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Cherie Farkash, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email:
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Farkash has been a member of the clinical faculty of the New England College of Optometry through its clinical teaching affiliate, the New England Eye Institute, since 2007. She is the instructor of record for Neuroanatomy. Dr. Farkash’s areas of clinical expertise are primary care optometry and neuro-ophthalmic disease. Prior to joining the faculty at the College, Dr. Farkash was an attending optometrist and optometric educator at The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She earned a doctor of optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003, and subsequently completed a residency in primary care optometry and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmic disease through the institution. Dr. Farkash is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of both the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association.

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Taline Farra, Director of Admissions, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: farrat@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: F.A.A.O. M.Sc. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Taline Farra has been the director of admissions at the New England College of Optometry since 2006. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of Admissions and all promotional efforts to raise awareness about the College in the minds of audiences at graduate fairs, in pre-health student organizations, and in pre-optometry student organizations. In her role as director, Dr. Farra has increased the College's efficiency in serving applicants and has worked to improve the effectiveness of all admissions efforts, with the goal of attracting the best and the brightest students to the College. Additionally, she has extended the recruitment efforts of the College beyond the Office of Admissions, empowering students to act as ambassadors for the College and alumni to act as representatives and recruiters. These efforts have allowed the New England College of Optometry to broaden the reach of its recruitment initiatives.

Dr. Farra attended undergraduate school at the University of Toronto Trinity College and received MS and OD degrees concurrently from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1998. She completed a primary care residency at the New England College of Optometry, during which she worked at the Boston VA Medical Center Outpatient Clinic and the Harvard-Vanguard Eye Clinic. Upon the completion of her residency, Dr. Farra began her employment with the College in 2000, working as an attending optometrist at  New England Eye's Fenway Practice and at the College, as both a didactic and laboratory instructor. Later, she started and was the clinic director of New England Eye’s eye clinic at Codman Square, 2001-2006. Dr. Farra is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was the 2005 recipient of Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award from the New England College of Optometry and Alcon. Some of Dr. Farra’s most noteworthy published research work is that which was done in the preliminary evaluation of the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph, a laser scanning device that captures images of the retina and optic nerve, which detects the progression of glaucoma. Dr. Farra and her colleagues at the University of Waterloo worked with one of the first ten Heidelberg Retina Tomograph machines to be developed.

Dr. Farra loves the profession of optometry because it gives her the opportunity to combine her mathematics and science skills with patient care and long-term doctor-patient relationship building. She sees the city of Boston as a “medical mecca,” an ideal place for students to study medical professions and for young medical professionals to begin their careers. Her goal is for both the New England College of Optometry and its graduates to be leaders in the field of optometry. Outside of the profession of optometry, Dr. Farra enjoys the outdoors, sporting activities, and classical music. She holds a degree in piano performance and was a pianist before becoming an optometrist. Dr. Farra has also participated in several Volunteer Optometrist Services to Humanity (VOSH) missions to conduct eye exams and deliver eyeglasses to citizens in developing nations. She has gone on two VOSH missions with students from the College (Chetumal, Mexico in 2001 and Merida, Mexico in 1999) and one with the New England chapter of VOSH (Yerevan, Armenia in 2005).

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Barry Fisch, Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Disease
Barry Fisch, Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Disease
Email: fischb@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Administrative
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Barry Fisch is a graduate of Boston University and a 1971 honors graduate of the Massachusetts College of Optometry. He completed a clinical internship at the Optometric Center of New York. After graduation, he was commissioned in the US Indian Public Health Service, where he was the chief of optometry at the hospital in Tuba City, Arizona. Upon discharge, he entered the graduate program in physiological optics at the University of Houston as an Ezell Fellow and a member of the clinical faculty. He later returned to Massachusetts to become the director of the Teamsters Vision Center and a part-time NECO clinical faculty member in the contact lens department. He also served on the staff of the Boston Evening Medical Center.

In 1981, Dr. Fisch became chief of the Optometry Section at the Brockton VA Medical Center, where he developed the patient care service as well as the NECO-affiliated residency and student teaching programs. In 1996, he was appointed chief of the Optometry Section for the Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center. In 2000, Dr. Fisch was appointed acting national director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Optometry Service, overseeing the entire department. In 2001, he was appointed as the chief of the Optometry Section for the VA Boston Healthcare System. He maintained that position until 2008, when he joined the faculty at NECO on a full time basis.

