NECO Alumni and Faculty Named Among Best Eye Doctors in America

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Newsweek Ranks Four NECO Alumni in the Top Ten Optometrists Nationwide 

Newsweek recently announced their list of 2022’s Best Eye Doctors in America. Nineteen New England College of Optometry (NECO) alumni and faculty were recognized. The list honors the top three hundred Eye Doctors, 175 Optometrists and 175 Ophthalmologists recommended by more than 5,500 optometrists, ophthalmologists, clinic managers and other healthcare professionals across the country. Newsweek ranks the doctors using a scoring method of 80% recommendations by peers, 15% quality also scored by peers, and 5% awarded for accreditation.

The following members of the NECO community were ranked in the top ten optometrists in the United States. Alan Glazier, OD, ’93, a member of NECO’s Board of Trustees, a NECO Presidential Medal honoree, the founder of ODs on Facebook and Fluorescene Media, additionally the founder of Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care in Rockville, MD, plus a partner and business development executive with Keplr Vision; Hardeep Kataria, OD, ’12, who practices in medical optometry  treating  glaucoma and dry eye in Pomona, CA;  Paul Ajamian, OD, ’80, who specializes in ocular disease, cataract and glaucoma care as the Center Director at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, GA; and Marc Bloomenstein, OD, ’94, a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology and Director of Optometric Services at Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, AZ.

NECO faculty were also honored as the best eye doctors in the nation. Anita Gulmiri, OD, ’15, Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry; Alexis Malkin, OD, ’08, Associate Professor of Optometry and Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Residency and Attending at NECO Center for Eye Care, Boston University Eye Associates, The Cotting School and Boston Medical Center; and Nicole Pogue, OD, NECO Resident ’13, Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry, Clinical Director of Optometry Services and Residency and Attending Optometrist at The Dimock Center.

Additional NECO alumni named among the best include Matthew Alpert OD, ’96;  Murray Fingeret, OD, ’76; Bethany Fishbein, OD, ’97; Jonathan Fishbein, OD, ’97; Gustavo Garmizo, OD, ’82; Nyok Lee, OD, ’14; Jeffrey Nyman, OD, ’72; Sean Phibbs, OD, ’86; Julie Rodman, OD, ’98; Judith Schaffer, OD, ’93; Mina Sehizadeh, OD, ’09; and Michael Veliky, OD, ’92.

NECO President, Howard Purcell, expressed his gratitude and admiration for these alumni and faculty, “These exemplary doctors deliver on NECO’s mission to change the way people see the world. We at NECO extend our appreciation for their commitment and contributions to the profession, the NECO community, and especially their dedication to excellence in patient care. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition. We are #necoproud of you!”


New England College of Optometry is a private, nonprofit, and internationally recognized optometry school. We prepare the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through rigorous curriculum, extensive clinical experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong support network. As an independent optometry school, we focus solely on optometry. Founded in 1894, NECO is the oldest continuously operating optometry school in the U.S. and has been advancing optometric education ever since.