January 2016 Vol. 1

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WOA Board

Dana Day- President
Lynda Jones- President Elect
Brandi Bilyeu- Treasurer
Joe Maycock- Secretary
Scott Neuman-Director
Nate Edwards-Director
Chris Jons-Director
Paul Gustafson- Past President

From the Desk of the ED

Happy New Year!  I wanted to take just a few minutes to let you know how much I appreciate working with all of you!  I cannot believe it has been three years already!  We have made some changes and I continue to work hard to bring the WOA the best of what the future has to offer. 

One of the big changes this year was the website.  It has been a process and a bit more work than I thought it would be!  I hope you will notice the changes and continue to be patient as I learn how to utilize all the powerful tools that come with it.  Thank you to the WOA Board for approving the expense and being patient with the extra time it took to roll it out!  I hope you, as a member, will take advantage of what the Member Only section has to offer.  Please get in the habit of checking for news articles, messages, photos, classifieds, and using the online directory to connect with your colleagues.

I enjoy traveling and representing the WOA at a variety of national meetings.  These are always very...uh hem...serious events in which myself and any delegates are at their absolute most professional. 

Here are a couple of examples:

I think that 2016 will be very exciting and look forward to the year and what it might bring for the WOA!! 

WOA Member Benefit- Medicare Consultant Lana Jones

Staff frustrated with Medicare denials, coding, billing, enrollment issues, etc.?
Lana Jones, WOA Medicare Consultant can help.

Staff new to billing Medicare?
Lana Jones can help train new staff and answer billing, coding, policy questions.

Call Lana at 1-402-474-5717 or email at ljones2@neb.rr.com.
Lana’s services are a membership benefit of the WOA!

Upcoming Events

2016 WOA Winter Meeting
01/28/2016- 01/30/2016
The Wyoming Optometric Association would like to invite you to attend the 2016 Winter Conference in Casper. Come learn from experts, attain CE credits, and network with your peers. 

Thursday, January 28- Saturday, Janaury 30, 2016
Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Casper

Agenda Highlights:

Thursday, January 28th- Join us at the Ramkota from 6:30-8:30pm.  We will have light refreshments as you visit with others. (Guests welcome)

Friday, January 29th- Don't miss the Annual WOA Awards Luncheon sponsored by OOGP. (Guests welcome- $15)

Friday, January 29th- You are invited to join us for a Casino Night!  Generously sponsored by Dishler- we will have dinner at the Tate Pumphouse along with casino games for you to try your hand at.  We will be playing with pretend dough and winning fun prizes.  Gaming is optional and there will plenty of food and fun. (Guests welcome-$25)

The Winter Conference will be held at Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Casper, WY.  Discounted rooms are available for $79.99 a night (plus tax).  Please make your own reservations.  You must call the Ramkota to make reservations:  307-266-6000 and mention the Wyoming Optometric Association.  Reservations must be made by January 10, 2016 in order to receive the discounted rate.

The CE this year includes a total of 10 hours and covers practice managment, contact lens courses, and laser gluacoma treatment.  Courses will be provided by Wells Fargo, Dr. Lampa, and Dr. Fromm.


The Para-Optometric's have 10 hours of CPC accredited courses.  Courses include glasses adjustments, cow eyeball dissection, ocular triage, and pre-testing courses.


Eventbrite - WOA 2016 Winter Conference

We look forward to seeing you in Casper soon!

Of Note

AOA Committee Assignments

Federal Relations Committee- Roger Jordan, Chair
Health Promotions Committee- Sue Lowe, Chair
Quality Improvement & Registry Committee- Coby Ramsey, Member

American Board of Optometry

Dan Perala, ABO Ambassador for Wyoming
The American Board of Optometry has launched a new state Ambassador program, tapping the expertise of its own Diplomats to educate ODs about the organization’s voluntary Board Certification program.

The American Board of Optometry is very pleased to announce that Dr. Perala has been selected as Ambassador for this state.  This is a two-year volunteer position designed to foster awareness of the Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification processes, and their benefits for ODs and patients. 

Dr. Perala will serve as a Board Certification mentor to fellow optometrists, presenting at state association meetings and communicating ideas and feedback to the Board of Directors.

WOA Newsletter - January 2016 Vol. 1