Keplr Vision Promotes Throne and Pistone in its Operations Group

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the promotion of Sarah Throne to senior vice president of business operations and Shondra Pistone to vice president of operations. Keplr noted in its announcement that “in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Sarah and Shondra worked tirelessly, providing leadership across the organization and overseeing initiatives that helped bring clinics back after all were shuttered for at least two weeks.” “The recent months have been filled with monumental challenges requiring real-time, complex decision making on a scale that no one could have ever predicted,” Keplr Vision chief operating officer Adam Rosengren said in the announcement. “These two individuals stepped up and worked tirelessly to help us weather the storm and ensure the safety of our patients and team members.”

Retina Consultants of America Announces Alliance With Minnesota’s VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:18 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, said Wednesday that it has established a new alliance with VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, which is based in Minnesota but serves patients across the upper Midwest.

CooperVision Names Rajeev Garg, PhD, as Global Head of Myopia Management Strategy

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision on Monday announced the appointment of Rajeev Garg, PhD, as global head of myopia management strategy. In this newly created role, he leads various myopia-related initiatives, including market development, acquisitions and joint ventures, technology licensing, and lifecycle management in this growing segment of vision care. Garg brings more than 20 years of experience in driving innovation and growth in health care, including optometry and ophthalmology. He most recently served as executive director, surgical marketing at Bausch + Lomb, and previously held senior marketing roles within Johnson & Johnson’s cataract, contact lens and sterilization businesses. Earlier in his career, he focused on pharmaceutical development at Abbott and Merck.

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

Shopko Optical Expands Team of Optometrists in Several Regions

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has added to its professional staff in several Midwest markets, according to recent announcements. Most recently, the optical retailer noted that Melinda Kennel, OD, has joined its team of optometrists in Nebraska. She will see patients in or near the Norfolk, Neb., area and has specialties in contact lens fitting, primary care, pediatric vision and vision therapy. “Dr. Kennel has a lifelong passion for eye care, and we are thrilled to have her join our exceptional staff of optometrists,” Shopko Optical chief executive officer Russ Steinhorst said in the announcement.

CooperVision Names Simon Seshadri to Lead Global Marketing

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Simon Seshadri as senior vice president, global marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for executive leadership and management for the company’s global marketing organization.

CooperVision Names First Best Practices Student Scholarship Recipients

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Following the announcement of its 2020 Best Practices honorees last month, CooperVision, Inc. has revealed the recipients of its new Best Practices Scholarship.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Names Dr. Rajesh K. Rajpal as Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Clinical and Medical Affairs

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Friday, April 24, 2020 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has appointed Rajesh K. Rajpal, MD, as chief medical officer and global head of clinical and medical affairs.

Alcon Names Lisa Praeger as Vice President of U.S. Vision Care Sales

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:22 AM FORT WORTH, Texas – Alcon has named longtime executive Lisa Praeger as its new vice president of U.S. vision care sales. She succeeds Ben Nobles, who has retired after 28 years at Alcon. The announcement came in a note distributed to eyecare professionals this week. Praeger joined Alcon in 1989 as a vision care sales representative in San Francisco, and she has held sales and leadership positions in pharma, vision care, surgical, and most recently, U.S. commercial operations.

Leo Lens Pharma Appoints Accomplished Ophthalmic Executive Dan Myers to Lead Company in Next Phase

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Leo Lens Pharma, an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on helping protect sight, has named Dan Myers CEO.

Versant Health Names Kristyn Parzynski as Vice President of Labor Sales

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, has named Kristyn Parzynski as its new vice president, labor sales.

Eye Health America Acquires Two Medical Optometric Practices in Pee Dee Region of South Carolina

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—Eye Health America (EHA), a leading eyecare practice management services organization in the Southeast, has acquired Dillon Eyecare Associates (DEA) and Pee Dee Eye Associates (PDEA), two “fabric of the community” optometry practices located in the Pee Dee region (between Columbia and Myrtle Beach) of South Carolina, according to an announcement this week. With locations in Dillon, Hartsville and Sumter, S.C., the DEA and PDEA practices are both “the go-to primary eyecare providers in their communities,” according to the announcement.

Vision Innovation Partners Announces Suspension of Most Office Services, Warby Parker Informs Customers of Store Closures for Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK and ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Two vision care businesses are among the first groups in the U.S. to announce that they will be instituting closures of their offices and store networks to prevent the spread of the oronavirus (COVID-19). In an announcement late yesterday, Vision Innovation Partners, a leading provider of ophthalmology services in the Mid-Atlantic region, said they are suspending all non-emergent appointments and surgeries for at least two weeks throughout its entire network.

California Optometric Association Announces Dr. Jason Tu as New President and Names 2020-2021 Board of Directors

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Friday, February 28, 2020 12:21 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Optometric Association (COA) announced Thursday that Jason Tu, OD, has been elected as the new president of the organization. Dr. Tu is a practicing optometrist in San Diego, and he has been a compassionate provider and effective advocate for his patients over his decades-long career, according to the announcement. Previously, Tu served as the president of the COA San Diego County Optometric Society, secretary-treasurer of the California Optometric Association, and on the Vision of Children Foundation advisory board.