Overview

Come join us for a fun and educational day with talks that include topics on megatrends in the eyecare industry, student debt, private practice success, and panels on modes of practice and specialties.

Our day will end with an opportunity for students to network and find jobs with 50 organizations and practices, as well as a raffle that celebrates the College’s 50th anniversary!

The first 200 students and residents to register will receive a surprise gift!

Important notice on raffles:
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are giving out prizes totaling over $3,000, including frames, gift cards, an Airpod Pro, and the grand prize – an M1 Macbook Air.

Although we welcome our friends and alumni to join in the educational event and networking, we are restricting the main raffle for current students and residents only!

But don’t worry! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College, look out for unique facts about our history, particularly anywhere that has a “Did You Know” sign (like in our program).  There will be a fun game and prizes that any attendee can participate in right before our raffle.

Main Raffle Rules:

  • Only for current students and residents
  • You will get 1 entry for being at the event, 1 entry for having your camera on (to engage with our speakers, sponsors, and friends of the College), and 1 entry for visiting the booths of our 5 sponsors during the event. Students and residents can get up to three entries!
  • You can only win once!
Activity
Time
Speaker
Introductory Remarks
10:00 – 10:05am
David Heath, OD, EdM
2021: Is Your Future Focused?
10:05 – 10:20am
Gui Albieri, PhD, Quy H. Nguyen, OD ’13
Main Session
10:20 – 11:00pm
Eric Baas, OD
Session 1
11:00 – 11:40am
Mick Kling, OD, Rachael Wruble, OD
Zoom Break
11:40 – 11:50am
Session 2
11:50 – 12:30pm
Joy Harewood, OD, R’12, Brent Johnson, OD, Camellia Letafat, OD ’13,
Chandra Mickles, OD ’09, Susan Resnick, OD ‘ 83, Noah Tannen, OD ’16,
Brieann Adair, OD ’17
Sponsors
12:30 – 12:40pm
VSP, Luxottica, Alcon, Warby Parker, Visionworks
Jobs & Networking Fair
12:30 – 2:00pm
Sponsors, Employers, Friends of the College
Raffle
1:20 – 1:30pm
Symposium Committee

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Sessions

SESSION 1 (11:00 – 11:40am)
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Option 1: What I’ve Learned In 25 Years of Private Practice

Owning your own practice can be one of the most rewarding accomplishments that an optometrist can experience. As with any business, there are many challenges with practice ownership which often result in painful, yet valuable lessons that sharpen business knowledge and expertise. Understanding the most critical aspects of practice ownership can help new business owners avoid costly mistakes and achieve their professional and business goals. With nearly 25 years of private practice experience, Mick Kling, OD will share the three most important lessons he learned while building one of the largest practices in San Diego, CA. Understanding and executing on these three lessons will ensure new practice owners avoid costly mistakes and accomplish extraordinary business success.

Speaker: Mick Kling, OD

Option 2: Managing Student Debt

Student debt can be daunting! Dr. Rachael Wruble shares her story of how she and her husband each paid off upwards of $200K debt in less than four years and outline different techniques (snowball vs. avalanche) on how you can work to pay off your own debt. Her talk is both inspirational and encouraging.

Speaker: Rachael Wruble, OD

SESSION 2 ( 11:50 – 12:30pm)
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Option 1: What’s the Right Mode of Practice for Me?

Graduates of optometry schools in 2021 have a wide variety of practice settings they can pursue.  Whether it is working in a community health center, a hospital, a private practice, an academic institution, or a retail or corporate organization, there are many to choose from.  Our diverse panel all have experiences in at least one or multiple of these settings – come hear what they have to say about working in these settings and why they enjoy them.

Speakers: Joy Harewood, OD (Hospital/CHC), Brent Johnson, OD (Private Practice), Camellia Letafat, OD (Corporate), Chandra Mickles, OD (Academia)

Option 2: What’s the Right Specialty for Me?

Our Career Development Center is seeing more and more of our graduates go on to pursue a specialty, on top of their already comprehensive and top-notch education.  This panel will feature niche practitioners in specialty contact lenses, vision therapy and rehabilitation, pediatrics and myopia control, and ocular disease.  Each specialty is remarkably different than the other so come hear from our specialists and see what their career and every day working experience is like.  Maybe one of these is a good fit for you!

