Spring 2018


Tom Cullinane
MOA President

Spring has sprung, and a lot has happened over the last three months.  I have visited SLOS, COS, KCOS, GOOS and NEOS.  I will finish up my tour of Missouri in Joplin and Poplar Bluff.

We had a great Legislative conference in January.  Dr. Chris Wroten from Louisiana was our speaker.   He did an excellent job speaking on emerging technologies and how Louisiana was able to pass an exclusive law in their state.  Most of our events were held at a new venue for us, the Millbottom.  The Millbottom is a block north of the Capitol and was well received by our members and legislative friends.  Our past president Dr. Lake showed off his true talents during our legislative reception as he was our bartender!!!

The AOA had their semi-annual presidents’ council meeting in Clearwater Florida in January.  Drs. Lee Ann Barrett, Mindy Blackford and I attended for Missouri.  At that meeting I proposed a resolution changing the AOA due’s structure.  This resolution replaces the current five year escalating structure for new graduates to a ten-year structure.  In Missouri we have struggled to retain our new members from years 3-5 out of school and hopefully the proposed resolution will help with retention.  We had a lot of valuable feedback from other states on our resolution and are encouraged it will pass in June in Denver at Optometry’s meeting.  If it passes, then it will be voted on in June of 2019 in St. Louis at optometry’s meeting as a permanent change.

Disruptive technologies like Opternative and now 1-800 contacts trying to DE-regulate contact lenses is a topic we have been working on with our state legislators to shore up our current state statute.  The bill has been filed in the Senate.  The bill sponsor is Senator Jeanie Riddle from district 10 in central Missouri.  It is SB1100, The Patient Safety Act.  We must get this important change in our statue passed to protect the citizens of Missouri from these companies that are only worried about their bottom line and not the health and well-being of the patient’s eyes.  Please be ready to help urge our legislators to support it when you are called upon by our central office.  It is currently in Committee and we will keep everyone updated when phone calls are needed to be made.

Please mark your calendars for our two remaining 2018 events:

  • We have our annual Leadership retreat this year on June 1-2 at the Lake of the Ozark’s.  It will be held at “Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Resort”, formally Tan-Tar-A resort.
  • In October we will be holding our Annual MOA Convention in Branson.  It has traditionally been at the Chateau on the Lake, but this year it will be at the Hilton at the Branson Convention Center, October 11th-14th.

I look forward to the rest of my presidency and excited in the direction the MOA is heading.

If you need to contact me, please do not hesitate.  Thank you for allowing me to serve as your president 2017-2018.

Tom Cullinane OD 
office – 314-579-0909
mobile – 314-402-6600
[email protected]

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