Register To Attend
   Thursday, June 2, 2022   
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration/Check-In Main Lobby
10:00 am - 12:00 pm NYSOA Board of Directors Meeting
East Room
10:00 - 12:00 pm President's Council Meeting West Room
12:00 - 3:30 pm House of Delegate's Meeting (includes lunch) East Room
  Evening On Own  
   Friday, June 3, 2022   
7:00-9:00am Registration  


Sponsored By:

Presentation: Tepezza - The First and Only FDA-Approved Treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease
Presenter: Edward J. Wladis, MD

Main Dining Room
8:00-8:50 am Opening Session: NYSOA 'State of the Association' - Town Hall & Updates East Room
9:00-10:50 am

Course: The Science and Logistics of Myopia Management in Practice
Lecturer: Shalu Pal

Description: We can't "un-see" what we now know about the fate of the population with respect to myopia and what we are optometrists can do about it! In this course we battle it out - science versus practical application. We will provide you with the latest research and information and show you how to apply it in practice. We will review each treatment option of myopia management, the most current data available and how that impacts our decision-making process when prescribing in office.

East Room
11:00-11:50 am

Course: The Keratoconus Update
Lecturer: Shalu Pal

Description: Keratoconus is a bilateral progressive disease that impacts a significant portion of our patients. With the advancement in today's lens and surgical technology, we have many options to manage our patients with cornea ectasias and help provide them with the best possible vision. The management strategies have changed over the years. The most current research, treatment protocols, and surgical options will be discussed. Contact lens options including gas permeable lenses, hybrids, scleral lenses, and prosthetics will be discussed.

East Room

12:00-1:00 pm


Sponsored By:

Presentation: Johnson & Johnson Vision: Advocacy & Innovation
Speaker: Kurt Moody, OD, FAAO, FBCLA



Main Dining Room

1:00-3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Mezzanine 
3:00-4:50 pm

Course: Targeted Nutrition for Reduction of Oxidation and Inflammation: Implications for Vision, Cognition, and Systemic Health and Performance
Lecturer: Dr. Jim Stringham

Description: In this course, attendees will learn about the benefits across the lifespan of macular carotenoid and DHA + EPA supplementation for visual, cognitive, neurophysiological, and systemic health and performance.  A brief history of the study of macular carotenoids will be presented, followed by a “tour of studies” that have examined the effects of the lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin. Particular emphasis will be placed on the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of macular carotenoids, DHA, and EPA, and how they serve as mechanisms for visual, cognitive, and systemic health and performance effects.  Data from studies conducted in utero through old age will be covered. Relatively new systemic effects associated with macular carotenoid status, including lowered blood cortisol and inflammatory markers, will also be discussed.

East Room

5:00 - 6:00 pm

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Reception

Welcome Reception / Game Night (All Exhibitors & Sponsors Welcome to Attend!)

Join us in the Villa Roma Game Room for a night of friendly competition!  Games will include: Billiards & Ping Pong, Boardwalk Games, Pickleball, Indoor Bocce, an Arcade, Bowling, Cards & Board Games, and more!


Game Room

   Saturday, June 4, 2022   
7:00-9:00 am Registration  
8:00-8:50 am

Joy HarewoodBreakfast Presentation: A Breakfast and Learn with Dr. Harewood
Lecturer: Joy Harewood

Description: A breakfast and learn with Dr. Harewood will empower doctors to talk to children and youth about becoming Optometrists–a strategy to grow the entire profession in the hopes that it will have the side effects of diversifying the profession.

Sponsored By:

Main Dining Room

9:00-9:50 am

Course: Urgency or Emergency 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Nerve Palsies
Lecturer: Tamara Petrosyan

Description: Cranial nerve palsies can occur in patients of all ages and from various etiologies. This course will review the anatomy, physiology, etiology, and management of four cranial nerve palsies in the primary care setting.

East Room

10:00-10:50 am 

Course: Ocular and Visual Effects of Psychiatric Drug Therapies in Children
Lecturer: Tamara Petrosyan

Description: The use of psychiatric medications in children has substantially increased in the last few decades. As primary eye care providers, it is important for optometrists to understand the pharmacology as well as the potential visual and ocular adverse reactions of these medications.

