Knowledge and best practices in the practice of the optometric profession are constantly changing. Research in vision science and the application of new knowledge to clinical practice, and experiences from clinical practice broaden our understanding of the impact and integration of new opportunities in traditional professional practice and in medical treatment as defined by scope of practice within the profession. New knowledge and it’s dissemination as taught in the schools and colleges of optometry provide the basis for changes in practice management and practice administration concepts. Therefore, creating the impetus for practitioners to expand services within their delivery of eye care to the public they serve. Consequently, it is important for practice management curricula to manage change in order to meet the needs required for successful career opportunities in optometry.
Dr. Mark K. Davis is a 1985 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He practiced in San Antonio Texas for over 30 years. He semi-retired in July 2014, selling the last of his three offices and moving back to his hometown of Houston. Dr. Davis assumed a part time faculty position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at his alma mater, UHCO. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Texas Air National Guard and is the officer in charge of the Optometry Clinic of the 147th Medical Group at Ellington Field, Joint Reserve Base, Houston Texas.
Dr. Davis is past president of the Bexar County Optometric Society in San Antonio. He has also served as an officer and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Optometric Association over a two decade period. Dr. Davis has also been a member of the American Optometric Association for over 30 years.
Involvement in charity and giving back to society is very important to Dr. Davis. He has been involved with the Lions Club since 1986. He still volunteers one day a month at the San Antonio Haven for Hope Community Center. This center serves the homeless and indigent population of San Antonio. Dr. Davis provides eye examinations and medical eye care to this population.
In July of 2014, the USAF deployed Dr. Davis and several other health professionals to the small island nation of Tonga in the South Pacific to provide rudimentary eye and vision care to the native population. His optometric group provided over 1500 eye examinations and over 1900 pairs of glasses. In May of 2015, Dr. Davis deployed with the Pacific Air Force, this time to Papua New Guinea. There is optometric group provided over 1700 eye examinations and over 2000 pairs of glasses.
In September 2016, Dr. Davis was part of a joint medical mission consisting of the USAF and the Chilean Air Force. The doctors in the mission provided health care to the native population of Easter Island. In April 2017, Dr. Davis was the lead optometrist for the joint military, humanitarian mission for Operation Arctic Care, providing eye and vision care to the Inuit Native American population on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
For his humanitarian service in the military, Dr. Davis has been awarded the USAF Achievement Medal, the USAF Commendation Medal and the USAF Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Sam Quintero received his optometric training at the University of Houston College of Optometry. After receiving his doctorate in 1972, he joined the faculty at UHCO. Dr. Quintero served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at UHCO from 2004 to 2008. He is certified as a Therapeutic Optometrist and his areas of teaching include contact lens practice, diagnosis and management of ocular disease, laser and other refractive procedures, refractive anomalies, practice management, critical thinking and clinical techniques. He also as Head of Research for the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC).
Dr. Quintero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served as Chair of the Section on Optometric Education. He has served as Chair of the Practice Management Educators Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). And, he currently serves as Chair of the Association of Practice Management Educators and is President of the Practice Management Center.
He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He has served on several task forces for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He has been recognized for his contributions to education by the Texas Optometric Association, having received the Educator of the Year Award in 2005. He was also recognized for his contributions to the American Academy of Optometry, receiving the Eminent Service Award in 1998. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. Quintero has maintained an active private practice in Houston Texas with his daughter, Dr. Michele Quintero.
Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO is the sole owner in a group practice in Austin with 6 other optometrists. She built a 10,500 square foot building in 2015 of which her practice comprises 8300 square feet. She is the 4th year Practice Management CourseMaster at the University of Houston College of Optometry and rotates optometric interns through her private practice. She has been a Vision Source administrator in the Austin area since the 90’s.
Dr. Sorrenson attended college in Oklahoma. She finished her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1985. She added to her training by receiving her academy fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 1999 and in becoming licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Dr. Sorrenson has been an aggressive supporter of the optometric profession. She served as President of the Texas Optometric Association in 1999. During her years on the TOA board, Dr. Sorrenson served and chaired on many committees. She served as the Legislative Chair prior to the Texas War on Glaucoma bill and as president, helped to guide its successful passage. She was also instrumental in passing the Eyecare Savings Bill in 2003 and was the Legislative chair for a decade. She is currently the chair of the Texas Optometric Political Action Committee.
Dr. Sorrenson has received the Texas Optometric Presidents Award fifteen times, recognizing her constant devotion to her profession. At the 1999 TOA annual convention, she was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Attorney General John Cornyn for her legislative efforts on behalf of optometry.
Dr. Sorrenson was chosen by the UHCO to be the Benedict Practice Management professor for the year 2000-2001. In 2002, Dr. Sorrenson was selected as the University of Houston College of Optometry’s Distinguished Alumna of the Year. That same year she gave the commencement address to the University’s graduating class. And, in 2006, UHCO gave her the “Bill Pittman Leadership” Award.
Her practice specializes in macular degeneration, glaucoma and designing and fitting contact lenses for patients with corneal disease and trauma. She presently resides and practices in Austin Texas.