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Speakers2019-05-26T21:08:43-05:00

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The One Myopia Control
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Speaking to Inform and Inspire.

GCOMM presents a caliber of international myopia management experts unmatched in the industry. Topics range from how to start in myopia control, to expert myopia management methods.

Directors & Advisors

Stanley Woo, MS, OD

Dr. Woo currently serves as the Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He was previously Dean of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University. He has served as President of the Texas Optometric Association,  the American Academy of Optometry Diplomate program (low vision), and the professional OD committee for the ACOE.

Eddie Chow, OD

As GCOMM President, Dr. Chow welcomes all attendees, speakers, vendors, and sponsors. Dr. Chow is a licensed optometrists and renowned expert in orthokeratology and specialty contact lenses. He was the first Canadian optometrist to engage in the practice of orthokeratology, is a frequent presenter and orthokeratology lecturer in Hong Kong, China, Japan and at the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo.

Bruce Williams, OD

Dr. Williams has published, lectured and conducted workshops on the fitting principles and follow-up care for Orthokeratology across the United States and in countries such as Canada, Australia, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Belgium, Spain, Colombia, Chile and the UK.

Dr. George Woo, OD MSc PhD LOSc FAAO FVCO HonFCOptom

Professor George Woo was a tenured full Professor at the University of Waterloo from 1970 to 1996, followed by Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Optometry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) until his retirement in 2011. He has served on numerous local, national and international optometry, health and research committees and councils, and has been published in numerous scientific and professional journals. Research interests include vision rehabilitation, myopia and contact lenses.

Educational Faculty

Earl Smith, OD, PhD

Professor Smith’s research interests are focused on the optics of the eye. He has conducted award-winning research on the role of vision in regulating refractive development and eye growth, and published more than 180 refereed papers. He is also an accomplished lecturer, having received teaching awards at the department, college and university levels.

Andrei Tkatchenko, MD, PhD

Dr. Tkatchenko is Associate Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences at Columbia University. The main focus of Dr. Tkatchenko’s research is identification and characterization of genes and genetic networks underlying refractive eye development, as well as studies of genetic variations causing development of refractive errors. He has published numerous papers related to myopia development.

Peter Zhi Chen, MD, PhD

Dr. Chen is an ophthalmologist from Fudan University Eye and ENT Hospital in Shanghai, China. His research interests are in the mechanism underlying myopia onset and development, optical and pharmaceutical interventions regarding myopia control, especially those related to orthokeratology. He is frequently published and has developed novel methods to deliver customized myopia control treatment plans to patients.

Pat Caroline, FAAO

Professor Caroline serves as an instructor and lecturer at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon (USA). He is a Fellow member and Diplomat of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He has published over 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

Jeffrey Cooper, MS, OD

Dr. Cooper specializes in cornea and contact management and is also currently a clinical professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry. He is affiliated with the New York State Optometric Association and the New York chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. He also is a member of the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

Mr. Norman has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous products and technologies in the soft, GP and scleral lens category. He has published over 120 articles, posters, videos and book chapters on GP and Soft Lens Design, Presbyopic Contact Lenses, Specialty Contact Lens Uses and Eye Care Practice Management. He is presently the CTO (Chief Thinking Officer) of Wink Productions, Inc. an eyecare training and professional development.

A clinician for over 35 years, he has been involved in the development and evaluation of numerous products and technologies in the soft, GP and scleral lens category. Until the summer of 2018 he was the founding Director of Research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University where he remains on the adjunct faculty.

From its inception in 2002 through 2018 he was Education Committee Chairman of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. Mr. Norman has been a Consulting Editor to the Contact Lens Spectrum authoring a column on Prescribing for Presbyopia for 15 years, an Editorial Board Member for the Refractive Eyecare journal and Editorial Advisory Board Member of AllAboutVision.com. He is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the GP Lens Institute, Advisory Board Member of the International Keratoconus Academy and has been an Advisory Panel Member to numerous SCL and GP lens companies.

He has published over 120 articles, posters, videos and book chapters on GP and Soft Lens Design, Presbyopic Contact Lenses, Specialty Contact Lens Uses and Eye Care Practice Management and traveled extensively throughout the world lecturing on a variety of contact lens and eyecare related topics.