East Room

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Course: Photography of the Anterior Segment
Lecturer: Tom Arnold

Description: This course takes the practitioner sequentially through the benefits and application of anterior segment photography, materials, methods, and techniques. Various appliances are described in detail with practical tips on how to take quality photographs of the eye and adnexa.

12:00-1:00 pm

Course: Technology and the Scleral Lens Practice
Lecturer: Tom Arnold

Description: This course will cover current and future technologies related to scleral lens practice. Practitioners interested in integrating scleral lenses into their offices will be informed of what equipment is required and what is optional. Scleral lenses demand that practitioners look not only at the cornea but the sclera, as well. To this end, both topography and tomography are covered, comparing and contrasting reflection-based Placido imagery and the Scheimpflug camera system. Devices for scleral mapping are also discussed in detail including the pros and cons of each. Lastly, a look to the future in medical ophthalmology that may impact how contact lenses are evaluated and prescribed.

East Room

1:00-2:00 pm


Sponsored by: 

Presentation: Providing Clarity: Innovations in Presbyopia Management
Lecturer: Dr. Bazan

Main Dining Room
2:00 pm

Golf Outing - $60/pp, includes cart - Find a foursome or we'll find one for you - come golf on Saturday afternoon right on the Villa Roma property. 

The Museum at Bethel Woods - $20/pp - Visit to relive the past or experience the journey that Woodstock was for so many.  Travel through the exhibit and watch the Vietnam War unfold and the Summer of Love bloom.  Transportation not included.

Delaware River Rafting - $50/pp, includes transportation - Rafting on the Delaware River is perfect for novices and experts and is sure to be the highlight of this Saturday afternoon. The Delaware River provides plenty of crystal clear water and rapids all season long.


7:00-10:00 pm NYSOA Annual Awards Banquet Clubhouse
   Sunday, June 5, 2022   
7:00-9:00 am  Registration
8:00-8:50 am


Main Dining Room
9:00-11:50 am

Matthew BovenziCourse: Marriage of Clinical Cases and Billing

Lecturer: Richard Soden and Matt Bovenzi

East Room


   Saturday, June 4, 2022                             Student & Young OD Track at IVC   
2:00-3:00 pm          

Course: Accounting for OD 101 
Lecturer: Bernard M. Holand, CPA, PFS, Partner


1:30-3:30 pm Professional Head Shots
NYSOA is excited to offer FREE headshots to our student and resident attendees.
3:30-6:00 pm

Young OD's Reception: Tour of Do Good Spirits
Shuttle leaves at 3:30 and returns at 6pm

 Do Good Spirits


     Meet the Speakers     

Thomas P. Arnold, OD, FSLS

Dr. Tom Arnold is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. During his training, he participated in vision outreach programs in  Mexico, Guatemala and with the Bureau of the Indian Health Service. Dr. Arnold spent two years as a research assistant for the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. 

Dr. Arnold is passionate about scleral contact lenses and their ability to help patients struggling with compromised vision related to the cornea.  He is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and an associate member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. Dr. Arnold, along with Dr. Melissa Barnett, are co-chairs of the International Congress of Scleral Contacts (ICSC), the first meeting in the world dedicated solely to scleral contact lenses. Together, they host GlobalEyes, a monthly podcast where they speak with practitioners from around the world.

A member of the Gas-Permeable Lens Institute Advisory Board, Dr. Arnold is a contributing columnist to Pentavision’s Contact Lens Spectrum and Jobson’s Review of Optometric Business. 

He was recognized as No. 5 in Newsweek’s 2021 America’s Best Eye Doctors report of the top 150 optometrists in the United States.

An international speaker, Dr. Arnold has presented in Russia, Poland, India, Jordan, South Africa, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, the UK, Australia, Sweden and at major meetings in the US. 


