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College of Optometrists in Vision Development Grants Board Certification

AURORA, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Twenty optometrists completed the certification process and were inducted as Board Certified Fellows (FCOVD)and Board Certified Fellows International (FCOVD-I) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) at the COVD 42nd Annual Meeting, October 20, 2012 in Ft Worth, Texas. They are:

Bryce B. Appelbaum, OD, FCOVD, located in Bethesda, MD

Melanie Bartek, OD, FCOVD, located in Goldthwaite, TX

Margaret Brya, OD, FCOVD, located in Athens, GA

Lisa Christian, OD, FCOVD, located in Waterloo, ON, Canada

Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD, located in West Jordan, UT

Tod R. Davis, OD, FCOVD, located in Manassas, VA

Robert Kocembo, OD, FCOVD, located in Detroit, MI

Chula Lerdvoratavee, OD, FCOVD, located in Oswego, IL

Leanne, Liddicoat, OD, FCOVD, located in Roseville, CA

Bradley Meltzer, OD, FCOVD, located in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Amy Dee Pruszenski, OD, FCOVD, located in Portsmouth, NH

Ashley S. Reddell, OD, FCOVD, located in Leavenworth, KS

Nivedha Santharam, BS Optom, FCOVD-I, located in Chennai, India

Rosemary Detmer Stone, OD, FCOVD, located in Beaverton, OR

Nicholas P. Thomas, OD, FCOVD, located in Tampa, FL

Julie Anne Toon, OD, FCOVD, located in Wichita, KS

Terry Tsang, OD, FCOVD, located in Irvine, CA

Marilyn Vricella, OD, FCOVD, located in Glen Rock, NJ

Ronald Weingart, OD, FCOVD, located in Oswego, IL

Patricia Westfall-Elsberry, OD, FCOVD, located in Searcy, AR

To obtain board certification in vision development and therapy, optometrists must complete a guided study program involving submission of written responses to a series of questions relating to clinical diagnosis, treatment and patient management, and three detailed case reports for evaluation by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB). They must also successfully complete a written examination and oral interview administered by the IECB. Candidates who have successfully met all the requirements for certification are awarded Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).

In addition, twenty-three optometric vision therapists completed the certification process at this year's Annual Meeting and were inducted as Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT) and Certified Optometric Vision Therapists International (COVT-I). They are:

Sunita Agarwal, COVT-I, employed by Aditya Goyal, B. Opt, MS, FCOVD-I

Angela Aguilar, COVT, employed by Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD

Ashley Alavi, COVT, employed by Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD

Michelle Anderson, COVT, employed by Robin Price, OD, FCOVD

Allison Armer, COVT, employed by Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD

Jaime Belisle, COVT, employed by Kevin Chauvette, OD, FCOVD

Jean Nicole Biefel, COVT, employed by Leanne Dudley, OD, FCOVD

Rebecca Dewar, COVT, employed by Theodore Kadet, OD, FCOVD

Barbara J. Fanning, COVT, employed by Frank Puckett, OD, FCOVD

April Holland, COVT, employed by Alan P. Pearson, OD, PhD, PLLC, FCOVD

Karen Inquartano, COVT, employed by Robert Prazer, OD, FCOVD

Wendy F. Jarman, COVT, employed by Ann Voss, OD, FCOVD

Jennifer L. Kennedy, COVT, employed by Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD

Megan Kintigh, COVT, employed by Robert Prazer, OD, FCOVD

Lauren Lott, COVT, employed by Robin Price, OD, FCOVD

Allison McIver, COVT, employed by Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD

Susanne D. Moore, COVT, employed by Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD

Cheryl Null, COVT, employed by Bruce Wojciechowski, OD, FCOVD

Stefanie Ohrns, COVT, employed by Jeri A. Schneebeck, OD, FCOVD

Becky Reeves-Manning, COVT, employed by Ron Bateman, OD, FCOVD

Kristin Roberts, COVT, employed by Heather McBryar, OD, FCOVD

Julee Schneider, COVT, employed by Theodore Kadet, OD, FCOVD

Jennifer Stalsberg, COVT, employed by Ann Wonderling, OD, FCOVD

To become a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT), an individual must be employed by and work under the direct supervision of an optometrist who is a Fellow of COVD, complete a guided study education program, and pass a written exam and an oral interview administered by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand and document their knowledge and skills in optometric vision therapy and enhance their ability to assist the optometrist in providing patient services in this area of optometric care.

About COVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation, and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy, and COVD, please visit www.covd.org or call 888.268.3770.

CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE

COVD Executive Director

339.995.0718 tel

Email: phapp@covd.org

Website: www.covd.org

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[Image] 2012 COVD Fellow Induction Ceremony
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