Mr. Norman is presently the CTO (Chief Thinking Officer) of Wink Productions, Inc. an eyecare training and professional development.

Shalu Pal, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Shalu Pal is a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Society and the current Chair of the American Optometric Association, Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She is a guest lecturer at all Optometry Schools across North American as a founder of the Staple Program. Her work in the area of specialty lenses, communication and practice management continues to be published.

Dr. Shalu Pal graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry, completed her Contact Lens, Cornea and Disease Residency at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry followed by her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Pal is the current Chair of the American Optometric Association, Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She is currently the owner of a group practice in Toronto, specializes in advanced specialty contact lens fitting, dry eye management and treatment, concussion rehabilitation and vision therapy. Dr. Pal is a member of the Dry Eye faculty for Allergan and Alcon’s Dry Eye Speakers group. Dr. Pal is a guest lecturer at all Optometry Schools across North American as a founder of the Staple Program. Dr. Pal volunteers her time with the Ontario Association of Optometrist, local community groups and VOSH. Dr. Pal’s work in the area of specialty lenses, communication and practice management continues to be published. She also lectures and consults with many industry partners for the betterment of the profession through education.

Randy Kojima, FAAO

Mr. Kojima is Director of Technical Affairs for Precision Technology, a GP contact lens manufacturing company based in Vancouver, Canada. He focuses on topographical interpretation, the study of corneal and scleral shape and research into a wide variety of advanced contact lens designs. He publishes regularly and frequently lectures internationally in the areas of corneal topography and specialty contact lenses.

Gary Gerber

Dr. Gary Gerber is the founder and Chief Dream Officer for The Power Practice®, a practice building and consulting company whose mission is to help doctors power their professional and personal dreams. He is also the cofounder of Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s first company dedicated exclusively to providing expert myopia management services. Dr. Gerber is a prolific writer and speaker who has authored hundreds of articles and given more than 500 thought provoking and enlightening presentations. He is also the host of The Power Hour, optometry’s only live talk radio show.

Michael Lipson, OD

Dr. Michael Lipson is an optometrist/assistant professor at Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center. His clinical practice involves contact lenses with emphasis on specialty contact lenses for overnight corneal reshaping, keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery and severe dry eye patients. He is actively involved in clinical research as the principal investigator for studies on corneal reshaping, vision-related quality of life, myopia control and new lens designs.

Desmond Cheng, OD, PhD

Dr. Cheng is a frequent speaker at myopia conferences, including as keynote speaker at the 1st WEIRC in Wenzhou, China, and at the 14th Hong Kong Optometric Conference, and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He is a reviewer for several optometry and ophthalmology journals, and inventor of the Essilor Myopilux Max spectacle lens for myopia control. His research interest is on children’s myopia and binocular vision.

Vishakha Thakrar, OD, FAAO

Dr. Vishakha Thakrar has spoken on scleral lenses and myopia control throughout Canada and the US. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Society and currently sits on the board for the Contact Lens Section of the CAO, on the RCCO Contact Lens Working Group, and is a principal organizer for the CCLA conference.

Dr. Vishakha Thakrar is residency-trained in cornea, contact lenses and refractive surgery. She is the owner of Vaughan Family Vision Care, a specialty contact lens practice in Vaughan, Ontario where she primarily sees patients with corneal and ocular surface disease. She previously held the role of Director of the Contact Lens Service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and has spoken on scleral lenses and myopia control throughout Canada and the US. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Society. She currently sits on the board for the Contact Lens Section of the CAO, on the RCCO Contact Lens Working Group, and is a principal organizer for the CCLA conference. She has been a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye Care Review, and Optometric Management, and has written numerous articles for Canadian and American journals.

Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Peddle is the founding President of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization that promotes public and professional awareness and education in vision therapy. She is an international lecturer, offering courses in therapy techniques, oculomotor dysfunctions, binocular vision, and the newest research in strabismus/amblyopia therapy.

Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD, graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She completed a Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation from SUNY State College of Optometry where she was awarded the distinguished Dr. Martin Birnbaum Memorial Award for outstanding knowledge and skill in Behavioral Optometry. Dr. Peddle is the founding President of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization that promotes public and professional awareness and education in vision therapy. She currently owns a private practice vision therapy clinic in Toronto where she teaches residents and interns. With a keen interest in education, she has published articles and posters on vision rehabilitation, strabismus, amblyopia, and learning-related vision problems. She is also an international lecturer, offering courses in therapy techniques, oculomotor dysfunctions, binocular vision, and the newest research in strabismus/amblyopia therapy.

Sponsored Speakers

David Bland

David Bland is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years of experience in specialty eye care, business strategy, and high-performance team building. Prior to joining Euclid as Vice President of United States Sales, he held leadership roles at Bausch & Lomb in the Global Boston Lab Channel and Specialty Vision Products business units.

David Bland is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years of experience in specialty eye care, business strategy, and high-performance team building. Prior to joining Euclid as Vice President of United States Sales, he held leadership roles at Bausch & Lomb in the Global Boston Lab Channel and Specialty Vision Products business units. He played a key role in developing and implementing the overall business strategy including strategic acquisitions. David has had extensive involvement in development of the global orthokeratology segment while also presenting on a variety of topics related to the specialty eye care segment across the globe.

Cassandra Chung, OD

Dr. Cassandra Chung manages 9 optometric clinics across the GTA with over 30 doctors and 60 staff. Dr. Chung has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 Optometrist by Johnson & Johnson Vision. She has a passion for practice management and how emerging technology can be used to differentiate and grow the optometric field.

Jeff Goodhew, OD

Dr. Jeff Goodhew will present on spectacle lens therapy in the management of myopia. Dr. Goodhew is very involved in the Optometry profession. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and served as president from 2014 – 2016. Along with his spouse Dr. Tina Goodhew they serve as co-editors of Canadian Eye Care Business Review.

Dr. Jeff Goodhew is a partner in Abbey Eye Care. A full scope independent practice located in Oakville, ON. Along with his spouse & partner Dr. Tina Goodhew they have opened practices in 3 different provinces. These practices varied in modality from private practice to corporate settings. He enjoys seeing all patients in a primary eye care setting but has developed several niche offerings including myopia control, glaucoma management & dry eye therapy. Jeff is also very involved in the Optometry profession. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and served as president from 2014 – 2016. Along with his spouse Dr. Tina Goodhew they serve as co-editors of Canadian Eye Care Business Review.

Leah Johnson, OD

Dr. Leah Johnson is the Global Director of Professional Services at Paragon Vision Sciences. She is responsible for development and implementation of clinical and educational programs supporting current and future eye care practitioners across the U.S., China, and abroad. Dr. Johnson has spent extensive time in China, which contains the highest numbers of myopic children.

Dr. Leah Johnson is the Global Director of Professional Services at Paragon Vision Sciences. She is responsible for development and implementation of clinical and educational programs supporting current and future eye care practitioners across the U.S., China, and abroad.

She is a graduate of the University of Houston, College of Optometry where she also completed a post-doctorate fellowship in Cornea & Contact Lens. Afterwards, she practiced in Houston, Texas with a concentration in specialty contact lenses. She was recently named adjunct faculty at University of Houston, College of Optometry.

Dr. Johnson has spent extensive time in China, which contains the highest numbers of myopic children. There she works collectively with key opinion leaders and eyecare professionals to bring a better understanding of myopia and supports selecting the best treatment options that enhance patient outcomes and care.

Sandrine Malaison-Tremblay, OD

Upon the completion of her doctorate in optometry at the Université de Montréal, Dr. Malaison-Tremblay completed a residency in contact lenses and anterior segment. This one-year training, that focused on clinical exposure to more than 800 cases, including keratoconus and corneal dystrophies, gave her the opportunity to work with optometrists recognized for their expertise throughout Quebec.

