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20 hours of COPE CE of which 12 are CEE/TQ including Florida required courses. CEE/TQ examination courses are for states such as Florida and Illinois which have this additional requirement. If you are licensed in states that do not require CEE/TQ, you do not have to take an exam to receive COPE credits

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Greg Caldwell | Optometric Education Consultants

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 | Optometric Education Consultants

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.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Sarah Beaumont, MD

Sarah Beaumont, MD is a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is currently medical director of Homeless Youth Outreach which provides mobile based services to homeless and at risk youth in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. She is also actively involved in residency education and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Beaumont has been a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking since 2018 and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Chris Putnam OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Christopher Putnam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from South Dakota State University in 2001 and a Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in 2005. He was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 2005 as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, completed the USAF Optometry Residency program accredited by the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2008 and was awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2009. Dr. Putnam was competitively selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institution Program to pursue a PhD in Vision Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011 completing the accelerated program in 3 years winning an unprecedented 3 Graduate Research Fellowship awards. He currently sits on the American Academy of Optometry Admittance Committee and acts as the USAF optometry graduate advisor for the VA TBI residency, PhD program and Sports Vision Fellowship.


Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Marc Bloomenstein OD, FAAO

Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998.

Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Collaborative Eye, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to other various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein served as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 1000 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.