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Two SCO alumni were recently honored by the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA).
Mike Weeden, OD, ’92 was named the 2019 James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year and Megan Lott, OD, ’06 was named the 2019 Optometrist Community Service Award. The association presents these awards annually to recognize significant contributions to the profession of optometry and the general public.
Dr. Weeden is in private practice in Corinth and New Albany and has donated his services to provide vision screenings for various community groups and is an active participant in MOA’s 3rd grade reading initiative for those who did not pass the third grade statewide reading test. Over the course of his career, he has served as president of the MOA and chaired several MOA committees. He represents Mississippi as the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Federal Advocacy Representative.
Dr. Lott opened Mississippi’s first full-time vision therapy practice in Hattiesburg in 2016 and a satellite clinic in Jackson in 2018. These clinics serve pediatric and acquired brain-injured patients and provide neuro-visual therapy. In 2019, she became the first Mississippi female to be named a Fellow of the College of Visual Development and only the second Mississippian in 48 years. Her mentor, Dr. W.C. Maples, was the first and only Fellow prior to that time. Her community service activities reflect her commitment to advocating for children’s vision. These include conducting vision screenings at Head Start, area schools, and community health fairs.
Congratulations to Doctors Weeden and Lott on their latest accomplishments!