Spring CE Speakers
Kristin Anderson, OD, FAAO
Dr. Kristin Anderson is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed her residency in hospital-based/rehabilitative optometry at Jesse Brown VAMC/Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Following her residency, Dr. Anderson served three years as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was an associate in private practice in Maryland. Prior to joining the SCO faculty in 2000, she served as Chief of Optometry Service at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in Washington D.C. Dr. Anderson holds the rank of Professor and currently serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). In this role, her responsibilities include overseeing the college’s alumni relations, fundraising, marketing and communications programs, Continuing Education and the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence. Additionally, she has held administrative appointments as the College's Director of Continuing Education, Primary Care Residency Supervisor and as the Chief of Low Vision and Rehabilitation Services in The Eye Center. Dr. Anderson has been active in the optometric community throughout her career serving in a number of volunteer leadership positions including: Chair of the Development Directors and CE Directors Special Interest Groups for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). She has also been SCO's lead investigator for the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded Amblyopia Treatment Study site at SCO and Chief Examiner for the development of the injections assessment for the National Board of Examinations in Optometry (NBEO). She is a member of many professional organizations, both locally and nationally.
Dr. Anderson is married to Dr. Chris Lievens and has two teenage children.
Christopher Borgman, OD, FAAO
Dr. Chris Borgman is currently a clinical instructor and faculty member at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Central College in Pella, Iowa and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Borgman completed a one-year residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
Prior to joining the faculty at SCO, Dr. Borgman spent three years in a multi-doctor, private ophthalmology practice in Des Moines, Iowa which specialized in primary care, ocular disease, cataract surgery, and laser refractive surgery. He is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Tennessee Association of Optometry Physicians (TAOP), West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has authored many journal articles published on the topics of various ocular disease conditions, and has lectured in multiple continuing education venues on the topics of optometric billing/coding and other primary care ocular diseases.
Dr. Borgman currently supervises students in a clinical setting at The Eye Center at SCO and is also a course instructor in the classroom for the Ocular Pharmacology, Integrative Analysis, and Systemic Pathology courses at SCO. His areas of professional interest include: didactic and clinical education of students as well as primary care, ocular disease, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, neuro-optometry, and billing/coding.
Dr. Borgman enjoys spending time with his wife and little daughter, and is a slow-pitch softball and baseball enthusiast.
Patricia M. Cisarik, OD, PhD
Dr. Cisarik is a 1987 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She practiced optometry for 2 years in a large group practice and 9 years with an ophthalmologist in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Dr. Cisarik returned to school and received her PhD in Vision Science from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2005. She has teaching experience at the University of Houston College of Optometry, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, and has been at Southern College of Optometry for the last 7 years. Dr. Cisarik teaches visual perception to first year students, basic concepts of binocular vision to second year students, and neuro eye disease to third year students. Additionally, Dr. Cisarik works with students in the Summer Research Program at Southern College of Optometry, helping them to develop small projects that investigate aspects of perception and their relationship to clinical measures.
Michael Dorkowski, OD ’04, FAAO
Dr. Mike Dorkowski is a native of Florida and an assistant professor at Southern College of Optometry. After several years in private practice, Dr. Dorkowski joined the college in 2011. Clinically, he works in the advanced care ocular disease, fluorescein angiography, adult primary care and pediatric primary care clinics in The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. He teaches courses in glaucoma, introductory laboratories, and courses integrating classroom knowledge into patient care experience. Dr. Dorkowski is also coordinator of the nursing home and assisted living programs for The Eye Center. Dr. Dorkowski has presented multiple continuing education workshops on advanced procedures in eye care.
Jason Duncan, OD ‘96
Dr. Duncan, a 1996 graduate of Southern College of Optometry and joined the SCO faculty in 1998. He completed a fellowship in ocular disease and neuro-optometry at the Vitreo-Retinal Foundation (1996-1997), now the VRF Eye Specialty Group, before being named to the staff of the VRF referral center for another year. Dr. Duncan has been involved in private practice since 1998. Dr. Duncan is currently the instructor of record for Anterior Segment Disease and Management, Posterior Segment Disease and Management II, and Common Optometric Procedures Seminar. He has lectured on diabetic eye disease to local HMO's and anterior segment disease for various continuing education events.
Scott Ensor, OD ‘01, MS, FAAO
Dr. Scott Ensor received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry and later completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Memphis VAMC.
Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Ensor served as Assistant Center Director at Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, a multi-location optometric referral center in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to serving a large patient base, Dr. Ensor presented lectures on ocular disease and surgical co-management to a network of over 300 optometrists and also served as the supervisor of the Ocular Disease residency program. His professional areas of interest include glaucoma, retinal pathology, surgical co-management, and the promotion of optometric residency programs. Since becoming a faculty member, Dr. Ensor has lectured both nationally and internationally on ocular disease management and ocular injection procedures. He received a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology/Toxocology from Michigan State University in 2013 and is currently teaching the Systemic Pharmacology courses at SCO.
