SPEAKERS


Dr. Shaheer Aboobaker
I was born in Durban, South Africa and completed my medical training in my hometown before moving to Cape Town to complete a two-year internship and then on to Kimberley, South Africa to complete a one-year community service, during which I started working in Ophthalmology. I stayed on as a Medical Officer in Ophthalmology in Kimberley for two years before moving back to Cape Town to begin my four-year residency program at the University of Cape Town. On completion in 2016, I moved to Toronto to begin my fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at St Michaels Hospital. I have subsequently joined the Toronto Retina Institute in October 2018 and am thoroughly enjoying my first year in practice, with all the new challenges that come along with that. 











Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis 
Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis graduated from the university of Waterloo School of Optometry with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1996. He Currently owns a full scope Neuro-Visual Optometry practice in Etobicoke. He actively lectures and consults optometrists and companies on effective communication techniques through his consulting company. His unique ability is inspiring, motivating and empowering others, with a passion for the betterment of humanity.

As a certified motivational speaker, he holds accreditations with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and The American Board of Time-Line Therapy. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of optometrist, the Canadian Optometrist in Vision Therapy & rehabilitation and associate member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development




Dr. Kashif Baig 
Dr. Kashif Baig is a Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgeon providing tertiary-level care at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, as well as an Associate Surgeon at Herzig Eye Institute. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Society, and the Executive Director of the Sally Letson Foundation. Dr. Baig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Pediatric Cornea Consultant at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Clinical Investigator in Regenerative Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Director of Clinical and Research Fellowships in Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery. He completed his medical and residency training at McGill University in Montreal, Master of Business Administration Degree (specializing in Health Services Management) at McMaster University in Hamilton, and Fellowship training in the United States. Dr. Baig has a strong interest in the development and implementation of surgical innovations in corneal and anterior segment surgery.







Kristen Bentley
Kristen is an International Facilitator/Trainer and Faculty for the largest, global in-person coach training school, The Coaches Training Institute, and owner of her own boutique Coaching and Leadership company – Whole-Life Leadership. Prior to coaching, she owned, practiced in and sold her previous business – a private Optometry practice. Kristen knew from a young age, that she was 

meant to work with vision. Over the years the context changed. The clarity she now partners with her clients to achieve is clarity around authentic leadership and alignment of inner vision, values and purpose with the greater vision, values and purpose of the organization and community that one is an integral part of. 








Dr. Sondra Black
Dr. Black graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1980. She practiced optometry for 20 years in a private practice. She then joined TLC as a clinical director for the TLC Custom LASIK center in Toronto. In 2003 Dr. Black became the Clinical Director for TLC Toronto. In 2009, Dr. Black left TLC to become the VP-Clinical Operations for Crystal Clear Vision. She left practice in November 2017 to focus exclusively on consulting both to industry and individual practices. Her expertise lies in cataract, refractive surgery, and patient management and counselling and now works fulltime for Johnson & Johnson Vision as the Head of Professional Strategy Surgical Americas.






Dr. Joseph Blondeau
Dr. Joseph Blondeau is a Clinical Microbiologist and Head of Clinical Microbiology at Royal University Hospital (Saskatoon Health Region) and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He holds appointments as an Associate Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He teaches to undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of microbiology, infectious diseases, antimicrobial agents and pharmacology. Dr. Blondeau’s main research interests are in the area of antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance, clinical microbiology and clinical outcomes associated with antimicrobial therapy. To date, in excess of 4 million dollars has been raised as part of his research program.






Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein
Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the UCLA. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998. Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 1000 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.







Dr. Trenton Cleghern
Dr. Trenton Cleghern specializes in the management of complex eye diseases, with special interests in anterior segment, uveitis, and neuro-ophthalmic conditions. Dr. Cleghern is a consultative optometrist at VisionAmerica of Birmingham, Alabama, a referral center, and is also a clinical professor at the University of Alabama School Of Optometry. Dr. Cleghern completed his undergraduate education at Tennessee Tech University. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. After optometry school, Dr. Cleghern completed a residency in ocular disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.









Dr. Jason E. Compton
Dr. Jason E. Compton graduated from the SUNY State College of Optometry and completed his residency at the Wilmington Delaware VA Medical Center. Dr. Compton owns a private practice 'Compton Eye Associates' in the New York City area. Dr. Compton serves as Assistant Adjunct Faculty for the SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Compton is a council member of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section and a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.  Dr. Compton is the President/Founder of TheRightContact.com, a contact lens resource used by eye care professionals worldwide.  