Dr. Fisch has served in a variety of capacities at the College, including chief of the Glaucoma Service, chief of the Ocular Disease Service, supervisor of the Specialty Contact Lens Clinic, and chairman of the Faculty Development Program. He was active on a number of College committees, and for more than twenty years served as the instructor of record for the Management and Treatment of Ocular Disease course. In 2008, as a full time faculty member, he evaluated and upgraded the second-year optometry curriculum and also oversaw the ocular disease tract. Additionally, he was appointed the instructor of record for the course Principles and Practice of Optometry II. In the summer of 2009, he became associate dean of Academic Affairs. In January of 2010, Dr. Fisch became the vice president and dean of academic affairs for the College.

Dr. Fisch is dedicated to clinical research. In 2003, he created the VA Boston Health Care System's Optometric Research Fellowship Program, serving as the program’s founding director. He has been the principal investigator of multi-center research projects. His most recent research interests revolved around the acquisition, storage, and use of digital ophthalmic images for research and clinical management. He was instrumental in establishing the VA’s nationwide diabetes teleretinal imaging and patient care management program, and in December of 2004 he received a Commendation for Pioneering Development of the Telehealth Programs in Teleretinal Imaging for Diabetic Retinopathy from the Department of Veteran Affairs. This work resulted in the creation of the VA Boston Healthcare System Ocular Telehealth Program, with Dr. Fisch as its founding director. He served in the director position from 2003 through 2007. Dr. Fisch was also involved in establishing optometry manpower and workload guidelines for the Optometry Service. He received a Commendation for Exemplary Service on VA Optometric Service Productivity and Eye Care Strategic Plan Workgroups in December of 2007.

Dr. Fisch has authored and contributed to a number of professional articles and is the author of a textbook on gonioscopy and glaucoma. He has presented over 300 lectures, papers, and posters. Dr. Fisch also served as a council member on the National Board of Optometry. He is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, NECO Alumni Association, National Association of VA Optometrists, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Association and Schools of Optometry. Dr. Fisch received awards for excellence in patient care from the Surgical Service of the VA Boston Healthcare System, the NECO Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2004 NECO Teacher of the Year recognition award.

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Louis A. Frank, Associate Professor of Optometry; Attending Optometrist, New England Eye Commonwealth; Chief, Low Vision Services, New England Eye Institute
Louis A. Frank, Associate Professor of Optometry; Attending Optometrist, New England Eye Commonwealth; Chief, Low Vision Services, New England Eye Institute
Email: frankl@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Frank is a 1976 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Optometry, now the New England College of Optometry. He is a past chairman of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, is a diplomate in the Low Vision Section, and also a diplomate in the Cornea/Contact Lens Section of the Academy of Optometry. Dr. Frank is currently the director of the Contact Lens Service and the Low Vision Service of the Department of Ophthalmology at Boston University Eye Associates in Boston, and also provides primary eye care at the South Boston Community Health Center in South Boston.
 



 

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Matthew Garston, Clinical Professor of Optometry
Email: gars@med.mit.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Matthew Garston is a professor at the college, where he teaches clinical-based primary care, and is a senior staff optometrist at MIT. In addition, he is a founding fellow of the Optometric Retina Society, a member of the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry since 1968, and has served as clinical faculty for the NEE Contact Lens Service for the past 30 years. Dr. Garston received a BA from Colby College and OD from the then Massachusetts College of Optometry.

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Karen Gladstone, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: drkglad@yahoo.com
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Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: M.A. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Gladstone has been on the faculty at the New England College of Optometry and New England Eye since 1996. She graduated from Vassar College and earned a master's degree in medical physiology from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Gladstone graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1992 and completed a primary care residency at the Eye Institute of Pennsylvania at Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Dr. Gladstone has filled a variety of roles in clinical precepting at NEE and in neighborhood health centers. She has also served as a laboratory instructor in the neuroanatomy, human anatomy, histology, and physiology courses at NECO. Currently, Dr. Gladstone devotes the majority of her time to direct clinical care in an MD/OD setting. She has a keen interest in melding her bioscience background with clinical care in ocular disease and glaucoma. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the human anatomy labs at the College.

