December 2016 Vol. 1

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WOA Board

Lynda Jones- President
Brandi Bilyeu- President-Elect
Joe Maycock- Treasurer
Nate Edwards-Secretary
Chris Jons-Director
Jonathan Hartley- Director
Dana Day- Past President

Happy Birthday!

December Birthdays

Roger Jordan- 6th

Remember- if you're birthday is not showing up here you need to update your member profile!

WOA OD of the Year/ Young OD of the Year Nominations

Nominations for WOA OD of the Year and Young OD of the Year are now being accepted.

Nomination Form

Please submit completed form and substantiating material not to exceed 2,000 words by December 20th to:                                      
Mail:  Wyoming Optometric Association, PO Box 1967, Cheyenne, WY 82003
Fax:  307-271-5969


WOA Winter Conference

WOA Winter Conference Registration Now OPEN!

Eventbrite - WOA 2017 Winter Conference

The Wyoming Optometric Association would like to invite you to attend the 2017 Winter Conference in Cheyenne.  Come participate in a legislative day, learn from experts, attain CE credits, and network with your peers. 
Thursday, January 26- Saturday, Janaury 28, 2017

Little America Hotel, Cheyenne

Agenda Highlights:

Thursday, January 26th- Join us at 12:30pm to get updated on legislative issues and then take a trip to the Capitol to speak to your legislator.  The WOA Legislative Reception will begin at 6:00pm.  

Friday, January 27th- Don't miss the Annual WOA Awards Luncheon sponsored by OOGP. (Guests welcome- $15) 

Friday, January 29th- Attendees and guests are invited to participate in a fun dinner beginning at 6:00pm.  Generously sponsored by Dishler, this year's dinner is still being planned but promises to be located in a unique Cheyenne venue with something for everyone.  (Guests welcome- $25)

The Winter Conference will be held at Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY.  Discounted rooms are available:
Deluxe Room: $99.00 per night (plus tax).
Preferred Room: $119.00 per night (plus tax)
Executive Room: $229.00 per night (plus tax)
Please make your own reservations.  You must call the LIttle America to make reservations.  Mention the Wyoming Optometric Association.  Reservations must be made by December 25, 2016 in order to receive the discounted rate.

The CE this year includes a total of 10 hours and covers practice managment, Neuro-Optometry, and Sytemic/Ocular Disease.  Featured speakers are Spencer Johnson, OD, the Dishler Laser Institute, and the Compliancy Group.


The Para-Optometric's have an all day Radiuscope/Lensometry Lab and Tour sponsored by AVT, Ancilary testing, and Triage training.


We look forward to seeing you in Cheyenne soon!

Federal Overtime Rule Delayed

Federal overtime rule delayed

Doctors of optometry can delay plans to increase overtime pay to salaried employees as Federal Courts review the legality of the new overtime regulation. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked a regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. 

The regulation, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, would have required private employers to pay overtime to most salaried employees earning less than $47,476 annually and working 40-plus hours weekly. 

The injunction is only a temporary measure that suspends the regulation until the judge can issue a ruling on the merits. 

AOA will continue to keep the optometry profession informed as this unfolds. If you have questions regarding the overtime regulation and its status, please contact AOA Regulatory Policy Specialist Jensen Jose at

Please let me know if I can get more information to you. 

Matt Willette
American Optometric Association 

VSP spells doom, gloom to kill AOA-backed vision plan legislation

Bipartisan, AOA-backed legislation aimed at curbing abusive health and vision plan policies has gained impressive momentum on Capitol Hill, though a leading industry opponent continues efforts to derail its progress while wrongly asserting that they—and not the AOA—represent optometry's interests. 

In an attempt to sway doctors' opinions against the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act (DOC Access Act, also known as H.R. 3323), and like-minded state legislation, VSP assembled a questionable narrative of the bill's repercussions ahead of its annual VSP Global Premier Program meeting, SHiFT 16, this October.

WOA Newsletter - December 2016 Vol. 1