Winter/Spring

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Kate Osborn, OD

The Central Society has a hiatus from meetings in the fall of each year. Society members were encouraged to attend MOA Fall Conference. We typically try to get our presidential visit in before the end of the year, but schedules didn’t mesh this year, so we look forward to that in 2019.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

Our August meeting was at Springfield Brewing Company and was hosted by CARR Healthcare Realty.

In September our meeting was hosted by Arvest Bank and took place at Metropolitan Grill.

In October we hosted our annual Legislative Reception at Touche, where we took time to thank our local Representatives.

We then took a break for the holidays in November and December.
 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: : Lauren Seutter, OD

No Report Available

For more information or questions regarding our society, email [email protected].

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS) has not met since the MOA convention, in October, but we have our Presidential society visit scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2019. Our society looks forward to welcoming Dr. Mindy Blackford, our MOA president and Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, our Executive Director for the visit. All NEOS members are encouraged to attend.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Steven Rosenak, OD

It’s been a quiet winter up here in Northwest Missouri. We have been reaching out to new members, and we promoted the January Legislative Conference in Jefferson City, MO.

The new key person lists have been drawn up for the upcoming legislative session. We look forward in working with the new members of the Missouri House and Senate and educating them about
the profession of optometry.

Our new MOA Vision Plan was explained and shared with the members attending the legislative conference this January, and I encouraged all Northwest society members to attend.

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jenna Osseck, OD & Jason Riley, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West in Chesterfield, MO.

The October meeting was sponsored by Alcon and Shire and the CE was “The Zen of Dry Eye Mastery: A Simple System for Clinical and Practice Success” presented by Art Epstein, O.D. of Phoenix Eye Care. This was a highly informative CE lecture that involved the latest and best dry eye practices.

The November meeting was the Presidential Visit by our newly appointed MOA President, Dr. Mindy Blackford, and MOA Executive Director, Dr. LeeAnn Barrett. Dr. Blackford addressed her presidential
agenda including the Board restructuring of the Societies and the SLOS trustees having two votes, which was accomplished at the annual MOA Convention by a marginal vote. Other MOA action items discussed were to refile the Patient Protection Bill again this year, involving online or kiosk eye examinations (ie. Opternative) and illegal contact lens sellers. Dr. Barrett reported the new Governor, Mark Parson, is very optometry friendly, which will help with our future legislative efforts. The November meeting CE was “Taking Dry Eye Disease to the Next Level” presented by Lawrence Gans, M.D. and Eric Ricker, O.D., a fellow SLOS member.

Finally, the December meeting was the SLOS Holiday Party hosted by Midland Optical and held at Napoli 2. The evening consisted of dinner, drinks, holiday trivia and prizes.

For more up to date information, including seeing information on the talks mentioned above, check out the SLOS newsletters on our web site, http://www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-725-2020
Web: www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: : Doug Nousaka, OD

The SEOS November meeting was canceled due to the weather. We plan to meet again in January after the MOA Legislative Conference. I encouraged all SEOS members to attend the Legislative meetings in Jefferson City.
 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

The Southwest Society has not met since the last newsletter. We organized our keyperson list as we prepared for the legislative conference in January.
 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. We continue to primarily communicate via email for updates on MOA activities and important announcements.

Fall 2018

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Kate Osborn, OD

The Central Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month, although it is a bit more sporadic in the summer months with hectic summer schedules. Our president has been working hard to get us exposed to new sponsors and new meeting places, so it has been a refreshing change. We look forward to more regular meetings in the fall.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

GOOS has not met since May.

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: : Lauren Seutter, OD

No Report Available

For more information or questions regarding our society, email [email protected].

