American Board of Optometry Directors
Paul A. Hodge, OD, FAAO
Appointed by the American Optometric Association
Dr. Hodge is a 1985 graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry and became an American Board of Optometry Diplomate in July 2011. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2000. Hodge served as president of the Michigan Optometric Association from 2014-2015. He has been in private practice at Allegan Eyecare in Allegan, Michigan since 1989 and is fortunate to have his daughter, Amanda, practice with him since her graduation from Michigan College of Optometry in 2011. He has also served as an item reviewer for the American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam.
David Sterna, OD
Dr. Sterna currently practices in Northeastern Ohio with a focus in medical optometry and disease management. He was among the first group to take the board certification exam and has been a valuable part of our volunteer network ever since. He has served on various committees including item writing, exam review, and standard setting and also serves as the ABO state ambassador for Ohio. Dr. Sterna is a member of the American Optometric Association, Ohio Optometric Association and is candidate in the American Academy of Optometry.
Erich A. Hinel, OD
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Hinel became an American Board of Optometry Diplomate in January 2014. He practices at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, where he completed a residency in ocular disease before joining the staff. He attended The Ohio State University for optometry school, and completed a master’s degree in vision science. Hinel was national vice president of the American Optometric Student Association while in school. He has served as an item writer for the American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam.
Michael D. Gerstner, OD
Dr. Gerstner is a 1997 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, and completed a residency in ocular disease at Southern Eye Associates in Memphis. He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from Indiana University in 1993. He currently serves as an associate professor and chief of the Advanced Care Ocular Disease Service at The Eye Center, Southern College of Optometry. He also is a partner at Midtown Eye Care, a private practice in Memphis.
Russell Newman, CPA
Mr. Newman currently serves as the president of Healthtronics, Inc. He received his master’s in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed CPA with extensive experience in the health care market. Mr. Newman brings broad operational, financial and leadership skills to the board and will provide outside expertise with strategic planning and organizational growth.
Diane Adamczyk, OD
Clifton, New Jersey
Appointed by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Dr. Adamczyk has served as the Director of Residency Education at SUNY College of Optometry since 1999, where she is also a professor. A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry, she completed a residency at the Newington VA Hospital in Newington, Connecticut and began her career as a low vision specialist and assistant professor.
Dr. Adamczyk regularly lectures internationally on topics ranging from glaucoma to ocular pharmacology and has authored many articles and textbook chapters including coauthoring Primary Eyecare in Systemic Disease. She is actively involved in the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, a member of the American Optometric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Niloufar Soltanian, OD
Appointed by American Optometric Student Association
Dr. Soltanian is a 2013 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Services, where she is now employed full-time as a staff optometrist specializing in ocular disease and pre- and post-operative management of surgical patients. She also oversees the student and resident programs at Omni and is an adjunct clinical faculty member at several schools and colleges of optometry.
A Diplomate since 2015, Dr. Soltanian is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association and currently serves as the President of the Greater Atlanta Optometric Association.
Kristen Thelen, OD
As an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Emory University, Dr. Thelen brings both clinical and academic viewpoints to the board. A graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Thelen completed a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-management at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta and became an ABO Diplomate in 2015. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association, is the recipient of numerous grants and volunteers with various community and optometric organizations.
Matthew Gerstberger, OD
Garden City, Kansas
Appointed by the American Optometric Association
Dr. Gerstberger is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry and is currently in private practice in Garden City, Kansas. He has been a Diplomate with the American Board of Optometry since 2013, is a member of the American Optometric Association and serves on the Kansas Optometric Association board, where he was named Outstanding Young Optometrist in 2017.
Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
Brooklyn, New York
Appointed by American Academy of Optometry
Katherine M. Mastrota is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Optometry and its 2007 Alumna of the Year. Dr. Mastrota is Program Chair of the Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician. She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. Included in PCON’s top 250 Innovators in Optometry, she is also an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics. Dr. Mastrota was elected as the 2016 NYSOA OD of the year.
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