College of Optometrists in Vision Development Awards Board Certification
Aurora, OH-College of Optometrists in Vision Development welcomed 19 Fellows (FCOVD), and 27 new Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development at the 51st Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The newly certified were inducted on April 8th, 2022 at the 51st Annual Installation and Induction Banquet.
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 International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) which includes 3 case reports and 6 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:
|Marina Abdallah, OD, FCOVD Ryan Capouch, OD, FCOVD Sabih Chadhury, OD, FCOVD Charlotte Forgie, OD, FCOVD Kiera Garner, OD, FCOVD Cara Lai, OD, FCOVD Melissa Lambright, OD, FCOVD Aaron Nichols, OD, FCOVD Rabindra Kumar Pandey, OD, FCOVD Catherine Radakovic, OD, FCOVD Olga Savitska, OD, FCOVD Andy Teo, OD, FCOVD Alexandra Wiss, OD, FCOVD Alicia Wong, OD, FCOVD Michelle Wong, OD, FCOVD Jillian Youngerman, OD, FCOVD Leigh Purvis, OD, FCOVD Takeia Locke, OD, FCOVD Wynn Tran, OD, FCOVD|
To become a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT), an individual must work for a determined number of eligibility in office hours and must be employed by or under the direct supervision of an optometrist who has completed a fellowship (FCOVD) with the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB), complete a guided study process that includes 9 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 Certified Optometric Vision Therapists:
|Julie Anderson, COVT Joyanna Barth, COVT Ariana Callahan, COVT Lauren Chadwick, COVT Mindy Cooper, COVT Swithin David, COVT Erin Devine, COVT Dana Formaini, COVT Nicole Fossella, COVT Alexa Frye, COVT Michael Johnson, COVT Jill Maxfield, COVT Susan McCall, COVT Kelsey McIntyre, COVT Amber McKenzie, COVT Juliana Meltzer, COVT Rowan Mitchske, COVT Joshua Nottingham, COVT Sandra Pollock, COVT Julie Smith, COVT Nanette Sotelo, COVT Jennifer Trenkle, COVT Courtney Ubben, COVT Gracie Wang, COVT Mitchell Warners, COVT Kristen Weathers, COVT|
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development extends gratitude to all of the mentors and employers of the candidates who worked diligently this past year to support and guide through this process, we thank you.
And from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a huge congratulations to all of the newly certified FCOVDs and COVTs!
For more information about certification, please visit https://www.covd.org/page/certification.
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 http://www.covd.org.
Contact: Kathryn S. Kirschner, MS, CAE
COVD Executive Director