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Richard Laudon, Associate Professor of Optometry; Associate Director, New England Eye Commonwealth
Richard Laudon, Associate Professor of Optometry; Associate Director, New England Eye Commonwealth
Email: laudonr@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Laudon is the coordinator of the Vision Therapy Service and an associate professor of optometry at the New England College of Optometry.

As one of our senior practicing optometrists, Dr. Laudon has the largest family patient following within the clinic. Many of the children that he treated in past years have become parents themselves and continue to come to him with their children.

Asked what appeals to him about his profession as an eye doctor, he replied: "The most rewarding part of my job is being able to make a real difference in a child's/patient's quality of life."

Dr. Laudon is an expert in pediatric visual-related learning problems and vision therapy. He has traveled not only nationwide, but also to Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Columbia to lectures in these areas. Dr. Laudon has spoken to parents, teachers, occupational therapists and other medical professionals on the importance of vision in our day-to-day functioning. His work has been widely published.

In the area of vision therapy, Dr. Laudon has developed a home-based training regimen that has helped patients decrease the number of clinical visits and the cost of actual therapy. His regimen emphasizes a minimum of twenty to thirty minutes of therapy per day for a minimal of five days per week. The patient is then seen on a bi-monthly basis for a three-month period of time. Improvement in a child's performance is expected within a four to six week time frame. Although some patients may require more extensive therapy, Dr. Laudon stresses three months of intervention is the rule of thumb.

On a personal side, Dr. Laudon lives south west of Boston with his wife, Bonnie, a school psychologist, and two children: Jesse, who works for a hedge fund on Wall Street and Sara, who just recently completed a master’s degree in social work at Boston College and is finishing a fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston.

 

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Constance Lee, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Constance Lee, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: leec@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Lee is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry where she is now on faculty as a clinical assistant professor.  She began her career at the college in 2002 and also serves as a clinical assistant professor for New England Eye.  Since 2003, she has been the vision services director at the North End Waterfront Health Center, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. 

In addition to primary care, Dr. Lee specializes in geriatrics.   She has a passion for the elderly and is a strong supporter and provider of home care for the physically and mentally challenged populations who would otherwise be unable to receive full comprehensive eye care due to their homebound status.   In addition to her clinical teaching duties at the New England College of Optometry, she has also served on the Student Affairs Committee, Admissions Committee, and has been Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for the New England Eye clinic.

Prior to her position at the College and health center, she worked in private practice for four years in New Hampshire.  She is originally from California, but is now happy to call Boston her home.  She enjoys tennis and makes a point to play as often as she can. 

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Ernest Loewenstein, Associate Professor of Optics
Email: ernvl@earthlink.net
Phone:
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: O.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

 Dr. Loewenstein is associate professor of optometry at the college where he teaches optics to the second-year class.  He is a co-author of Total Health at the Computer, a self-help book for people who have visual or postural problems at the computer.  Dr. Loewenstein is a clinical associate of the Optometric Extension Program and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.  Prior to becoming an optometrist, Dr. Loewenstein served as an officer in the Air Force and subsequently in the civil service as a research physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratories at LG Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA. 

Dr Loewenstein has been in the private practice of optometry in Newton since 1979, in which he specializes in behavioral optometry and vision therapy.  He is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and a PhD in physics from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  

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Stacy Lyons, Professor of Optometry, Chair of the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care
Stacy Lyons, Professor of Optometry, Chair of the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care
Email: lyonss@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Lyons is a professor and the chairman of Specialty and Advanced Care Department. She has been a faculty member at the college since 1989. She lectures and teaches lab sections in the Binocular and Accommodative Anomalies and Pediatric Optometry courses and in Principles and Practices of Optometry I, where she lectures on communicating with children.

Dr. Lyons is also the director of the Framingham Public School Vision Center, the first ever public school-based comprehensive vision clinic in Massachusetts, and is the chief of pediatric services for the New England Eye Institute. As chief of pediatric services, Dr. Lyons is responsible for all pediatric outreach initiatives, including both the overall provision of eye care at NEEI-affiliated school-based vision clinics (the Framingham Public School Vision Center and the clinic at the Boston’s Renaissance School) and the Pediatric Outreach Screening Program. The Pediatric Outreach Screening Program, which Dr. Lyons began in 1989, provides vision screening to 5,000 children annually from Boston-area Head Start programs and the Boston public school system.

