New Year’s resolutions from AOA Board officers

New Year’s resolutions from AOA Board officers

The AOA Board of Trustees, left to right, David A. Cockrell, O.D., Steven A. Loomis, O.D., Andrea P. Thau, O.D, Christopher J. Quinn, O.D.,  and Mitchell T. Munson, O.D.

Year's end is the opportune time not only to reflect on where we've been, but also what lies ahead for your association.

The AOA extends to all its members and volunteers best wishes for the holidays and coming new year.

This past year marked one of excitement and firsts for the profession with important AOA advocacy triumphs, the release of landmark clinical information for members, a successful Optometry's Meeting® in Philadelphia, impactful awareness campaigns and much more.

As 2014 draws to a close, the AOA Board of Trustees officers look ahead to 2015 and offer their resolutions for their own practices, the profession and the AOA in the new year.

David A. Cockrell, O.D., president
"My resolution for the new year is two-fold. The first is for the AOA to continue to improve its very effective advocacy mission on behalf of our profession. The second is for our profession to be recognized by all patients as the primary eye care provider."

Steven A. Loomis, O.D., president-elect
"The beginning of a new year is always a good time for reflection on the recent past and an opportunity to look ahead toward the improvements that can be made. For our practice, we resolve to be ready for ICD-10. For the AOA, I resolve to ensure that our advocacy efforts continue to serve the profession for the benefit of our patients, leaving no patient underserved with regard to accessing optometric care. And for the profession, I resolve that the AOA continue its leadership role in setting the standard of optometric care for the world."

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., vice president
"In my practice, I resolve to provide the finest optometric care to all of my patients. As for our profession, I resolve to provide full-scope optometric care to all Americans, and as for the AOA, I resolve to advocate successfully on behalf of optometrists to provide full-scope optometric care to all Americans throughout their lifetimes."

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., secretary-treasurer
"In our practice, we are resolved to help the practices of our referring doctors reach new levels of success in 2015, with more patients, expanded scope and improved access to care for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. As for the profession, I resolve to continue to move the profession into the era of medical eye care and out of the era of vision plan optometry for increased success and professional satisfaction, and to serve the needs of our nation's health care system. And, lastly, I resolve to help every optometrist recognize the value of membership to themselves, their patients and their profession."

Mitchell T. Munson, O.D., immediate past president
"2015 will bring with it a year of changes for me personally, the largest of which will be my completion of service on the AOA Board—a position that I have been honored to fill. With that as a backdrop, I look forward to spending more time with my family and my practice, as well as embracing my new position on the World Council of Optometry and affecting positive change globally with respect to the improvement and delivery of optometric care around the world."

The AOA extends to all its members and volunteers best wishes for the holidays and coming new year.

December 31, 2014

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