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


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.

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