The primary areas of focus for Dr. Lyons’ research are in public health, vision and learning and alternate models for delivering care to children. She is an investigator in the Vision in Preschoolers Study-Hyperopia in Preschoolers which is funded by the National Eye Institute. She has also 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 the state of children's vision care. 

While serving as director of the Framingham Public School Vision Center, Dr. Lyons received a Letter of Commendation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives recognizing the institution. The Vision Center continues to be awarded monies from the Metrowest Community Healthcare Foundation. This grant is being used to provide eyeglasses to children in Framingham who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

Dr. Lyons has been the director of the Special Olympics program Opening Eyes at the Massachusetts State Games since 2000. As part of the Healthy Athlete Initiative, she provides vision screenings to participating athletes. She actively involves the college community in her work with the Special Olympics, with hopes of increasing the number of eye care practitioners in Massachusetts and throughout the nation who are comfortable with and have sufficient levels of relevant clinical competency to provide care to individuals with disabilities. 

Dr. Lyons was appointed to the Expert Panel for the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health. She was also appointed to the Publication Board of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Lyons is a member of the Advisory Board of ABCD Head Start (serving the Boston community), and Tri-Cap Head Start (serving communities north of Boston). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Associationand the American Public Health Association. Dr. Lyons earned her doctor of optometry degree from the college in 1988 and completed a residency in pediatric optometry at the college in 1989. As an alumna, she is currently a delegate to the alumni association.

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Luisa Mayer, Associate Professor of Vision Science and Individuals with Disabilities
Luisa Mayer, Associate Professor of Vision Science and Individuals with Disabilities
Email: mayerl@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time
Degrees: M.Ed. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Mayer has been a faculty member at the college since 2006, when she joined the academic staff of the college and the clinical staff of the New England Eye Institute’s low vision clinic at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. She is a vision scientist who has become a clinician of low vision in children, specializing in visual fields and functional vision. At the Perkins Low Vision Clinic, she evaluates pediatric and young adult patients with vision loss, multiple impairments, and developmental delays. She instructs student interns from the college as well as residents on vision assessment procedures. Along with other clinical staff and therapeutic specialists, she studies the implications of visual impairments, especially visual field loss, on an individual’s motor skills and their visual and cognitive abilities in order to guide rehabilitation and educational planning. In addition to her responsibilities at the college, Dr. Mayer is a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and is an associate scientific staff member at Children’s Hospital Boston in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Mayer earned a MEd in special education and a PhD in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle and subsequently completed a postdoctoral ophthalmology research fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Ophthalmology.  Following the completion of her postdoctoral training, Dr. Mayer received an NIH grant to develop a method of testing visual acuity for pediatric patients and became a research associate. Subsequent NIH grants were awarded to Dr. Mayer to develop tests of the visual fields for pediatric patients. She later began a clinical practice assessing visual functions in young patients using the tests she helped to develop. Dr. Mayer’s unique accomplishment is an LED perimeter and method to assess visual fields in patients who cannot cooperate for standard Goldmann perimetry.

Dr. Mayer’s current research involves developing quantitative and qualitative methods of assessing cerebral and cognitive visual impairments in pediatric patients. This involves comparing various visual acuity tests that are appropriate for use with pediatric patients and individuals with disabilities and developing new methods of testing visual fields that can be administered in clinical settings. She is currently working on an SBIR grant with a small business to develop a novel visual field test using eye tracking technology. Dr. Mayer has been invited to present at multiple regional, national, and international conferences and was recently a workshop co-leader at the National Marfan Foundation Annual Conference in Boston. Dr. Mayer has recently reviewed manuscripts for the journals Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science and Optometry and Vision Science. She is currently a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and has been since 1978.

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Brittney Mazza, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Brittney Mazza, Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: mazzab@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

 

Dr. Brittney Mazza is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned her doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry.  As a student, she had the privilege of traveling to Bogota, Columbia to provide eye exams and glasses to patients in medically underprivileged communities.  After completing her residency in cornea and contact lenses, she joined the NEE Commonwealth staff as an Attending Optometrist. 

Along with providing primary eye care, she specializes in fitting contact lenses, including specialty designs, and co-managing refractive surgery patients. She is a recipient of the Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lenses awarded to one graduating student from each optometry school who demonstrated excellence in contact lens patient care during their optometric education. 

Dr. Mazza participates in instructing and mentoring optometry students at NECO. She is also member of the MA Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. 

