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Practice Opportunities Symposium



ICO’s Practice Opportunities Symposium is an annual event that takes place each spring on campus. Dozens of alumni and other optometrists participate in faculty-moderated sessions and discuss modes of practice, practice management, externships, residencies and more. Exhibitors provide demonstrations of the latest optometric equipment on the market. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about post-graduation possibilities and network with practitioners already in the field.

In 2015, POS is set for Friday, April 10. More than three dozen panelists will participate and share their expertise. From 1-3:30 p.m., 25-minute panel discussions will be held in classrooms and labs on third floor. Each of the seven rooms will be devoted to a different topic: private practice, corporate practice, specialty/nontraditional practice, Canadian practice, practice management, residencies and externships.

From 3:30-6 p.m., students can network with practitioners, exhibitors and recruiters in the Lecture Center and on the second floor. Food and beverages will be provided. The event is FREE for all students; clinic attire is required.

Thank you to the following companies for making this event possible:

Silver Level Event Sponsor

National Vision

Bronze Level Event Sponsors


Exhibit Sponsors

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
All About Eyes
Allergan Eye Care
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Hoya Vision Care
Illinois Optometric Association
Maple Grove Pearl Vision
Midwest vision Centers Inc.
Miller Eye Center
Nationwide Vision of Arizona
Ocular Instruments, Inc.
Shopko Optical
Star Ophthalmic Instruments
US Vision
Vision Group Holdings (The Lasik Vision Institute / TLC Vision)
Vision Pro Optical


Eric Baas, OD ’06, FAAO
Brian Caden, OD ’72, MA, FAAO
Achyut D. Desai, OD ’09
Geoffrey Goodfellow, OD ’01, FAAO
Janice Jurkus, OD, ’74 MBA
Christina Morettin, OD
Angela To, OD, FAAO ’10


Wendy Stone, OD ’00 FAAO

Externship Preceptors

Joseph V. De Spirito, OD
Matthew Horton, OD
Doug Rett, OD, FAAO
Peter Russo, OD, FAAO
Niloufar Soltanian-Moffett OD ’13, FAAO


Meaghan Horton, OD
Lanae Knapp, OD ‘09
Anna Lammers, OD
Jackson Kin Lau, OD
Patrick Lee, OD ‘14
Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS
Jane Trimberger, OD, MS

Practice Management

Casey Hogan, OD ’97, FAAO, ABO
Richard S. Kattouf, OD ’73, DOS
Myrel Neumann, OD ’62
Mindy Nguyen, OD ’05, FAAO
Jeffrey W. Smith, OD ’83, MBA, MHA

Private Practice 1

Joseph Battin, Jr., OD ’10
Jennifer Dungan, OD ’08
Tara LeBlanc, OD ’11, MOT
Jeanie Washington, OD’93, MPH
Randy Watsky, OD ’87
Jeff Wilhite, OD ’12

Corporate Practice

Michelle Brehm, OD
John K. Lehr, OD ’99
Carol Rickards, OD ‘85
Kristen Schuchard, OD ’08
Robert Gehrke, OD ‘02
Deepa Patel, OD ‘04

Specialty/Non-Traditional Practice

Cherie Nau, OD ’11, FAAO
Gregg Pusateri, OD ’86, MDiv.
Monika Spokas, OD ‘02
Deborah Zelinsky, OD ’85, FCOVD, FNORA

Canadian Practitioners

Skylar Feltis, OD
Jaques LeCavalier
Gillian Robinson, OD ’07