March 2020 Vol.1

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WOA Board

Chris Jons- President
Jonathan Hartley- President-Elect
Jeremy Nett-Treasurer
Sam Hoffman-Secretary
Jaime Hazen- Director
Jeff Wilson-Director
Nate Edwards- Past President

Save the Date

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2020 NROC
        July 15-18, 2020
        Buffalo Bill Village, Cody


Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! 

Teresa Back- 1
Seth Jenkins- 5
Jason Whitman- 10
Kirby Treat- 21

Joseph Katschke- 10
Brandi Bilyeu- 16
Jaime Hazen- 27
Keith Eldred- 28

Mike Harris- 6
Derek Walton- 19
Nate Edwards- 19
Jim Boucher- 27
Grant Jones- 31

If you don't see your birthday listed please update your profile on the website!

WOA Awards Lunch

Congratulations to WOA OD of the Year Joe Maycock, WOA Young OD of the Year Joe Fischer (not pictured), and WPA Para of the Year Anna Martinez!  Thank you to Nate Edwards for his year as WOA President!

The WOA also recognized both AOA PAC donors and WOA Legislative Readiness donors.  

AOA PAC donors
Jessica Albers, Brian Ballard, Jim Bell, Brandi Bilyeu, Jim Boucher, Dave Carlson, Marty Carroll, Dana Day, Nate Edwards, Dave Eldred, Tim Fehlauer, Ashlee Fischer, Joe Fischer, Chris Frazier, Paul Gustafson, Mike Harris, Jonathan Hartley, Jaime Hazen, Jim Hinkle, Sam Hoffman, Grant Jones, Lynda Jones, Chris Jons, Roger Jordan, Sarah Koehn, Ryan Larsen, Sue Lowe, Joe Maycock, Dana McDermott, Jill Miller, Ken Morse, Jeremy Nett, Coby Ramsey, Chad Roberts, Travis Shelton, Carla Shoults, Randy Waddell, Derek Walton, Mike Weideman, Mark Wells, Jason Whitman, Jeff Wilson, Melissa Younger

WOA Legislative Readiness donors   
Amy Aldrich, Teresa Back, Brian Ballard, Jim Bell, Brandi Bilyeu, Emily Bryant, Jim Boucher, Luke Brog, Marty Carroll, Dana Day, Kathryn Dehn, Jake Despain, Nate Edwards, Dave Eldred, Time Fehlauer, Ashlee Fischer, Joe Fischer, Chris Frazier, Paul Gustafson, Tisa Haas, Jonathan Hartley, Jaime Hazen, Jim Hinkle, Sam Hoffman, Lynda Jones, Grant Jones, Chris Jons, Roger Jordan, Kent Kienlen, Sara Koehn, Sue Lowe, Joe Maycock, Jill Miller, Ken Morse, Jeremy Nett, Brian Peiper, Dan Perala, Levi Porter, Gary Poteet, Coby Ramsey, Chad Roberts, Carla Shoults, Nik Tolman, Jenning Voss, Randy Waddell, Derek Walton, Mike Weideman, Jeff Wilson, Melissa Younger

Colorado's Dry Eye Society lecture invitation

WOA 2020 Legislative Day

Thank you to the doctors who came to the Capitol and the 2020 Hullabaloo!  They were introduced by Legislators in both the Senate and the House and were able to be there for the announcement of the Governors Proclamation for The Year of the Eye Exam.

American Board of Optometry Board Certification

A closer look at ….
American Board of Optometry Board Certification
By Marty Carroll, OD, FAAO
“Board Certification made me a better doctor for my patients”
The American Board of Optometry was founded in 2009 by:
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Optometric Student Association
  • Association of Schools and Colleges
    of Optometry
  • American Academy of Optometry
The ABO Board Certification program is based on an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) model. It is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and its MOC process is CMS-approved.
  • Total number of Diplomates Board Certified: 3,088
  • Exams administered to date: 3,338
  • Percentage of passing examinees: 92.5%
  • Currently 12 Wyoming optometrists are ABO Diplomates
  • The American Board of Optometry was established to offer ODs a voluntary pathway to a meaningful Board Certification credential.
  • It allows ODs to demonstrate that they exceed entry-level requirements and maintain appropriate skills, knowledge and experience to deliver quality
    eye care.
  • It’s a credential valued by patients, medical professionals, and potential employers.
  • Increases provider knowledge and competence through focused continuing education.
  • Provides a path for optometrists to already be in compliance with anticipated future requirements to either be participating in an MOC program or show a comparable means of demonstrating continued competence.
  • Helps advance the professional recognition of optometry.
  • MOC is acknowledged by insurers, health care corporation, quality and credentialing organizations and the federal government as an important quality marker.
  • Research increasingly links board certification and continuous professional learning programs such as the ABO MOC program with improved quality of care.
  • An increasing number of employers are requiring Board Certification for optometrists, such as mayo Clinic, Gundersen health, SSM health, and Vanderbilt.
  1. Apply at
  2. Submit credentials and licensing
  3. Become a Candidate once verified
  4. Attain 150 exam qualification points via residency or equivalent
  5. Prepare for exam
  6. Take exam in January or July
  7. Upon passing, enter the Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) to maintain certification in 3-year cycles.
For more information please contact:
Marty Carroll, OD, FAAO 1-307-630-4835
or American Board of Optometry
  • info@
  • (314) 983-4226
  • 243 N Lindbergh Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63141
WOA Newsletter - March 2020 Vol.1