We could not get through these unprecedented times without our healthcare workers, and especially ECPs for continuing to provide essential eye care during the Covid-19 pandemic. In our June issues, we have special messages of thanks from our advertisers supporting our EyecareHeroes. The Jobson Optical Group will donate to Project C.U.R.E. who helps healthcare practitioners in the U.S. get PPE.
Do you know an Eyecare Hero? Someone who has gone above and beyond, given back, done something special for a charity or group? Nominate them today, click here.
Dr. Arlene E. Schwartz
Forest Hills, NY
Dr. Schwartz goes above and beyond what most optometrists do. Prior to the shutdown, she was seeing patients until all practices closed during the lockdown in New York. She then continued practicing with telemedicine appointments for all of her patients with ocular issues. Then she reopened the practice with full safety compliance measures in place.
Nominated by Gary Frideman,
Dr. Sophia Visanji
New York, NY
Dr. Sophia Visanji is an amazing role model, who is a hard working, dedicated doctor to her patients. Especially during this uncertain period, Sophia has easily and quickly adapted to connect with her patients remotely providing telehealth appointments to ensure they receive needed care. She is a champion on eye health social media.
Nominated by Shaleen Ratansi,
Director of Marketing,
New York, NY
In addition to being a sales rep for ClearVision, she also does a lot of training and classes for ABO certification. She is always available and cares about each person she works with. She went above and beyond to help me pass my certification. She supported me all the way through.
Nominated by Dr. Caitlin Wicka,
San Juan Eye Center,
Dr. Naheed Kassam
The Eye Center,
Dr. Kassam led efforts to recruit doctor volunteers to donate exams as part of LensCrafters Cares. His efforts will help those impacted by COVID-19 and provide help to upwards of 22,000 people across the LensCrafters brand with affiliated doctors donating exams, LensCrafters donating lenses and OneSight identifying local patients.
Nominated by Ross Goukler,
VP Eye Care, LensCrafters, Luxottica,
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Steve Davis has personally been delivering frame orders and picking up frames that need repairs from the homes of his clients at no additional cost. He continues to do this with a focus on helping senior citizens.
Nominated by Nicole Young,
Dr. Stephanie Tong
Provision Eyecare Center,
During the pandemic, Dr. Stephanie Tong has been continually helping her patients. She has donated PPE, helped patients with eye concerns and has hand-delivered prescription eyeglasses to patients.
Nominated by Winston Fleming,
Staff, Provision Eyecare Center,
Dr. Jarrett Johnson
Primary Eye Care,
New Orleans, LA
Throughout COVID-19, Dr. Johnson helped keep patients out of emergency rooms and hospitals by providing emergency eyecare. She volunteered to assist COVID-19 testing and distribute masks to high-risk populations, like the homeless. She is also involved with “Feed the Second Line” which provides meals to musicians in New Orleans.
Nominated by Dr. Gordon Jennings,
Owner - Gordon W. Jennings OD, PC, and
VSP Global Board Chairman,
Director of Partnerships & Programs
The Vision Council,
Tarrence, @theopticalcpoet, connects the eyecare community in truly meaningful and important relationships. His launch of Vision Expo's virtual EYE2EYE Series sounds like just another Zoom, but leaves participants feeling inspired each time. In June, he helped raise over $38,000 for diversity and inclusion groups through The Vision Council's “Open Your Eyes” Frame Vendue.
Nominated by Angela Harar,
Senior Director, Shows,
The Vision Council, Alexandria, VA
Dr. Jennifer Chinn
Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care,
San Diego, CA
Besides being a wonderful clinician, Dr. Jenn is dedicated to her profession and dedicates her time, both inside and outside of the office, educating and caring for others. She is always looking for ways to contribute to the profession and to our local community.
Nominated by Dr. Stephen Chinn,
Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care, San Diego, CA
Dr. Erick Smith
Briggs Vision Group,
Dr. Erick Smith and his staff are very accommodating to all of their patients but what
sets them apart is their work with missionaries. At a moment’s notice, Dr. Smith offers
care and discounts on glasses and contacts to those missionaries who have just
entered into town.
Nominated by Miranda Thomas, LDO,
Briggs Vision Group, Dunwoody GA
Dr. Lorie Lippiatt
Salem Eyecare Center,
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Lippiatt has put patient care first despite the risks. She has set the standard for how to adapt to a new way to deliver eyecare by continuing to see patients and keeping medical cases out of the emergency room.
Nominated by Robyn Crimmins, VSP,
Division Vice President
Dr. Michael Ciszek
Visionary Eye Care,
A commitment to eye health is required by ECPs, but Dr. Michael Ciszek goes beyond that. He volunteers his time in a leadership role with VOSH International and during the world’s current pandemic he has been urgently developing tele-medicine care for patients.
Nominated by Jamar Holloway,
Director of Operations,
Visionary Eye Care, Chicago, IL