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Optometrist Ocular Disease Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Optometry, Ocular Disease, Retina, Cornea, Ocular Trauma, Glaucoma

EDUCATION

  • Air University: United States Air Force, Air Command and Staff College,
    Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Joint Warfare Concentration, 2019. (Thesis in remote health monitoring, see publications section)
  • Certified, American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, 2012
  • Diplomate, American Board of Optometry, 2011.
  • Fellow, Optometric Retina Society, 2011
  • Air University: United States Air Force, Squadron Officer School, 2010.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry, November 2009.
  • Air University: United States Air Force, Officer Training School, 2008.
  • Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry with emphasis in Ocular Disease, affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, July 2006 – June 2007.
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Master of Public Health, May 2006.
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Doctor of Optometry, May 2006.
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bachelor of Science in Vision Science, May 2004.
  • Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL. (2000 – 2002)
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. (1998 – 2001)

DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS

  • Competency Development for Leaders in the 21st Century (Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN8) 2011 – 2012
  • Leadership Foundations for Emerging Leaders (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012)

BOARD EXAMINATIONS

  • Advanced Competency in Medical Optometry, June 2011.
  • American Board of Optometry, June 2011.
  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Parts I, II, III, and the Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease Examination, Completed, May 2006.
  • Florida State Board Examination, July 2006.
  • Alabama State Board Examination, July 2006.

LICENSURES

  • Florida (Diagnostic and Therapeutic, 2006 – present)
  • Alabama (Diagnostic and Therapeutic, 2006 – present)
  • Pennsylvania (Diagnostic and Therapeutic, including Glaucoma, 2006 – present)

CLINICAL PRIVLEGES

  • Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Privileges
    (May 2019 – Present)
  • Corporal Michael J Crescenz Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Therapeutic and Diagnostic privileges (May 2015 – Present)
  • Horsham Air Guard Base, Horsham Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Diagnostic privileges (May 2016 – May 2019)
  • Dannelly Field, Montgomery Alabama, Alabama Air National Guard, Diagnostic privileges (September 2012 – May 2015)
  • New Port Richey Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic (through James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tampa, FL). Therapeutic and diagnostic privileges. (August 2007 – May 2015)
  • MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa FL. Therapeutic and diagnostic privileges. (April 2008 – 2012)
  • Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Therapeutic and Diagnostic privileges through attending optometrists (July 2007 – June 2006)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Peer Reviewer, Review of Optometry
  • Peer Reviewer, Clinical Ophthalmology

    American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, Certified

  • Optometric Retina Society: Member, Fellow (2013 – present)

    Examiner and Consultant, Florida Board of Optometry, 2009-2014

  • American Academy of Optometry, Member and Fellow.
  • Armed Forces Optometric Association, Member.
  • American Optometric Association, Cornea and Contact Lens Section, Member.
  • American Optometric Association, Member.
  • National Glaucoma Society, Member
  • Reserve Officer’s Association, Member
  • National Association of VA Optometrists, Member.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Residency

Residency at Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3701 Loop Rd East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 (July 2006 – June 2007). Hospital based optometry. Utilizing topical and systemic diagnostic and therapeutic agent in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease. Four-month rotation with retina/vitreous surgeons. Daily examinations of bedridden patients from the VA nursing homes. Consultation with various other health professionals including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and internal medicine physicians. Supervision of fourth-year optometry students.

Employment

Chief of Optometry:
Corporal Michael J Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3900 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia PA 19104 (May 2015 – present)
As section chief, responsible for the administrative processes of running the medical center clinic as well as three Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Coordinate transfer of care of patients between disciplines, especially with ophthalmology. Confer and assist with consultations and provide secondary opinions with colleagues. Provide primary and secondary eye care. Consultation with tele-eye services and certified reader. Consultation with other health professionals including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and internal medicine physicians. Active disease management including, but not limited to, glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension and other systemic diseases that have ocular manifestations.

