Spring 2020

Central Society
Trustee: Tim Hougland, OD

The Central Society took it’s customary break during the holiday season, allowing members to attend the MOA’s annual meeting at Margaritaville and subsequently spend time with their families over Thanksgiving and Christmas. 2020 opened with a bang as President Chris DeRose paid a visit to his home society in January. Our Presidential visit included  pizza, beer, and throwing axes at the Axe House in Columbia; we are hoping this proves to be good practice as we gear up to face off against the KOA at Leadership Retreat in the summer in Kansas City. Moving forward, Central Society plans to continue monthly to bi-monthly meetings throughout the year

Greater Ozark
Trustee: Chris Boschen, OD

The Greater Ozarks Society did not meet during November or December of last year. We had our first meeting of 2020 on January 27th which was hosted by Bausch and Lomb.  For our February meeting, we will be joining with the Southwest Society to have our Presidential visit with President Chris DeRose.  This event will be hosted by Missouri Eye Institute.

Kansas City Optometric Society
Trustee: Alyssa Sherwood, OD

On June 2019 the Kansas City Optometric Society held their Legislative BBQ at Loose Park, Mo; where legislators were educated by the society members on upcoming legislation.

In July – August 2019 was a break in meetings.

In September of 2019  Bausch & Lomb sponsored a dinner on the Ultra Multi focal contact lens for Astigmatism at the Capital Grille.

On October 2019 there was a presentation of 2 hrs CE on Plaquenil and and Anti-VEGF by Dr. DeWilde, from the Kansas City VA at the Seasons 52 restaurant.

In November of 2019, ABB and Cooper sponsored a presentation on scleral contact lenses at Eddie V’s restaurant.

In December of last year we held our Annual Holiday Party sponsored by Sutherlin Labs. There was a visit from MOA president and director. We also had an Insurance plan presentation.

North Society
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The North Optometric Society met on Thursday, February 6th at AJ’s restaurant in Macon, Missouri, to host MOA President Chris DeRose, OD, Executive Director Lee Ann Barrett, OD, and MOAIA representative Wes Kemp, OD. Both Dr. DeRose and Dr. Barrett provided a legislative update and discussed the importance of our key persons system in positioning us for legislative success. Dr. Kemp gave a presentation on the MOAIA DVH plan and an update on the challenge of finding an affordable health insurance product. The suite of employee benefits available through the MOAIA will provide practice owners with affordable options in an effort to increase employee morale and to decrease costly staff turnover.

St. Louis Society
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.

Pepose Vision Institute sponsored the July meeting.  Nancy Holekamp, M.D. presented “Management of the Vitreous.”

The August meeting was sponsored by Marco.  Paul Tesser, M.D., well known St. Louis Glaucoma Specialist, gave his “Glaucoma Update 2019.”  He covered historical to current management of glaucoma, and stressed how individualized treatment is for each and every patient.

Avedro and Saving Sight sponsored the September meeting.  Dr. Geoffrey Hill presented “Innovations in Cornea and External Disease.”  His discussion covered treatments including PKP, DSAEK, DMEK, and Corneal Cross-Linking.

The October meeting was sponsored by Alcon and Zeiss and Jonathan Schell presented “Common Corneal Conditions in Cataract Surgery Patients.”

The November meeting was unique in that we were visited by our newly appointed MOA president, Dr. Chris DeRose and Dr. Wes Kemp, Director of Provider Relations for the MOA-IA.  Chris gave an update on the state of optometry in Missouri and his objectives for the year.  Wes presented on the MOA D/V/H and Medical Plan.  The regular meeting was sponsored by MacuHealth.  James Stringham, PhD presented “Beyond Refraction: Effects of Macular Carotenoids on Visual Performance.”

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 and was held at Maggiano’s on The Boulevard in Brentwood.  Happy Holidays to all!

The New Year began with our January meeting which was sponsored by Sight Sciences.  Andrew Pazandak, M.D. presented “MIGS: Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery.”  His discussion covered the full arsenal of glaucoma treatments available today ranging from drops to full blown trabeculectomy and the newer evolving option of MIGS.

For February, Sun Ophthalmics and Optos sponsored the meeting.  Drs. Gregg Berdy and Ranjan Malhotra presented “OSD: Moving from Adequate to Expert.”  Their focus was on the full dynamic of the dry eye world and the most current treatments available for doctors and patients today.

For more information about the SLOS, contact Executive Director Paula Huff by email, [email protected], or Call or Text: 314-725-2020
Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometricsociety.org.

Southwest Society
Trustee: Shelby Baugh Bruner, OD

Our upcoming Southwest Optometric Society Presidential meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2020 and is a combined meeting with the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society.

Mid-Year 2019

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

As our year comes to an end, we can say that our society has broadened our horizons a bit.  We typically try to do our presidential visits early on in our new president’s term, but schedules didn’t mesh; so we adapted and waited until late spring to have Dr. Blackford visit our society in Columbia.  Our society president also worked diligently to get us some new venues and new speakers — some offered CE and some were more product and networking oriented.  We tend to average about two meetings per quarter typically on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

We are looking forward to the upcoming year with Dr. Chris DeRose as the new MOA president.

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

No Report Available

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

No Report Available

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

North Optometric Society (NOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

No Report Available

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, Missouri.

Since the last bulletin, we’ve held a multitude of meetings and continuing education lectures. The January meeting was sponsored by The Retinal Insitute with the CE lecture on “Uveitis – Beyond the Basics” presented by Alia Durrani, M.D. In February, Gary Gerber, O.D. Presented on “How Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch,” which was sponsored by Cooper Vision, NovaBay and St. Peter’s Community Pharmacy. Dr.Gerber provided insight into establishing the proper clinicial andd business mindset for practicing optometrists. The March meeting’s lecture was on “Co-management Pearls for Premium IOLs and FLACS,” as presented by Mason Bias, M.D. And sponcsored by Johnson and Johnson Vision. In April, the CE lecture on “Continuum of Care for Keratoconus: Hybrid and Scleral Lens Case Management” was presented by Tiffany Andrejewski, O.D. And sponsored by SynergEyes. The May meeting was presented by Mika Moy, O.D. On “anterior Segment Disease Grand Rounds,” sponsored by Bausch and Lomb and Euclid.

In June, the 2019 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet was held at the Third Degree Glass Factory and wasw well attented by local optometrists and ophthalmologists. The evening consisted of a cocktail hour, seated dinner and awards banquet. The July meeting on “Management of the viteous” was presented by Nancy Holekamp, M.D. And sponsored by Pepose Vision Institue. As for the August meeting, Paul Tessser, M.D. Presented the “Glaucoma Update 2019” providing a plethora of clinical management pearls.

Our society members were informed a bout the upcoming MOA Convention in October that will be held at the Margaritaville in Osage Beacch.

For more up to date information, including seeing 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

No Report Available

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

No Report Available

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: p[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.