College of Optometrists in Vision Development Grants Board Certification


AURORA, OH, Nov. 1, 2011– Twenty-five optometrists completed the certification process and were inducted as Board Certified Fellows (FCOVD) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and two optometrists were inducted as Board Certified Academic Fellows of COVD (FCOVD-A) at the COVD 41st Annual Meeting, October 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are:

Names                                                                      City, State

Christina Danley, OD, FCOVD                                 Franklin, TN

Leanna Dudley, OD, FCOVD                                   Lakewood, CO

Eric Dukes, OD, FCOVD                                          Ashland, OR

Rosalie Lee Hopkins, OD, FCOVD                           Simpsonville, SC

Tobias Herrmann, OD, FCOVD-I                              Zizers Gr, Switzerland

David W. Jensen, OD, FCOVD                                 Iowa City, IA

Helen Kendra Lee, OD, FCOVD                               Sunnyvale, CA

Lynn Ann Lowell, OD, FCOVD                                 Plano, TX

Debbie Luk, OD, FCOVD                                        Calgary, AB, Canada

Gabrielle Marshall, OD, FCOVD                               Bend, OR

Maura Massucci, OD, FCOVD                                  Brooklyn, NY

Cynthia Matyas, OD, FCOVD                                   Cambridge, ON, Canada

Jenna W. McDermed, OD, FCOVD                          Orlando, FL

Alan Pearson, OD, FCOVD                                       Bethell, WA

Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD                                    Brampton, ON, Canada

Daniel Press, OD, FCOVD                                        Fair Lawn, NJ

Patrick Quaid, OD, FCOVD                                      Guelph, ON, Canada

Steven Ritter, OD, FCOVD                                       New York, NY

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD                              Plano, TX

Hoy Sun Shin, OD, PhD, FCOVD-A                        Yangsen, South Korea

Audra Steiner, OD, FCOVD                                      New York, NY

Lindsey Stull, OD, FCOVD                                       Saint Joseph, MI

Selwyn Super, OD, FCOVD-A                                  Los Angeles, CA

Kimberly Walker, OD, FCOVD                                 Pomona, CA

Heidi Wise, OD, FCOVD                                          Lincoln, NE

R. Blair Woodard, OD, FCOVD                               Carrboro, NC

Amanda Zeller, OD, FCOVD                                    Chevy Chase, MD

Deborah Zelinsky, OD, FCOVD(reinstated)                Northbrook, IL


To obtain board certification in vision development and therapy, optometrists must complete a guided study program involving submission of written responses to a series of questions relating to clinical diagnosis, treatment and patient management, and three detailed case reports for evaluation by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB). They must also successfully complete a written examination and oral interview administered by the IECB. Candidates who have successfully met all the requirements for certification are awarded Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).

In addition, thirty-two optometric vision therapists completed the COVD certification process at this year’s Annual Meeting and were inducted as Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT). They are:

Name                                                                         Employed by COVD Fellow Members

Jennifer Bailey                                                            Daniel Hock, OD, FCOVD

Rachel Bailey                                                             Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD 

Angela Barnes                                                            Kelly De Simone, OD, FCOVD

Mindy Benson                                                            Beth Triebel, OD, FCOVD

Tabitha Castleberry                                                    Susan Jong, OD, FCOVD

Ashley Coley                                                             Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD

Karen Danoski                                                           Gary Williams, OD, FCOVD

Gina Gonzales                                                            Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD

Katharina Gutcher                                                      Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD

Julie Hagstrom                                                           Kathleen Buffington, OD, FCOVD

Matt Hillier                                                                Mehrnaz Green, OD, FCOVD

Judy Hielscher                                                            Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Karen Hoffman                                                          Camilla Dukes, OD, FCOVD            

Elizabeth Stiles Houlihan                                             Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD

Ivette Huerta                                                              Gary Etting, OD, FCOVD    

Jessica Knutson                                                          Jill Hadler, OD, FCOVD

Jose C. Martinez                                                        Ann Voss, OD, FCOVD

Linsey Mead                                                              Jennifer Sortor, OD, FCOVD

Kimberly Miers                                                          Lori Mawbray, OD, FCOVD

Heather Mironas                                                        Ron Bateman, OD, FCOVD

Lina Nakashima                                                         Albert Chun, OD, FCOVD

Sarah Olivier                                                              Susan Jong, OD, FCOVD

Jennifer Rea                                                               Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Teresa D. Richards                                                     Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD

Katie Schank                                                              Lori Mawbray, OD, FCOVD

Dinah Siatu’u                                                              Camilla Dukes, OD, FCOVD

Mary Ellen Smith                                                        Rick Graebe, OD, FCOVD

Shari L. Stamps                                                          Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD

Natali Sutermeister                                                     Carole R. Burns, OD, FCOVD

Joseph Wakeland                                                       Ann W. Voss, OD, FCOVD

Daniel Wilson                                                             Mary McMains, OD, FCOVD

Julie Yim                                                                    Shelley Kim, OD, FCOVD

To become a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT), an individual must be employed by and work under the direct supervision of an optometrist who is a Fellow of COVD, complete a guided study education program, and pass a written exam and an oral interview administered by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand and document their knowledge and skills in optometric vision therapy and enhance their ability to assist the optometrist in providing patient services in this area of optometric care.

About COVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation, and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and COVD, please visit or call 888.268.3770.

CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE
COVD Executive Director
339.995.0718 tel



About Us

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. Established in 1971, COVD provides board certification for eye doctors and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in:o Behavioral and developmental vision careo Vision therapyo Visual rehabilitationThese specialized vision care services develop and enhance visual abilities and correct many vision problems in infants, children, and adults.The COVD International Examination and Certification Board process includes a rigorous evaluation of the eye care professional's knowledge and abilities in providing developmental and behavioral vision care for patients. Optometrists who successfully complete their certification process are Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and are designated Fellows of COVD (FCOVD). Vision therapists are certified to work with COVD Fellows as Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT). Associate members of COVD are practicing optometrists who have not yet completed the Fellowship process. COVD associates are required to participate in professional continuing education to enhance their knowledge and skills in behavioral vision care. Vision care provided by all COVD members is based on the principle that vision can be developed and changed. For example, we know that infants are not born with fully developed visual abilities and that good vision is developed through a learned process.