Upon the completion of her doctorate in optometry at the Université de Montréal, Dr. Malaison-Tremblay completed a residency in contact lenses and anterior segment. This one-year training, that focused on clinical exposure to more than 800 cases, including keratoconus and corneal dystrophies, gave her the opportunity to work with optometrists recognized for their expertise throughout Quebec. Dr. Malaison-Tremblay’s involvement in academia continues with her role as a clinical officer. She is also collaborating with an ophthalmologist regarding postoperative co-management of cross-linking therapy.

Sheila Morrison, OD

Dr. Morrison enjoys lecturing throughout North America about topics related to ocular surface mapping, myopia management, and specialty contact lenses. She is a fellow and extended board member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, editorial reviewer for the Journal of Contact Lens Research & Science, and a board member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the Canadian Association of Optometry.‬‬

Dr. Morrison studied at Pacific University College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry, Master of Vision Science, and Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses. She has served on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry, and currently ‬practices at Mission Eye Care Center for Dry Eye and Corneal Disease in Calgary, AB where she is also a clinical instructor for 4th year Optometry students on rotation from the University of Waterloo. She enjoys lecturing throughout North America about topics related to ocular surface mapping, myopia management, and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Morrison is a fellow and extended board member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, editorial reviewer for the Journal of Contact Lens Research & Science, and a board member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the Canadian Association of Optometry.‬‬

Jill Woods, BSc(Hons), MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA

Dr. Jill Woods is Clinical Research Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist at CORE, Centre for Ocular Research & Education. Her work mainly involves the fields of contact lenses & aspects of dry eye disease with particular interest in presbyopic contact lenses, contact lens comfort & controlling myopia progression.

Dr. Jill Woods is Clinical Research Manager and Senior Clinical Scientist at CORE, Centre for Ocular Research & Education, which she joined in 2005. Her role involves overseeing clinical research trials from concept to final report, managing the workload of research investigators and oversight of administrative and regulatory processes. Jill’s work mainly involves the fields of contact lenses & aspects of dry eye disease with particular interest in presbyopic contact lenses, contact lens comfort & controlling myopia progression.

Jill completed her Optometry degree in London, UK and has experience in her own private practice, low-vision hospital work, clinical teaching and continuing education.

Free Paper Presentations

Nicholas Gidosh, OD, FAAO

Dr. Gidosh’s current areas of research are in optimizing scleral lens optical and fitting designs for patients with irregular corneas like keratoconus and those with multifocal needs. He also researches and lectures on myopia control strategies particularly orthokeratology as it pertains to patients with astigmatism.

Dr. Nicholas Gidosh received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) where he pursued the advanced studies curriculum in specialty contact lens fitting and is now an assistant professor. Dr. Gidosh completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has served as a clinical investigator for studies involving hybrid, scleral, multifocal, and orthokeratology lenses. Dr. Gidosh has also presented lectures and posters at national and international conferences on these topics.

Dr. Gidosh’s current areas of research are in optimizing scleral lens optical and fitting designs for patients with irregular corneas like keratoconus and those with multifocal needs. He also researches and lectures on myopia control strategies particularly orthokeratology as it pertains to patients with astigmatism. He has managed and lectured to hundreds of children in orthokeratology clinics across China in an effort to combat the growing global myopia epidemic.

Stephanie Ramdass, OD

Dr. Ramdass’ research interests include controlling the progression of myopia, presbyopic lens designs, and the application of scleral lenses for normal eyes and in tinted form. She remains Adjunct Faculty at MCO.

During her time at MCO, she gained invaluable experience diagnosing and treating various anterior ocular conditions for both the regular and irregular cornea. She fits a variety of contact lens designs such as custom soft, scleral, hybrid, corneal gas permeable, orthokeratology, tinted/prosthetic and more to optimize visual potential for her patients. Her research interests include controlling the progression of myopia, presbyopic lens designs, and the application of scleral lenses for normal eyes and in tinted form. She remains Adjunct Faculty at MCO.

Additionally, she completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Program and Project Management. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, a member of both the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Canadian Association of Optometrists, and currently provides specialty lens education for Bausch + Lomb at optometry schools across North America. She is also a committee member of the International Myopia Institute, an expert group dedicated to promoting further progress in myopia (nearsightedness) research and raising awareness on the development of the condition and how we can prevent it, or slow down its progression.

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