 

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Glen McCormack, Professor of Optometry
Glen McCormack, Professor of Optometry
Email: mccormackg@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. McCormack, a professor of optometry in the Vision Science Department, has been a faculty member at the college since 1976. He teaches Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility and co-teaches Binocular and Accommodative Anomalies. Dr. McCormack earned his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University in 1971 and earned a PhD in physiological optics in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley. He brings to the college over 30 years of experience in academia as an educator of aspiring optometrists and 19 years of clinical experience that includes treatment of patients with binocular vision disorders and electrodiagnosis testing. His clinical area of expertise is in binocular vision.

Dr. McCormack’s primary areas of research interest are binocular vision, convergence, perceived distance, and accomodation/convergence interaction. Dr. McCormack has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1985. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and served on the Optics Subcommittee for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry from 2001-2008. Dr. McCormack has experience as a manuscript reviewer for the journalsOptometry and Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science and has reviewed an article submitted to the journal Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.

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James Mertz, Assistant Professor of Biosciences
Email: mertzj@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Mertz has been a member of the faculty at The New England College of Optometry since 1999. He teaches General and Ocular Pharmacology and The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma. He is also a lecturer and lab instructor in Principles and Practice of Optometry II.

In his private practice in Plymouth, Dr. Mertz specializes in dry eye and its treatment and provides direct eye care to a large number of dry eye patients. He is also involved in a collaborative research study with Dr. William Blaner of the Columbia University School of Medicine in the assessment of retinoids and their functions. At the college, he serves on review committees for the theses of MS degree candidates and lectures in the college’s international programs in Germany and in South Africa.

Dr. Mertz earned a BA and a MS in chemistry from Western Carolina University and a PhD in biochemistry from North Carolina State University. After earning his PhD, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to joining the faculty at The New England College of Optometry, Dr. Mertz held faculty appointments at the City University of New York Medical School and St. Johns University.

 

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David Mills, Assistant Professor of Optometry
David Mills, Assistant Professor of Optometry
Email: millsd@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: M.B.A. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Mills, an assistant professor of optometry in the Department of Primary Care, has been a faculty member at the college since 2007. He is the instructor of record for the course Ophthalmic Business Management, which he teaches to second- and third-year optometry students.

Dr. Mills is a 1980 alumnus of The New England College of Optometry. He possesses a unique combination of 32 years’ experience as a primary care optometrist in the private practice setting and an advanced level of education in the field of business. Dr. Mills has been in private practice at Ocean State Eye Care in Warwick, Rhode Island, since 1980 and holds a MBA from Providence College. He is a frequent author and lecturer on practice management issues.

Dr. Mills is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Rhode Island Optometric Association and has held various leadership positions within both organizations. He currently serves as the chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Optometry. 

 

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Bruce Moore, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies
Bruce Moore, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies
Email: mooreb@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Moore has been the Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies since joining the faculty of The New England College of Optometry in 1997.

Prior to joining the college, he was director of Pediatric Contact Lens and Screening Services in the Department of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston for 22 years. While at Children’s Hospital, he developed techniques for fitting contact lenses to infants with congenital cataracts, at the time the leading cause of blindness in newborns. In 1993, he became the first optometrist to receive a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.  He established the first eye clinic at the Martha Elliot Health Center, a satellite of Children’s Hospital Boston and now part of the New England Eye Institute network, in 1975.

Dr. Moore’s research focuses on vision screening and examination and vision care of children. He has been a principal investigator at the Boston Clinical Center for the Vision in Preschoolers Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute, since 2000. The study established the scientific basis for screening the vision of preschool age children in the United States. The current phase of VIP is looking at the relationship between hyperopia and the acquisition of reading skills in preschool age children.

Dr. Moore was the co-leader in the establishment of a model of universal vision screening and continued eye care for young children on local, state, national and international levels culminating in the passage in 2004 of a new Massachusetts state law mandating vision screenings for all children before entering kindergarten and that requires comprehensive eye exams for all children who fail the initial screenings or who are developmentally challenged. This legislation has served as a model for preschool vision screening in many other states and also internationally. He is currently the co-chair of the Massachusetts Children’s Vision Coalition, with is a multi-disciplinary group comprising over 40 institutions and agencies in the fields of vision, government, pediatric primary care, and education, working to create an effective universal system of vision care for children in Massachusetts. This coalition is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Moore is a visiting scientist at the Center for Vision In the Developing World at Oxford University, supported by funding from the World Bank and Dow Corning Inc., which is developing variable focus spectacles that can be employed as a self-refracting tool for children and adults with uncorrected refractive error in areas in the developing world without adequate access to vision care and spectacles. This project has led to clinical trials in Boston and in urban and rural China that has confirmed the efficacy of self refraction in myopic teenagers. This work is ongoing and funded by multiple sources, including the Chinese government.

