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Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Greg Caldwell, OD, is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).
He currently works in Duncansville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania as an ocular disease consultant. Dr. Caldwell’s primary focus is the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease and he has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations. Dr. Caldwell has lectured extensively throughout the county and over twelve countries internationally. In 2010 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) and served on the AOA Board of Trustees 2013-2016. He is President of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Diplomate
Dr. Joseph Sowka is an attending optometric physician at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida, a large medical-surgical practice where he focuses on glaucoma management and neuro-ophthalmic disease. He was formerly Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry for 28 years where he served as Chief of The Advanced Care Service and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the College’s Eye Institute. He was the Program Coordinator and Supervisor for the Ocular Disease Residency. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants.
Lori Vollmer, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Lori Vollmer earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in 1990. She graduated with honors and distinction from Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry in 2002. She completed a residency in ocular disease at the Aran Eye Associates in Miami, Florida in July 2003. She completed a Masters’ of Science in Nutrition from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018 with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Vollmer currently works at Center for Sight in Sarasota Florida where she provides comprehensive eyecare in a medical/surgical setting. Prior to joining Center for Sight, she worked in academia at Nova Southeastern University for 16 years holding the rank of Professor where she served as an Attending Physician in the Primary Care Clinic as well as the Diabetes and Macula Clinic. She served in college administration as the Director of Residency Programs for the College of Optometry for 13 years mentoring and supervising residents. Her classroom teaching experience included a course in Nutrition and Ocular Health as well as guest lectures in anterior and posterior segment ocular disease.
Dr. Vollmer has several published articles in optometric journals and has delivered numerous continuing education lectures nationally and internationally in ocular disease, trauma, medical and surgical management and nutrition. She also serves as a reviewer for optometric journal publications.
Dr. Vollmer is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow in the Optometric Retina Society, member of the Optometric Wellness and Nutrition Society, member of the American Optometric Association and member of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).
Dr. Vollmer served on the Board of the Broward County Optometric Association for over 10 years and is a Past President of the BCOA. Dr. Vollmer also serves as a team chair consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).
Robert Hasty, DO, FACOI, FACP
Dr. Hasty attended the University of Miami where he completed his undergraduate studies with honors as a triple science major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biology in 1996. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. He subsequently trained at Mt. Sinai Medical Center where he completed his training in Internal Medicine while receiving the Resident of the Year award for three straight years as well as receiving the Howard Kane Resident of the Year, being the first osteopathic physician ever to win that award in over forty years of academic medical training at Mt. Sinai. He also served as Chief Intern as well as Chief Resident during his training.
Dr. Hasty began his career as a Hospitalist & Internist for Cogent Healthcare at Lee Memorial Health Systems in Fort Myers, FL. He soon became Associate Lead Physician for Cogent Healthcare. Dr. Hasty had what he described as a “calling” to become an academic physician and joined NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in March 2005. He served as the Founding Program Director of the Palmetto General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program and helped develop several other graduate medical education programs. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Internal Medicine Department at NSU. He was awarded the NSU Stuey Award for Co-Curricular Advisor of the Year in 2009. He was the recipient of the coveted Golden Apple Award by the graduation class of NSU-COM in 2008 and again in 2009 and 2011. Dr. Hasty was also named as a member of the “40 under 40” in 2009 by Gold Coast Magazine because of his service to the South Florida community.
In 2013, Dr. Hasty became the Vice President of Medical Education and the Regional Associate Dean and later as Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs for Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. During his tenure at Campbell University, he created 383 residency positions in 20 programs at 7 organizations and led the university to be awarded the AOA STAR award for the strategic planning that has created medical education opportunities in North Carolina for the next generation of osteopathic physicians. He has served on various boards, including the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators. Dr. Hasty was the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Idaho’s first medical school. He currently serves as the Founding Dean & Chief Academic Officer for Kansas Health Science Center developing their proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hasty is board certified in internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists as well as the American College of Physicians.
Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD, BPharm, RPh
Dr. Offerdahl attended Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA, for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, she completed a Residency at Temple University Hospital, where much of her time was spent in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
She is currently on faculty at Salus University in the Department of Optometry, where she is the course director and instructor for all systemic pharmacology courses for students in the optometry, audiology, and physician assistant programs. Additionally, she is a practicing clinical pharmacist with a pharmacy and a patient care practice site in Rosemont, PA.
Dr. Offerdahl is currently earning another degree in holistic medicine, as well as additional certifications in veterinary pharmacy. She lectures extensively in the optometry community.
Barry J. Frauens, OD, FAAO
Dr. Barry J. Frauens graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 1996 and thereafter completed a one-year residency program in Primary Care optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Dr. Frauens is a full-time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he holds the rank of Associate Professor and serves as the Chair of the Department of Clinics as well as the Chief of the Primary Care Service at the N. Miami
Dr. Frauens is a past President of the Florida Optometric Association and the Broward County Optometric Association. He is the 2002 recipient of the BCOA ‘Optometrist of the Year’ Award, the 2003 ‘NSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement’ Award and the 2006 Florida Optometric Association ‘Optometrist of the Year’ Award.
Dr. Frauens has published numerous journal articles in the refereed literature. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the Optometric Retina Society and is one of the first Optometrists in the profession to become Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Frauens has lectured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally covering numerous subjects in anterior and posterior segment ocular disease management as well as prevention of medical errors. His current research interests include glaucoma.
Eric Eggenberger, DO
Eric Eggenberger, DO completed medical school at Michigan State University, followed by residencies in internal medicine and neurology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. He performed a clinical fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In addition to being recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology, he is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Association, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Specializing in multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmology, he has published numerous books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. He is also a reviewer for several leading journals including Brain, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Archives of Neurology, and the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology. He is currently faculty at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in the neurology and ophthalmology departments where he specialized in neuro-ophthalmology.