Leadership

Schaeffer PhotoDr. Jack Schaeffer, OD, FAAO
President

Dr. Jack L. Schaeffer practices in Birmingham Alabama where he is also president of a fifteen-location group practice and a refractive laser center. Dr. Schaeffer lectures internationally, serves on many industry boards and advisory panels, and is involved with numerous clinical studies on contact lenses, pharmaceuticals and equipment. He has recently authored a mini series on the history of contact lenses and the ontact lens specialty practice. He was Executive
Associate Editor of the International Contact Lens Leadership Summit organized by Eye and Contact Lens Journal. Dr. Schaeffer also served as Chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric society. He was the founding President of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry and has recently begun a second term in that capacity.

 

William Townsend 2012 croppedDr. William D. Townsend, OD, FAAO
Board Member

Dr. Townsend is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. I addition to his private practice he served for eleven years as a consultant at the VA Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Townsend is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and a preceptor for senior externs who rotate through his practice. Dr. Townsend conducts research in pharmaceutical agents, contact lens materials and solutions, with special emphasis on ocular surface disease and dry eye. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and president of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.

 

Dr. MastrodaDr. Katherine Mastrota, OD
Board Member

Dr. Mastrota, Omni Eye Surgery’s Regional Practice Ambassordor, graduated from New York University with a Master of Science degree in Biology and completed her Optometry degree at SUNY Optometry. The college later presented her with the Alumnae of the Year award in 2007. In addition, Dr. Mastrota is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Mastrota is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician. She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care, Refractive EyeCare and Optometry Times and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. Dr. Mastrota has a special interest in ocular surface disease and dry eye serves a the Clinical Director of The Dry Eye Center of Excellence at Omni Eye Surgery. Politically serving the optometric profession, Dr. Mastrota serves on the Board of Directors of the Optometric Society of the City of New York.

 

Dr. BarnettDr. Melissa Barnett, OD
Board Member

Dr. Melissa Barnett is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO) and serves on the Board of Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and serves as President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with her family, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex and Drew.

 

Headshot. Gaume GiannoniDr. Amber Gaume Giannoni, OD, FAAO
Board Member

Dr. Gaume Giannoni received her Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), and also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lens Research with the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center. She is certified in Texas as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at UHCO, teaching in the clinic, didactic and laboratory curriculums. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious UH System’s Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. She is the Director of the Dry Eye Center at the University Eye Institute, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Board member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry. She serves on the Editorial Board for Advanced Ocular Care and is a journal reviewer for Optometry and Optometry and Vision Science. Dr. Gaume Giannoni also writes for Contact Lens Spectrum and is the Co-Editor and contributing columnist for Ocular Surface News. Her primary interests include specialty contact lens fitting and the treatment of anterior segment disease with an emphasis on dry eye and Juvenile Arthritis-associated ocular conditions. She also enjoys seeing patients in a private practice setting.

 

Hauser PhotoDr. Whitney Hauser, OD
Board Member

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in 2003.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty as Assistant Professor, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hauser has authored many articles focusing on the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, the anterior segment and practice management. She has been an invited speaker across the United States and internationally.

Dr. Hauser servers as Clinical Development Consultant at TearWell: Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center and the Advanced Care and Ocular Disease Service at Southern College of Optometry. She is, also, founder and senior consultant for Signal Ophthalmic Consulting (SOC). SOC designs premier care plans for optometry and ophthalmology practices with an emphasis on dry eye care and cataract/refractive surgery.

Dr. Hauser serves on the board of Paragon BioTeck, RySurg, TearLab and Science Based Health. She, also, servers on the editorial board of Advanced Ocular Care.

 

William MillerWilliam L. Miller, OD, MS, PhD, FAAO
Board Member

Dr. William L. Miller is a Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word University. He received his O.D., a combined M.S./Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens and PhD in Physiological Optics at The Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics, International Society of Contact Lens Researchers and International Contact Lens Educators. He is on the editorial board of Eye and Contact Lenses and also serves as a contributing column editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and Board member for the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry. He is involved in the both the didactic and clinical education at the Rosenberg School of Optometry participating in patient care in the UIW Eye Institute.