Chief of Optometry:
United States Air Force Reserve, 512th Medical Group, Dover Air Force Base, Horsham, Pennsylvania (May 2019 – present). Provide and maintain care for over 1200 reserve military personnel assigned to Dover Air Force Base. Officer in command of seven members, one optometrist and six technicians. Coordinate care with civilian providers for those members that have ocular health issues. As Chief of Optometry; provide guidance and education to assigned optometrists and technicians. Administratively ensure that all regulations are adhered to and that pilots have optimal ocular health to perform their duties.

Chief of Optometry:
Pennsylvania Air National Guard, 111th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Horsham Air Guard Base, Horsham, Pennsylvania (May 2016 – May 2019). Provide and maintain care for over 1000 reserve military personnel assigned to Horsham Air Base. Coordinate care with civilian providers for those members that have ocular health issues. As Chief of Optometry; provide guidance and education to technicians and administratively ensure that all regulations are adhered to.

Chief of Optometry:
Alabama Air National Guard, 187th Medical Group, Dannely Field, Montgomery Municipal Airport, Montgomery Alabama. (September 2012 – May 2016). Provide and maintain care for over 1000 reserve military personnel assigned to Dannelly Field and Maxwell AFB. Coordinate care with civilian providers for those members that have ocular health issues. As Chief of Optometry; provide guidance and education to technicians and administratively ensure that all regulations are adhered to.

Adjunct Faculty Member:
Pasco Hernando Community College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654. (August – December, 2012) Lecture, educate, test and perform administrative duties associated with classroom-based coursework in human biology.

Attending Optometric Physician:
New Port Richey Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, 9912 Little Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34654
(August 2007 – May 2015). Provide primary and secondary eye care. Provide low vision services in my own dedicated low vision clinic. Consultation with other health professionals including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and internal medicine physicians. Active disease management including, but not limited to, glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension and other systemic diseases that have ocular manifestations.

Chief of Optometry:
United States Air Force Reserve, 927th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 2410 Administrative Avenue, Bldg 250, MacDill AFB.
(April 2008 – December 2011). Provide and maintain care for over 1400 reserve military personnel assigned to MacDill AFB. Coordinate care with civilian providers for those members that have ocular health issues. As Chief of Optometry; provide guidance and education to technicians and administratively ensure that all regulations are adhered to. Developed programs to coincide with Air Force regulations as none were in place upon my arrival.

Clinical

  • New England College of Optometry – Externship site educator and adjunct faculty (2016 – present)
  • Salus University College of Optometry – Externship site educator and adjunct faculty (2015 – present)
  • State University of New York, College of Optometry – Externship site educator and adjunct faculty (2015 – Present)
  • Indiana University School of Optometry – Externship site educator and adjunct faculty (2009 – 2013)
    Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry – Externship site educator and coordinator (2011-2013)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, College of Optometry – Affiliation agreement in place to be an externship site educator (2009 – 2013)

INTERNSHIP

  • Pinellas County (Florida) Health Department (2005 – 2006). Worked with, and performed needs assessments, for a mobile medical unit providing care for uninsured residents.
  • Diabetes and Macular Degeneration Honors Clinic at the Nova Southeastern University Eye Institute (2005)

EXTERNSHIP

MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida (2005-2006) – Optometry Clinic. Performed eye exams on geriatric, pediatric, active duty military, contact lens, and pre-operative patients.

OPTICAL EXPERIENCE

VisionWorks Inc. (1997-2002) – Regional computer manager. Assistant store manager. Performed duties comparable to that of a dispensing optician. Performed patient assessments as an optometric technician. Fabricated spectacles as a lead laboratory technician.

LECTURE INVITATIONS AND REFERENCES
Available upon Request

HONORS

  • Honor Squadron, Commissioned Officer Training School, United States Air Force (2008)
  • Diabetes and Macular Degeneration Honors Clinic at the Nova Southeastern University Eye Institute (2005)
  • St. Rose of Lima Award for Excellence in Vision Screening, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (2004)
  • Dean’s List, Hillsborough Community College (Fall, 2001)
  • Dean’s List, Hillsborough Community College (Summer, 2001)

 

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