ODwire.org and CovalentCareers invite you to attend the 2020 Virtual Optometric Summit sponsored by ZEISS. This two-day complimentary online program offers live sessions and an interactive product showcase – all within a virtual exhibit hall – designed to let you explore technological and clinical innovations from the comfort of your own home.
Taught by industry leaders, the multi-track educational program will provide you the opportunity to learn about current trends in technology and innovation, practice development, and advancements in ocular disease management.
See how your practice can benefit from the latest in the world of optometry at the 2020 Virtual Optometric Summit.
Your registration gives you access to unparalleled content. Here's what you can expect at the 2020 Virual Optometric Summit:
Event attendees will also be eligible for special show promotions and discounts on ZEISS diagnostic instruments.
Learn what's new in Keratoconus along with the role of specialty contact lenses in managing patients with this condition.
Speaker: Steven Turpin, OD
Learn the basics of SMILE refractive surgery along with key clinical and practice management pearls that you can use to drive innovation in your practice and ensure your patients have excellent pre-operative experiences and postoperative outcomes.
Speaker: Ryan Vida, OD
Glaucoma can be one of the most challenging diseases to manage, requiring continuous follow-up and assessment. Join the discussion to learn best practices for leveraging clinical insights with ZEISS glaucoma solutions to enable efficient and effective glaucoma management.
Speakers: Mark T. Dunbar, OD, FAAO; Richard Madonna, OD, MA, FAAO; Danica J. Marrelli, OD, FAAO; Diplomate, Glaucoma Section, AAO; Diplomate, ABO
Learn about billing and coding in the medical model, and get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about reimbursements
Speaker: Karen VanLaningham
Understand key KPIs critical to a medically-focused optometry practice, how to accurately interpret them, and how to leverage them for growth.
Speaker: Jennifer Stewart Ellison, OD
Valuable insights and case studies on the use of wavefront HOA objective refraction data in combination with ZEISS digital phoropter technology to speed workflow and help to improve patient outcomes. Discussing principles, and usability, this course highlights how ZEISS i.Scription can aid in the resolution of difficult patient acuity challenges while adding practice revenue
Speaker: Benito Peña, OD
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has become a standard diagnostic tool for patients with macular pathology. It remains important to understand not only the nomenclature to describe disease but also the implications associated with those descriptions. This course is designed to help you navigate these challenges and get you interpreting macular OCT scans like a pro!
Speaker: David E. Lederer, MD
Dr. Gee and Dr. Epshtein provide valuable insight on how ODs are implementing the latest technology in ultra-widefield imaging into their practice, enhancing both patient care and patient education. Cases will be presented highlighting the clinical value of true color, high-resolution imaging from the ZEISS CLARUS 500 and how it can aid in detecting and diagnosing the full spectrum of eye disease, from the periphery to the macula, optic nerve head and anterior segment.
Speakers: Daniel Epshtein, OD, FAAO; Kevin L. Gee, OD, FAAO
Today’s retinal imaging technology is enabling optometrists to provide a new level of care for their patients. Hear industry experts discuss how utilizing ZEISS solutions can provide more comprehensive disease management.
Speaker: Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO; Aaron Lech, OD, FAAO; Steven Demko, OD
Keratoconus and angle-closure can both lead to significant visual impairment. However, if caught early, current treatments allow us to prevent vision loss. Come learn, through clinical cases, how to use anterior segment OCT for our keratoconus, refractive surgery, and angle closure patients!
Speaker: Bobby Saenz, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Epshtein dives into practical uses of OCT technology including the OCT concept, types of OCT scans, their interpretation and detection of normal vs. signs of pathology. Clinical cases will be presented to demonstrate the use and interpretation of OCT for diagnosing common diseases as well as masquerader pathology.
Speaker: Daniel Epshtein, OD, FAAO
After graduating from the SUNY College of Optometry, Dr. Daniel Epshtein took a position at a high-volume multi-specialty practice in New York City serving an underserved population with a significant ocular disease burden. He directly supervised optometry students as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor and provided instruction on myriad topics including perioperative care, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and ocular surface disease. He has since taken a full-time position at the ophthalmology department of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, becoming the first optometrist to ever practice at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. Dr. Epshtein’s research focuses on using the latest ophthalmic imaging technologies to elucidate ocular pathophysiology and to help simplify equivocal clinical diagnoses. His clinical interests include posterior segment disease, uveitis, and ocular surface disease, especially glaucoma therapy exacerbated ocular surface disease. Dr. Epshtein combines his research experience with the latest clinical practices to detect vision threatening disorders and provide the best treatment options available.
