CLASS NOTES: SUMMER 2021
Steven Levin received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Optometric Association. In 50 years, the award has been given to only 15 people.
Gary R. Pabalis has spent 30 years in the Indian Health Service (IHS), serving as the IHS chief optometrist for five years. In 2003, he moved to Boise, Idaho, where he joined an OD/MD practice and is now working two days per week. Five years ago, he learned to fit scleral lenses which he considers an extremely rewarding subset within optometry.
Joseph Maino photo illustrated a book, Star Chaser, which was authored by Mark Scheel, OD '85.
Sandra Block, who serves as the World Council of Optometry's (WCO) Public Health Chair, received the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)’s Vision Excellence Award. Awardees are recognized for their outstanding contributions to advocacy, innovation, program implementation, institution-building, and disease control during the twenty years since VISION 2020 was established.
Susan Cotter, was named a recipient of the 2020 Theia Awards of Excellence on Oct. 15, 2020. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the profession in the category of education and research.
Mark Scheel authored the book, Star Chaser, which was photo illustrated by Joseph Maino, OD '78.
Deborah Zelinsky was named a recipient of the 2020 Theia Awards of Excellence on Oct. 15, 2020. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the profession in the category of innovation.
Pam Lowe's practice, Professional Eye Care Center, in Niles, Ill., was named one of the Nation's Best Practices by CooperVision after a nationwide search.
Tracy Matchinski received a Vision Excellence Award from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness VISION 2020, recognizing her contributions and voice for the low vision community and her leadership and service in VOSH/International.
Andrew Makela released his debut solo album, Drubiquitous, available wherever you stream your music.
Commander Christopher DeAngelis was selected as the 2020 Navy Optometrist of the year. He currently serves as the Associate Director for Public Health and staff optometrist at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.
Joseph Aaron Ledford opened Inlet Eye Associates in Murrells Inlet, S.C., providing comprehensive primary eye care.
Michael Landy joined Chautauqua Eye Care in Jamestown, N.Y.
Lexi Derry joined the Center for Eye Care at the Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown, Wis.
Mark Buboltz and Susie (Hemann) Buboltz, OD '15 welcomed their baby, May, in October 2020.
Daisy Mendez celebrated the grand opening of Perspective Eyes, LLC, on January 27, in Winnetka, Ill.
Caitlin Miller was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Arizona Optometric Association.
Alyssa (Bartolini) Parz welcomed daughter, Kaylee Margaret, into the world on January 21.
Katie Green has received ASCO’s 2021 Rising Star Award. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and serves as Nova’s Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Visual Rehabilitation Clinic.
Zachary Holland and Joelle (Jaros) Holland, OD '16, welcomed their second child on January 18, Brooklynn Stone.
Macy Dieleman joined McFarland Clinic's optometry department in Boone, Iowa.
Jacqueline Anne Julio joined Shepherd Eye Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ryan W. Eisel joined Scullion Vision Clinic in Lisbon, Ohio.
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The following abbreviations denote predecessor names of the Illinois College of Optometry.
NICO: Northern Illinois College of Optometry
CCO: Chicago College of Optometry
MCO: Monroe College of Optometry