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Haiyan Gong, Associate Professor of Anatomy
Haiyan Gong, Associate Professor of Anatomy
Email: hgong@bu.edu
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Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: M.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Haiyan Gong is a lecturer in the course Cell Biology, Histology and Ocular Anatomy, focusing on anterior chamber and aqueous humor flow. For many years, she was in charge of the College’s human anatomy labs. Dr. Gong received an MD from Jiangxi Medical College in Nanchang, China, a MS from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, and PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine in anatomy and neurobiology.

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Rodney Gutner, Professor of Optometry
Email: gutnerr@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Gutner has been a clinical optometrist and faculty member at the college since 1973. He has been a professor of optometry at the college since 2004 and became a full time faculty member in February of 2008. Dr. Gutner teaches in the Clinical Reasoning courses and in Principles and Practice of Optometry II labs.

Shortly after graduating from the New England College of Optometry where he earned bachelor of science and doctor of optometry degrees, Dr. Gutner began working as a staff optometrist and later became the director of the Massachusetts Laborers Vision Center in Boston. In 1981, Dr. Gutner joined the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford as a staff optometrist and became chief of its optometry section in 1985. He established and served as program director at the hospital for NECO's residency program in primary eye care/geriatric optometry and for the extern rotation program for fourth year students.

Dr. Gutner’s primary areas of interest are ocular disease and healthcare communication. He is certified by the Institute for Healthcare Communication as a faculty workshop instructor and is developing modules for healthcare communication courses to be taught at the college. In addition to having obtained several certifications as a faculty workshop instructor in several healthcare communication courses, Dr. Gutner is certified as a digital retinal image reviewer and reader with the VA Boston Healthcare System National Teleretinal Training Center and Ocular Telehealth Center in Boston.

Dr. Gutner has been a senior examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, is a regional consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, and was a manuscript referee for Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association. He is also a consultant in clinical and compliance monitoring for Affiliated Monitors, Inc. in Boston.

Dr. Gutner is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, and the National Association of VA Optometrists; he has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1982. At the College, he is a member of the admissions committee and the residency review committee. Back to Top
Jane Gwiazda, Professor of Vision Science
Jane Gwiazda, Professor of Vision Science
Email: gwiazdaj@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Jane Gwiazda joined the faculty of The New England College of Optometry in 1995 as part of the College’s initiative to become a leading myopia research institution. She brings 30 years of experience as a vision scientist to her current positions of both director of research and professor of vision science. Although she has previously conducted multiple studies on infant vision development, Dr. Gwiazda’s research interests have since shifted to include both the risk factors and treatments of myopia. In previous years at the College, Dr. Gwiazda was an instructor for the courses Integrative Seminar, Research Honors Seminar, and Theory and Methods of Vision Testing.

Dr. Gwiazda is principal investigator and founding chairperson of the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET), a national, multi-site randomized clinical trial that evaluated whether or not progressive additional lenses were more effective than single vision lenses in slowing the progression of juvenile-onset myopia. She developed the COMET study in collaboration with the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and recruited clinical investigators to lead the study at four clinical trial sites. COMET, which began in 1996, was the first clinical trial in optometry and is now a longitudinal investigation of the progression and stabilization of myopia.

Dr. Gwiazda is an editorial board member for the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science and the Journal of Optometry. Dr. Gwiazda earned both her master’s and PhD degrees in experimental psychology from Northeastern University. She is currently a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry. In June 2012, she received the 23rd annual Clair Bobier Award from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo.

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Maureen Hanley, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: hanleym@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Hanley has been a faculty member at the New England College of Optometry since 1984. She is co-course master for Principles and Practice of Optometry II and a lab instructor for the course. She also teaches in The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma course and is the instructor of record when it is taught to the international and PhD students. Dr. Hanley teaches in the Introduction to Clinical Care and Principles and Practice of Optometry C courses as well.

Immediately after earning a doctor of optometry from the College in 1981, Dr. Hanley completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at West Roxbury VA Medical Center, becoming only the second optometry resident to complete a residency at this location. She was a clinical preceptor for many years in numerous New England College of Optometry affiliated clinics. She was a clinical preceptor in the VA Boston Healthcare System for 14 years. During this time, she was both a preceptor for fourth year students and an attending optometrist for residents at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. She is presently a clinical preceptor at Jean Yawkey Place, which is a medical respite care facility and outpatient clinic for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program.

