New Year, New Opportunities

Opportunities for ODs and Practices Looking for Top Talent

With a new year brings new opportunities and one of the best times of the year to hire a doctor of optometry. AOAExcel’s Optometry’s Career Center saves you time and gives your career posting maximum visibility with ODs. Don’t sift through piles and piles of unqualified candidates, Optometry’s Career Center targets qualified candidates from across the country.

Benefits of posting your position with Optometry’s Career Center (OCC) include:

  • OCC is a niche job board, providing you access to the most qualified ODs in the industry
  • Access to OCC’s resume database with candidates from all 50 states and all professional experience levels
  • Expand your reach utilizing the OCC’s Career Spotlight Newsletter. Deliver your postings directly to the inbox of thousands of passive seeking ODs who aren’t actively searching job sites for positions but may be interested in yours.
  • Connect with young ODs from the upcoming graduating class of 2019
  • AOA Members receive a discount of up to 50% on their postings
  • Postings start as low as $180 for a 45-Day Ad
  • To find your next qualified candidate, visit

MOAA: Official Notice

It pains us to report that the MOA Auxiliary has been officially dissolved. After several years of discussion and a failed effort to increase membership, the MOA Auxiliary Board has unanimously voted to disband, effective January 14, 2019.

It is well documented that declining membership in all service organizations is being seen worldwide and, despite our best efforts, we were not able to overcome that trend.

The Auxiliary has been honored to be an integral part of the MOA for many years and we are proud of our efforts to assist the MOA in their many legislative and educational endeavors, as well as our efforts in assisting countless optometry students with educational scholarships.

The MOA Auxiliary would like to thank all optometrists and supporters who have contributed to our cause throughout the years.


Make plans now to attend the Heart of America Eye Care Congress in Kansas City!

February 15-17, 2019

Among the featured faculty are:

OD Faculty

Christopher Borgman, OD, FAAO
Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO
Julie DeKinder, OD, FAAO
Jason Duncan, OD
Mitch Ibach, OD, FAAO
David Kading, OD, FCLSA
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA
Chris Lievens, OD, FAAO
Nathan Lighthizer, OD, FAAO
Michael Mee, OD, FAAO
Gregory Nixon, OD, FAAO
Harvey Richman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO
Rebecca Wartman, OD
Christopher Wroten, OD

Para Faculty
Melinda Dean, ABOM, FNAO
Joy Gibb, ABOC
Rebecca Johnson, COT, CPOT, COE
Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC, COA
Jill Luebbert, CPOT, ABOC
Jackie O’Keefe, ABOC
Harvey Richman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Mary Schmidt, ABOC, CPO
Phernell Walker II, ABOM, AS, NCLC
Rebecca Wartman, OD
Alex Yoho, ABOM

MOSA Update

At the 2017 Optometry’s Meeting in Washington, DC, the UMSL students won the Spirit Award at the Essilor Student Bowl.

As part of that award, the UMSL students won the honor of producing the “rules video” to be shown at the 2018 Essilor Student Bowl.

We have a talented group of students at UMSL!

Click here to see the video or visit

The MOA Congratulates Desiree Hougill-Houston

Desiree Hougill-Houston, the past president of the MOA Paraoptometric Section received the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center 2018 Community Service Award for her volunteer work at Hope Network, Mission of Hope Clinic, Kansas City Free Eye Clinic and her church.

This award was presented during the 2018 Optometry’s Meeting in Denver, CO. Desiree was nominated by Dr. Jeffrey Harter, one of the optometrists at Advanced Eyecare/Blue Springs Optical where Desiree has worked for 9 years.

The MOA would like to share with everyone a part of Desiree’s acceptance speech which certainly explains why she was chosen for this award.

“Volunteering is a labor of love for me, which is why I am involved in many different organizations. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to help others without being paid – giving freely of yourself. Being highly involved in my church, (volunteering as a teacher, a leader and an usher) helps me experience the joy and peace that comes from obedience.

1 Peter 4:10-11 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms… so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” Serving is a form of worship, a way to express gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and to share the love and grace we’ve been given.

Not everyone is born into a life of opportunity and many do not have a support system of friends and family when times get tough. Others make poor life choices and just need guidance, encouragement and something as simple as love.

Spending time helping people through tremendous organizations such as the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic who gives low-income and homeless people access to preventive eye exams and glasses, Hope Network where the mission is to offer hope to the hungry and hurting through delivering exemplary care, affirming value and basic needs and Mission of Hope Clinic who provides healthcare to the uninsured and undeserved in our community, helps me shift my focus off myself and onto others.

I begin to see others as Jesus sees them.”