Letter From Our President

I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to get out of the office for a bit!!  Hang in there! Cooler weather is almost here. 

In anticipation of the year 2020, we are still asking each OD in Arizona to help support optometry. Please consider participating in the $20/$20 initiative which is to donate $20 per month over the next year to both AOA PAC and OPACA.  That’s only $480 a year for practice insurance.  Not a bad deal.  For AOA PAC, text AOAAZ  to 41444 to access their site.  For OPACA, go to www.azoa.org/page-1075184 .          

We had a great turnout at our COPE and Cocktails event (Sold Out) in July at the Culinary Dropout in Tempe.  Special thanks to Dr. Ken O’Daniel for organizing the event.  Three hours of CE were provided by two local retina specialists.  Dr. Danielle Remington and Kate Diedrickson also helped make it a successful evening.  The next COPE and Cocktails event is at the Culinary Dropout in Tucson, September 23, 2019.  Thanks to Dr. Jamie Kuhn for getting this event organized in Tucson.  We are hoping to get a COPE and Cocktails event planned in the Flagstaff area in 2020.  Please see our CE/Event page at AZOA.org for more details. 

In August, AZOA and Johnson & Johnson Vision partnered for a Young OD event (out of school 10 years or less) at Mastro’s City Hall in Scottsdale.  Special thanks to Dr. Danielle Remington and Dr. Dave Coulson for putting that event together.  We had about 20 in attendance as well as many AZOA board members. Dr. Steve Cohen discussed some great practice management pearls with us to implement into our practices.  It was great to meet and get to know the rising generation of ODs in Arizona.  Thanks Dr. Cohen! The next young OD event is October 16th at the Henry in Phoenix.  Thanks to Aerie Pharmaceuticals for their support for this upcoming event.  To register, please visit aeriereg.tsgmeded.com/and use 49767 as the Event Code.     

Just before school started this year, I had the opportunity of welcoming the incoming class at the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University.  It was awesome to get to meet these excited future optometrists.  AZOA continues to support the students of Optometry and help them see the value of organized optometry.           

Also in August, The Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation (AzOCF) awarded the Arizona College of Optometry $9,425 to help with its efforts to help Arizona’s citizens in need with eye care services.  As you are tax planning for 2019, please consider donating up to $400 per individual or $800 as a couple to AzOCF.  AzOCF is a qualifying charitable organization which means donations made qualify as a direct tax credit on your Arizona state income taxes.  For more information, go to azocf.com.       

Anyone looking for a fun CE getaway?  The annual GWCO meeting in Portland is October 10 – October 13.  Come join us in this great city for some great CE!  

Don’t forget our annual AZOA Fall Congress in Sedona November 15-17 at the Hilton Sedona Resort.  14 hours of COPE approved CE. 

Please let me know what I can do to make your AZOA experience better.  What scope changes would you like to see?  What concerns do you have for the future of optometry in Arizona?  I’d love to hear from you.  My email address is drwold@santaneyecare.com.  Hope to see everyone at our Fall Congress in Sedona this November!

Connect, Evolve and Thrive.

2019-2020 AZOA President, Dr. Jon Wold






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