Dr. Gee is in private practice in a suburb of Houston: Missouri City, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2002. He joined senior staff at Scott & White Memorial Hospital upon graduation until 2004 when he returned home to Houston. Dr. Gee was on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry until 2018 when he decided to dedicate more time for family and the private practice. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He serves the Texas Optometric Association on multiple committees and was President in 2013. Dr. Gee is involved in the care athletic teams in the city of Houston including the University of Houston Baseball & Softball teams as well as the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
Carolyn Majcher is a Doctor of Optometry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and completed an ocular disease residency at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Majcher became and remains a full-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief of the Retinal Disease Clinic. She is an instructor within the posterior segment disease, glaucoma, and neuro-ophthalmic disease courses. Dr. Majcher’s research interests include retinal imaging and OCT angiography.
Mark Dunbar, OD, FAAO has been a member of the optometric staff at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for over 30 years and currently serves as the Director of Optometric Services. He is also Co-Chairman of the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo. Dr Dunbar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). Dr. Dunbar also serves on the Editorial Boards for Review of Optometry where he writes the monthly column “The Retina Quiz. “
Richard J. Madonna, OD, FAAO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Education and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the SUNY College of Optometry. Clinically, his practice at the College’s University Eye Center is limited to glaucoma. He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging. Among many professional activities, he currently serves as Vice President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. He has received a number of awards, most recently the American Academy of Optometry’s 2017 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician-Educator Award. Dr. Madonna was formerly Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York.
Steven Turpin OD, MS is a physician at North Cascade Eye Associates in northwest Washington. He is building a specialty contact lens clinic within the larger practice. He also is the founder of Practically Abstract, a website and newsletter dedicated to reviewing the latest contact lens and dry eye research.
Aaron Lech, OD, FAAO has pioneered diagnostic practice strategies over the past 15 years and shares candidly his su
ccesses, failures and keys to process and implementation.
Following his graduation from ICO and service as an optometrist on active duty with the US Navy, Dr. Lech founded ClearVue Eye Care in Roseville, CA. ClearVue is a four-doctor, multi-specialty eye care clinic that employs the philosophy of a "diagnostic driven exam."
He is recognized as an innovator by colleagues and industry experts alike.
After receiving her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry, Dr. Marrelli completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at the Ft. Howard/Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is currently a clinical professor at UHCO, where she is the service director of the Ocular Diagnostic Service. In the classroom, Dr. Marrelli teaches in the ocular pharmacology, glaucoma and case-based learning courses. She is the director of the ocular disease residency program. Dr. Marrelli is a diplomate in the ocular disease (glaucoma) section of the American Academy of Optometry, and serves on the executive board of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
Dr. Lederer has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at McGill University Faculty of Medicine as well as the Director of Tele-Ophthalmology (2011-2013). He has published numerous articles and abstracts and has reviewed for multiple scholarly publications including Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology and The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lederer has garnered many honors and awards including his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Frank Buller Award for Most Outstanding Clinical Instructor, McGill University Department of Ophthalmology Leadership Award, along with multiple grants for academic achievement. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he received his M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine, performed his residency at McGill University in the Department of Ophthalmology and completed a Medical Retina Fellowship at Duke University.
Karen VanLaningham is President and CEO of Back in the Black Solutions, Inc. one of the largest Ophthalmic billing service provider in the country, located in Atlanta, GA. Karen Brings a combined experience of 30 years in the optometric field to her company. Karen started her medical billing company in 2010 to meet the growing client need for superior billing and coding and credentialing services. Back in the Black Solutions works with thousands of practices nationwide to help Eye Care professionals increase revenue and grow their practices. She now shares the insights and processes that led to her company’s success in her new Book “The Profit Prescription” Originally from California, Karen moved to Atlanta to raise her three Boys Ryan, Brandon and Jarrod. In her free time, Karen creates jewelry and rides her bike.
Dr. Peña is chief optometrist in a multi-location private practice based in Kerrville, Fredericksburg, and San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Peña has been practicing full scope medical optometry in the Texas hill country since graduating with honors from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2007. Dr. Peña’s clinical interests include specialty contact lenses, refractive surgery, and Diabetic eye care. A member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, Dr. Peña is also the current Chairman of the Board of Texas State Optical. Prior to getting his optometry degree, he served five years in the Marines and in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He received his ABO optician certification while earning his B.S. degree from Schreiner University. An avid music fan, Dr. Peña also toured as a bass guitarist with the Roger Creager Band.