Dr. Hanley is committed to instructing students on techniques in order to improve their ability to assess a patient’s ocular health. She was both the 2004 and 2006 recipient of the Student Recognition Award for Best First Year Instructor. Dr. Hanley has also received the Foster Namias Award for excellence in didactic instruction on multiple occasions. She was honored with the Dupuis Pellerin Award for faculty excellence in 2011. In addition to her responsibilities with the College, Dr. Hanley frequently gives continuing education lectures to optometrists in the areas of visual fields, glaucoma, and ocular disease. Dr. Hanley is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.

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Elise Harb, Associate Professor of Optometry
Elise Harb, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: harbe@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. M.Sc. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Elise Harb has been teaching at the college since 2005. She teaches in the Strabismus and Amblyopia course and is the instructor of record for the Special Populations clinical rotation for fourth year students. Her clinical area of expertise is pediatrics and she is an attending pediatric optometrist at the Codman Community Health Center in Dorchester and at Boston University Eye Associates, both affiliated with the New England Eye network. In addition, she collaborates with Williams College in providing eye care to several communities in the developing Nicaraguan Atlantic Coastal region on an annual basis.

Dr. Harb received a BA in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and received a doctorate of optometry from NECO in 2004. She completed a master's degree in vision science at the College in 2005. While pursuing her MS degree, Dr. Harb received the National Eye Institute T-35 Training Grant to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. David Troilo. Her research involved studying the accommodative behaviors of young humans during sustained periods of near reading in order to better understand the behaviors’ role in the development of refractive errors. Drs. Harb and Troilo discovered differences in the variability of the eye’s focusing system between myopic and emmetropic individuals.

Dr. Harb is currently part of the graduate studies faculty at the College and her research focuses on producing clinically relevant, well-designed research that has an impact on the eye care of our pediatric population. Specifically, she is involved in several research projects, including the investigation of the effect of addition lenses on the progression of myopia in children (COSMICC Study Group), the comparison and confusability of pediatric optotypes and the effect of crowding, and retinal differences in amblyopia. Dr. Harb is also an investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, an international pediatric eye research group.

Dr. Harb is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

 

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Beth Harper, Assistant Clinical Professor of Optometry; Attending Optometrist; Instructor of Record, Clinical Programs
Beth Harper, Assistant Clinical Professor of Optometry; Attending Optometrist; Instructor of Record, Clinical Programs
Email: harperb@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Beth Harper is a clinical assistant professor and the instructor of record of clinical programs at the New England College of Optometry. She spends part of her time in the clinical education department of the College, working on the development and management of its robust clinical rotations. She serves as a facilitator for the third-year student Clinical Reasoning course. She also serves as a lab instructor for the first year student course, Principles and Practices of Optometry. 

Through her appointment as an attending optometrist with New England Eye, she provides care as a staff optometrist at Lynn Community Health Center, in Lynn, Massachusetts. There, she oversees second, third, and fourth year students during their clinical rotations. Dr. Harper has a special interest in the vision and eye health of infants and young children, and has worked with the health center’s pediatrics department to expand access to eye care for these important and underserved groups. 

Dr. Harper graduated in 2002 from the University of Rochester with a degree in brain and cognitive sciences and in 2007 from the State University of New York College of Optometry. She then went on to complete a residency at the Boston VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain in 2008. She joined the faculty at the College in 2011.

Dr. Harper is an active member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, where she serves as chair of the North Shore District, chair of the membership committee, and a member of the glaucoma committee. She is the faculty advisor for the MSO student chapter. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists Young Optometrist of the Year Award in 2012. 

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Ji-Chang He, Research Associate Professor
Ji-Chang He, Research Associate Professor
Email: hej@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. He has been a faculty member at the College for the past five years. In this capacity, he conducts independent research and works collaboratively with faculty on current research initiatives. His primary area of interest is the optics of the eye and he is currently investigating wavefront aberrations of the human eye, specifically focusing on their characteristics and sources. Dr. He is using various techniques including the wavefront aberrometer, corneal topography system, and Scheimpflug imaging system to measure ocular aberrations of the entire eye and aberrations on the surfaces of the cornea and lens.

A thorough knowledge of wavefront aberrations enhances the overall understanding of the optics of the eye and aids practitioners in an accurate correction of aberration-related vision problems. Dr. He hopes that his research will provide ophthalmologists and optometrists both with comprehensive and effective information for wavefront guided vision corrections such as refractive surgery, cataract surgery, and contact lenses. In past years, Dr. He has presented the findings from his studies to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology at its annual conferences.

