SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – OptometryStudents.com would like to congratulate Dori Carlson, O.D on becoming the president of the American Optometric Association during Optometry’s Meeting on June 18th 2011. Dr. Carlson is the first ever, woman president of the AOA and is succeeding Joe Ellis O.D.
Carlson told VMail, “Of course being the first woman AOA president is a tremendous honor, but I’ve tried really hard to be the right person for this position, and not just because I wear a skirt. I want to make sure I’m the right person at the right time, and I think I am.”
The OptometryStudents.com team has been fortunate enough to meet Dr. Carlson and reports that she is enthusiastic, intelligent and has a powerful connection with not only OD’s but with optometry students all over the country.
Dr. Carlson says a few of her main goals are…
- Making sure the pediatric vision benefit in the upcoming health care reform means eye exams, not just screenings, for young children.
- Continuing the “20/20 Tour” of 20 optometry schools and colleges in 20 months.
- Promote AOA membership among students to ensure a healthy future profession
- Working to make the AOA “as proactive as we possibly can” when it comes to health care reform involving eye care.
OptometryStudents.com will be around to cover Dr. Carlson’s AOA Presidency and we wish her the best of luck.