Dr. Moore is the 2005 recipient of the Dr. Andre Quamina Community Clinician Award. He received the 1998 Best Textbook of the Year award from the American Medical Writers Association for his textbook Eye Care for Infants and Young Adults, which was the standard textbook in pediatric optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and is a manuscript referee for many academic journals in optometry and ophthalmology. Dr. Moore earned his OD degree from the college in 1975.

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Anne Moskowitz, Adjunct Associate Professor of Vision Science
Anne Moskowitz, Adjunct Associate Professor of Vision Science
Email: moskowitz@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: O.D. Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Moskowitz has been a faculty member at the college since 2003. She is the laboratory instructor for the course Theory and Methods of Vision Testing, in which she also lectures on visual psychophysics and signal detection theory, and is laboratory instructor for the courses Environmental Optometry and Visual Assessment and Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility. Outside of the college, Dr. Moskowitz is a research associate in ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and an instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

At Children’s Hospital, Dr. Moskowitz conducts research in conjunction with Drs. Anne Fulton and Ronald Hansen on the effect of premature birth on the function and structure of the infant retina. These investigations use electrophysiological methods, namely electroretinogram recording, in conjunction with psychophysical preferential looking tests in order to assess retinal function in preterm infants. They also analyze digital photographs of the infant retina in order to determine structural characteristics and MR images of the globe to study ocular growth. For this research, Dr. Moskowitz is a co-investigator on the National Eye Institute funded study, Photoreceptor Function in Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Dr. Moskowitz’s additional research interests include the assessment of retinal function in children with congenital retinal abnormalities such as achromatopsia, congenital stationary night blindness, and albinism. She is also interested in the misrouting of visual pathways in albinism and cerebral visual impairment. Her studies have resulted in the publication of numerous scholarly articles including one in Science and several in the journals Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science, Vision Research, Documenta Ophthalmologica, and Archives of Ophthalmology, among others.

Dr. Moskowitz is a member of both the Association for Research and Vision and Ophthalmology and the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision. She reviews manuscripts for the journals Documenta Ophthalmologica, Optometry and Vision Science, Ophthamology & Vision Science, and Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Dr. Moskowitz earned her PhD in experimental psychology from Northeastern University in 1974 and subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Infant Vision Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She earned her doctor of optometry through The New England College of Optometry’s accelerated program and received the Scholastic Achievement Award in 1993.

 

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Amy Moy, Assistant Clinical Professor of Optometry; Chief Clinical Officer, New England Eye Institute; Director of Optometry, Martha Eliot Health Center
Amy Moy, Assistant Clinical Professor of Optometry; Chief Clinical Officer, New England Eye Institute; Director of Optometry, Martha Eliot Health Center
Email: moya@neco.edu
Phone: 6179197275
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Moy has been an assistant clinical professor at The New England College of Optometry since 2004. At the College, she has been a laboratory instructor for Principles and Practices of Optometry 2. Dr. Moy is the director of Optometry at the Martha Eliot Health Center, a multi-disciplinary health center affiliated with Children’s Hospital Boston, where she provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages and coordinates all aspects of patient care and optical services. At Martha Eliot, she is a clinical preceptor to second, third and fourth-year optometry students from the college.  Dr. Moy is the chief clinical officer for New England Eye, the clinical affiliate of the college.

Dr. Moy is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She earned her OD degree from The New England College of Optometry in 2003 and completed a residency at the Bedford VA Medical Center in primary eye care and geriatric optometry with emphasis on ocular disease.

Dr. Moy’s clinical specialty area is ocular disease. She has been the principal investigator in the “Boston Latino Eye Study”, a collaborative project between Martha Eliot Health Center and Dimock Community Health Center. This study measured the prevalence of ocular diseases and associated systemic conditions in the predominately Dominican and Puerto Rican populations at the two health centers and compared rates of these diseases to those found in previous studies of other Latino populations. The findings from this study were presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Optometry in October 2007.

