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Hefner VA Medical Center Optometry Service
 Salisbury, North Carolina

Supporting the Veterans Health Administration’s
 Training & Education Mission

Optometry Training Program
 Hefner VA Medical Center
Salisbury, North Carolina

 Clinical Overview

  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Specialty Contact Lens Clinics
  • Advanced Low Vision Clinic
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinics
  • Polytrauma/TBI Clinics
  • Rotations with Ophthalmology Subspecialties

• Glaucoma
• Retina
• Cornea


Six positions available 2016/2017




2015-16 Optometry Residents

  • Mary Bowen (UAB)
  • Kevin Hart (SCO)
  • Ashley Stowe (SCO)
  • Aynsley Girardeau (UAB) 
  • Priya Joshi (UAB)
  • Becky McLaughlin (NOVA)



Externship Program

Active educational program serving six affiliated schools or colleges of optometry


Academic Affiliations

Residency Program in Primary Eye Care
  • Affiliated with Southern College of Optometry

Six Affiliated Externship Programs
  • Southern College of Optometry
  • Salus University (PCO)
  • The Ohio State University
  • NOVA Southeastern University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Illinois College of Optometry


About the Salisbury VA

  • One of the top five fastest growing VAMCs
  • Third largest optometry program in the VA
  • Optometry Service made up of over 40 staff based at four locations – including 19 staff optometrists
  • On-Site Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea & Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Optometry Service (Organized under the hospital’s Chief of Staff):
    • Over 44,000 eye examinations
    • Over 80,000 patient encounters (including low vision, telehealth, etc.)


Clinical Experience

Work with experienced providers from multiple disciplines
  • Residents rotate with retina, glaucoma & cornea specialists
    * Weekly case conferences and lecture presentations



Common Clinical Experiences

Emphasis on Ocular Disease
  • Diabetic and other vascular diseases
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma management
    • Almost 3,000 active patients with glaucoma
  • Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
    • Extensive experience with posterior segment
    • On-site imaging & laboratory
    • All medical records, images and reports available on the electronic medical record


Expanded Clinical Experiences

Advanced Low Vision (Residents & Externs)
  • Staff doctors with extensive training and experience
  • Wide range of low vision devices and equipment
  • Multidisciplinary staff including certified staff in Low Vision Therapy, Orientation & Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Training, and Computer
  • Access
Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation (Residents & Externs)
  • Experience with Acquired Brain Injury (Trauma, CVA, etc)
Specialty Contact Lenses (Residents)
Medically necessary contact lenses
  • Keratoconus
  • Post refractive
  • Anisometropia
  • High refractive error
  • Glare protective
  • Prosthetic lenses
Geriatric care (Residents & Externs)
  • Extensive experience with older patients
  • Bedside eye exams (occasional)
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic
    • Separate Multi-disciplinary clinic including optometry
Research (available upon request)
  • Opportunity to collaborate with local VA optometry researchers with over $1.8 million in funding for vision related projects


Facilities

Salisbury VA Medical Center
  • Main hospital & Eye Clinics
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • In-Patient, Long-Term & Most Out-Patient Specialty Care
Kernersville VA Health Care Center
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • Advanced Low Vision
  • Specialty Contact Lenses
Charlotte VA Health Care Center
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • Advanced Low Vision
  • Specialty Contact Lenses


Salisbury VA Medical Center


Salisbury Optometry Clinic

  • 12 eye exam rooms (additional support rooms)
  • Cirrus OCT (Posterior segment)
  • Visante OCT (Anterior segment)
  • Humphrey field analyzer
  • Digital retinal camera
  • Digital slit lamp camera
  • Micro Perimeter
  • Octopus Visual field
  • Pentacam


Kernersville VA Health Care Center

Opening February 2016

  • 16 Exam Lanes
  • 2 Cirrus OCTs
    • with OCT angiography
  • Ocular Cameras
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Advanced Low Vision


Charlotte VA Health Care Center

Opening April 2016

  • 22 Exam Lanes
  • 2 Cirrus OCTs 
    • with OCT angiography
  • Pentacam
  • Ocular Cameras
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Advanced Low Vision


Faculty



Gary Mancil, OD, FAAO

Optometry Service Chief

  • SCO Graduate
  • Birmingham VA/UAB Residency
    • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • UAB School of Behavioral Sciences
    • Graduate Certificate in Social Gerontology
  • Former UAB Faculty Member
  • Former Full-Time Private Practice
  • Funded Researcher and Former Chair of R&D Committee at Salisbury VAMC
  • Author & Lecturer


Jeff Joy, OD, FAAO

  • Salisbury VA Optometry Residency Director
  • IU graduate
    • six month rotation at Bascom-Palmer Institute
  • Residency, Baltimore VAMC
  • Author & Lecturer
  • NBEO examiner