Marion Finkelstein
Marion has earned many awards including the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada “Award for Leadership in Service Innovation” as a member of the team “OPERATION TIM HORTONS”. Specifically, she was recognized for overseeing the communications associated with establishing the first-ever Tim Hortons coffee outlet in Kandahar Airfield for the Canadian Forces and allied forces in Afghanistan. Living in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Marion travels across Canada to share practical, powerful and proven workplace communication strategies.







Dr. Nadine Furtado
Dr. Nadine Furtado is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science where she is Head of the Ocular Disease and Imaging Service. She earned her Doctor of Optometry and MSc. in Vision Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. Following graduation, she completed a residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hudson Valley Healthcare System. Dr. Furtado is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), a Clinical Director for Special Olympics Ontario, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Vision Institute of Canada. She is also actively involved with the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association, and she travels twice a year to Jamaica with the Eye Health Institute to provide eye care to underserved populations.




 

Dr. Fatimah Gilani
Dr. Fatimah Gilani is a board-certified ophthalmologist both in Canada and the United States. Educated on three different continents, she has a diverse background, that provides an international perspective to her medical practice.
Dr. Gilani began her career by attending medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and subsequently completed her medical internship at the Baystate Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Arizona, followed by a medical retina fellowship at Northwell Long Island Jewish Hospital and the Vitreous Retina Consultants of New York under the tutelage of world-renowned retina specialists Dr. K Bailey Freund, Dr. Lawrence Yannuzzi, Dr. William Schiff and Dr. Gaetano Barile.








Dr. Jay M. Haynie
Dr. Jay M. Haynie graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1992 and completed a residency at the American Lake Veterans Hospital in 1993. He served as the Executive Clinical Director of Retina and Macula Specialists until 2018 after which time he joined Sound Retina in Tacoma Washington. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Pacific University College of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Optometric Retina Society. He is a sponsor of a 4th year internship for Optometry students in his private practice. He has been a clinical investigator and continues to be involved in clinical studies, both as a principle and sub-investigator.  He is a published author and has become a nationally recognized speaker on advances in technology and the management of retinal disease.










Dr. Sheldon Herzig
One of the world’s most respected and experienced cataract and refractive surgeons, Dr. Sheldon Herzig pioneered the development and application of leading-edge technologies in advanced cataract and refractive surgery in North America. Dr. Herzig completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto, after which he completed a fellowship in corneal and cataract surgery at the Mary Shiels Eye Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he was trained in the most advanced micro-surgical techniques for corneal and cataract surgery. Dr. Herzig is the co-founder and medical director at the Herzig Eye Institute.





 


Dr. Blair Lonsberry
Dr. Lonsberry grew up in Rossburn, Manitoba (Canada).  He obtained his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 1996 after completing a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Primary Care Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, then joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During his time at SCO, he completed a Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in adult learning. Currently, Dr. Lonsberry is a Full Professor with Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon. Dr. Lonsberry is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optometric Retinal Society, the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.







Dr. Richard Maharaj
Dr. Richard Maharaj is the Clinic Director at eyeLABS Optometry and Center for Ocular Surface Disease and Senior Optometrist at York-Finch Ophthalmology, Toronto. Dr. Maharaj is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Clinical Adjunct Faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He continues to develop new techniques and devices for non-surgical clinical care of the meibomian glands and ocular surface. He is an international speaker on primary management of eye diseases, a published author on ocular surface disease, current Board Editor for Journal of Dry Eye Disease and Chair for the Canadian Association of Optometry's Section for ocular surface diseases.



 

Dr. Danica Marrelli
Danica Marrelli received her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), and completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is currently a clinical professor at UHCO, where she serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and staffs the glaucoma, retina, and general eye disease clinics. In the classroom, Dr. Marrelli teaches in the ocular pharmacology, glaucoma and case-based learning courses. Dr. Marrelli became a diplomate in the ocular disease section of the American Academy of Optometry in November 2009 and is the secretary of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.






Dr. Cameron McCrodan
Dr. Cameron McCrodan brings a logical approach to how the eyes and the brain work together. He runs vision therapy only clinics on Vancouver Island and a clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. McCrodan’s passion is in transforming how the public and professionals understand the workings of vision. He frequently speaks and gives workshops including TEDx. Dr. McCrodan credits his varied background with his approach to care. He’s a self-proclaimed skeptic who has spent time in engineering, sales and marketing. He has had family members affected by these visual conditions. His education includes extensive time with the OEP, COVD (fellowship), NORA and more.







