Dr. Cheng earned both her PhD and OD degrees from the University of Houston, College of Optometry. After graduation, she became an associate in a private practice at Sugarland, Texas. She joined the MacGregor Medical Association in 1999 and practiced optometry there until she became a faculty member at the UH College of Optometry in 2002.
Noninvasive functional and structural evaluation of the visual pathways under normal and pathological conditions.
Primary care, contact lenses, occupational color vision, multifocal visual evoked potential (mfVEP), multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG)
Dr. Ralph Herring is a native Texan and third-generation optometrist. He was born and raised in Amarillo and came to the University of Houston to complete his undergraduate as well as Doctor of Optometry degrees. This was followed by a Residency in Family Practice Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Following one year of private practice in Lubbock, Dr. Herring returned to his alma mater to join the University of Houston faculty where he has now been for over thirty years.
Dr. Herring currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Professional Studies as well as the Director of External Education and Third-Year Clinic Course master... As Director of External Education, Dr. Herring administers the senior level clinical training program which utilizes a network of over seventy affiliated public and private clinics located locally, statewide, and across the country.
Dr. Herring is a Clinical Professor and is a clinical instructor in multiple patient services in the University Eye Institute. He has also served on many college committees.
Dr. Herring became a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2014. He completed a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2001. Professional memberships include the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association and Beta Sigma Kappa.
Dr. Herring continues his family’s strong commitment to volunteer service. He has been a Special Olympics volunteer for nearly 25 years and is now a Regional Clinical Advisor for the Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes program. Dr. Herring also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Texas. He has been a member of Lions Club International since 1983, and he currently serves on the Endowment Board of the Montrose Center
Primary Care Optometry Geriatric Optometry Public Health Optometry Public Health Optometry Health Care Access
I graduated in 1990 from the Indiana University School of Optometry. After graduation, I was active duty in the United States Air Force where I was the officer in charge of a hospital-based optometric practice. After five years of service, I returned to Indiana University, this time to the School of Medicine, to begin post-doctoral work in the field of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. While working on my doctorate, I was a part-time lecturer and clinical faculty with the Indiana University School of Optometry. After earning my doctorate in pharmacology, Dec 2002, I joined the University of Houston College of Optometry as an assistant clinical faculty in Jun 2004. I came to Houston with my husband and now, 22-month-old son, our pride and joy. Currently, I am learning to be a Houstonian, and lecturing in both basic and didactic optometry courses as well as facilitating laboratory and clinical instruction.
Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy: The role of oxidative stress and pharmacological interventions.
Primary care, geriatrics, therapeutic management of primary ocular disease, ocular trauma, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.
Dr. Julianne R. Knowles received her bachelor’s degree in Visual Science from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan in 1999. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2001 and completed her externships in Houston, Texas. Upon graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California where she provided optometric care to US Carrier Battle groups, Navy and Marine Corp pilots, and Navy SEAL teams. Dr. Knowles moved back to Houston with her family to pursue working in a private practice that dedicated eye care to military veterans and NASA astronauts. Having grown up in a family of educators, Dr. Knowles made a natural transition to academia at the University of Houston in 2006.
As a Therapeutic Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Knowles is licensed to diagnose and treat ocular disease. She is certified by the Texas Optometry Board to practice as a Glaucoma Specialist. As a clinical assistant professor, she is involved in direct patient care and the supervision of optometric students and residents
Dr. Knowles is a member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Knowles clinical interests are in practice management and marketing, and primary care optometry, including geriatrics, pediatrics and ocular pathology.
Dr. Lambreghts is a graduate of Pace University with an RN in Nursing and a BA in Biology. She worked as an orthopedic surgical nurse until entering optometry school. After graduating from SUNY College of Optometry in 1993, Dr. Lambreghts completed a dual residency in rehabilitative and primary care optometry at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northport, NY. She served as staff optometrist at the Northport VAMC and an associate in private practice until coming to the UH College of Optometry in 1997. Currently she is a Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Family Practice Service and serves as Family Practice Residency Director at the University Eye Institute. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Research interests includes on-line student clinic evaluation, cultural sensitivity/ awarness in health care and scanning laser technology in the diagnosis of optic nerve and retinal pathology.
Clinical interests include all aspects of primary care optometry incuding geriatrics, pediatrics and ocular pathology.
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 of the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Optometry from 2004 to 2008. He is certified as a Therapeutic Optometrist and his interests and areas of teaching include contact lens practice, diagnosis and management of ocular disease and laser and other refractive procedures, refractive anomalies, practice management, critical thinking and clinical techniques. Dr. Quintero is Head of Research for the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC) at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served as Chair of the Section on Optometric Education for the American Academy of Optometry. He is Chair of the Practice Management Educators SIG for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and also a member of the American Optometric Association. He serves on several task forces for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). 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 maintains an active private practice in Houston, Texas.
