After over forty years as an Optometric Physician, I am still excited about my profession. I enjoy what I do and take special pleasure in meeting patients' specific vision needs and monitoring their eye health.
How does a seasoned practitioner maintain his level of enthusiasm and energy? I've never been one to rest on what I know. I always challenge myself to learn more. I was on the Oregon Board of Optometry for an unusually long term of almost eleven years. Charged with enforcing the laws and regulations of Oregon Optometry Law, I had to be ahead of the pack in standards of practice.
I served on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, traveling to the colleges and universities of Optometry located in every region of the United States to administer National Board examinations. Seeing the variation in education and clinical techniques demonstrated by the new graduates keeps me informed and allows me to modify my techniques on a continuing basis.
I chose to advance my neurological studies even further. I am now on the Medical Staff at two regional medical centers (Asante RRMC and Providence Medford Medical Center) contributing my diagnostic, and therapy skills to the recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke patients, and others with neurological and auto-immune medical mischief.
"This is not your father's Optometry". I have been an adjunct instructor at Pacific University College of Optometry, teaching advanced pharmaceutical therapy and minor surgical techniques related to the eyelids and adjacent tissue. Throughout my practice life I served as an adjunct associate professor at Pacific lecturing in areas of patient communication, strabismus (lazy and wandering eye) and low vision services.
My clinical approach stresses early detection and prevention to minimize as much as possible, long disability. I conduct in-service education programs for nurses, Occupational and Physical Therapists and many other professional public and private groups.
I never regard the patient as two eyeballs floating in space but rather as a whole person with concerns for their overall health, lifestyle and stresses that can impact the precious gift of sight and enjoyment of life.