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Dr. Michaels

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Michaels!

Dr. Michaels was selected as the American Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year! 


Join Us for a Special Event Webinar with OWNS

Save the date for Thursday, May 26th from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EDT for a free COPE-accredited CE webinar “Advances and Innovations in the Management of Ocular Diseases.”  


Diplomate Spotlight - Dr. Deepa Chandrasekaran

Dr. Deepa Chandrasekaran began her optometry career in India, graduating from the Elite School of Optometry in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 

"Being a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry holds me accountable for lifelong learning. It give me a goal to work toward each year."

Lauren Goldsmith, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

“Obtaining board certification after residency reflected my strong commitment to stay current with the evolving profession, while reinforcing relevant clinical knowledge both in primary care and specialty areas of optometry.”

Tara Vacharkulksemsuk, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Upcoming Events

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Jul 1, 2022 - Aug 31, 2022

Summer 2022 Board Certification Exam

The board certification exam for summer 2022 will open on July 1st and close on August 31st. Registration for the…

Aug 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Webinar: Myopia Management: Atropine, SMFCL, OrthoK and more!

Presented by Dr. Cheryl Chapman. Dr. Chapman is currently the Vice President of the American Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia…


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By going through the voluntary process of becoming Board Certified, our Diplomates demonstrate competence beyond entry level.

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