Primary Care Optometry, clinical techniques, critical thinking and practice management.
Dr. Shulman received his Bachelor of Science degree, his Doctor of Optometry Degree, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Houston. After graduation from optometry school in 1981, Dr. Shulman practiced optometry in Houston in a private practice setting for ten years. He then returned to the University of Houston to obtain his Ph.D. degree in Physiological Optics and Vision Science. His primary area of research was retinal cell biology and his thesis concerned the effects of dopamine and lead on sodium - potassium ATPase in rat photoreceptors. After graduation in 1998, he spent several years in San Diego, California. Dr. Shulman then returned to the University of Houston, College of Optometry to teach the Ocular Anatomy laboratories and a portion of the Advanced Physiology course. In February 2005, he became the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. Dr. Shulman's favorite past-times are ice hockey (for which he is too old to play competitively now), baseball, and photography.
Retinal and neurophysiology, ocular morphology and cell biology, cell signaling and signal transduction including retinal dopamine involved in second messenger pathways.
Dr. Maria K. Walker, OD MS attended The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science degrees concurrently in 2013. She went on to complete a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Dr. Walker was the recipient of several awards throughout her education, including the Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence, the AOF Award for Excellence in Contact Lenses, and the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award.
In the fall of 2014, Dr. Walker joined the faculty at UHCO as a Visiting Assistant Professor, working as an attending clinician as well as on various research initiatives within the Contact Lens Department. She also lectures in the third year Contact Lens Course, and is an instructor for the course’s laboratory component.
Dr. Walker’s major research interests include anterior segment physiology, scleral contact lens complications, and contact lens optics - specifically for presbyopia and myopia control modalities. She is currently an investigator in the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, examining the effects of soft bifocal contact lenses in controlling childhood progression of myopia.
Dr. Wallace-Tucker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2006 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 2010. She subsequently completed a residency in cornea and contact lens at UHCO. Dr. Wallace Tucker is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UHCO, where her clinical practices include the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and Family Practice Service. As a Therapeutic Doctor of Optometry, she is licensed to diagnose and treat ocular disease and is certified by the Texas Optometry Board to practice as a Glaucoma Specialist. Dr. Wallace-Tucker is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Wallace-Tucker’s clinical and research interests include specialty contact lens fitting and the treatment and diagnosis of anterior segment disease.
Janice Wensveen received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Physiological Optics from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Wensveen is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches binocular vision in class, lab, and in the clinic. Her research interests center on compromised binocular function resulting from early image degradation and strabismus.
My long-term research goals are to understand the mechanisms and principles that govern visual development, to explain how early abnormal visual experience (e.g., due to form deprivation or strabismus) can result in amblyopia and/or anomalous binocular vision and thereby, to design better interventions to preserve normal monocular and binocular vision (e.g., for infants with unilateral cataract or strabismus). My current project focuses on how the effects of normal and abnormal visual experience are integrated over time during the critical period. Recently, we have found that daily short periods of normal vision can rescue infant monkeys from the severe amblyogenic effects of much longer periods of form deprivation, and can preserve stereopsis in monkeys reared with much longer periods of optical strabismus. In addition I am developing a model of the susceptibility of stereopsis to infantile esotropia to determine whether the duration of strabismus or age at alignment influences stereopsis to a greater degree. Taken together, this work will provide a clearer understanding of the relative influences of normal vs. abnormal binocular visual experience on visual development and help to guide clinicians in managing cases where there is some impediment to normal binocular vision.
Dr. Wensveen's clinical interests include anomalies of vergence and accommodation that compromise efficient binocular vision. She works with patients to help them overcome binocular vision anomalies in the FAMILY PRACTICE VISION THERAPY SERVICE. Her secondary interest is in contact lenses.
Bruce E. Onofrey, OD, RPh is a 1982 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and residency at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center. He also has degrees in chemistry and Pharmacy. He recently retired from the Lovelace Medical Center Eye Dept after 25 years where he served as the Chief of Optometry and Vice-chairman of eye services. His most current position is as a clinical professor at the University of Houston and the Exec. Director of continuing education programs. His special interests include lectures in general and ocular pharmacology and clinical drug research.
Dr. Onofrey is a frequent contributor to ophthalmic literature. He is the current editor of ""Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics"", and the author of “The Ocular Therapeutics Handbook-A Clinical Manual”, both published by Lippincott. He also serves as a contributing editor to “Primary Care Optometry News"". He is an internationally recognized lecturer on the management of ocular disease and the use of pharmaceutical agents.