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.

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