Dr. Ensor is a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society.
Daniel Fuller, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Daniel G. Fuller, OD, FAAO, FSLS is a 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He began his career in a hospital-based setting in the US Navy. He spent 15 years in private practice as owner of a multi-site solo practice emphasizing medical eye and specialty contact lens services. His academic career began in 1987 and currently holds the rank of associate professor. Present duties include Chief, Cornea Contact Lens Service/Tear Well Advanced Dry Eye Treatment and Supervisor of the Cornea Contact Lens Refractive Surgery residency at The Eye Center, Southern College of Optometry. He lectures nationally, has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, posters and performed numerous original clinical research as well as clinical trials. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Subba Gollamudi, MD
Subba Gollamudi, MD was raised in Memphis. He went to Washington University in St. Louis and earned his BA (Summa Cum Laude). He earned his medical degree from Yale University Medical School and completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. He completed a corneal fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami, and received advanced training in laser, surgical and medical treatment of diseases of the cornea.He did additional research work at the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis. Prior to joining Eye Specialty Group in 1994, Dr. Gollamudi was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology from 1992 to 1994.
Dr. Gollamudi’s professional memberships include the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons, International Society for Refractive Keratoplasty, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology and Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society.
Dr. Gollamudi’s special interests include Lasik and other refractive surgeries, which he performs often. He also teaches and researches eye disease and treatment. Dr. Gollamudi has lectured across the nation and has published papers on his research and surgery results.
Alicia Groce, OD, FAAO
Dr. Alicia Groce is an Instructor at the Southern College of Optometry and is serving as the Faculty Course Master for the Spring Continuing Education Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clark University, a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and a Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Groce completed a one year residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
During her residency, Dr. Groce received specialized training in the areas of pediatric optometry, infant vision, binocular vision, vision therapy, strabismus and amblyopia, autism and traumatic brain injury. She helped teach the binocular vision, visual perceptual and strabismus and amblyopia laboratories.
Dr. Groce’s areas of interest include vision therapy, traumatic brain injury, autism, vision development, learning related vision problems and infant vision care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometric Extension Program (OEP). She is an investigator with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and an InfantSEE provider.
Paul Harris, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr. Paul Alan Harris is a 1979 Graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry who since September of 2010 is a Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Didactically he teaches Amblyopia and Strabismus and Pediatrics. Clinically he is involved in Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Hospital Based Care for ABI/TBI, Pediatrics and Electrodiagnostics. He is also actively involved in research working on new ways to measure stereo acuity, visual acuity and looking into how color can help patients with TBI/ABI, migraine and seizure disorders.
His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), the American Academy of Optometry (1999) and the National Academies of Practice (2013). He currently serves as the President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).
In 1991 Dr. Harris founded the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry (BABO) to help expand the quantity and quality of behavioral optometric care available to the public. These courses are now part of the OEPF’s educational base and are known as the Clinical Curriculum, which provides hands-on small-group post-graduate clinical education in the field of behavioral vision care. Over 1000 optometrists and vision therapists in the US and abroad have taken part in one or more of these courses.
Cynthia Heard, OD, FAAO
Dr. Heard is a 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She did her residency in Geriatric and Vision Rehabilitation at the Birmingham Alabama VA in 1992. Dr. Heard was an assistant professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry (TOSUCO) until 2007 when she joined the faculty at the Southern College of Optometry. Now an associate professor, Dr. Heard’s areas of interest include nutrition and eye health, ocular disease management, and low vision care.
Dr. Heard is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), National Optometric Association (NOA), Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP), West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society (WTOPS), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is currently a Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) Reviewer, SCO Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation Residency Low Vision co-supervisor, and an AOA Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) Consultant. She is past president of the National Optometric Association.
Karen Kehbein, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr. Karen Kehbein is an assistant professor at the Southern College of Optometry and is serving as the Faculty Course Master for the Fall Continuing Education Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Kehbein completed a one year residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the Southern College of Optometry.
Before joining the faculty at SCO, Dr. Kehbein previously taught at the Michigan College of Optometry in the areas of pediatrics, binocular vision, and vision therapy. Dr. Kehbein's areas of interest include vision development, infant vision care, learning related vision disorders, and vision therapy, and she is an investigator with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG). She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Additionally, she is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP). She has also served as a staff doctor on optometric service trips through Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH), and she is an InfantSEE provider.
Christopher Lievens, OD, MS, FAAO
Chris Lievens is the Chief of Staff and Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Lievens has been employed in private practice, an ophthalmology referral center and he served in the United States Air Force. Dr. Lievens is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Region Chair of the Academy’s Admittance Committee. He is currently on the Part III Council of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Lievens conducts research in glaucoma, dry eye, uveitis and contact lens care. Dr. Lievens is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology.