Dr. He earned a PhD from the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago and has a master's of science degree in physiological optics from the Shanghai Institute of Physiology Chinese Academy of Science.  He is a member of both ARVO and the Optical Society of America. He is also on the editorial review board for the Journal of Optometry.

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Bridget Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Bridget Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: bridget_hendricks@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. M.S. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Hendricks joined the faculty as an assistant professor of optometry in 2006. She currently serves as an instructor for both Clinical Reasoning and Principles and Practice of Optometry. She is an attending optometrist at the Boston Medical Center’s Trygve Gundersen Eye Center where she provides direct patient care as well as clinical supervision to optometry students from the College.

In 2005, Dr. Hendricks became the first ever optometry degree candidate at the College to earn her doctor of optometry and master of science degrees concurrently through the newly established dual-degree MS/OD program. For her master’s research, Dr. Hendricks explored the effects that refractive defocus and scatter blur have on a patient’s performance in contrast matching tasks. She discovered that after a period of adaptation to an induced state of blur, subjects were able to accurately perform a contrast matching task. This discovery demonstrated the phenomenon of contrast constancy, a presumed form of neural compensation experienced during the perception of degraded retinal images.

Dr. Hendricks currently conducts psychophysical experiments investigating how patients with ocular diseases such as glaucoma perform on contrast matching tasks. Dr. Hendricks hopes that her experiments will contribute to the overall knowledge base on the subject of visual perception and how it is related to ocular disease. Her hope for clinicians is that through the knowledge obtained from this study, they will better understand the visual experiences of glaucoma patients.

Dr. Hendricks is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves as a mentor to the new candidates for fellowship. She is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, serving on its continuing education committee.

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Douglas Hoffman, Director of Residencies
Douglas Hoffman, Director of Residencies
Email: hoffmand@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Hoffman is the director of residencies and professor at the New England College of Optometry. He is responsible for the overall administration of 14 programs with 31 residency positions open to optometry graduates in the New England region each year. Dr. Hoffman oversees the quality of the programs and coordinates the preparation of all necessary documents and site visits in collaboration with the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education throughout the accreditation process for each of the College’s residency programs. He maintains close involvement with the ACOE and has served as an optometric consultant to the organization since 1989. 

Dr. Hoffman is a primary care optometrist with 30 years of clinical experience. He is the director of Eye Care Services at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, which has been an affiliated clinical education site for OD students at the College since 1972 and for residents since 1995. Dr. Hoffman provides direct care to patients as well as clinical education and direct clinical supervision to the College’s third and fourth year optometry externs and residents. Through his position at the Dorchester House, Dr. Hoffman is a credentialed staff optometrist with the Boston Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and is a member of its Re-Credentialing Committee as well. As a member of this committee, he oversees the quality of eye care throughout the Boston Medical Center system. Dr. Hoffman reviews and critiques the records of optometrists and ophthalmologists at each of the four health centers under the Boston Medical Center umbrella.

Dr. Hoffman is a member of the Residency Affairs Committee of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He has been the program co-chair for the ASCO Residency Educators Special Interest Group Annual Meeting since 2000. At the College, he is chairman of the Residency Advisory Committee and of the Residency Review Committee. He is a past recipient of the Optometric Editors Association First Place Awards for Technical and Non-Technical Articles on the topics of ocular allergy and ocular disease, published at the state and regional level. Dr. Hoffman is also the past recipient of the NECO Carroll Martus Award as Clinical Professor of the Year.

Dr. Hoffman is an alumnus of the New England College of Optometry, earning a doctorate of optometry in 1980. He completed a NECO fellowship in primary care and optometric education in 1981 and earned a fellowship to the American Academy of Optometry in 1988.

 

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Elaine Icban, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Elaine Icban, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: icbane@neco.edu
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Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Icban is a clinical assistant professor for the College. She is an attending optometrist for third and fourth year students at various community health centers in the Boston area, including the Pine Street Inn (affiliated with Boston Health Care for the Homeless), The North End Community Health Center, and New England Eye Roslindale.

Dr. Icban is originally from the West Coast, having graduated from the University of California Berkeley Optometry School in 2005. After graduating, she worked for Sterling Vision in Northern California for a year and then decided to join a private practice in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii. She enjoyed her stay on the islands, but, having always had the desire to do a residency, decided on a change of scenery and began her residency with the VA Boston Health Care System. She completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease at the VA hospital in West Roxbury in 2008. After residency, Dr. Icban began her current position with the College as a clinical instructor. She enjoys working with students and seeing patients in the community health care setting.