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The Northeast Society (NEOS) has not met since our presidential visit in March, but we are planning a fall meeting sponsored by an industry alliance member.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Steven Rosenak, OD

No Report Available

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

No Report Available

For more up to date information, including seeing information on the talks mentioned above, check out the SLOS newsletters on our web site, http://www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-725-2020
Web: www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: : Doug Nousaka, OD

The SEOS met in May on 05/16/18. We met in Cape Girardeau, MO at the 36 Restaurant and were joined by MOA President, Dr. Tom Cullinane and Executive Director, Dr. LeeAnn Barrett.
The MOA board representatives gave an update on MOA current affairs.
SEOS Officers for 2018-2019 were selected and are as follows:

  • SEOS President: Dr. Kylie Divine
  • SEOS Vice President: Dr. Meredith McLeod
  • SEOS Treasurer/Secretary: Dr. Jennifer Howard
  • SEOS/MOA Trustee: Dr. Douglas Nosacka

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

The Southwest Society has not met yet in 2018 but is scheduled to meet with MOA President, Dr. Tom Cullinane, on Tuesday, April 17th for his MOA Presidential visit.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the KCOS like in previous years for their presidential visit. However, we do continue to stay connected through periodic emails about the latest news related to the MOA and our profession.

Spring

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Kate Osborn, OD

The Central Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. We have gotten some quality CE in the past few months, which we typically don’t do, so it has been a nice change. We had a great retina/OCT CE from Dr. Wayne Davis who practices at Retina Associates in Columbia. Shire was sponsoring CE for Xiidra, so we combined that with our meeting in March. We may slow down a little for the summer, it varies from year to year.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

In January the Greater Ozark Optometric Society met at Catania Laredo restaurant to discuss upcoming items with the MOA. It was our first meeting after the Thanksgiving/Christmas break.

In February the GOOS hosted Nova Bay at Ocean Zen restaurant to discuss the benefits of Avenova; a prescription eyelid and eye lash hygiene product.

In March the GOOS hosted current MOA president Tom Cullinane. Dr. Cullinane discussed his areas of interest for the MOA this year and beyond. We had a great turn out for this event with around 25 ODs attending the MOA Presidential visit.

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: : Lauren Seutter, OD

The Kansas City Society started off 2018 with re-electing officials. Here is the new 2018 executive board:

  • President: Jared Jaynes, OD
  • Vice-President: Kevin Tomasu, OD
  • Secretary / Treasurer: Lauren Hendrickson, OD
  • Past-President: Melissa Enevoldsen, OD

A social gathering was hosted in February at Boulevard Brewing company with a great turnout. For the March meeting, we had dinner and 2 hours of CE on the topic of uveitis presented by Dr. Anthony DeWilde.

Our March meeting consisted of CE on the PEDIG Amblyopia Treatment Studies by Dr. Marni Harris OD, a resident at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

I invite optometrists to attend our society meetings for a wonderful time as we continue to build the attendance at society functions!

For more information or questions regarding our society, email [email protected].

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The North East Optometric Society (NEOS) met at AJs in Macon on March 27th for the annual Presidential visit. MOA Executive Director Lee Ann Barrett, OD provided an update on the current legislative session as well as the ongoing projects at central office. MOA President Tom Cullinane, OD provided an overview of his main agenda items during his presidency and the progress he has made thus far.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Steven Rosenak, OD

The Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS) has updated our key person list for future communication with our legislators.

Increasing membership and continuing education lectures are planned for this Spring.

Early support for Harry Roberts (Presiding Commissioner) Buchanan County has started with our Society members. Mr. Roberts is the Republican candidate running to fill Dr. Schaaf’s Senate seat this fall.

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

Following the successful Holiday Party sponsored by Midland Optical in December, SLOS is back into our routine of having our regular monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. These are held at the Marriott West Hotel at Maryville and I-64 in west St. Louis County.

The January meeting was sponsored by Avedro and Tear Science. CE was given by Geoffrey Hill, MD on New Innovations in Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease.

Our February meeting was sponsored by Cooper Vision. Our speaker was Anthony Veratchert, OD of the Moyes Eye Center in Kansas City who spoke on Herpetic Eye Disease. Dr. Veratchert was sponsored by Katena.

