The Board of Directors of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society is proud to present the 2013 Optometrist of the Year award to Dr Leland Carr. The award is presented to an optometrist who has made substantial contributions to the understanding of professional practice and/or contact lenses and primary eye care. Dr Carr received his OD degree From Ferris State University in 1981. Three years later he accepted a full appointment as an assistant professor at NSUOCO in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and was named full professor in 1992. In July 1993, he joined Pacific University and was appointed Dean in 1997. Dr Carr was named Oregon Optometrist of the Year in 2000. A very popular speaker, Dr Carr has lectured extensively and in 2004 Dr Carr was honored to receive an award of Special Recognition from the American Optometric Student Association. Lee has authored or co-authored numerous articles and is co-editor of a text covering laser technology in primary eye care. A highlight of his career was his induction in 2006 into the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physician's Hall of Fame.
Dr Carr is currently Assistant Dean and Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Muskogee, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and serves as President of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians. In addition, Dr Carr serves as academic consultant to The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, and is a Diplomate and consultant to the American Board of Optometry.
The Heart of America Contact Lens Society (HOACLS) Vision Service Award is presented annually to an individual or group who exhibits extraordinary dedication and untiring service to the profession of Optometry. The 2013 honoree is no exception. The Board of Directors is proud to present the 2013 Vision Service Award to Mr. David McBride, Executive Director of the Nebraska Optometric Association.
Dave McBride has quietly, but solidly worked for and helped to further the profession, not only on a state level, but on a national and regional level for close to 25 years. He is also Executive Director of the North Central States Optometric Council since 1989, and of the Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision since 2000.
Mr. McBride is always looking out for the future of optometry and the associations, pushing the organizations to the next level in terms of strategic thinking and member resources. He has led the NOA through two scope enhancements, passage of a children's vision law and a continuing effort to further expand the scope of optometry in Nebraska.
Brett King, O.D., F.A.A.O., President HOACLS; David McBride, Vision Service Award HOACLS recipient;
Five students were each awarded scholarships at the Awards Luncheon during the Heart of America Contact Lens Society annual congress, in Kansas City, MO.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Hefner, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O., Director HOACLS; Ryan Nicholas, Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry; Jason Koschmeder, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry; Megan Kirkpatrick, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry; James Thirion, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry; Jessica Colpitt, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry; Chris Putnam, UMSL; Brett King, O.D., F.A.A.O., President HOACLS
|OD of the Year Award Winners||Vision Service Award Winners|
|2012||Ruth S. McAndrews, OD, F.V.I.||2012||Mitchell M Scheiman, O.D., FCOVD|
|2010||Joe Barr, OD, MS, FAAO||2010||Jim Morrison, OD, FAAO|
|2009||Lesley L. Walls, O.D. , M.D. , D.O.S.||2009||Jack Hartstein, O.D. , M.D.|
|2008||William Cochran, O.D.||2008||Richard Weisbarth, O.D. , F.A.A.O.|
|2007||Bill Vietti, OD||2007||Sutherlin Optical|
|2006||Lee Ann Barrett, OD||2006||Saundra Gragg-Naifeh|
|2005||Mike Nichols, OD||2005||SEE TO LEARN®|
|2004||Dale Cole, OD||2004||Zoe Lyle|
|2003||David Cockrell OD||2003||Bud Bargman|
|2002||Larry DeCook, OD||2002||George D. Foster, OD|
|2001||Dale Newland, OD||2001||Gary Robbins, CAE|
|2000||Donovan Crouch, OD||2000||John Amos, OD, MS|
|1999||Peter Brungardt, OD||1999||Virgil Deering|
|1998||Donald J. Vanderfeltz, OD||1998||Stanley Y.Yamane, OD|
|1997||Edmund Schneider, OD||1997||Leslie Wall, OD, MD|
|1996||Jack W. Melton, OD||1996||Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD|
|1995||Bobby Christensen, OD||1995||Thomas L. Lewis, OD, PhD|
|1994||J. Dallas Joyce, OD||1994||John W. Potter, OD|
|1993||David R. Reynolds, OD||1993||Robert A. Koetting, OD|
|1992||Harry M. Sulzberger, OD||1992||Jimmy D. Bartlett, OD|
|1991||Doug Becherer, OD||1991||Earle Hunter, OD|
|1990||Larry Harris, OD||1990||Louis J. Catania, OD|
|1989||Jim Nedrow, OD||1989||Leroy Oxford, OD|
|1988||Jim Kuhlman, OD||1988||Franklin Harms, OD|
|1987||Frank Fontana, OD||1987||Irvin M. Borish, OD|
|1986||V. E. Falkenhain, OD||1986||Milton J. Eger, OD|
|1985||N. Rex Ghormley, OD||1985||Victor Chiquiar Arias, OD|
|1984||David W. Hansen, OD||1984||Roger T. Kame, OD|
|1983||Harmon E. Wyett, OD||1983||Richard M. Hill, OD|
|1982||William Boelter, OD||1982||Neal Bailey, OD|