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May 18, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Carol Ren Lin, Class of 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 18, 2020) —The journey to become a doctor for Carol Ren Lin started early.  “My mom would say that when she would take my five-year-old autistic brother and me for playtime at the park, I would always let my brother sit in the stroller going there and back, treating him like […]

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May 18, 2020

SUNY College of Optometry Educator and Researcher Is Appointed New Editor-in-Chief of International Journal

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2020 Organization Contact: Adrienne Stoller, communications@sunyopt.edu, 212-938-5600 The College of Optometrists has appointed Mark Rosenfield MCOptom, PhD, FAAO as the new Editor-in-Chief of its leading international vision science and optometry journal, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (OPO), as David Elliott FCOptom, PhD, FAAO steps down from the role after 11 years. Elliott […]

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May 18, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Alyssa Marie Tursi, Class of 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 18, 2020) —Long Island native Alyssa Marie Tursi always knew that she wanted to work in the healthcare field. “Originally, I wanted to go into pharmacy, but after working at one in high school, I realized there wasn’t enough patient interaction for me.” With an eye toward the future, she eventually […]

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May 18, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Stefanie Clendaniel, Class of 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 18, 2020) — Stefanie Clendaniel did not grow up wanting to work in the eye care industry. As someone with a deep passion for learning, she actually wanted to be a teacher. She has apparently held onto that love; the Class of 2020 graduate is the winner of the Beta Sigma Kappa […]

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May 15, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Hannah Rachel Medwin, Class of 2020 

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 15, 2020) —As an experienced performer and teacher of musical theater, Executive Student Council President Hannah Medwin credits time on stage for the ability to relate easily to her instructors, peers, and patients in optometric practice. “The energy, confidence, and charisma I learned from being involved in the theater community have […]

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May 15, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Rebecca Aquije, Class of 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 15, 2020) —Rebecca Aquije’s very first career choice wasn’t necessarily her own. “As children of immigrants can probably relate, I used to want to be a doctor because my parents encouraged me to be one,” said Aquije, whose family is from Peru. After a few years believing she would be a […]

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May 15, 2020

SUNY Optometry VISIONARIES 2020: Natalie Paré, Class of 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 15, 2020) —Natalie Paré has wanted to be an optometrist for as long as she can remember; she credits her excellent childhood optometrists with planting the seed early. The Morton L. Kimmelman Memorial Award for Student Leadership in Organized Optometry winner is excited to start a pediatric residency after graduation, but […]

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May 14, 2020

Graduation In The Time Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2020 Organization Contact: Adrienne Stoller, communications@sunyopt.edu, 212-938-5600 What is it like to graduate as a doctor of optometry during a global health crisis? SUNY College of Optometry Class of 2020 President Nicole Mercho shares how soon-to-be-alumni are preparing for a rapidly changing professional world. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the […]

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