The March meeting was sponsored by Legally Mine. Mr. Art McOmber gave a presentation for CE titled A Physician’s Keys to Locking Out Lawsuits which included useful information on protecting your license and increasing tax savings.

For more up to date information, including seeing information on the talks mentioned above, check out the SLOS newsletters on our web site, http://www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-725-2020
Web: www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: : Doug Nousaka, OD

The Southeast Optometric Society will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2018. Our meeting will be held at the 36 Restaurant in Cape Girardeau. This will be our presidential visit from Dr. Cullinane. Other business will include a special election to select our SEOS president. Our current society president, Dr. Cassidy Obermark, is stepping down and we will need to fill her position. Here is a list of our current SEOS officers.

  • SEOS President: —
  • SEOS Vice President: Dr. Meredith McLeod
  • SEOS Treasurer/Secretary: Dr. Jennifer Howard
  • SEOS/MOA Trustee: Dr. Douglas Nosacka

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

The Southwest Society has not met yet in 2018 but is scheduled to meet with MOA President, Dr. Tom Cullinane, on Tuesday, April 17th for his MOA Presidential visit.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the KCOS like in previous years for their presidential visit. However, we do continue to stay connected through periodic emails about the latest news related to the MOA and our profession.

Holiday

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Kate Osborn, OD

The Central Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. We took October off with MOA convention. Typically, we don’t meet in November with the Thanksgiving holiday, but we made an exception this year for our Presidential Visit. We met at Grand Cru where Dr. Cullinane updated our society on the happenings of the MOA, we had a lively discussion that night. We will not meet in December and look forward to 2018.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

Greater Ozarks Optometric Society hosted our annual “Legislative Thank You Dinner” on Oct 24th at Touch restaurant in Springfield. The event was well attended with 14 Legislators. GOOS will break for the Holiday season not meeting again until January.

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: : Lauren Seutter, OD

This year we hosted our holiday party at Grunauer. During this meeting MOA President Dr. Cullinane, came and presented the new topics he would like to address for the coming year. Dr. Alan Wegener has been transitioning the new KC trustee Dr. Lauren Seutter into the position. The optometrists of greater Kansas City society are currently looking for a new secretary/treasurer. To finish the year, we had a Young OD CE event, and OneSight volunteer opportunity.

BioD will be sponsoring an evening at Brio on the Plaza to discuss amniotic discs for ocular surface disease. The event was started through Dr. Alan Wegener who has been working to gather young ODs across greater Kansas City.

At the OneSight clinic doctors volunteered to help over 650 students receive the gift of sight!

Area doctors continue our relationship with the KC Free Eye Clinic, providing volunteer exam services to the area’s underinsured and uninsured.

The Optometric Society of Greater Kansas City will resume in 2018. For more information or questions regarding our society, email [email protected].

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The NEOS enjoyed a wonderful MOA conference in St. Charles, Missouri and we are looking forward to our presidential visit, which is scheduled on March 6th, 2018.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Steven Rosenak, OD

The Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS) has a new list of key people responsible for working with the legislators in both the Missouri House and Senate.

Dr. Steven Rosenak, our trustee recently attended a planning meeting for the upcoming Fall Convention in St. Charles, MO.

PAC checks were distributed to our legislators last month, they were informed about the healthy profession of Optometry. by local OD’s.

Continuing education lectures and increasing membership are goals for this year.

Dr. Leslie Wittmann, Maryville, MO, was welcomed as a new MOA member!

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West in Chesterfield, MO.

The October meeting was sponsored by Heidelberg Engineering and the CE was “Advances in Macular Degeneration: Gene and Cell Therapies” presented by Sabin Dang, M.D. of The Retina Institute.
The MOA Annual Convention was also in October in St. Charles and the convention was again an enormous success. Dr. Tom Cullinane was installed as the new MOA President and we all know the MOA will be in great hands with Tom at the helm! Dr. Jason Riley was also awarded the MOA Young OD of the Year for his involvement with optometry at the private, local, and state levels. Congratulations to both Tom and Jason for their excellent work! Dr. Kurt Finklang, Dr. Doug Huff, and Dr. Alan Kwiatek also received Years of Service awards for achieving 40 years of service to the MOA/AOA. Others include 10 Years: Dr. Renee Lane; 20 Years: Dr. Carrie Hruza; 25 Years: Dr. Charles Bruce, Dr. James Kirks, Dr. Mary Beth Rhomberg; 30 Years: Dr. Deborah Kerber. Congratulations to you all!

