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2019 SPEAKERS


 
Dr. Jason Clopton
O.D., FCOVD
 
Dr. Jason Clopton is a 1999 graduate of Southern College of Optometry. He is the director of the Center of Vision Development, Pllc. and managing partner of the Centers of Development, Pllc. referral centers for pediatrics and neuro re/habilitation in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA.
 
Dr. Clopton has presented numerous lectures worldwide on the Optometric subjects of neurological pathways for vision, neuro-optometry, visual function with brain injury, vestibular interactions with visual function, practice management in a therapy office, pediatrics, strabismus, amblyopia, nutrition and vision, and coding and billing for vision therapy and neuro-re/habilitation. In 2002 he was awarded the Tennessee – “Young Optometrist of the Year”.  
 
Dr. Clopton has attained Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2006 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2013.  He is a former board member of the College Of Optometrists in Vision Development and Tennessee Brain Injury Association.  He is currently the Chairman of the Vision Re/habilitation Committee for the American Optometric Association (AOA).  Along with 5 others, he is authoring the AOA Concussion Manual (to be released) and co-wrote the AOA Guidelines for - Coding and Billing for Vision Therapy and Neuro-re/habilitation.  He has co-authored chapters Optometric Management of Functional Vision Disorders and The Optometric Practice in the book “Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs” – First Edition.  He is also U.S. Patent holder for– System And Method For Real Time Monitoring And Dynamic Treatment Of Oculomotor Conditions.  US Patent # 8,845,099 granted September 30, 2014.
 


 
Meredith Graham
B.App Sc Optom (Hons) FACBO
 
Meredith Graham (nee Abbott) graduated Bachelor Applied Science (Optometry) at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia, in 1997 with First Class Honours. She has worked in both corporate and independent optometry practices. Currently, she is in practice with her husband Paul Graham, also an OEP faculty member, on the Gold Coast.

Meredith became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists in 2011. Meredith’s professional interests include: paediatric vision care, vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Meredith began her journey with the OEP Clinical Curriculum in 2006 and became an instructor in training in 2014. 

Meredith and Paul have 3 children. Together, they enjoy their coastal lifestyle, swimming, boating and paddling in the surf and creeks, with the mountains just a short 30 minute drive to the west. As a family, they have travelled and camped around Australia, amongst their most notable trips, camping in the Simpson Desert and touring Kakadu National Park. 

Meredith has volunteered numerous times for AHHA (Australian Health Humanitarian Aid, previously the Vietnam Vision Project), providing optometric pre-operative care for cataract surgery in Vietnam. She joined Rotary International in 2006, and whilst serving, her favourite role was as District Chair of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), helping senior secondary students to discover emerging careers in science. 
Meredith enjoys teaching and educating others about the importance of vision. She regular speaks at schools and for community groups, as well as to her peers. 
 
Awards:
  • Named Paul Harris Fellow 2012 
  • President’s Award (ACBO) for Service to Behavioural Optometry 2013
  • 10 year service Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads 2016
 


 
Curt Baxstrom
MA,OD,FCOVD,FAAO,FNORA
 

Curtis R. Baxstrom received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1984 from Pacific University College of Optometry(PUCO).  After Optometry school he completed a Master’s degree in Reading at Seattle Pacific University.  He is currently in private practice in Federal Way specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation.  His practice consists of special needs patients, learning disabled children and patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or stroke.  He is also adjunct faculty at PUCO where he helps teach several courses and is director of the Vision Northwest-Vision Rehabilitation Residency Program.  He has privileges at multiple rehabilitation hospitals and also consults at the Good Samaritan and Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy Unit.  He is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, American Academy of Optometry and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. 
 
In 1989 he was named, Young OD of the Year for the State of California.  In 2018 he received the G.N. Getman award from COVD and the Advancement of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation award from NORA.  He has lectured on a variety of visual topics in the areas of child development, learning, visual rehabilitation and vision therapy both nationally and internationally.  He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.  He is also active in the community and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Kent Lions Club. 
 
In his spare time he enjoys and teaching and leading climbs for the Tacoma Branch of the Mountaineers.  
 


 
 
 
Charles Shidlofsky
O.D., FCOVD
 
 
  • Graduated 1988 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN;  In practice for 30 years in the Plano Texas (Dallas area)
  • Adjunct Professor of Optometry at UH College of Optometry, UIWRSO College of Optometry, Western University College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry
  • Residency Director- Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas through Southern College of Optometry
  • Clinical Director for Special Olympics Texas
  • Consultative Optometry- Centre for Neuro Skills, Pate Rehabilitation, Encompass Health and others
  • On Medical Staff: Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation-Frisco and Ft. Worth and Encompass Health-Plano
  • Team Vision Coach/Eye doctor:  FC Dallas (MLS), Allen Americans (ECHL) and Texas Revolution (Arena Football)
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Secretary-Treasurer
  • International Sports Vision Association- Founder and Vice President
  • International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabiliation, 2nd VP
  • Frequent lecturer on the subjects of Vision testing and rehabilitation after a TBI/ABI. Sports Vision, Developmental Vision, specialty contact lenses and medical/allied medical co-management
 

 
                                                                                          
Tracey Erin Smith 
 

Tracey Erin Smith is an international award-winning theatre and television director, writer, performer and instructor. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of SOULO Theatre in Toronto, New York City and Totnes, England and a thought leader in using personal stories for transformation.

Tracey directs and performs Off-Broadway in New York and is the creator of the documentary TV series; DRAG HEALS (Amazon Prime) and She’s The Man (Air Canada). She won Best of the Fringe (Toronto and NYC), Broadway World Award (NYC), Audience Choice Award (NYC), and has directed hundreds of solo shows that have been performed in festivals around the world. Tracey Erin Smith is a "Tour de Force Theatre Artist" who works with people from all walks of life to help them tell their life stories on stage including; actors, doctors, homemakers, comedians, bankers, lawyers, clergy, drag queens and everyone in between. 

 
 
 
 
 
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