College of Optometrists in Vision Development Grants Board Certification

COVD Inducts 14 new Fellows and 27 new COVTs at its 43rd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Fourteen optometrists completed the certification process and were inducted as Board Certified Fellows (FCOVD), Board Certified Fellows International (FCOVD-I), and Board Certified Academic Fellows (FCOVD-A) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) at the COVD 43rd Annual Meeting, October 12, 2013.

They are:

Brandon Begotka, OD, FCOVD in Brookfield and Madison, WI

Erin Buck, OD, FCOVD in Greenwood, IN

Jeffrey Cooper, OD, FCOVD-A in New York, NY

Angela L. Dabbs, OD, FCOVD in Morristown, TN

Will Ferguson, OD, FCOVD in Omaha, NE

Karen A. Kehbein, OD, FCOVD in Memphis, TN

James Kundart, OD, FCOVD-A in Forest Grove, OR

Nicole Morrissey, OD, FCOVD in Lincoln, NE

Corinne Odineal, OD, FCOVD in Auburn, CA

Erica Schulman, OD, FCOVD, in New York, NY

Tong (Stanley) Tien, BSc Optom, FCOVD-I in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Joseph Trachtman, OD-FCOVD-A, in Seattle, WA

Matthew Walsh, OD, FCOVD in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Benjamin Winters, OD, FCOVD in Yakima, WA

To obtain board certification in providing vision care as related to development and behavior, 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 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 by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (FCOVD).

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

Audra Ashmore, COVT employed by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Victoria Atkinson, COVT employed by Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD

Summer Beathe, COVT employed by Emily Schottman, OD, FCOVD

Michelle Beatty, COVT employed by Philip Bugaiski, OD, FCOVD

Laura Clemmer, COVT employed by Kathleen Kinney, OD, FCOVD

Kyle Colvin, COVT employed by Bradley Habermehl, OD, FCOVD

Natesha Conley, COVT employed by Ann Voss, OD, FCOVD

Christina Erbisch, COVT employed by Heidi Johnson, OD, FCOVD

Lindsey Gonzales, COVT employed by Leanne Liddicoat, OD, FCOVD

Loretta Griffith, COVT employed by Tod Davis, OD, FCOVD

Samantha Guinard, COVT employed by Scott Lewis, OD, FCOVD

Abigail Holland, COVT employed by Ann Voss, OD, FCOVD

Amber Joslin, COVT employed by Emily Schottman, OD, FCOVD

April Koons, COVT employed by Theodore Kadet, OD, FCOVD

Melody Lay, COVT employed by Jenna McDermed, OD, FCOVD          

Krystal Lockman, COVT employed by Dan Fortenbacher, OD, FCOVD

Marcella Mamoe, COVT employed by Richard Sorkin, OD, FCOVD

Michelle Mott, COVT employed by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Cynthia Muir, COVT employed by Scott Lewis, OD, FCOVD

Therese Santiago, COVT employed by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Amanda Schafer, COVT employed by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Heather Shriver, COVT employed by Robert Prazer, OD, FCOVD

Kristen Skelly, COVT employed by Emily Schottman, OD, FCOVD

Jared Torgerson, COVT employed by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Robert Truscott, COVT employed by Alexandar Andrich, OD, FCOVD

Colleen Van Winkle, COVT employed by Rosemary Detmer Stone, OD, FCOVD

Erica Woertz, COVT employed by Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD

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

CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE
COVD Executive Director
888.268.3770 tel

Email: phapp@covd.org 
Website: www.covd.org

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 www.covd.org or call 888.268.3770.

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The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) www.covd.org 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.

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