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Paul Levine O.D., FIAO

 

President, Membership Committee Chair 

Dr. Paul Levine graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992 and earned his Doctorate with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1997.  He completed a one year residency in Primary Care Optometry at the South Boston Community Health Center.  He co-founded Vision Care Specialists in Southborough, Massachusetts in 2004.  In addition to primary eye care for patients of all ages, Dr. Levine specializes in Orthokeratology and Specialty Contact Lenses.  He is a Certified WAVE designer as well. 

 

Cary Herzberg, O.D., FIAO 

Chairman of the Board, Education Committee, Website Committee 

Dr. Herzberg has been in practice for more then thirty years. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1969 and 1971. Dr. Herzberg is a leader in the field of contact lenses . A member of the advisory board of RGPLI, design consultant to C and H and co-inventor of the macrolens "elite" and "ok" contact lenses. Dr. Herzberg is President of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (formerly the OAA), Orthokeratology chair of the AOA Contact Lens Section, and an advisory board member of the PRIO corporation. 

 

Caroline Cauchi, O.D., FIAO

 

Fellowship Committee Chair, Education Committee, Website Committee 

Dr. Caroline Guerrero Cauchi graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has been in private practice since 1980. She is the managing partner of a three-doctor practice in La Mesa California – a suburb of San Diego. She is a Fellow and Board Member of the AAOMC, a member of the International Society of Advanced Orthokeratology and a certified Wave fitter. Prior to changing career paths for optometry, Dr. Cauchi was trained in the field of Human Behavior and Psychology. She worked as a therapist/teacher for physically and emotionally challenged children and later with Project Head Start developing programs to integrate challenged children in to the classroom. This background in psychology has provided her with unique skills to understand patient motivation, compliance and behavior. As one of the few Latina health care professionals in San Diego, she gives back to her community by participating in several mentoring programs for students from underprivileged backgrounds. She also serves as a role model and speaker promoting optometry and college attendance to high risk youth with programs hosted by UCSD, SDSU, community college, grammar and high schools.

 

Dennis Leung O.D., FIAO

 

Dr. Leung graduated in 1984 from New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and is currently a board member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (formerly the OAA). Dr. Leung is also affiliated with the California Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. Dr. Leung is a certified Controlled Substance Agent and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent. He also holds certification for the Treatment of Glaucoma and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT).  

  

Wilda Santiago O.D., FIAO

Dr. Wilda Santiago graduated in 1987 from The School of Optometry of Inter- American University of Puerto Rico. She practiced as a primary care optometrist for more than 20 years. After that, she found out that Othokeratology was an amazing, needed, interesting, and challenging field that could bring numerous options to her patients. Since the very beginning as an Orthokeratologist, she felt passionate and convinced of all the benefits of corneal molding.

She currently owns two offices in the Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico.Dr. Santiago shares her enthusiasm in Ortho-k writing articles in magazines, TV and radio interviews, and other media.

Dr. Wilda Santiago Is member of the Optometric Association of Puerto Rico and the International Academy of Orthokeratology. 

 

Sami G. El Hage, O.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., FIAO

Chair of the Scientific Program, Education Committee  

Prof. Sami G. El Hage, O.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. received his O.D. degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the University of Paris. He is a former student and colleague of Professor Yves Le Grand in Paris, France. He has taught at the University of Paris and the University Of Houston College Of Optometry, where he was a tenured full professor and graduate faculty at the age of 33. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. 

He was invited by the British Council to the City University in London, for post doctoral work. He initiated the Corneal Research Laboratory at Professor Herbert Schober "Institut fur Mediziniche Optik der Universitat Munchen", in Munich, He was invited by professor Vasco Ronchi of the "Istituto Nazionale Di Ottica" in Florence - Arcetri  He was elected as an honorary fellow of the "Collegio de Optometrista de Venezuela" . He received the Grand Honors Award of the National Eye Research Foundation in 1983. He received the 2005 Founders Award at the Global Orthokeratology Symposium meeting in Chicago. He serves as a consultant to several scientific and board organizations.

He is a member of several societies, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the French Society of Ophthalmology, and many other organizations.

He has published numerous articles and chapters in scientific journals and books. He also co-authored a book with Professor Yves Le Grand on optics of the eye, published by Springer Verlag.

Professor El Hage holds several patents and trademarks on corneal topography and contact lens design; he maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas. 

 

Dr. Bruce H. Koffler, MD 

Myopia Control Committee 

Dr. Bruce H. Koffler, MD is a fellowship-trained ophthalmic surgeon who completed his training in Cornea and External Disease at the Georgetown University Center for Sight in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Dr. Koffler served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Corneal and External Disease services at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine from 1979 to 1987. During his tenure, he developed the University of Kentucky Lions Eye Bank in 1980 and served as its Medical Director from 1981 to 1987. 

Khanh-Linh Dang, O.D., FIAO

Dr. Linh Dang earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Davis in 1995. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 1999. As an associate in a Northern California practice from 1999-2009, she was encouraged to immerse herself in the training of orthokeratology. In 2007, she became a member and attended her first Orthokeratology Academy of America meeting in Houston. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology in Chicago.

Dr. Dang currently practices with two associates in her 2007 private practice Golden Dublin Optometry (GDO). Her passion for myopia control and the knowledge gained from many Vision By Design meetings influenced her to open her second practice, GDO: Orthokeratology and Specialty Contact Lenses Center in 2015. Her joy comes from her impact on children’s lives, her professional aid in helping them to see, her training of teenagers in the practice’s Six-Month High School Internship Program, and her mentor role in Dublin High School’s Biomedical Academy.

She is honored to be called upon and accepted into the Board of Directors for the AAOMC in 2018. She is present and ready to serve on the board so that we all can move forward to bring awareness to and fight they myopia epidemic. She is grateful to the leaders that came before her on the Board, and she wants to continue the Academy’s mission with the current Board members and with the world-wide optometric and medical community.

Monica Allison, O.D., FIAO

Dr. Monica Allison, OD was born in Dallas, TX . She attended college at Angelo State University and graduated with honors with her BS degree. While at Angelo State University she became interested in optometry as a profession. She attended the University of Houston College of Optometry. She was the recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program for the United States Army.

After graduation in 1998, her three year commitment began with the Army. It was while at the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston that she and her family fell in love with San Antonio. After her three year commitment ended, she returned to San Antonio to begin private practice life. She was able to purchase Stone Oak Vision Source in 2005 and has enjoyed growing the practice. Dr. Allison is past president of the Bexar County Optometric Society. She was previously a member of the board of directors for the Texas Optometric Association and is an active member the American Optometric Association. She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control.

In her free time, Dr. Allison enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with her amazing husband and their 5 kids.