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.
Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Orthokeratology Academy of America. He has also earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. More about Paul
Cary Herzberg, O.D., FIAO
Co-President, 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. More About Cary
Bruce Williams, O.D., FIAO
Education Committee Chair
Dr. Williams graduated from Portland State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Pacific University College of Optometry in 1977 with his doctorate. he began his private practice in Seattle, Washington that same year and today continues to provide innovative eye care solutions utilizing the latest technologies.
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. More About Caroline
Rob Gerowitz, O.D., FIAO
CE Administrator, Education Committee
Robert Gerowitz graduated with honors from Northeastern Illinois University in 1977 with a degree in Pre-Optometry. In 1979 at the Illinois College of Optometry, he received a second bachelor's degree in Visual Science and in 1981 was awarded his doctorate in Optometry. In 2002, Dr. Rob participated in the first ever Global Orthokeratology Symposium in Toronto. As a result of those seminars, Dr. Gerowitz has been invited to speak at future meetings to his fellow Orthokeratologists. Dr. Rob is also a charter member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (formerly the OAA), a Fellow in the Academy, and serves on its Board of Directors. He put together the group of Orthokeratologists which became the FDA's S.M.A.R.T. Study investigators. More About Rob
Cornel LeBlanc, O.D., FIAO
Dr. Cornel H. LeBlanc attended Southern College of Optometry from 1974-1977. He received his licensure to practice Optometry in the state of Louisiana in 1977. Dr. Leblanc began his practice in Alexandria, LA. in the same year, and later in 1988 he opened another practice in Leesville, LA. He continues until present in both cities. Dr. LeBlanc is a member of the AOA, receiving in 1998 a Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years. He was an AOA Charter Member of the Section on Contact Lens in 1982. He received certification from the National Eye Research Foundation in 1983. In 1986 Dr. LeBlanc co-worked with Rodgers Enterprises to develop a one-piece bifocal contact lens. The Optometric Recognition Award was received by Dr. LeBlanc in 1987. The NBC affiliate KALB-TV Channel 5 "In Focus" program is an Eyecare educational piece that Dr. Leblanc has presented in the Central La. area since 1995. In 1994 he completed his therapeutic training and received his Therapeutic License. He was a guest lecturer for the National Convention of the CLMA in September 2003. In 2004 he was on the RGPLI (Rigid Gas Perm Lens Institute Advisory Council). He was a guest lecturer for the fall Exodus Group 2003. He is a current member of the College of Vision Development. Dr. LeBlanc published an article March 2004, in the international journal, "Global Contact", entitled: "Catastrophic Progressive Myopia, Solutions for Fitting More GP Lens."
He was a guest lecturer at the 2004 Global Orthokeratolgy Symposium in Toronto, Canada. Given was a presentation of research and case studies spanning a four year period by Contex Laboratories. "Overnight Ortho-K Made Simple" was the topic of the Lecture. He was a guest lecturer in 2004 again at the Exodus Group in Jacksonville, Ark. Topic was " Dry Eye Syndrome." Dr. LeBlanc was the recipient of the 2004 CLMA's "GP LENS PRACTIONER of the YEAR AWARD." From 2005-2010 Dr. LeBlanc served as the Vice President of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (formerly the OAA). In 2005 Dr.LeBlanc received his Orthokeratology Fellowship from the OAA. He now serves as the Secretary of the AAOMC Board of Directors.
Edward Chow, O.D FIAO
Dr. Chow is a licensed optometrists and renowned expert in Orthokeratology and speciality contact lenses. Dr. Chow is the first Canadian optometrist to engage in the practice of Orthokeratology with the accelerated and advanced method of performance. He is highly experienced, having performed over 3000 procedures. He is TPA certified and has full privileges in Ontario.
After receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Chow has had the pleasure of sharing his knowledge by lecturing at conferences and schools around the world. His goal is now to help as many people as possible improve their eyesight.
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). More About Dennis
John Abdella, O.D., FIAO
Nominating Committee Chair, Education Committee
Doctor of Optometry Illinois College of Optometry, MBA University of Michigan, Board Certified Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents, Board Certified Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents, Member American Optometric Association, Member Michigan Optometric Association, Member American Optometric Association Contact Lens Division, Member American Optometric Association Low Vision Division, Member American Optometric Association Sports Vision Division, Fellow American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC), Member of the Board of Directors of The AAOMC, America's Top Optometrists: 2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007. More About John
Thomas J. Weshefsky O.D., FIAO
Dr. Thomas J. Weshefsky graduated from Biscayne College in 1976 with a degree in Biology. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in physiological optics in 1985 and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987. He began his Orthokeratology practice while serving an externship with Dr. Robert Morrison of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1986. In 1997 he was among a handful of optometrists from New Jersey who studied with Dr. Jim Day, the developer of one of the early reverse geometry lenses. Dr. Weshefsky participated in the first ever Global Orthokeratology Symposium in Toronto in 2002 and joined the OAA (now the AAOMC) at its inception. In 2009 he completed his credentialling and earned his Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control where her currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Weshefsky opened his private practice in New Jersey in 1988 and practiced there until relocating to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2006. More
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
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.
Matt Herzberg began freelancing for the AAOMC in 2004 under the academy’s original name, The Orthokeratology Academy of America. His initial duties included organizing articles, facilitating programs, and maintaining the day to day business of the academy. As the academy developed, Matt eagerly took on more responsibility with a promotion to Administrative Assistant and then to the Board of Directors. Matt began organizing both annual and board meetings, committee development and implementation, and helped guide many projects to fruition, including bringing the first academy education meeting from discussion to reality. In 2007 Matt took on a more aggressive role, co-organizing the second education meeting, Reshaping the World Houston. He earned a promotion to Executive Director, when the academy repeated its success with Vision By Design San Diego (2008), and was voted to the board of directors in 2009 at Vision By Design Phoenix. He continues to coordinate with the President and Board of Directors, wearing many hats for the AAOMC, and is involved in nearly every facet of the academy as it continues to grow. In his spare time Matt writes YA fiction.