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Dr. Marc B. Taub is currently Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services and an Associate Professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He teaches vision therapy and is currently active in clinical research. He is also a supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.


 

Dr. Cynthia G. Heard is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. Her professional areas of interest are diabetes patient education, nutrition and eye health, ocular disease management, and vision care for individuals with behavioral conditions. She is also a supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.


 

Dr. Mary Bartuccio was appointed Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry and is currently evaluating and managing patients in the Eye Center in the Pediatric, Teen and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation clinics.


Dr. Marie Bodack Dr. Bodack has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of pediatric topics. She currently serves as the Chief of the Pediatric Primary Care Department.


Dr. Janette Dumas is an Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry. She provides patient care as an attending optometrist at The Eye Center in Pediatric Primary Care and Vision Therapy. In the didactic setting, she teaches Optometry Theory and Methods IV and involved with laboratories in pediatrics, vision therapy, strabismus, and amblyopia. Dr. Dumas earned her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2003 at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. She then completed the Pediatric Residency at Southern College of Optometry. She has served as an investigator on multi-center research studies on amblyopia and on the correction of hyperopia in children.


Dr. Alicia Groce is an Instructor at the Southern College of Optometry. 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.



Dr. Paul A. Harris is a 1979 graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. He was in private practice in Baltimore, MD until joining SCO's faculty in September of 2010. His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999). He has published two series for the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), an organization that he currently serves as Vice President and a Clinical Curriculum Instructor.


Dr. Pamela Schnell, OD, FAAO, FCOVD is a co-supervisor for the Pediatrics and VT at The Eye Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). After completing her residency, she became a faculty member at the State University of New York College of Optometry, where she taught courses and supervised interns in the Pediatric and Infant Vision Clinics. She held clinical privileges at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she supervised externs and residents in the outpatient, inpatient, and emergency departments.


Dr. Julie Shalhoub earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and her Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. During her time at IUSO, she served as the student government president, honor council chair, and assisted in teaching several clinical laboratories. Following graduation, Dr. Shalhoub completed a one-year residency in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Shalhoub currently serves as a clinical instructor, supervising student clinicians in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation services. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).


Dr. Glen Steele is a professor at the Southern College of Optometry in the Pediatric Service with special emphasis on the vision care needs of the infant and young child. A past president of both the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, he is currently chair of the American Optometric Association's InfantSEE® Committee. Dr. Steele has lectured extensively throughout the USA and internationally in the area of infant vision development and care.



Dr. James E. Venable, a magna cum laude graduate of East Tennessee State University ('85), attended optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where he earned the Doctor of Optometry degree. He received intern training at the James H Quillen College of Medicine & V.A. Hospital and the Chattanooga Vision & Perception Center. Since entering practice, Dr. Venable has served as Director of Special Services, Director of Referral Services and Clinical Director for group private practices and referral centers while concentrating his clinical practice in pediatrics and binocular vision, laser vision correction and glaucoma. He has also been active in intern and resident programs having held adjunct faculty status at Southern College of Optometry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and the University of Houston College of Optometry. Currently Dr. Venable serves as the Vice President of Clinical Programs at Southern College of Optometry.



 

Dr. Melissa Zarn graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2009 and completed residency training in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics in 2010. Dr. Zarn spent 12 months working at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clinic. She, along with a dedicated vision therapy technician, established optometry and vision therapy services in the new TBI clinic. She provided primary optometric care and vision therapy services to Army, Air Force, Marine, and Navy service members both during and following deployment. As a provider in the TBI clinic, she worked closely with other members of the rehabilitation team including Physical and Occupation Therapy, Psychology, Speech and Language Pathology, and Neurology. Dr. Zarn also consulted on patients with military optometrists throughout the U.S. Army European Medical Command.