As the chief clinical officer of New England Eye, Dr. Moy is responsible for leading initiative to foster excellence in patient care. She provides a platform for the professional staff of New England Eye to advance practice standards for our patients, and to assure that quality clinical training is delivered to students at the New England College of Optometry.

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Debora Nickla, Associate Professor of Biology
Email: nicklad@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: Ph.D.
Bio:

Dr. Nickla, an associate professor of biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease, is currently instructor of record for the course Cell Biology, Histology, and Ocular Anatomy. She teaches this course to students pursuing a four-year doctor of optometry degree, students in the Advanced Standing International Program and the Accelerated Doctor of Optometry Program, and bi-annually in the college’s international master’s program in Aalen, Germany. Dr. Nickla joined the faculty as a research associate in 1996, shortly after being recruited to work in the college’s myopia research lab. Her research interests center on ocular growth and her current research specifically focuses on visual regulations of ocular growth and the implications they have in the development and treatment of myopia. Her studies on myopia have garnered national attention in recent years.

Dr. Nickla currently studies diurnal rhythms of eye growth, namely how these rhythms are regulated and the ways in which various signal molecules influence regulation. She is the principal investigator on the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute funded study “Ocular diurnal rhythms and eye growth.” Information gathered from this line of Dr. Nickla’s research could lead to the development of time-of-day related treatment therapies for myopia.

In 2001, Dr. Nickla received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute in support of her overall research program. This grant has contributed significantly to the college’s status as one of the top two research-oriented optometry schools in the nation. Dr. Nickla was invited to present her research at the 12th International Myopia Conference in July of 2008 in North Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Nickla maintains a professional membership with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She is a manuscript reviewer for the following publications: Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision ScienceExperimental Eye Research, and Current Eye Research.

Dr. Nickla earned a BS in biology and chemistry and a MS in biology from the State University of New York, Albany. She earned her PhD in biology from City College of the City University of New York in 1996.

 

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Mark O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of Optometry; Clinic Director, New England Eye Commonwealth
Mark O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of Optometry; Clinic Director, New England Eye Commonwealth
Email: odonoghuem@neco.edu
Phone:
Type: Full-time
Degrees: O.D.
Bio:

Dr. O'Donoghue is the Clinical Director of New England Eye. Prior to assuming his role at New England Eye, Dr. O'Donoghue worked for 13 years as an optometrist at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. While at OCB, he worked in the practice of world-renowned cataract and glaucoma specialist, Dr. Bradford J. Shingleton.

Dr. O'Donoghue has experience working as a member of the medical staffs at New England Rehabilitation Hospital and the Tewksbury State Hospital, as well as various other private practice settings in the Greater Boston area. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Practice at Omni Eye Services in Memphis, TN, in July 1987, and is a 1982 graduate of the New England College of Optometry.

Dr. O'Donoghue has served in a leadership capacity for various professional organizations. He acted as chairman of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists for the Merrimack Valley District from 1985 to 1986, and for the Charles River District from 1993 to 2001. He is currently the Society's first Vice President. Dr. O'Donoghue has published several articles in medical journals. Most notably, along with Dr. Shingleton, he co-authored a review article titled "Blurred Vision” which appeared in the August 2000 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
 

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Bina Patel, Associate Professor of Optometry
Bina Patel, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: patelb@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Full-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Patel, an associate professor of optometry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease, has been a faculty member at the college since 1989. She is currently the course master for Introduction to Clinical Care and Principles and Practice of Optometry C and is also co-course master of Principles and Practice of Optometry II. She also team teaches in the course The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma. She has many years of international teaching experience in primary care optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease, which is her area of expertise. In addition to her responsibilities at the college, Dr. Patel is a certified reader in telemedicine for the Joslin Vision Network at The Joslin Diabetes Center's Beetham Eye Institute in Boston and is actively involved with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.

Dr. Patel is the director of the Center for the International Advancement of Optometry at the college. She oversees the curriculum, is involved in the admissions process, and is the faculty advisor for the college’s Advanced Standing International Program. She is also involved in educational curriculum design and in coordinating and implementing international programs in countries seeking to upgrade their optometric degree programs.

Dr. Patel has taught in international schools and colleges of optometry in Brazil, China, Colombia, and Germany. She has also provided continuing education lectures in Mexico, Italy, and South Africa. She serves on several committees within the college and is currently on the curriculum affairs committee.

