1998, the National Optometry Hall of Fame, administered by Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, has recognized and honored doctors of optometry who are luminaries of the profession and imparted long-lasting contributions to optometry. Attendees gathered during the AOA Awards and National Optometry Hall of Fame ceremony to recognize the Class of 2023:

  • Mitchell Scheiman, O.D., Ph.D.
  • Siu Wong, O.D., MPH
  • Joseph Shovlin, O.D.

AOA Distinguished Service Award

Optometric Educator of the Year

Optometrist of the Year

Young Optometrist of the Year

Student of the Year

Apollo Award

Paraoptometric of the Year

Paraoptometric Community Service Award

  • Brianne Speaks, CPOA

Paraoptometric Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Roberta Beers, CPOT
  • Beverly Roberts, CPOT
  • Erlinda Rodriguez, CPO

President’s Awards

  • Carol Alexander, O.D.
  • Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.
  • Wayne Cannon, O.D.
  • Melonie Clemmons, O.D.
  • Nora Lee Cothran, O.D.
  • Joseph Droter, O.D.
  • Richard Edlow, O.D.
  • Jerry Ellis, O.D.
  • Alan Glazier, O.D.
  • James Hale, O.D.
  • Clifford Holt, O.D.
  • Roger Jordan, O.D.
  • Millicent Knight, O.D.
  • Len Koh, O.D., Ph.D., MBA
  • Selina McGee, O.D.
  • Stacey Meier, O.D.
  • Stephanie Messner, O.D.
  • David Milan, Esq.
  • Stephen Miller, O.D.
  • Stephen Montaquila, O.D.
  • Chelsey Moore, O.D.
  • Michael Mott, Esq.
  • Steve Nguyen, O.D.
  • Jeanne Perrine, O.D.
  • G. Timothy Petito, O.D.
  • Samuel Pierce, O.D.
  • Adam Sauls, O.D.
  • Clifford Scott, O.D., MPH
  • William "Scott" Slagle, O.D.
  • Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D.
  • Carl Spear, Jr., O.D.
  • Shannon Steinhauser, O.D.
  • Glen "Bubba" Steele, O.D.
  • Melissa Trego, O.D., Ph.D.
  • Leigh Ann Vanausdoll
  • Richard Weisbarth, O.D.
  • Robert Wooldridge, O.D.
  • Christopher Wroten, O.D.
  • Wayne Zahka, O.D.
  • Paul Zerbinopoulos, O.D

AOA Advocacy Awards

  • Michael Mittelman, O.D., MPH, MBA (federal advocacy)
  • Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (state advocacy)
  • Jason Ortman, O.D. (payer advocacy)
  • Meghan Elkins, O.D. (media advocacy)
  • Viola Kanevsky, O.D. (media advocacy)

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXXI crowns champ

Zachary Ney, of the University of Houston College of Optometry, raised the winner’s trophy at the AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXXII powered by EssilorLuxottica. Second place went to Nicholas Keinath, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, and, in a tie, third place to Sakshi Vasiu, State University of New York College of Optometry, and Sammy Haskins, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. The University of Houston College of Optometry also earned the Spirit Award.

5K Run winners

Competitors laced up their shoes for the Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation 5K Run, supported by Allergan, Tarsus and Neurolens. This year’s top 5K female finishers were Erin Hudson, Shannon Kirchmer, O.D., and Mora Boatman. This year’s top 5K male finishers were Justin Vo, Matt Valdes, O.D., and Kevin Harris, O.D. View the full Optometry Cares 5K race results.

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