Lucy Kehinde, OD, PhD, received a grant to develop a workshop/lecture series whereby faculty and students from UH Health Profession programs will learn to implement principles of community engagement and cultural competency.
Congratulations to Ralph Herring, OD, '81, and Nicole A. Karson, OPT III, OD/MS, on your honors at the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference. Dr. Herring received the APHA - VCS Distinguish Service Award and Nicole received the Morton W. Silverman Paper/Project Award.
November 6, 2019
Dr. Kathryn Richdale Achieves Diplomate
Congratulations to Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, for achieving Diplomate in the, Section on Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies at the 2019 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting. The AAO Diplomate program provides an avenue for distinction achieved by doctors of optometry who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the regular AAO Fellowship program.
November 5, 2019
UHCO Well Represented In AAO New Fellows
At the 2019 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting, UHCO had 20 alumni, 1 faculty, 6 former UHCO residents, 2 former residents from affiliated residency programs,1 former fellow, and 1 staff member become fellows! Becoming a Fellow of the Academy is more than just letters behind your name; it’s an honor. It’s a way to set yourself apart within our profession and show your patients and colleagues that you are dedicated to practicing at the highest level while helping optometry move forward.
He came from humble beginnings. An early life filled with days of hard work, odd jobs and an uncertain future. However, a meeting with the late Dr. Chester Pheiffer, University of Houston College of Optometry Dean (1961-1979), changed the course of his life.
Not your typical student, Dr. Shea was already 26-years-old, with a family to support, no job or scholarships lined up, and lacked the usual prerequisites for admission to the optometry program at UHCO. Nonetheless, Dr. Pheiffer took a chance on Dr. Shea, giving him the opportunity to pursue his goal of becoming an optometrist. He encouraged him to focus on his studies, assisted him with scholarships and offered part-time work opportunities in the Clinic, something Dr. Shea has never forgotten. Shortly after graduating in 1968, Dr. Shea opened his private practice in Wichita, Kansas, and later grew it into one of the largest independent optometry practices in the state. After owning the practice for over four decades, he sold it to his associates and has since retired.
October 15, 2019
North Texas Community Clinics Provide Eye Care to 355 Children
The University of Houston College of Optometry’s (UHCO) North Texas Community Clinics recently provided eye care to 355 children from kindergarten through high school in Dallas.
“One in three children accessed eye care for the first time in their lives and 30 were referred for additional care due to amblyopia, strabismus and other vision care issues,” said Dr. Jennifer Deakins, Asst. Clinical Professor at UHCO.
Faculty, residents and externs from UHCO’s Cedar Springs Clinic and Community Eye Care in Fort Worth took part in the Kids Vision for Life event organized by the Essilor Vision Foundation.