Speakers: Susan Resnick, OD (Specialty CL), Noah Tannen, OD (VT/VR/Myopia Control/Peds) ,Brieann Adair, OD (Ocular Disease)

Speaker Bios

Dr. Brieann Adair
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Dr. Brieann Adair, OD, is an optometrist at NYU Langone Health serving patients of all ages at the main campus Faculty Group Practice as well as pediatric patients at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Adair is involved in direct clinical care practicing full scope medical optometry, as well as supervising PGY2 ophthalmology residents. Dr. Adair received her Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York where she graduated with clinical honors and was recipient of the Mira-Med 20/20 Vision Award for Clinical Excellence and was inducted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. Her clinical training is robust and includes externships at Woodhull Hospital, University Eye Center at SUNY as well as a private practice located in the Bronx, NY. Special interest including pediatric optometry as well as specialty contact lens fittings and dry eye management. 

Dr. Gui Albieri
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Dr. Gui Albieri is the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY College of Optometry. Prior to this role, he was the Senior Director of Admissions and Marketing at SUNY Optometry. His research interests include the areas of wisdom and self-control as well as inclusion, branding, cross-cultural communications, sustainable communities, and social innovations in isolated communities. Dr. Albieri has written a book chapter and published in the area of sustainable tourism development. He has won awards for public speaking, including the Jeff Gibb award for the “Best Presentation of the Year” from the Organizational Development Institute.  

Prior to joining SUNY Optometry, Dr. Albieri has worked as a human resource consultant for a major American chemical company in Brazil and was directly involved with HR interventions in more than 11 countries in Latin America. He is also a small business owner in Brazil. Dr. Albieri holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, and MS degrees in Human and Organizational Development and in Organizational Change. 

Dr. Eric Baas
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Dr. Eric Baas is a co-founder and principal of iCare Advisors, LLC and the co-owner of Sight Optical in Chicago and Union Eyes in Lemont, IL. He is also the Practice Management Curriculum Coordinator at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) where he teaches the Business of Optometry course and Private Practice Simulator elective.  Dr. Baas earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree from ICO and went on to complete a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease. 

Upon finishing residency, Dr. Baas continued to work as a clinical instructor at the Illinois College of Optometry while simultaneously opening a private practice cold in a busy metropolitan area of Chicago. A few years later, he played an integral role in the design, development, and operation of the Rosenbloom Center, which is a state-of-the-art 5000 square foot clinic dedicated to the eye care needs of the aging population and visually impaired.  He is the former Chief of the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Director of Continuing Education at ICO.  

In addition to teaching practice management at ICO, Dr. Baas is actively involved with the Private Practice Club as well as the Sports Vision Club, serving as the team optometrist for the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is also the 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year at the Illinois College of Optometry.  Dr. Baas brings extensive knowledge and experience in financing, location analysis, lease negotiation, and practice design to the iCare Advisors team. 

Dr. Joy Harewood
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Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed a residency in ocular disease at the SUNY School of Optometry and was the first full-time optometrist. She has extensive experience in hospital-based eye care and the first was the first fulltime optometrist performing inpatient consults at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital campus. This is a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harewood then worked as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at BronxCare Health System. There, she taught optometry and ophthalmology residents in a clinical and didactic setting, and provided direct patient care.

She was a panelist in the highly regarded “Race in Optometry’ series in the summer of 2020 and currently serves on the UC Berkeley Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). She was recently named the first Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at SUNY College of Optometry, and appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor. She has published articles in Review of Optometry, lectured widely, and been a leading voice in the push to increase diversity in the optometric field.

Dr. Brent Johnson
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Dr. Brent D. Johnson, Optometrist is in private practice in rural Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Optometry in 1988. He has owned and operated the Blue Earth Valley Eye Clinic, Ltd since 1993. He has successfully grown the practice from a staff of 4 part time employees to over 11 full time employees. Gross receipts have increased over 600% or 23% a year for the past 27 years. The Clinic has been early adopters to technology and currently has an Optovue OCT-A, Diopsys Electrophysiology, Maculogix Dark Adaptation, Humphrey Visual Field, TearLab Osmolarity System, and a Nidek Fundus Camera.  

Dr. Johnson practices full scope optometry including treatment of red eyes and foreign bodies. He manages many eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and dry eye. He has performed over 4,500 one day post cataract examinations. He has been a VSP Ambassador for Minnesota for the past 26 years. 

Dr. Mick Kling
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Dr. Mick Kling is president and CEO of Invision Optometry. Founded almost 20 years ago, Dr. Kling’s drive and passion has created one of the most successful eye care practices in southern California. Dr. Kling graduated with honors from the Southern College of Optometry in 1993. Following graduation, he completed residency training in Ocular Disease and Pathology at the Omega Eye Care Center in Jackson, TN. In 2000, Dr. Kling was named “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the California Optometric Association (COA). 

