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Convention Speaker Lineup 2018
Introducing the speaker lineup for IOA Convention 2018! Learn more about each of the phenomenal speakers who will be presenting at the 2018 IOA Convention in Peoria.

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Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO is Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital - Cornea Service and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Vision. In addition to being the host to his own podcast show (“Chang Reaction”), he is also an advisory board member for International Keratoconus Academy (IKA) and
Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS). 
Michael Patrick Coleman is a certified ophthalmology technician (COT), certified optician (ABOC), and was previously a Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT). He has worked and managed numerous optometry and ophthalmology clinics in the military and civilian environment, clinically interacting with over 40 different optometrists and ophthalmologists in the past 29 years. As a Master Instructor for the Air Force Optometric Technician program for over five years, he trained hundreds of eye technicians & dispensing opticians. Currently, he is a National Paraoptometric Speaker whose primary goal is to help others learn by presenting material in an entertaining and understandable manner.
Daniel Press, OD is in private practice at North Suburban Vision Consultants, just outside of Chicago. He is the director of pediatrics, binocular vision and vision therapy. He is a 2007 honors graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Dr. Press is board certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in vision therapy and rehabilitation. Dr. Press has been an elected member of the board of directors of COVD since 2012 and is currently the President-Elect of the organization. Dr. Press has authored
numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of myopia and visual development and rehabilitation. Dr. Press is adjunct faculty at ICO, IU school of Optometry, SUNY and PCO.
Justin Schweitzer, OD specializes in advanced glaucoma, refractive surgical clinical care, and anterior segment pathology at Vance Thompson Vision. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. In 2012 he pursued his dream to focus on glaucoma, advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology. Dr. Schweitzer is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at The Illinois College of Optometry and regularly lectures on glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, refractive surgical clinical care, and surgical management. Dr. Schweitzer is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, American Optometric Association, Intrepid Eye Society, Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society, and South Dakota Optometric Society and has had multiple articles published in scientific journals. Dr. Schweitzer has research interests in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and biomechanical properties of the cornea as it relates to glaucoma.
 Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO, a 1989 alumnus of ICO, began her career at the University of Chicago in 1993 where she was an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Optometric Services until 2017. Her main interests include contact lenses, corneal disease, trauma, dry eye, ocular aesthetics and corneal surgery comanagement. She will apply her many years of experience of challenging hospital based care in her new role as Vice President of Professional Affairs for SynergEyes. Training young doctors and providing quality services to her patients will always be her passion so she will continue patient to see patients at SOLO, a private practice in the South Loop, as well as at the Illinois College of Optometry where she is a Clinical Associate Professor. She was awarded the status of Diplomate by the American Academy of Optometry in the Cornea and Contact Lens and Refractive Technology section and is a frequent lecturer on these topics. She is the 1998 recipient of the Illinois Young Optometrist of the Year, earned the Residents excellence in Teaching Award in 1995 and the Outstanding Lecturer Award in 2001 from the University of Chicago, the 2002 Roger Kame Contact Lens Award, the 2004 Excellence in Education Award from the Illinois College of Optometry, 2009 ICO Alumnus of the Year and was invited to be a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She is a frequent contributing author for Review of Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Spectrum, and Primary Care Optometry News. In 2008 she received the Illinois Optometrist of the Year and was selected by Review of Optometry as one of the Top 10 Females at the Forefront of Optometry. She has served on the Illinois State Board, is a Past-President of the Illinois Optometric Association, and Past Chair of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section for the AOA. She is an advocate for women in the profession and serves as the chair of Women of Vision, an organization dedicated to mentoring female ODs and educating on women’s ocular health issues. She is on the professional advisory panels and speaker bureau for several drug and contact lens manufacturers and has served as one of team eye doctors for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. This year she is being honored by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans with the Impresa Award given by the Women Division She resides in Chicago with her husband Jeff McClimans (Optos, North America) and son, Liam. She is a hockey mom who enjoys travel, entertaining, wine tasting, triathlons, paddle boarding and sailing with her family.
Melissa Sigler, OD, FAAO is an optometrist and owner of a private practice in Plainfield IL. She has also been a faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) since 2001. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at ICO and received her fellowship in 2007 from the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sigler has especially enjoyed providing vision care for infants and children. She is an assistant professor in the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision department at the Illinois Eye Institute providing clinical instruction to optometry students. She also provides vision screenings in the public-school system. Dr Sigler has experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of strabismus, amblyopia, accommodative dysfunctions and vergence dysfunctions. She also provides developmental testing, diagnosis and therapy for visual perceptual deficits and oculomotor disorders.
Joseph Sowka, OD is a Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he serves as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute. He is also Chair of the Department of Optometric Sciences. He is the longest tenured faculty member at the College. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. He is the lead author of the annual Handbook of Ocular Disease Management published by Review of Optometry. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants.
Maurice Wilson, OD currently practices in north Conroe, Texas. He specializes in contact lenses and has been a clinical investigator for Cibavision. Dr. Wilson now lectures internationally as a member of Alcon’s speakers’ bureau and serves as the Founding Member of the Professional Development Consultants for Alcon. Dr Wilson lectures for Optos in north America and provides CE on many subjects from retina to contact lenses to commercial practice management. From 1986 to 2001, Dr. Wilson served as Center Director for ophthalmic surgery centers in Houston, Texas and San Antonio, Texas, where he also conducted public and educational PRK/LASIK seminars. He has lectured on PRK and LASIK post-operative management and conducted numerous excimer laser workshops. He was a contributing author to Optometry Today and co-authored the first white paper on Hyperopic LASIK for Summit Technology. He was a clinical coordinator for Summit Technology’s FDA investigational LASIK studies, was a sub-investigator for the Wavelight Allegretto laser trial, and designed one of the first clinical/surgical instruments for hyperopic LASIK. Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. He serves as President Elect of Energeyes National Association of Commercial Optometry. When not in the office, Dr. Wilson is an avid
competitive cyclist.
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