The November meeting was also unique in that we were visited by our newly appointed MOA president, our very own Dr. Tom Cullinane, and MOA Executive Director Dr. LeeAnn Barrett. Tom gave an update on the state of optometry in Missouri and his objectives for the year. Tom spoke about upcoming legislation that may be presented for the 2018 Missouri legislative session that includes some type of Patient Protection law that would prohibit Opternative and similar companies from operating in Missouri. He also discussed the MOA Diabetic Initiative that would enlighten the state’s primary care physicians to the help optometrists can give, and standardize reporting forms. Personally, Tom also talked about goals he has for his term in office. He would like to work through the North Central States AOA regional body to introduce a Resolution to stretch the time for new graduates to work their way into full dues, from 5 to 10 years. Additionally, Tom addressed the confusion between vision plans and medical insurance and he feels the AOA should push medical plans to incorporate our care into their plan, eliminating vision plans. He also spoke about the MOA’s desire to change the Missouri Optometry statutes to be an “exclusionary” law that would be specific about things optometrists cannot do, thereby permitting everything else. Tom and LeeAnn both spoke about the work that continues finalizing the MOA’s vision insurance plan that would reintroduce a quality vision plan for state employees. This plan also has the potential to become a popular alternative to vision plans now in the market.

Our December meeting is one of two throughout the year that strays from our normal monthly meetings at the Marriott West. The SLOS Holiday Party in December was again hosted by Midland Optical. Happy Holidays to all!

For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-725-2020
Web: www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: : Doug Nousaka, OD

The SEOS met in July on 11-15-17. We met in Dexter, MO at the Hickory Log Restaurant. The event was sponsored by EMS Equipment Sales and Service. Attendance was low at the meeting, because many members reported being sick at the time. SEOS Officers for 2017-2018 are as follows:

  • SEOS/MOA Trustee: Dr. Douglas Nosacka
  • SEOS President: Dr. Cassidy Obermark
  • SEOS Vice President: Dr. Meredith McLeod
  • SEOS Treasurer/Secretary: Dr. Jennifer Howard

SEOS plans to meet again in January following the legislative conference.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

The Southwest Society met on Thursday, December 14 at Mythos Euro Greek Cuzina in Joplin, Missouri.  Legally Mine presented “The Keys to Locking Out Lawsuits” with 2 hours of COPE approved CE.  At this meeting, the society also elected a new president, Dr. Shelby Baugh Bruner.  Dr. Bruner resides in Carthage, Mo and practices at Carthage Vision Clinic.  Our members are encouraged to attend the upcoming Legislative Convention in January 2018.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. As we have done in our recent past, we joined the KCOS for their recent KCOS presidential visit meeting on December 4th.
Our new WCOS President is Dr. Jill McNaughton, of Warrensburg, Missouri. We still primarily communicate via email for updates on MOA activities and announcements.

Fall

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Our July meeting was sponsored by Dr. Nathan Hesemann who spoke about presbyopic correction in cataract surgery. We took a summer break and did not have an August meeting. Our September meeting is an open dinner sponsored by Xiidra.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

The Greater Ozarks Optometric Society met in August for our first meeting of the 2017-2018 cycle. Our society elected new officers at this meeting and they are:

  • President: Dr. Chris Boschen
  • Vice-President: Dr. Kevin Rice
  • Treasurer: Dr. Laura Montgomery
  • We are looking ahead to a successful MOA Conference in October and several GOOS members will be in attendance.