Dr. Kling is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the California Optometric Association (COA) and is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society (SDCOS). In addition to private practice, Dr. Kling frequently consults and speaks for Leadership OD, a practice management consulting company for eye care professionals. In his free time, Dr. Kling enjoys running, cycling, and playing guitar in his rock band, Backstage Pass. He and his wife Jennifer, have two children, Robert and Ryan. 

Dr. Cam Letafat
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Dr. Cam Letafat currently serves as the OD Area Leader for New York City. Originally from California, Dr. Letafat completed her studies from the SUNY College of Optometry as well as a residency in Pediatrics and Infant Vision. Following her residency, she joined SUNY as a faculty member and soon after joined the Warby Parker team in 2014 as a Full Time OD before being promoted to OD Manager and her current role as the Optometrist Area Leader for NYC.  She manages the talented group of New York ODs and helps implement clinical and business initiatives that support OD operations under the Vision Services department.” 

Dr. Chandra Mickles
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Dr. Mickles is an associate professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (NSUCO). She is the Director of the Dry Eye Care Center, instructor of record of the Contact Lens course, and an attending in NSUCO’s Contact Lens Service. Dr. Mickles graduated from the University of Miami with Honors. She received her optometry degree from SUNY State College of Optometry, graduating in the top ten of her class. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency and a post-residency research fellowship at UAB School of Optometry and the Birmingham VA, respectively. Her Master of Science thesis work was centered in dry eye disease.  

Dr. Mickles is a recognized industry key opinion leader. She lectures and publishes extensively in the areas of contact lenses and ocular surface disease. Dr. Mickles is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Scleral lens Education Society. Dr. Mickles also serves on the National Optometric Association Board of Directors. Dr. Mickles has been recognized by the students of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry as a Professor of the Year, two years consequentially. In 2018, she was named a “Top Black Educator in South Florida.” Dr. Mickles has also been featured on ABC news, the Miami Herald, and the Sun Sentinel. 

Dr. Quy H. Nguyen
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Dr. Nguyen got his Bachelor in Integrative Biology at the University of California, at Berkeley and his Doctor of Optometry from the SUNY College of Optometry.  Following graduation, he pursued a career in medical optometry, working along side an anterior segment and retinal surgeon, as well as a team of ocular disease optometrists.  He was in private practice, and spent part of his time being on call at the Wyckoff Medical Center, in Brooklyn. 

Following his career in private practice, he joined the Office of Student Affairs at SUNY College of Optometry.  He enjoys working with our great students at the college, providing workshops, counseling, and support for under-represented minority students, and being a part of the Student Affairs team. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Career Planning and Development as well as Director of Minority Enrichment (CSTEP).

Dr. Susan Resnick
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Dr. Resnick, is the President and managing partner in a New York City based independent contact lens specialty practice. She serves as a Vision Source administrator in the downstate NY area. Dr. Resnick is a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Tecnologies section of the American Academy Optometry in which she volunteers as chair of the case reports committee. She is an advisor to the Gas Permeable Lens Institute and serves on the admissions panel of the Scleral Lens Education Society. A member of the AOA, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry, Dr. Resnick is a frequent speaker, industry consultant and author on topics related to anterior segment care and practice management. Dr. Resnick is proud to be a mentor to students and young professionals. 

Dr. Noah Tannen
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“Dr. Noah” received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lafayette College, and went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry. He completed his residency in pediatrics, vision therapy, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation at PCO at Salus University. He was accepted as a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry in 2018, as well as a fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2020. He has hosted Continuing Education lectures and authored several publications on the following topics: myopia control, vision development and rehabilitation, nystagmus, and patient care after traumatic brain injury. He currently is in private practice in Hamilton, NJ alongside his father, Dr. Barry Tannen.  

Dr. Rachael Wruble
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Dr. Rachael Wruble was raised in Bad Axe, MI and completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with High Honors followed by her Doctorate of Optometry Magna Cum Laude from Michigan College of Optometry in 2009. Dr. Wruble knew Michigan was too cold for her, so she was excited to find out she matched with her #1 residency choice at W. G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury and Charlotte, NC.   

​Dr. Wruble specializes in hard-to-fit contact lenses, Ocular Disease (Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetes) Specialty Contact Lenses (Keratoconus, Trauma, Advanced prescriptions), and pediatrics. She was named 2017 Young Optometrist of the Year,  2018 Young Optometrist of the South, and 2018 Women in Optometry Theia Award. She also volunteers at Gaston Family Health Services providing eye exams and participates with Belmont Community Organization.