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2016 Convention Speakers

Speakers for the 2016 IOA Convention


Michael Patrick Coleman, COT, ABOC is a certified ophthalmic technician (COT) & optician (ABOC). He has worked in, and managed, optometry and ophthalmology clinics in the military and civilian environment. Clinically, he’s worked with over 40 different optometrists and ophthalmologists in the past 26 years. As a Master Instructor for the USAF Optometric Technician course for over five years, he trained hundreds of eye technicians & dispensing opticians. Currently a national paraoptometric speaker who has taught at SECO International and numerous state optometric associations, his primary goal is to help others learn by presenting material in an entertaining and understandable manner.

Derek Cunningham, OD is the Director of Optometry and Research at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Texas.  He is a founding member and chair of the Integrated Ophthalmic Managed Eyecare Delivery Task Force by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  He is the chief medical editor of Optometry’s only pathology based publication – Advanced Ocular Care.  He is also the author of The Surgical Minute column in Review of Optometry and the host of Innovations in Clinical Practice video series on  Previously, Dr. Cunningham was the resident education supervisor at the Division of Ophthalmology, Texas Tech School of Medicine at El Paso.


Michael Cymbor, OD joined Nittany Eye Associates in 1997.  Dr. Cymbor received his optometric doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a residency in hospital based optometry with an emphasis in ocular disease at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. He is a previous POA and AOA “Young Optometrist of the Year”.  He is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.  He is Board Certified.  He frequently lectures on all aspects of ocular disease with an emphasis in glaucoma.  He is a principal investigator in numerous contact lens research studies.  He is a glaucoma researcher.  He is published in Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometric Management, Review of Optometry, New OD, and Optometry Times


Nathan Lighthizer, OD, FAAO is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry.  Upon graduation, he completed a residency in Family Practice Optometry with an emphasis in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry.  Dr. Lighthizer has since joined the faculty at the Oklahoma College of Optometry and serves as the Chief of Specialty Care Clinics and the Chief of Electrodiagnostics Clinic.  He was recently named the Director of Continuing Education as well as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Care Services at the Oklahoma College of Optometry.  Dr. Lighthizer lectures nationally on numerous topics, most notably advanced ophthalmic procedures, electrodiagnostics, and ocular disease.


Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO is currently Director/President of Professional Eye Care Center, Incorporated, a private practice she founded in 1992 on Chicago’s Northwest Side.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1984 and graduated with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1988.  The college named her the Alumnus of the Year in 2002. Dr. Lowe is active in organized optometry and is a Past President of the Illinois Optometric Association.  Dr. Lowe was awarded Illinois’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 1995 and Optometrist of the Year in 2006.  She has been a career long member of the American Optometric Association and currently serves on the AOA Public Affairs Communications Committee along with sitting on the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section; she is a Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Lowe has had the distinction of serving as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Optometry, Past Chair for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation State Board for Optometry and Past-President of the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council. 


John McGreal, OD is a graduate of Albright College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He was Chief of Eye Services at Greater Atlantic Health service in Philadelphia, where he also had a private practice. He was a founding partner in Vision Care Consultants, a managed eye care company in Pennsylvania.  He was Center Director and Vice President for Vision America Incorporated for seven years. Currently, he is Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice in St. Louis. He is adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Missouri.  He is internationally recognized for his educational endeavors. He served on the continuing education committee for the North Central States Optometric Council and is past member of the Congress continuing education subcommittee of the American Optometric Association.  He was the 42nd Peter’s Memorial Lecturer at the University of California. He was the Nussenblatt Lecturer at the University of Houston in 2004. He was the 1998 Missouri Optometrist of the Year. He was the 2005 University of Missouri School of Optometry Educator of the Year. He is Director of Education of ODExcellence, a practice improvement company.


Robert Quilleash, OD has practiced optometry in Illinois for 17 years and, in recent years, has worked as a Clinical Affairs Manager for Calhoun Vision.  As Clinical Affairs Manager, Dr. Quilleash oversees the clinical operations for an FDA clinical trial for an intraocular lens called the Light Adjustable Lens. He has extensive cataract surgery experience in the operating room as well as pre-op and post op testing. Dr. Quilleash also consults on optometry practice value and practice sales. Dr. Quilleash served eight years on the Illinois Optometric Association President’s Cabinet and was President of the Association from 2013 to 2014.  He lives in Germantown Hills, IL with his wife Gale and daughter Addison.


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