Women In Optometry Welcomes New 2020 Board Members

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WO is pleased to announce the newest additions to its advisory board.


Mamie Chan, OD, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was born into a family of optometrists and took over the reins of her father's practice in 2000. She’s been involved with organized optometry on many levels: she has served as president of the New Mexico Optometric Association, and Dr. Chan is currently in the Research and Information Resource Group for the American Optometric Association. She is on the board for the Great Western Council of Optometry as the New Mexico Director, and this year received the OD of the Year award from that organization. She was also the 2018 OD of the Year for New Mexico. Her solo practice focus on primary care and has a large pediatric population and recently moved into a new location in the same building—that her father had constructed in the 1970s.


Nikki Iravani, OD, of Santa Clara, California, is founder and CEO of EyeXam Optometry and the EyeXam™ app, a self-guided vision screening using a mobile device and the second most downloaded free app in the medical category on iTunes. In opening the flagship location of EyeXam in Silicon Valley, Dr. Iravani combined her decades of experience in clinical practice and clinical research with the latest eye care technology, personalized care and a blend of eye wear fashion and fun to create this new experience. Prior to founding EyeXam, Dr. Iravani was the vice president of clinical and professional affairs at CooperVision.


Alison Jensen, of Seattle, Washington, will graduate with the class of 2020 from University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. During her studies, she served as vice president of the American Optometric Student Association. Next year, she will join her father in the practice that her grandfather opened. Dr. Jensen says that she’s been inspired by many women she’s worked with as both peers and faculty, and she appreciate their perspectives on entering the medical workforce including the significance of a healthy work-life balance.


Viola Kanevsky, OD, of New York, New York, is a pediatric optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side for 25 years. She owes much to the community that fostered her personal happiness and professional success and tries to give back to it whenever she can. She is vice president of the New York State Optometric Association; a member of the Board of Directors of the Optometric Society of the City of New York; is proud to hold editorial roles for optometric publications; is involved in philanthropy as a trustee for the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, which produces the Ship of Tolerance, an international art project whose goal is to promote tolerance amongst children of differing cultures, and is the treasurer of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.


Sidra Qadri, OD, of Los Angeles, California, is an associate OD at Dougherty Laser Vision, and she co-manages patients internally for refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK, ICL, Toric ICL, and RLE, as well as cataract surgery patients and keratoconus patients with treatment such as Crosslinking & Intacs. She is a graduate of the Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas, and completed externships in ocular disease at Community Eye Care Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, primary care optometry and ocular disease management at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, and refractive surgery co-management in San Antonio.


Jessilin Quint, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO, is a Texas native who owns a practice with three locations, 50 employees and seven full-time ODs in Maine. She is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and she received her optometry degree from Indiana University in 2014 and she completed an ocular disease & primary care residency at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago in 2015. She is passionate about education and also has two Masters Degrees: a MBA in healthcare management and a MS in molecular biology. Dr. Quint is an active volunteer in the optometric industry and serves on the Executive Meetings Committee for the AOA and is a board member of Maine Optometric Association.

WO also thanks the doctors who have completed their two-year term and will be leaving the board this year: Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA; Nhung Brandenburg, OD; Tonyatta Hairston, OD; Barbara Horn, OD; Mary Anne Murphy, OD; and Carey Patrick, OD.

Six members will remain on the board with the new additions: Jenny Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO; Lillian Kalaczinski, OD; Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO; Mona Sood, OD; Annabelle Storch, OD; and Shauna Thornhill, OD.