Dr. Patel is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association. She currently is an appointed member of both the International and New England Regional Chapters of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International, the public health committee of the World Council of Optometry, and International Optometric Education of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Dr. Patel was involved with the Educational Committee of the World Council of Optometry in 2000.  In 2010, she was the chair of the steering committee for the 6th World Conference on Optometric Education in Durban, South Africa.  She was instrumental in coordinating the content of the conference.

While at the college, Dr. Patel has been awarded the Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence and the Carroll Martus Award for outstanding clinical instruction. Dr. Patel earned her doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed her residency training in higher diagnostics and therapeutics with Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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Eli Peli, Adjunct Professor of Optometry
Eli Peli, Adjunct Professor of Optometry
Email: eli@vision.eri.harvard.edu
Phone:
Type: Part-time Adjunct
Degrees: M.Sc. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Peli has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Vision Science at the college since 1990. He is a preceptor of students in the Research Honors Program and is a faculty member in the masters of science in vision science graduate program.

Dr. Peli is the director of vision rehabilitation services at the New England Medical Center. He is a senior scientist and the Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at The Schepens Eye Research Institute.  He is also a professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and serves on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine as an adjunct professor of ophthalmology.

Dr. Peli’s clinical area of expertise is low vision rehabilitation. As a recognized leader in low vision research, Dr. Peli was the first to propose and test the use of a computerized image enhancement as a visual aid. He has over 120 publications in print in scholarly journals, holds 8 US patents, and has developed optical visual aids that are used throughout the world. He edited the book Vision Models for Target Detection and Recognition and is the co-author of the book Driving With Confidence: A Practical Guide to Driving with Low Vision.

Dr. Peli was the 2001 recipient of the American Academy of Optometry’s Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award, was a co-recipient of the 2004 Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science awarded by the Jewish Guild for the Blind, and was the recipient of the Lighthouse International Pisart Vision Award in 2006. Dr. Peli is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optical Society of America, the Society for Information Display, and of The International Society of Optical Engineering.

Dr. Peli, an alumnus of the college, earned his doctor of optometry degree in 1983. He holds a master’s of science degree in biomedical engineering and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, both from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

 

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Walter Potaznick, Associate Professor of Optometry
Walter Potaznick, Associate Professor of Optometry
Email: potaznickw@neco.edu
Phone: 6172662030
Type: Part-time
Degrees: F.A.A.O. O.D.
Bio:

Dr. Potaznick has been an associate professor at the college since 1986. He is a lab instructor for Principles and Practice of Optometry II, teaches elective courses to third-year optometry students in clinical problem based learning and in performance (sports) vision, and has taught abroad in Canada, Spain, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Potaznick has 36 years of experience as an optometrist, including 20 years as director of eye care services at the South Boston Community Health Center. In addition to his responsibilities at the college, Dr. Potaznick is a private practitioner at Cornerstone at Dedham Square and at Cornerstone Optometric, both primary care practices with sports vision and Vision therapy specialities.

Dr. Potaznick’s clinical specialty is primary care. He has clinical research experience in the disciplines of public health, pharmacology, epidemiology, and the detection of diabetes and was the first optometrist to publish on the topic of ocular manifestations of chronic fatigue syndrome. He does consulting work for Hilco-Wilson Ophthalmics and Ocutherapuetix and is a member of Lions International, and is a past-president of the Lions Eye Mobile Committee for District MD-33S. Dr. Potaznick has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1989 and is a member of the academy’s Education/Quality assurance committee. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and of VOSH. International. Dr. Potaznick is a manuscript referee for Optometry and Vision Science and Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association.

Throughout his career, Dr. Potaznick has contributed on many occasions to optometric education and to the profession itself in South Africa. He works with the South African Graduate Institute of Optometry, advising them on clinical development and patient care, and conducts workshops throughout the country. He teaches as a guest lecturer at four of the country’s five colleges of optometry. In 1997, while on sabbatical in South Africa, he was a consultant and optometrist for the South Africa Red Cross Flying Doctors Service, with whom he conducted research on the impact that taking measurements of patients’ blood pressure has on vision screenings. The findings from his research led the Flying Doctors to incorporate blood pressure measurements into both their vision and their dental screenings.

Dr. Potaznick earned his doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry in 1976. In 1977, Dr. Potaznick became the first new optometrist from the college to complete a clinical fellowship in pediatrics. He is a director and former president of the college’s alumni association and was the 1996 recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

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