Matthew Bovenzi, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

Matthew Bovenzi

Dr. Bovenzi, a native of Rochester, NY, is currently the Assistant Chief of Primary Care of the University Eye Center (UEC) and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City, where he is a clinical instructor in both glaucoma and primary care clinics and teaches in various courses at the College. A 2014 graduate of SUNY, he completed a residency in ocular disease & family practice optometry at the East NY Diagnostic & Treatment Center and was nationally recognized as the 2015 recipient of the American Optometric Foundation's Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency award. Prior to optometry school, he served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy after receiving bachelor's degrees in both biological sciences and music from Cornell University, where he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

A seasoned lecturer, Dr. Bovenzi is frequently called upon for continuing education and instruction on local, national, and international levels. In 2016, he taught anterior segment ocular disease in South Africa as part of an ocular therapeutics certification program for scope expansion for South African optometrists.

Dr. Bovenzi has a history of optometric leadership and service; he regularly serves as an attending on annual medical mission trips abroad through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), he serves on the data collection committee for VOSH-International, and he has created a novel, searchable database program to streamline cataloging and dispensing of donated eyeglasses for mission trips. He is a fellow and active member of 

the American Academy of Optometry as well as the American and New York State Optometric Associations (AOA and NYSOA), and he is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).


Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO

Joy HarewoodJoy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at the SUNY College of Optometry. She has achieved Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Harewood has extensive experience in hospital-based eye care and the first was the first fulltime optometrist performing inpatient consults at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital campus. This is a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harewood then worked as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at BronxCare Health System. There, she taught optometry and ophthalmology residents in a clinical and didactic setting, and provided direct patient care. She currently serves on the UC Berkeley Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). She was named the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at SUNY College of Optometry in 2020, along with being appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor. She is a leading voice in the push to increase diversity in the optometric field.



Bernard M. Holand, CPA, PFS, Partner
Mr. Holand applies over forty years of technical experience and practical judgment to advise companies from start-up ventures to established enterprises. As a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), he counsels clients on risk and investment management, retirement, insurance, tax, wealth, and estate planning, working closely with his clients' team of advisors.

Mr. Holand's diverse client base of privately held businesses operating as partnerships and S Corporations includes professional service firms, lawyers, doctors, executive search, outsourcing, and, other service companies. He also advises technology businesses, real estate, investment partnerships, venture capital, private equity, foreign and domestic manufacturers and distributors, as well as high-net-worth individuals and not-for-profit organizations.


Dr. Kurt Moody, OD, FAAO, FBCLA
Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Diplomat

Dr Moody has been employed by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc. in Jacksonville, FL since 2005.   He graduated from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania in 1979 with a BS in Biology and then received his Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983.  After graduation Dr. Moody joined the Eye Care Specialists of North East Pennsylvania; one of the largest MD/OD practices in Pennsylvania where he practiced for 22 years as the Director of Optometric Services. During this time, he became both a Fellow and a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. While in practice he held the office of President of the North East Pennsylvania Optometric Society was OD of the Year and was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the State Board of Optometry.

During the time Dr Moody has been employed at J&J he has spent 13 years in R&D in multiple positions leadership positions.  During this R&D tenure, he was part of the teams that developed both 1-Day Acuvue TruEye and led the team that developed 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism.  Dr Moody also was the R&D lead that developed 1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal.  It was the development of this product for which Dr Moody and his team were awarded the prestigious Johnson Medal. In 2015 Dr Moody became the Director of the Clinical Science group, charged with the creation of clinical development plans for new contact lens products and the establishment of the clinical science behind these products.  He then spent two years helping with the newest J&J business; Ocular Surface Disease where he was responsible for the professional education and KOL management.  Most recently, in 2000 Dr Moody has returned to the Vision Care side of the business taking the position of Director of Professional Education for North America.

Dr Moody is a Board Member of the Alumni Association of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.  He and his wife Georgia have 3 children – Kaitlyn (35) Indianapolis, Dr Kelsey, OD (32) Atlanta and Jacob (25) Kansas City.



