The American Optometric Association presented awards to several people from both inside and outside the optometric profession at the opening general session of Optometry’s Meeting on June 17.
Named Optometrist of the Year was Randall Reichle, OD, of Eye Center of Texas, with six offices in that state; Reichle is also a past president of the Texas Optometric Association and is currently vice-chair of the Texas Optometry Board.
The award for Young Optometrist of the Year, given to ODs who have been in practice 10 years or less, went to Sarah Marossy, OD, of Post Falls Optometric Physicians in Post Falls, Idaho; she is also founder of the Idaho Children’s Vision Coalition.
James Sandefur, OD, an adjunct professor at the Southern College of Optometry and executive director of the Optometric Association of Louisiana, received the AOA’s Distinguished Service Award for his long-time commitment to optometry.
Named Paraoptometric of the Year was Lynn Konkel, who has spent 32 years as an ophthalmic instructor and program director at the Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin.
The Apollo Award, the highest award given by the AOA to the general public, went to Tom Sullivan, an entertainer, author and speaker on vision issues who was blinded in early childhood.
Also on June 17, Essilor held its Varilux Optometry Student Super Bowl XIX. The winner of the Super Bowl was University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Pacific University College of Optometry in Portland, Ore., won the Spirit Award. www.aoa.org
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