Greetings MCO Family
These are exciting times for the Michigan College of Optometry! We have a beautiful new facility with nearly endless opportunities for enhanced student education, innovation, research and comprehensive patient care. The quality of our student education and strength of our clinical experience remains nationally-recognized. We have hired talented faculty with diverse interests and experiences. Recognizing the importance of connecting our graduates to the practice world we have initiated the Michigan Optometric Student Private Practice Association (MOSPPA), which holds a successful conference each year. Our optometric continuing education offerings continue to be an effective way to give back to our alumni and friends.
Above all, we are proud of the success of our alumni and the many differences you make in the lives of your patients, families and communities. As our MCO family, you are always welcome to stop by for a visit, reconnect with our staff, administrators, faculty and friends and take a tour of our marvelous facility.
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MCO Students Conquer NBEO Part 2 PAM
Congratulations to the MCO Class of 2012 who had a remarkable 100% on Part 2, Patient Assessment and Management of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry licensing examination. Our students were above the national average in every section of every discipline. The strength of our clinical program shines again. We are so proud of all of you!
MCO Welcomes New Faculty
As we said goodbye to a few faculty this year, we welcomed bright talent and renewed energy. Here are a couple of MCO's new educational leaders.
Amy Dinardo, OD, MBA, FAAO
Dr. Dinardo is an assistant professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. She graduated
with high distinction from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2007. One year later,
she completed a residency focusing on corneal diseases and specialty contact lenses.
In 2011, she earned a Master of Business Administration with an Advanced Studies Certificate
in Management Tools and Concepts. Dr. Dinardo has experience working in various modes
of practice, including private practice. Her interests include advanced contact lens
fitting, anterior segment disease, pediatrics, and practice management. Dr. Dinardo
is very active in organized optometry. She is the president of the West Michigan Optometric
Association (WMOA) and serves on committees for the Michigan Optometric Association
(MOA) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She is a fellow of the American
Academy of Optometry. Dr. Dinardo's top priorities are to provide an innovative learning
experience for her students as well as provide the highest quality eye care possible
to her patients.
Alison Jenerou, OD
Dr. Alison Jenerou is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. She completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Chemistry at Central Michigan University in 2007. She then attended NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she obtained her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011, receiving Honors and was awarded the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Clinical Excellence Award. One year later she completed a residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Michigan College of Optometry. Her areas of interest include vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and vision therapy, with current research in preschool vision screenings and peripheral visual awareness. Her current teaching responsibilities include supervising 3rd and 4th year interns at the University Eye Center’s Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Clinic and Primary Care clinic. As well as assisting in the Vision Therapy lab. Dr. Jenerou is currently pursuing a fellowship from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association’s Children’s Vision Committee and the American Academy of Optometry.
Congratulations, Class of 2012
On May 4, 2012, the graduating class of 2012 received their doctoral hoods during the MCO Hooding Ceremony in Williams Auditorium. Graduation took place on Saturday, May 5 at Wink Arena. Dr. Cron provided the welcome remarks. Brian Dornbos, OD gave the class address, providing humor and insight on the previous 4+ years. William Lakin, OD gave an inspirational address. The graduates, family and friends were welcomed with a catered reception at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Graduates, please drop us a line and let us know where you are practicing and what is new in your life!
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Did You Know?
The average MCO student today graduates with just under $100,000 in student debt.
Although MCO students have the lowest reported debt of any optometric institution,
the financial burden on new optometrists is still enormous and may prevent them from
entering the practice mode they desire or cause financial stress. YOU can make a
difference in the lives of our students by contributing to the MCO scholarship fund.
Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated by our intelligent, motivated students.
Giving is easy.
Alumni and Friends in the News
We are incredibly proud of our alumni and friends. Here are a few examples of the great work you are doing. PLEASE send us more!
Dr. Dan Fortenbacher was quoted in a MSN article on motion sickness.
Dr. Robert Kocembo has been granted certified diabetes educator status, one of the few ODs in the country to achieve this distinction.
Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, the founding Dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry, received the Vision Care Award from the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section in June for demonstrating excellent service to the community and the field of low vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Barbara Horn is a trustee of the American Optometric Association for 2012-13.
Dr. David Cook is the new president of the Michigan Optometric Association.
Dr. Rachael (Peterson) Wruble was named a Vision Monday 2012 Influential Women in
Optical Rising Star.
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