     

    Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
    Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

    At the beginning of June, Kansas City hosted our annual Legislative BBQ, this year at Loose Park. Many representatives were able to attend, and it was great meeting some of the newer faces at the capitol.

    Kansas City took the summer off from having regular meetings and will resume in September.

    The society can be contacted at [email protected] with any questions.

     

    Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
    Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

    The NEOS was invited to attend the CMOS meeting on July 25th at the Country Club of Missouri.

    The meeting was sponsored by Nathan Hesemann, MD of Columbia Eye Consultants who provided an entertaining hour of CE on practical tips for addressing presbyopia with cataract patients. His lecture was followed by a report from Lee Ann Barrett, OD regarding the new MOA vision plan. She shared preliminary details of the plan, the impact on MOA practices, and provided applications to sign up to be included in the provider panel.

     

    Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
    Trustee: Steven Rosenak, OD

    The Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS) has a new list of key people responsible for working with our
    legislators both House and Senate.

    Dr. Steven Rosenak, our trustee, recently attended a planning meeting for the upcoming Fall Convention in St. Charles, MO.

    PAC checks were distributed to our legislators last month, they were informed about the healthy profession of optometry by local ODs.

    Continuing education lectures and increasing membership are goals for this year.

    Dr. Leslie Wittmann, Maryville, MO, was welcomed as a new MOA member!

    St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
    Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

    SLOS held its annual installation banquet at Kemoll’s in downtown St. Louis on June 13. The following doctors were installed:

    • President: Andrew Biando
    • President-Elect: Daniel Friederich
    • Vice-President: Kurt Finklang
    • Secretary: Emily Pike
    • Treasurer: Steven Branstetter
    • Sgt-at-Arms: Paul Luong
    • Past President: Joseph Castellano
    • At our banquet, Dr. Eric Polk was awarded SLOS’s Optometrist of the Year. The Robert A. Koetting Memorial Award went to Dr. William Howard McAllister for his many years of service to optometry. Finally, SLOS awarded the Barbara Nahlik Friend of Optometry to Senator Scott Sifton, who shared some remarks with those in attendance.

      Our regular 2nd Tuesday of the month meetings resumed in July with a presentation by Dr. Nancy Holekamp of Pepose Vision speaking about Geographic Atrophy. The August and September meetings were sponsored by different divisions of Johnson and Johanson. In August, Dr. Michael Stock of Visionary Eyecare and Surgery spoke on current advances in IOL technology. In September, Dr. Jason Brinton delivered a talk: To LASIK and Beyond., which detailed advances in refractive surgery.

      For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: 314-725-2020
      Web: www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

       

      Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
      Trustee: Doug Nousaka, OD

      The SEOS met on July 19 in Cape Girardeau at Ciao Restaurant. The event was sponsored by NW77th Frame Company, and there was a good turnout at the meeting. SEOS nominations for the 2017-2018 offices and award had the following results:

      • Friend of Optometry: Speaker Todd Richardson
      • Paraoptometric of the Year: Jan Miller
      • Young OD of the Year: Jennifer Howard
      • OD of the Year: Kyle Brost
      • SEOS Trustee: Douglas Nosacka
      • President: Cassidy Obermark
      • Vice President: Meredith McLeod
      • Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Howard
      • SEOS and MOA hosted our fundraiser for Speaker Todd Richardson on Wednesday, August 30, and we hope for another successful year in maintaining our relationships with our local community representatives.

        Thank you Dr. Jennifer Howard, who organizes most of our meetings. Her relationships with our local representatives always come through for us.

         

        Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
        Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

        The Southwest society joined the GOOS society on July 26, 2017, at Ocean Zen in Springfield, Missouri to discuss the new MOA vision plan. We had great attendance and received good information about the new plan. Our society is currently gearing up for the annual convention in St. Charles and we will have several members in attendance at the MOA conference.

         

        West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
        Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

        The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. Latest news and updates are communicated via email as we have done in the past. We are planning on having good representation this fall at the annual MOA annual conference.