Dr. Jerome Sherman
Dr. Sherman is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry and currently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York and Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. He continues to practice in the private sector at Omni Eye Surgery in Manhattan and is actively researching in the area of clinical ocular disease and special testing, which involves using the latest high tech advanced diagnostic techniques and instruments. His publications include over 750 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters, two CD’s and 4 books. His Retina Revealed website at www.retinarevealed.com has hundreds of cases and nearly 3,000 images. This website, through the Review of Optometry, is free to all. Jerry is also a Founding Member of both the Optometric Retina Society and the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease.
      





 

Jonathan Smith
Mr. Smith is the Training Director at Luxottica Wholesale North America. He is an MBA graduate who began his career at Luxottica in brand management overseeing the marketing strategy for all premium fashion eyewear brands. With over 12 years of experience in branding and marketing in the luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, Jonathan brings a wealth of business and product knowledge and is known for dynamic and compelling presentations. Jonathan is an ABO and COPE certified speaker who has created and presented to optical groups across the US and Canada and leads the North American training department at Luxottica in building a strong education vision and strategy for the company.

  







Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO, is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee.  For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute. Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.
  








Dr. Elizabeth Steele
A Charleston, SC native, Dr. Steele graduated from Wofford College in 1999.  After graduating from the UAB School of Optometry in 2003, she completed a residency at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.  Dr. Steele joined the UAB faculty in 2004 and has since taught in many courses including Methods, Advanced Clinical Procedures, and Imaging. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Steele has received many teaching awards, including the AOA Educator of the Year Award in 2017.  She is also an active volunteer for the profession, serving the ALOA, AOA, and ASCO. In 2009, she was awarded the ALOA Young Optometrist Award, and received the SECO Young Optometrist of the South Award in 2010.  








Dr. Raymond Stein
Dr. Raymond Stein is the Medical Director of the Bochner Eye Institute and one of the most experienced and respected ophthalmologists in North America. He has been honored with numerous awards from prestigious international medical organizations including the ‘Honour Award’ from both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Contact Lens Association of America, along with the ‘Innovators Award’ from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Stein also served as president of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.Dr. Raymond Stein has been invited to lecture at numerous universities and medical conferences. and has published various journal and magazine articles, book chapters and books.







Dr. David Talley
Dr. Talley received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Doctorate degree in Optometry at the University of Alabama School of Optometry. He then completed a residency in primary care with emphasis in ocular disease at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Talley is a member of numerous professional associations and has many publications in the medical management of ocular disease. He has trained Optometric Externs and Residents for 20 years and given over 1000 professional presentations in areas of primary eye care, ocular disease and practice management.



 



Joyce Van Rooyen 
Joyce Van Rooyen is currently the Senior Trainer for Eye Recommend, one of Canada’s leading Optometric Buying Groups. In this role, Joyce creates and facilitates training programs for all aspects of the Optometric Practice; from optical basics, front desk etiquette and advanced dispensing to eyewear trends, visual merchandising and teamwork. Joyce began her career in the optical industry 30 years ago, while working in her father’s edging lab.  She has spent time working as a lab technician, a dispensary and the Education Coordinator for Hoya. She also worked as a workshop coach and lecturer for CAO’s Optometric Assistant program for 10 years.  Joyce loves sharing her passion for the optical industry and believes that we should never stop learning
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Dr. Patrick Vollmer
Dr. Patrick Vollmer practices in North Carolina and is the sole owner of Vita Eye Clinic. He is a current co-author for the Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs and is a principal investigator for Ora Inc., a research and development pharmaceutical company.









Dr. David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson has worked as Practice Advisor at the College of Optometrists of Ontario since 2012.  He practices optometry in Toronto at Spadina Optometry, which he joined in 2007 upon graduation from ICO.
  







Dr. Debby Yeung
Dr. Debby Yeung received her Doctor of Optometry degree from New England College of Optometry. After graduation, Dr. Yeung completed a residency position in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, where she continues to supervise and teach in the contact lens clinic. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society. Aside from her private practice, Dr. Yeung has lectured and presented on various research projects on the topic of specialty contact lens.