January 2, 2013
At the annual meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Dr. Amy D. Pruszenski (formerly Dr. Amy Shorter) of the Class of 1993 earned her COVD Fellowship. Congratulations to Dr. Pruszenski!
December 14, 2012
The winter issue of the Alumni eNewsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
The New England College of Optometry has recently been informed that the following alumni have passed away. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their family and friends.
Leonard B. Finger, OD ’53 passed away in 2012.
William J. Morin Jr., OD ’43 passed away in December 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Mitchell M. Kuhn, OD ’46 passed away in September 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Edward Grant, OD 70 passed away in August 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Joseph E. McDermott, OD ’43 passed away in August 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Gilbert W. Rist, OD ’39 passed away in July 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Marvin S. Sills, OD ’49 passed away in May 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Harry S. Marcus, OD ’54 passed away in March 2012. Click here for his obituary.
David L. Marcus, OD ’54 passed away in March 2012. Click here for his obituary.
Harry E. Pass, OD ’65 passed away in February 2012.
Herbert E. O'Dell, OD ’50 passed away in September 2011. Click here for his obituary.
December 5, 2012
Did you hear...?
Sunday Morning Breakfast Series
Continuing Education Sponsored by the NECO Alumni Association
The NECO Alumni Association has continued its tradition of providing engaging and timely continuing education at the College. The first of three fall events, held on September 30th, was devoted entirely to diabetes. Attendance at the program reflected the growing appeal of the Sunday Morning Breakfast Series. Dr. David Shein, Internist and NECO faculty member, along with Joan Hill, Certified Diabetes Educator, presented a comprehensive yet practical approach to the overall care of patients with diabetes. The afternoon session covered new and emerging diagnostic and treatment options for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. This was the first time a morning and afternoon program were devoted entirely to the same topic.
During the October program, Dr. Matt Garston, NECO ’66 shared his clinical pearls from years of experience as clinician and educator. The topic, “My Favorite Clinical Cases,” provided a series of case scenarios using an interactive format to engage the audience in the clinical discussion. Dr. Garston is a popular speaker and has been a prominent continuing education speaker for nearly 40 years.
Two lectures were offered at the November 4th program, both focused on anterior segment conditions. Eighty participants, mostly alumni, attended the program and broke all attendance records for the series, in large part because both lectures addressed issues that are important in primary eye care practice. Drs. Santiago Villazon and Kristen Brown of The Laser Center of Massachusetts presented a three hour program covering important considerations of managing the patient candidate for LASIK surgery. During their session they addressed key issues such as patient selection, application of the right technology to meet the patient’s visual needs, and postoperative follow-up care. The second lecture covered “Microbial Infection in Contact Lens Wear,” a concern that affects almost every optometrist who fits contact lenses. Dr. Shovlin brings unique experience to the profession, having practiced in a multidisciplinary setting at the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he works very closely with cornea specialists in providing tertiary care to patients with severe corneal problems.
The Sunday Morning Breakfast Series will resume in January with our first practice management offering of the season.
January 27, 2013
The Art of Prescribing: Dispensing for the 21st Century Optometry Practice – 4 hours COPE
Chad Fleming, OD
March 24, 2013
Advancing Primary Care through Technology – 5 hours COPE
Leo Semes, OD
April 28, 2013
AMD: Best Practices in Diagnosis and Treatment – 3 hours COPE
Mark Dunbar, OD
UV or not UV: What Every Patient Should Know – 2 hours COPE
Ryan Parker, OD
December 4, 2012
Maryland Optometric Association Honors NECO Alumnus
Congratulations to Lamont Bunyon, OD ’99, who was named “Optometrist of the Year” by the Maryland Optometric Association (MOA) during an award ceremony on December 2nd at the MOA 2012 Fall Convention.
Dr. Bunyon currently serves as President of the Central Maryland Optometric Society and Secretary of the National Optometric Association. He works in his private practice, Special Eye Care, in Temple Hills, MD and as a staff optometrist at the Capitol Hill Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bunyon’s professional mission is to improve the quality of eye care in Maryland through community service and promoting visual health care. He seeks to deliver the best care available to his patients and to advocate for eye care in minority communities.
November 16, 2012
Class of 1977 Celebrates Their 35th Reunion
At a reception on Friday, November 2nd, President Clifford Scott welcomed back members of the Class of 1977 and their guests to the New England College of Optometry to celebrate their 35th Reunion. Two significant photographs of the class were on display during the reception, one taken during their school years on the balcony of the College and one at their 30th Reunion. Both photographs hang prominently in PreClinic 1 where the Class of ’77 is honored for their generosity, which supported the renovation of the PreClinic.
Click here to view pictures from the reunion.
Reunion events continued into the weekend with a tea on Saturday afternoon to meet and mingle with current NECO students, and a dinner at Legal Sea Foods. Several alumni stayed for the Sunday Morning Breakfast Series continuing education program with Drs. Santiago Villazon, Kristen Brown, and Joseph Shovlin.
Members of the Class of 1977 who Attended their 35th Reunion:
Gregory Bodrie, OD
Steve Byrnes, OD
David Caban, OD
Nancy Carlson, OD, FAAO
Michael Cohn, OD
Margot Costa, OD
Glenda Denham, OD
Emil Horowitz, OD
Robert Lewis, IV, OD
Barbara Manburg, OD
Paulette Turco, OD, FAAO