Charles (Jack) Davis, OD, MA, MPH, MHA

  • UAB graduate
  • Masters Degrees
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Health Administration
  • Residency, Tuscaloosa VAMC
  • Former Faculty Member NSU
  • Former Full-Time Private Practice
  • Assistant Chief Optometry Service


Ania Hamp, OD, FAAO

  • NSU Graduate
  • Residency, Memphis VAMC
  • Private practice experience in multidisciplinary practice
  • Author & Lecturer
  • NC state board examiner
  • NBEO examiner
  • Chief, Charlotte Optometry Section


Robert Morris, OD, FAAO

  • Ohio State Optometry Graduate
  • Residency, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Private practice experience in a multi-disciplinarypractice
  • Author & Lecturer
  • NBEO examiner
  • Chief, Teleretinal Imaging Section



Diana Mah, OD, FAAO

  • PCO Graduate
  • Residency, Salisbury VAMC
  • Private practice experience in a solo optometry practice
  • Author & Lecturer
  • NBEO examiner
  • Chief, Winston-Salem Optometry Section


Philip Roels, OD, FAAO

  • Michigan College of Optometry
  • Residency, Kansas City VAMC
  • Private practice experience in multidisciplinary practice
  • Author & Lecturer




Susan Yee, OD, FAAO

  • UAB graduate
  • Residency, Salisbury VAMC
  • Private optometry practice experience






Joan Sears, OD, FAAO

  • ICO graduate
  • Residency, Illinois Eye Institute, Primary Care
  • Former ICO Faculty
  • Private optometry practice experience
  • Author & Lecturer
  • NBEO examiner
  • Researcher
  • Extern Coordinator


Kristin Richwine, OD, FAAO

  • IU graduate
  • Residency, Marion, IL VAMC
  • Private Practice Experience







Felix M. Barker, II, OD, MS, FAAO

  • Vision Center of Excellence Staff (VAand DoD)
  • IU graduate
  • Masters in Vision Science (University of Houston)
  • Former Professor and Dean of Research, PCO at Salus University
  • Active Researcher





Elizabeth Cody, OD

  • ICO graduate
  • Residency, Salisbury VA Medical Center
  • Private optometry practice experience
  • Author & Lecturer





Justin Cole, OD

  • NECO graduate
  • Residency, White River Junction VA Medical Center
  • AOA Federal Relations Committee
  • Private optometry practice experience






Jarett Mazzarella, OD, FAAO

  • PCO graduate
  • Residency, Salisbury VA Medical Center
  • Private optometry practice experience
  • NBEO examiner



Patti Fuhr, OD, FAAO

  • OD University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Residency in Geriatrics and Low Vision Rehabilitation, Birmingham VAMC
  • PhD in Physiological Optics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Specialty: Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Research: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Quality of Life, Outcomes
  • Position: Chief, Advanced Low Vision Section


Kristine Loo, OD

  • Staff Optometrist
  • Primary Care Residency at W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC, Salisbury, NC, 2013-14
  • Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, Class of 2013
  • Furman University, Greenville, SC, Class of 2007 (BS) and Class of 2008 (MS)


Meredith Leblanc, OD

  • Staff Optometrist- Charlotte CBOC
  • Primary Care Residency Salisbury VA Medical Center
  • Private Practice Experience





Shradha S. Parikh, OD

  • Staff Optometrist-Charlotte CBOC
  • U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Residency, Kansas City VAMC
  • Experience in vision rehabilitation for Low Vision and TBI


Kathy Halverson, OD, FAAO

  • NSU Graduate
  • Residency, New Mexico VAMC
  • Former Chief, New Mexico VAHCS (1996-2014)
  • Research/Author: Glaucoma
  • Staff Optometrist, Charlotte Optometry Section


Aaron Tarbett, OD, FAAO

  • Staff Optometrist
  • Ohio State Optometry Graduate
  • Former White House Optometry Consultant and Chief of Optometry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Researcher, Author & Lecturer
  • Private practice experience



Ophthalmology Section Staff

  • Chandra Altemare, MD
    Ophthalmology Chief
    NEI Uveitis Fellowship trained
  • Greg Kaufmann, MD
    Cornea Fellowship trained
  • Rupal Chiniwalla, MD
    Glaucoma Fellowship trained
  • Bob Green, MD
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Thomas Brewington, MD
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology


Salisbury VA Residency Program Strengths

  • Diverse backgrounds of staff ODs representing multiple optometry training programs
  • Large patient volume
  • Weekly educational conferences
    • Case presentations
    • Fluorescein discussion
    • OCT discussion
    • Lectures by Staff Doctors and Residents


Committed to Veteran Care and Educating Future Generations of Optometrists

Contact:
Jeffrey T. Joy, OD, FAAO
Residency Supervisor
Jeffrey.Joy1@va.gov