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
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Nicky R. Holdeman, O.D., M.D., is a Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Education, and the Executive Director of the University Eye Institute at the University of Houston. Dr. Holdeman received his optometric degree at the University of Houston and his medical training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas.
Dr. Holdeman has lectured internationally on various medical and ophthalmic topics. He is on the editorial board and review board for various journals and has served as a medical consultant for several law firms. Dr. Holdeman is an author and co-editor of “Ocular Therapeutic Handbook:A Clinical Manual”, (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions) and an author and section editor for “Clinical Ocular Pharmacology’ (4th and 5th editions) by Bartlett and Jaanus.
Dr. Holdeman is a former Committee Chairman for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, has served on the State Medical Advisory Board for Prevent Blindness, is a member of the Academic Physicians Section of the American Medical Association and serves as Chair of the Community Health Improvement & Communications Committee and consultant to the Board of Medical Legislation for the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Nicole Hooper received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from University of Wyoming and earned her Doctor of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation at University of Houston College of Optometry and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Dr. Hooper has clinical interest in all facets of low vision rehabilitation, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaborative care. She enjoys teaching and learning, and finds working in low vision rehabilitation is both challenging and rewarding, but what she values most is the relationships she has with her patients. She has acquired a particular affinity for working with students with multiple impairments, serving as a board member of the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society, and is part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative work group on PCVI. She is an Advisor to the Executive Committee for the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN), serves on the Center for Students with DisABILITIES Advisory Board at the University of Houston, and also participates in the Elder Service Provider Network facilitated by the United Way of Greater Houston.