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Richard Jamara, Professor of Optometry
Richard Jamara, Professor of Optometry
Email: jamarar@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Jamara is a professor of optometry in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care. He has been a member of the faculty at the College since 1995. Dr. Jamara’s clinical area of expertise is in low vision rehabilitation. He is a clinical instructor for the fourth year students in low vision at Boston University Eye Associates in Brockton, the Cotting School Seamark Vision Clinic in Lexington, and at New England Eye Commonwealth in Boston. At the College, he is the instructor of record for the course Low Vision Rehabilitation throughout the Lifespan for third year students. Additionally, Dr. Jamara is a consultant to the medical staff at the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, and to the New England Sinai Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton. His research focuses on the quality of life for patients with end-stage vision loss who have undergone low vision rehabilitation treatments.

Dr. Jamara has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1997 and an American Academy of Optometry Low Vision diplomate since 2009. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International. Dr. Jamara earned a doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1980. 

 

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Catherine Johnson, Associate Professor of Optometry
Catherine Johnson, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: johnsonc@neco.edu
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Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Johnson is an associate professor of optometry in the department of Specialty and Advanced Care.

Dr. Johnson lectures in the first and second year Principles and Practices of Optometry courses. Her clinical areas of expertise are pediatrics and individuals with disabilities. She is the director of the New England Eye Renaissance School Vision Clinic, a school-based clinic where she provides eye care to children in grades K-6. Dr. Johnson’s research interests are in public health, vision and learning, and alternate models for delivering eye care to children. She has been an investigator in a number of multicenter studies and is currently working on a number of local and state-wide community initiatives to advance children's vision care.

Dr. Johnson earned a doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2006. She completed a pediatric optometry residency at the College and received the Vistakon Terrance Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Optometry. In 2006, she was recognized as part of “The Next Generation of Optometry Leadership” by Vision Monday magazine and has been awarded the Dupuis Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence and Award for Teaching Excellence at NECO.

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Jennifer Kaldenberg, Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation
Jennifer Kaldenberg, Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation
Email: kaldenbergj@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time
Degrees: CLVT MSA OTR/L SCLV
Bio:

Ms. Kaldenberg is the director of the Occupational Therapy Service at New England Eye. As an occupational therapist, she works collaboratively with New England Eye optometrists to help people with visual impairment to maximize their independence in their daily activities. She works with children and adults with low vision or neuro-impairments caused by brain injury or stroke. Ms. Kaldenberg is an assistant professor of vision rehabilitation at NECO and has taught at the College since 2001.

Ms. Kaldenberg has a special interest in the vision problems of the elderly and works with New England Eye's Elders Right to Sight Program, a van-based program that delivers eye care and low vision services to elderly patients. She also conducts research on the impact of the environment on visual function. She holds a MSA degree from Central Michigan University and a BS in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire. 

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Steven Koevary, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease
Steven Koevary, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease
Email: koevarys@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Koevary has been a member of the College’s faculty since 1992 and is chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease. He has also served as interim vice president and dean of academic affairs. Dr. Koevary teaches Anatomy/Physiology II, Immunology, and Nutrition. In addition to his full time appointment at the College, Dr. Koevary is an adjunct associate professor of cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The focus of Dr. Koevary’s current research is the examination of the efficacy of using topically applied drugs to treat diseases of the posterior segment of the eye and central nervous system. Specifically, he is interested in developing a methodology for the delivery of monoclonal antibodies and neurotrophic factors to the retina for the treatment of macular degeneration, retinopathy, and glaucoma. His lab is also involved in several tumor biology studies. His current funding is from Pharmalight Incorporated, an ocular drug delivery device company, and the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund.

Dr. Koevary earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from the City University of New York. Since 1996, he has been an institutional review board member at Optix LP, a Cambridge based company that is designing a non-invasive glucose monitoring device. Dr. Koevary is also a medical advisory board member for the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation. He has worked with the American College Testing Program as a consultant for the MCAT examinations for many years and has served as a reviewer for the following journals: Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Diabetes, The Journal of Controlled Release, The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, and Optometry and Vision Science.

