Society Reports – Holiday 2014

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

The Central Missouri Optometric Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

As always, we took the months of October and November off for MOA conference and Thanksgiving, respectively.
We look forward to our next meeting in January. The time and date of that meeting is TBA.


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

The Greater Ozark Optometric Society has not met since the MOA Convention. GOOS would like to congratulate our society member, Mike Friar, on being named Optometrist of the Year at the MOA Convention. We feel Dr. Friar is most deserving of this honor. He truly leads by example of what Optometry stands for in Missouri.
GOOS will begin meetings after the Holidays are finished and we look forward to a prosperous 2015.

Please visit for more information about our active society!


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

After returning from our summer break, the Kansas City Society has met four times this fall.

Our September event featured Steve Silverstein, M.D., presenting “Iris Potpourri,” at the Brio on the Plaza.
October’s meeting was held at 75th Street Brewery in Kansas City, with the lecture, “New Glaucoma Procedures, Help or Hype,” presented by James Overlease, M.D., followed by an accompanying dinner.

For November, Jason Sokol, M.D., gave a presentation regarding Ophthalmic Graves Disease at the Hereford House of Leawood, Kansas. Another event in November was when the KC Free Eye Clinic hosted a blind wine tasting called “Guess the Grape” as a fundraiser for their continued efforts in the area community. Society practices donated items used in “swag bags” and also for bidding in a blind auction.

Our December meeting, sponsored by Sutherlin Optical, will be held at a new location this year but we will as usual forgo scheduled CE for the sake of holiday socializing, and nomination of officers for our society for 2015.
For more information or if you have questions regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!


Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

he Northeast Optometric Society met in September at the office of Drs Maddox and Rose. We discussed some of our recent cases and current MOA issues.

Our next meeting will be in March.


Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Doug Nosacka, OD

The NWOS has been on break since the last issue of the Vision Newsletter.
Our Society members are looking forward to attending the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11-12 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

If there are any questions you may email Doug Nosacka at [email protected].


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

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month. In September, Dr. Larry Gans spoke to our society about glaucoma management and what testing, treating, and coding might look like in the future. Our October meeting featured Dr. John Galanis speaking about the “Surgical Correction of Astigmatism.”
Our November meeting welcomed MOA President Scott Burks. Dr. Burks, along with Executive Director, Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, discussed issues facing the MOA as well as the recent election and the upcoming legislative session. We also had a discussion on the upcoming Legislative Conference and the MOA’s plan to reintroduce a Non-Covered Services Bill.

Dr. Burks presented a CE course on “New Technology in Eyecare.” A theme he spoke on is how technology is advancing direct-to-consumer care, not only for online vendors like 1-800-Contacts or Warby Parker, but in methods to test and measure prescriptions. Automated subjective refractors, kiosks, and websites are now offering limited “Eye exams.” Or yes, there’s an App for that. Dr. Burks stated that the MOA is currently working on helping to more appropriately define an eye exam under Missouri law.

In December, SLOS relaxed a bit at our Annual Holiday Party. Midland Optical once again hosted cocktails, dinner, and trivia at Cardwell’s in Clayton.

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Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Dan Obermark, OD

The first meeting of the Southeast Optometric Society fiscal year 2014-2015 opened on November 19th at the Hickory Log restaurant in Dexter, Missouri with Dr. Doug Nosaka presiding as President, Dr. Cassidy Obermark Vice-President, Dr. Jennifer Howard Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Dan Obermark MOA Trustee, and Dr. Jim Hunt immediate past MOA President.

Jill Italiano and Amy Evans with Alcon hosted the dinner. Dr. Jay Crank from Grand Rapids, MI joined us to discuss new trends in contact lenses. The presentation got twelve Southeast Society doctors to open up for one of the best idea exchanges in recent years. A big thanks to all who attended. A plaque was presented to Dr. Jim Hunt, the MOA immediate past president for his service to the MOA and the SEOS. He let everyone know how touched he was to receive the award.

We also discussed forthcoming events including the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11&12th, and MOA President Dr. Scott Burks visit on March 18th. Our society will be in Jefferson City, Missouri in January for the Legislative Conference and urge all MOA members to attend.

Contact Dr. Cassidy Obermark at [email protected] or 573-785-6717 or by mail 1909 North Westwood Boulevard, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.


Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Justin Stilley, OD

The Southwest Optometric Society has not had a formal meeting this quarter, but many members were able to come together and visit during the annual Sutherlin Christmas party in Joplin on the evening of December 4th.

The Southwest Optometric Society is looking forward to the annual legislative conference and a visit from MOA executive director LeeAnn Barrett and President Scott Burks at our February society meeting.


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

The West Central Optometric Society has not formally met this quarter. We have been communicating with Kansas City Optometric Society about joining them once again this winter or early spring for their annual presidential visit.

We continue to communicate via email for updates on MOA news.

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