Dr. Shalu Pal, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA 

Dr. Shalu Pal is an SCCO graduate who did her Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at NSU. Dr. Pal is a member of the Global Myopia Symposium committee, co-editor for the Mastering Myopia Newsletter, an advisor for the Global Council of Myopia Management, an advisor for Review of Myopia Management and research member of the study, Myopia in Practice.  Dr. Pal is a member of the Innovations Council for the AAO, past Chair of the AOA, Contact Lens and Cornea Section, a board member of the CAO, Cornea and Contact Lens Section and a co-founder of the Canadian Contact Lens Academy. She is a member of the Continuing education committee for the OAO, CE advisor for the AOE and Latin Americas, Global Ambassador for GLOW and co-founder of the STAPLE program.  She volunteers her time globally while running a group practice in Toronto specializing in speciality contact lenses, myopia management, concussion rehabilitation, vision therapy, dry eye management and ocular aesthetics. Dr. Pal's work in the area of specialty lenses, myopia management, communication and practice management continues to be published.  She also lectures and consults with many industry partners for the betterment of the profession through education. 


Dr. Tamara Petrosyan

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan is an associate clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry in the Primary Care, Ocular Disease, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy departments. Dr. Petrosyan lectures internationally and has published articles and book chapters on various topics. Dr. Petrosyan helped implement free pediatric exams for over 30,000 children through the Armenian Eyecare Project, developed over a dozen vision therapy workbooks, and helped start and previously worked with Anteo Health where she developed all of the vision therapy content. She is the InfantSEE liaison for New Jersey, head of the clinical care committees for pediatrics and vision therapy, and previously on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP). Among others, Dr. Petrosyan has received the Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year from NJSOP and the Young Optometrist of the Year award from the AOA.


Richard M. Soden, O.D., F.A.A.O. 

Richard M. Soden, O.D., F.A.A.O. is a Clinical Professor and currently the Director of Health Care Development At SUNY College of Optometry. Previously, he served as  Vice President for Clinical Affairs at SUNY Optometry for 10 years. Dr. Soden graduated from SUNY college of Optometry in 1979. After graduation, he completed a residency program at the Northport VA Medical Center on Long Island. Dr. Soden remained at Northport VA for 26 years as the Associate Chief of Optometry Service. Dr. Soden was also a member of a large optometric practice in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. In addition to primary care optometry, his special interests are in pediatrics, children with special needs and low vision rehabilitation for children and adults. He is recognized as a low vision specialist and has worked with the Commission for the Blind for his entire optometric career. After leaving the VA and private practice, Dr. Soden returned to SUNY College of Optometry as Vice President for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Soden also serves as third party consultant for the New York State Optometric Association and has lectured extensively in third party reimbursement and practice management. He is currently a member of the AOA’s Coding Committee and prior to this, was a member of the Third Party Committee.


Dr. Jim Stringham


Dr. Stringham joined the MacuHealth team after a distinguished career in research and academia. He earned his doctorate in experimental psychology and neuroscience from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, and did postdoctoral training at both Harvard Medical School and the Medical College of Georgia. He has since held positions at the University of Georgia, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and most recently the Duke Eye Center. Nearly all of his research has been geared toward understanding the visual and cognitive benefits of the macular carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin. As the Chief Scientific Officer of MacuHealth, Dr. Stringham will expand the scope of research and application of the macular carotenoids to include investigation of effects that may benefit visual and cognitive performance in athletes, visual and systemic health in those with metabolic disease, and neural health and development in children. 


Edward J. Wladis, MD

Dr. Edward J. Wladis is an oculoplastic and orbital reconstructive surgeon and professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Lions Eye Institute of Albany Medical College. He earned his medical degree from the State University
of New York (SUNY) and completed a residency in ophthalmology and visual science at New Jersey Medical School, followed by fellowships in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Vermont and oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Wladis has contributed to numerous presentations and publications and has received several awards, including the Marvin Quickert Thesis Award, Merrill Reeh Eye Pathology Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the ASOPRS Research Award, and the Secretariat and Senior Leadership Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He also holds several positions with ASOPRS and AAO. Dr Wladis directs the fellowship program in oculoplastic surgery at Albany Medical College. He completed AAO’s Leadership Developmental Program and is a member of the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society. He has over 100 publications and several presentations to his credit.


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