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Barry S. Kran, Professor; New England College of Optometry Chief of Service, Individuals with Disabilities Service, New England Eye Institute
Barry S. Kran, Professor; New England College of Optometry Chief of Service, Individuals with Disabilities Service, New England Eye Institute
Email: kranb@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Kran has been on the faculty since 2001. He is the instructor of record for the course Binocular and Accommodative Anomalies and lectures in the Pediatric Optometry course on the evaluation of individuals with visual and other impairments. Dr. Kran is also chief of service for Individuals with Disabilities Service of New England Eye, the College’s clinical teaching affiliate, and is optometric director of the NEE Low Vision Clinic at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. In this capacity, he supervises students and residents from the College in their clinical care of patients with visual and other impairments.

Dr. Kran’s current research interests involve developing appropriate diagnostic vision tests for individuals with disabilities with normative data surrounding these tests, understanding and developing a database of the vision-related outcomes of low incidence conditions, and breaking the barriers to eye care that individuals with disabilities encounter. Currently, he is exploring a novel contrast sensitivity test which aims to be useful for individuals with reduced cognitive function and/or expressive communication skills. Recent studies include assessment of Teller and Cardiff card acuity tests and a comparison of Venier acuity with grating acuity with multiply-impaired populations. Dr. Kran is also investigating the various aspects surrounding the diagnosis of individuals with cortical visual impairment, the leading cause of pediatric blindness. Previously, he has participated in the Amblyopia Treatment Study of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group at the College. He has also been a gold-standard examiner for the Vision in Preschoolers study, which was a multicenter project that established the first scientific basis for screening the vision of preschool aged children in the United States and which resulted in numerous scholarly publications.

Dr. Kran has lectured throughout New England on breaking the barriers to eye care for individuals with visual and other impairments. In March 2008, Dr. Kran was a keynote speaker at the “Focus” on Vision Impairment and Blindness Conference on Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Cognitive Disability and Vision Loss in Taunton, of which he is the founding optometric director. In April 2011, he was the sole optometric speaker at the Doha Early Intervention Conference (DEIC) for children with visual or multiple impairments, sponsored by the Al noor Institute Doha Qatar. This was the first Middle East conference on this topic including both physicians and educators.

Dr. Kran earned an OD degree from the State University of New York State College of Optometry in 1985 and subsequently completed a vision training residency there. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In November 2007, he was the recipient of the Thomas Caulfield Award of the Northeast AER for excellence in assisting persons with visual impairments in adjusting to their disabilities and achieving personal goals within their communities. After completing his term on the leadership committee of the Low Vision Division of international organization AER, Dr. Kran was recognized with an award for his valuable contributions. He is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is currently on the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness

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Kathleen Krenzer, Assistant Professor
Email: krenzerk@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: O.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Kathleen Krenzer, an adjunct professor at the college, was first appointed to a faculty position in 1993.  She currently teaches Ocular Anatomy and General Pathology in the college’s international programs. Previously, she directed the human anatomy laboratory, was a course instructor in the General and Systemic Pathology course and in the Differential Diagnosis of Ocular Disease course.  She also served as a clinical preceptor at the Brighton-Marine Eye Clinic, instructing 4th year students. In this latter role, she received the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 1999.  While at the college, she served on several committees, including the admissions committee and the scholarship committee.  In 2010, she received the Alumna of the Year award from the NECO Alumni Association.

Dr. Krenzer joined Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, NY) in 2007 and is a Principal Scientist in the Nonclinical Safety (toxicology) Department.  In this position, she is involved in the nonclinical safety qualification of pharmaceuticals, vision care products, and surgical products.

Dr. Krenzer is a past member of the Ocular Disease/Trauma committee for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and also served on the Part II Exam Council and the NBEO Exam Restructuring Committee. Dr. Krenzer attended the University of Notre Dame and received her BS in Biology.  She completed her OD degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1990. Afterwards, she earned her PhD in Pathology from Boston University, working under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Freddo.   She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1999.  In 2007, she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT). 

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Alan Kwok, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Alan Kwok, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: kwoka@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

After five years in private practice in Canada, Dr. Kwok joined the faculty at the New England College of Optometry in 1999. In addition to his faculty appointment, he runs the Contact Lens Service at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Kwok is affiliated with the American Optometric Association, maintains an affiliation with the Association of Optometry in his native Alberta, and speaks fluent Cantonese.

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