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Optometry Cares — The AOA Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Optometry students received awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.




(PRESS RELEASE) ST. LOUIS — Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association, administers numerous scholarships that encourage students to make a difference for their community and the profession of optometry. Optometry Cares and the AOA announce the winners of the following scholarships for 2019:

Paul Eckel and Christy Alfano

Vision West Inc. and Healthy Eyes Advantage Scholarship for InfantSEE
1st place – Paul Eckel, Ohio State University College of Optometry ($7,500)

2nd place – Christy Alfano, Southern College of Optometry ($3,000)

Vision West Inc. and Healthy Eyes Advantage offer a national scholarship to promote InfantSEE. The InfantSEE Scholarship requires optometry students to have a desire to participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life.

Abood Dahnoun

Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship
Abood Dahnoun, Southern College of Optometry ($10,000)

Sponsored by Essilor, this scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens and worked at Essilor for 43 years.

Sterlin Blakley

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship
Sterlin Blakley, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry ($5,000)

Sponsored in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision and in tribute to father and son, the Cummings family established the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry Cares. This scholarship allows the legacy of two amazing individuals to live on by honoring the student who best exemplifies Cummings’ passion for public health.

Kaitlin Speth

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship
Kaitlin Speth, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University ($2,500)

Established at the bequest of longtime AOA member Dr. Seymour Galina, Optometry Cares offers the scholarship to a third-year student who best demonstrates financial planning experience that will be useful in a professional optometric practice.

Krystal Matson

Dr. Larry J. Alexander Scholarship for Education
Krystal Matson, University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry ($2,500)

Sponsored in part by Optovue, this scholarship was established to honor the late Dr. Larry J. Alexander and his dedication to his work as an educator. Dr. Alexander’s impact on optometry is only surpassed by his kindness and commitment to helping others.

To learn more about endowment and scholarships offered through Optometry Cares or to make a donation to support these scholarships, visit




When You’re Passionate About Eye Care, the Right Technology Matters

Lisa Genovese, O.D., strives to give her patients the very best. At Insight Eye Care’s multiple locations, Dr. Genovese provides optimal care for her patients using the Reichert® Phoroptor® VRx Digital Refraction System. In this second Practice Profile Video from Reichert’s “Passionate About Eye Care” series, take a closer look and see how this eye care professional achieved a better work-life balance with equipment that’s designed and engineered in the U.S.A.

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DrChrono Launches EHR Services Directory

It will allow providers and medical practices to pick and choose the services they need for their practice.




(PRESS RELEASE) SUNNYVALE, CA – DrChrono Inc., the company enabling the medical practice of the future, announced a new Services Directory with third-party companies that will allow providers and medical practices to pick and choose the services they need for their practice.

DrChrono is launching this initiative because there is a wide array of services available that can be provided to their community of customers. DrChrono is certifying these new partners in the Services Directory on the DrChrono EHR platform to ensure they’re qualified to assist with their customer base. Medical professionals will be able to find services in the directory such as third-party developers to help build on the DrChrono healthcare API, expertise on technology configuration to maintain a local network and more.

Here are the certified companies included in the new DrChrono Services Directory:

  • Beam Health Group – Beam offers new patient marketing for telemedicine consults to help them expand their reach and acquire new patients. Beam’s proven marketing Search Engine Marketing (SEM) playbook plus Beam’s free telemedicine app result in more new patients, consults and revenue.
  • Chirpy Bird – Provides a dedicated team that helps medical professionals obtain the highest possible MIPS score for their Medicare reimbursement. Chirpy Bird works methodically and efficiently to help practices meet program requirements and most importantly, they make sure their MIPS data is submitted to the right place by the deadline.
  • 1st Assistant Credentialing – Their team will assist all practices, facilities, specialties and individual providers in payor credentialing, re-credentialing and primary source verification services.
  • HELIX Medical and Equipment Financing – Powered by Kapitus, the financial technology firm who assisted over 40,000 businesses with low cost financing, powers the HELIX Medical Practice Financing program. HELIX was crafted to fit the specific needs of the medical practitioner, including medical specific underwriting, rates and terms to help physicians grow their practice with easy options for low-cost financing and purchasing new equipment.

Joy Rios, co-founder of Chirpy Bird mentions, “We are excited to be an extension of DrChrono and part of this new directory of qualified service providers that can take on the responsibilities of specific business tasks for medical practices. Our team of experts familiar with DrChrono’s EHR platform are looking forward to helping clinicians and their patients attain the highest possible MIPS score to maximize their Medicare reimbursements.”

“We created this new Services program to give our customers a certified directory of experts that can be leveraged when needed to handle necessary business processes. Many of our customers don’t have the capacity to hire a full in-house team to take care of certain business tasks and oftentimes more cost effective to outsource to a service provider,” said Daniel Kivatinos, co-founder and COO of DrChrono. “The service providers in our new directory are certified on our platform and qualified to assist customers with services whether it be related to finance or other tasks. We are excited to kick this off and will continue to add more services to the directory in the coming months.”

To learn more about the new DrChrono Services Directory, please visit –

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BHVI Collaborates with Global Experts to Launch the Myopia Education Program

The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format.




(PRESS RELEASE) BHVI launches their leading Myopia Education Program at the 2019 American Optometry Academy. The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format. This enables eyecare professionals to complete the program in their own time.

“We want to make our education program easily available to our community of professionals, so they have the flexibility to sign up and learn while still managing myopia in their busy practices” said Pamela Capaldi, Director of Professional Services with BHVI

BHVI has developed the program in collaboration from both BHVI and global experts. The use of interactive case studies, videos, polls and discussions gives participants an interactive, engaging and supported learning experience. Participants have a six-week time frame in which to complete these internationally accredited and recognized courses.

Uniquely, the BHVI Myopia Education Program comprehensively addresses managing Myopia from both a clinical and business practice perspective. The current program includes three key modules; 1. Managing Myopia – Changes the way you understand and treat myopia. 2. Complex Cases – Strategies and tools to help confidently manage more complex myopia cases. 3. The Business of Myopia –Maximize business results and grow your practice through managing myopia.

More about the Myopia Education Program can be found at

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Optometry Giving Sight Establishes New Board

Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón is the president.




(PRESS RELEASE) GOLDEN, CO – Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announces that it has established a new Board of Directors to oversee the organization. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for a several years.

Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry, Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry and Dr. Earl Smith, former dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry. The OGS Board is meeting in Orlando during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and the World Congress of Optometry.

The past year has been one of transition for Optometry Giving Sight, as it is now focusing most of its fundraising priorities in the United States and Canada. The Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, one of the founding members of OGS, continues as a major implementing project partner. The World Council of Optometry, also a founding member of OGS, continues as a partner.

“We are very excited for Optometry Giving Sight’s future as we will be building on our strong history of supporting projects that bring accessible and sustainable eye care to those who are in need in the developing world. We look forward to enhancing our existing relationships in the vision care community and to establishing new partners throughout the industry” says Dr. Aragón.

Currently, Optometry Giving Sight is conducting its largest fundraising campaign of the year, the World Sight Day Challenge. Optometrists, practices and staff, vision care companies and others are all invited to participate in giving sight and hope to thousands of people around the world.

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