Aurora, OH—College of Optometrists in Vision Development welcomed 31 new Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVTs) and 31 Fellows of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVDs) at the 49th Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. The newly-certified were inducted on April 12th, 2019 at the 49th Annual Installation and Induction Banquet.

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To become a Fellow (FCOVD), the doctor must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Optometric Education (ACOE)‐accredited institution; been in active clinical practice for at least three years, at least two of which have included the direct diagnosis and management of vision therapy patients; completed 100 hours of relevant CE or a relevant residency program; successfully completed the guided study portion of the process set forth by the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB), which includes three case reports and six open-book questions, as prescribed by the Fellowship Candidate Guide; and successfully completed the oral and written examinations according to the established criteria of the IECB.

This year, COVD welcomed the following new Fellows:

Emily J. Aslakson OD, FCOVD

Justine Simon Bailey, OD, FCOVD

Alyssa Bartolini, OD, FCOVD

Heidi Bell, OD, FCOVD

Linda Luong Bellomy, OD, FCOVD

Lindsay Berry, OD, FCOVD

Michaela Betka, OD, FCOVD

Devin Duval, OD, FCOVD

Katie D. Fisher, OD, FCOVD

Jana Giebel, OD, FCOVD

Joelle Saliba Greenaway, OD, FCOVD

Jamie Ho, OD, FCOVD

Jasleen Jhajj, OD, FCOVD

Tedra Kindopp, OD, FCOVD

Laura J Knapp, OD, FCOVD

Zoe Lacroix, OD, FCOVD

Miranda Lepinski, OD, FCOVD

Megan Sumrall Lott, OD, FCOVD

Duc Q. Nguyen, OD, FCOVD

Leigha M. Nielsen, OD, FCOVD

Emily O’Meara, OD, FCOVD

Pravina Patel, OD, FCOVD

Julia Sirianni, OD, FCOVD

Lauren Strawn, OD, FCOVD

Allison R. Toler, OD, FCOVD

Stacie A. Van Voorst, OD, FCOVD

Fotis Velissarakos, OD, FCOVD

Cassandria Warr, OD, FCOVD

Nathaniel Wernick, OD, FCOVD

Janet M. Wilson, OD, FCOVD

Samantha Zaczyk, OD, FCOVD

The Academic Fellowship (FCOVD-A) is awarded to candidates who submit ten authored and published works related to the advancement and education of vision therapy. Once reviewed, Academic Fellow candidates must also complete an Oral Interview to be awarded Fellowship.

COVD welcomed the following FCOVD-A at the 2019 Annual Meeting:

Stanley W. Hatch, OD, FCOVD-A

To become a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT), an individual must work under the direct supervision of an optometrist who has completed a Fellowship (FCOVD) with the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) for 2,000 hours, complete a guided study process that includes nine open-book questions, and pass a written exam and an oral interview administered by the IECB. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand their knowledge and skills in providing vision care as related to development and behavior in optometric vision therapy.

This year, COVD welcomed the following new COVTs:

Jessica Agens, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, FCOVD

Taylor  Benton, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, FCOVD

Lauren Brickley, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, FCOVD

Kimberley Burgess, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Ted Kadet, FCOVD

Joseph Colangelo, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Robert Prazer, FCOVD

Melody Delamarter, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Benjamin Winters, FCOVD

Karlie Drexler, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Kara Heying, FCOVD

Nicole Ferreyros, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Marcia Moore, FCOVD and Ann Voss, FCOVD

Erin Finley, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Robert Prazer

Sefra Gemma, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Macson Lee, FCOVD and John Reski, FCOVD

Robin Herskowitz, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Nancy Guenthner

Tobi Hitow Karch, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Michael Cook, FCOVD and Anna Lammers, FCOVD

Kaitlyn Kennedy, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Robert Prazer, FCOVD

Justin Kramon, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Lynn Trieu, FCOVD

Brittney Langford, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Elizabeth Crandon, FCOVD

Jessica Liedke, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Juanita Collier, FCOVD

Crystal Lin, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Ted Kadet, FCOVD

Ryan Mann, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Ingryd H. Lorenzana, FCOVD

Benjamin Mazur, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Mehrnaz Green, FCOVD and Amanda Manley, FCOVD

Elizabeth Melmer, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Macson Lee, FCOVD and John Reski, FCOVD

Christy Milks, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Joshua Watt, FCOVD

Karen Miller, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Maura Massucci, FCOVD

Jill Mosny, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Jennifer Smith Zolman, FCOVD and Neil Draisin, FCOVD

Michelle O’Brien, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Dominick Maino, FCOVD-A

Mia O’Driscoll, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Leanna Dudley, FCOVD

Hillary E. Reeves, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Marcia Moore, FCOVD and Ann Voss, FCOVD

Kimberly Torres, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Kacie Monroe, FCOVD

Susan VanMetre, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Kara Heying, FCOVD

Jordan Wilson, COVT—Employed by: Dr. Brianna Larson, FCOVD

Stephen Yednock, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Mehrnaz Green, FCOVD and Amanda Manley, FCOVD

Michelle Zellers, COVT—Employed by: Drs. Macson Lee, FCOVD and John Reski, FCOVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development extends congratulations to all of the newly inducted FCOVDs, FCOVD-A, and COVTs!

 

About COVD

 The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation, and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists, and other vision specialists. For more information, please visit www.covd.org.

 

 

Contact:  Kathryn S. Kirschner

COVD Credentialing and Education Director

Phone: 330.995.0718

Email: katie@covd.org

Website: www.covd.org

 

 

 

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