Dennis Mathews, OD, FAAO
Dr. Dennis E. Mathews received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 1982 and completed the Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1983.
Dr. Mathews is an associate professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, where he teaches glaucoma and neuro-eye disease. He was co-director of the Memphis Health Center Eye Clinic and Center Director at Omni Eye Services of Memphis until 1993.
Dr. Mathews continues to practice Consultative Optometry with the Eye Specialty Group, having joined the practice in 1993. He is a past member of the Tennessee Board of Optometry.
Dr. Mathews has lectured extensively throughout the world and has published numerous articles and studies. His primary areas of interest are diseases of the eye with emphasis on medical glaucoma and neuro-optometry.
Jared Powelson, OD ‘96
Dr. Powelson is a 1996 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry. He completed his Fellowship in Ocular Disease at Southern Eye Associates here in Memphis. After completing his Fellowship, Dr. Powelson practiced at Southern Eye Associates rising to become Assistant Center Director. He then went into private practice in Memphis. Dr. Powelson began teaching at SCO part-time in 2000. An associate professor, Dr. Powelson is the instructor of record for Ophthalmic Lasers and Perioperative Management (OPT 320) and the instructor for Seminar in Practice Management (OPT318). He frequently lectures on coding and billing to the second and third year students. He has presented multiple continuing education lectures in the areas of ocular disease, ophthalmic lasers, and practice management at different referral centers, SCO, and UT Memphis.
Dr. Powelson’s professional areas of interest are family practice optometry, ocular disease, specialty and routine contact lens fitting, and pre- and post-operative care of ocular surgeries. He supervises students in a clinical setting at The Eye Center in the Adult Primary Care and Contact Lens Services.
Dr. Powelson is an avid volunteer for such organizations as the Church Health Center and the Memphis Arthritis Walk Planning Committee where he has served as co-chair, corporate sponsorship, and logistics. Dr. Powelson is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry.
Jennifer Sanderson, OD, FAAO
Jennifer Sanderson, a London, Ontario native, received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2005 from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is affiliated with the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
Dr. Sanderson is currently an Associate Professor at the Southern College of Optometry, where she supervises the primary care examinations of patients in the affiliated Eye Center. She assists in several labs, and is the instructor of record in a class that has a primary focus on the education of various diseases in a clinically relevant manner. She is the Assistant Director of Residency Programs.
Dr. Sanderson is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP) and West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society (WTOPS). She is a consultant to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and is a regular instructor of the Injections Workshop held at the annual meeting.
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO
Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from Cornell University, graduating with Distinction in 1985 and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 1989. He completed a Residency in Primary Care at PCO (now Salus University) in 1990.
In 1992, Dr. Sowka accepted a university appointment at Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now Nova Southeastern University). Dr. Sowka has been at Nova Southeastern for 24 years and is currently a Professor. He has developed and teaches the course in Glaucoma and Vitreoretinal Disease for the past 22 years. He is currently the longest tenured faculty member within the college. Dr. Sowka has authored numerous refereed journal publications and textbook chapters. Dr. Sowka is on the Editorial Review Board for Review of Optometry and is a Contributing Editor for that journal as well as numerous others. He is the lead author on The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management, now in its 18th edition. He also coauthors Therapeutic Review column in Review of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and an Executive Board member for both societies. He is currently the President of the Optometric Glaucoma Foundation. He is the Vice Chair of the Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also on the Advisory Board and Professional Speakers Bureau for numerous companies. Dr. Sowka has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.
Jennifer Snyder, OD ‘12
Dr. Jennifer Snyder, a Memphis native, received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Family Practice at West Tennessee Eye in Memphis, TN. In 2013 Dr. Snyder joined SCO faculty. She currently teaches courses in biochemistry, ocular pharmacology, integrative analysis and introductory laboratories. Clinically, she supervises students in Adult Primary Care and Advanced Care Ocular Disease at The Eye Center at the Southern College Optometry and University Eye Center at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, West Tennessee Optometric Physicians, and Germantown Lions Club.
Gregory Wolfe, OD, MPH, FAAO
Gregory Wolfe, OD, MPH, FAAO is a 2001 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, then completed a residency in ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL). Following residency, Dr. Wolfe joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of the UIC Eye Clinic at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL. While on faculty, Dr. Wolfe earned his MPH in Health Policy & Administration from the UIC School of Public Health. In 2008, Dr. Wolfe joined the staff at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ where he served as the residency coordinator for the ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation residency program. In 2015, Dr. Wolfe joined the faculty of the Southern College of Optometry as Associate Professor.
Dr. Wolfe has held various leadership appointments within professional associations, most notably he is a past Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Vision Care Section, a previous member of the National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Planning Committee, and has Chaired the Health Promotion Committee of the American Optometric Association (AOA). Currently he serves as the Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Optometry's Chapters Committee, sits on the Action Board of APHA, and is a member of AOA’s Evidence-Based Optometry Committee.