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Editorial Advisory Board

Richard Adler, MD, FACS
Dr. Adler is a corneal specialist at Belcara Health, a multi-specialty practice in Baltimore, and is an Assistant Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is a nationally known speaker on dry eye and allergic disease.

Joseph T. Barr, OD, MS
Dr. Barr is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, College of Optometry. He was previously with Bausch + Lomb, and prior to that spent 24 years at Ohio State in various capacities including Associate Dean for clinical services and professional programs. Dr. Barr also spent two decades as Editor of the professional journal Contact Lens Spectrum.

Brian Boxer Wachler, MD
Dr. Boxer Wachler is in private practice in Beverly Hills, and was previously Director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is a noted author, lecturer and educator.

Brian Chou, OD, FAAO
Dr. Chou completed fellowship training in refractive surgery management at Jules Stein Eye Institute, and is a partner in EyeLux Optometry in San Diego. He is also a clinical investigator and industry consultant and serves as an expert witness for the California Board of Optometry.

Michael DePaolis, OD
Dr. DePaolis is Chief Optometric Editor of the professional journal Primary Care Optometry News, and is a partner in Visionary Eye Associates in Rochester, N.Y.

Burt Dubow, OD, FAAO
Dr. Dubow is a Past Chair of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association and Founding Editor of Eye Quest magazine. He has been widely published in many professional journals, and is a popular lecturer and consultant. Dr. Dubow is currently senior partner of Insight Eye Care in St. Cloud, Minn.

Pravin Dugel, MD
Dr. Dugel is Managing Partner at Retinal Consultants of Arizona and a founding member of Spectra Eye Institute. He is also a Clinical Professor at USC Eye Institute, and author of more than 200 papers and 35 book chapters.

Robert L. Epstein, MD
Dr. Epstein is Medical Director and Chief Surgeon at Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery in Chicago. He has been performing refractive surgery for three decades and has developed several patented devices used in refractive procedures.

Valerie Kattouf, OD
Dr. Kattouf is currently Chief of the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service and a clinical instructor at the University of Chicago. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Chris A. Knobbe, MD
Dr. Knobbe is Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is the founder of EyeMDLink.com, which was folded into AllAboutVision.com in 2008, and is author of the book Refractive Eye Surgery – A Consumer’s Complete Guide. Dr. Knobbe is actively involved in researching causes and treatments of age-related macular degeneration.

Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
A master optician, Mr. Mattison-Shupnick directs the continuing education program for 20/20 magazine and Vision Monday. He also is an independent consultant to the ophthalmic industry and teaches classes on behalf of company, trade, and professional organizations.

Craig Norman, FCLSA
A clinician for more than 30 years, Mr. Norman is Director of Research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University. He is an accomplished consultant, author and lecturer, and heads the education committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium.

Charles B. Slonim, MD, FACS
Dr. Slonim is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the the American Medical Association.

Vance Thompson, MD
Dr. Vance Thompson has a private refractive surgery practice in Sioux Falls, S.D., is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, and is the Director of Refractive Surgery at Sioux Valley Hospital.

Content Team

Liz Segrè, Editorial Director
Liz joined Eyecare Business magazine in 1994, and is its former Editor-in-Chief. She has also held a number of editorial positions with consumer publications at Cahners Publishing. She is the former Editor & Webmaster of OptiStock News and OptiStock.com, a newsletter and website serving investors in vision care stocks, and has developed websites for various ophthalmic clients. She is the founding Editor of All About Vision.

Gary Heiting, OD, Senior Editor
Dr. Heiting’s diverse background in optometry provides him with a well-rounded perspective on All About Vision‘s many content areas. He’s practiced in a medical-surgical setting, was a refractive counselor at a laser vision correction center, and served as director of professional relations and education for Pentax Vision, an ophthalmic lens manufacturer. More than 15 years ago, he co-founded one of the first eye care patient education websites.

Stephen Bagi, Design Director
A veteran of graphic design, Steve has held Art Director, Design Director and Creative Director positions with a number of advertising agencies in the Philadelphia area, where he has developed successful campaigns for such clients as First USA bank, Southwest Airlines and Cahners Publishing.

Editorial Contributors:

  • Diane Donofrio Angelucci, Special Contributor
  • Gretchyn Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, Eye Health Contributor
  • Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, Content Reviewer
  • Michelle Boyles, Contributing Writer
  • Joseph L. Bruneni, FNAO, Special Contributor
  • Scott A. Buck, MD, Content Reviewer
  • Frank Celia, Contributing Writer
  • Keith Croes, Contributing Writer
  • Liz Martinez DeFranco, ABOC, NCLC, Contributing Writer
  • Nancy Del Pizzo, Contact Lens Contributor
  • Arthur Epstein, OD, FAAO, Content Reviewer
  • Jessica Hill, Contributor
  • Shereen Jegtvig, CNS, Contributing Writer
  • Judith Lee, Eye Health Contributor
  • Sean McKinney, Special Contributor
  • Erinn Morgan, Fashion Contributor
  • Rob Murphy, Contributing Editor
  • Jennifer Palombi, OD, Contributing Writer
  • Karan G. Saitto, Optician, Special Contributor
  • James E. Sheedy, OD, PhD, Special Contributor
  • Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, Special Contributor
  • Michelle Stephenson, Contributing Writer
  • Donald Teig, OD, Content Reviewer
  • William Trattler, MD, Special Contributor
  • Geoffrey Tufty, MD, Content Reviewer
  • Madeleine Vessel, Contributing Writer
  • Christie Walker, Contributing Editor
  • Larry K. Wan, OD, Special Contributor
  • Gina White, Contributor

Publishing Team

Tom Meinert, President
Tom has been in vision care publishing for 30 years. He was formerly Associate Publisher at a unit of Medical Economics Company; was Vice President, Sales of eyecare trade publisher Viscom Publications; and served as Associate Publisher of Eyecare Business magazine. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, and is a founding partner of Access Media Group.

Ron Walker, Publisher
Ron was co-founder of Eyecare Business and Contact Lens Spectrum magazines, and the Contact Lenses Today e-newsletter. His 40-year career in vision care includes both publishing and retail advertising. He is a founding partner of Access Media Group.

Nichole Baxter, Marketing & PR Specialist
Nichole strategizes and implements our consumer media outreach efforts and social media programs. When she’s not busy spreading our brand’s footprint across the Internet, she participates in content development for AllAboutVision.com. Nichole is also the site’s advertising administrator. She has a degree in journalism from San Diego State University.

Kara Perricone, Practitioner Relations Coordinator
Kara helps eye care practices use our free services such as the Eye Health News Feed for Facebook and our Eye Care Practitioner Directory. Kara previously worked in marketing for an organization that provides online registration and transaction processing, and she is an experienced small business owner. Kara has a degree in health science from James Madison University.

Ryan Herndon, Development Partner
Ryan’s firm Ten9 Inc. provides services involving IT infrastructure, site hosting and redundancy, content delivery networks and database management. He also created the mobile version of All About Vision.

Brad Pliner, Development Partner
Brad’s firm Pliner Solutions provides the ad-serving technology behind All About Vision. His team also developed the functionality for popular interactive features such as the LASIK Candidate Screening.