Speakers - GLEC 2017 OD Program

Dr. Sarah HinkleySarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

Dr. Sarah Hinkley is a Professor and Chief of Vision Rehabilitation Services at the Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry. She graduated from Mesick High School in 1997. After graduating from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2004, she began a position in a large private practice in Ohio specializing in pediatrics, vision therapy and learning related vision disorders. Since returning to MCO as faculty, she has had didactic and clinical responsibilities in the areas of developmental vision, vision therapy, clinical problem solving and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Hinkley is the recipient of many national, state and local grants and awards. She serves on the editorial review boards of Optometry and Visual Performance and Vision Development and Rehabilitation. She is a certified Michigan Low Vision Specialist and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Hinkley was awarded 2009 Michigan Young Optometrist of the Year, 2015 Michigan Optometric Keyperson of the Year, 2014 Visionary of the Year, 2016 MCO Alumnus of the Year and Outstanding Professor of the Year for the Third Year Class in 2008-9. She serves as the Alumni Coordinator for MCO in addition to her teaching responsibilities. She serves as chair of MCO’s Strategic Planning Committee and Tenure Review Committee. She has served her profession as a member of the American Optometric Association’s Health Promotion Committee and the Michigan Optometric Association’s chair of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People Committee. Dr. Hinkley founded and administers the Students in Need of Eyecare program providing comprehensive eye care and glasses to area children lacking access to care.


Dr. Stephanie Klemencic

Stephanie Klemencic, OD, FAAO

Dr. Stephanie Klemencic is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a residency in Ocular Disease from the same institution. In 2007, Dr. Klemencic joined the faculty of the Illinois College of Optometry where she currently serves as an Associate Professor in the department  of clinical education.  Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Klemencic worked in a private OD/MD practice in Ohio. She has held multiple optometric administrative roles throughout her career including Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Midwestern University Eye Institute in Downers Grove, Illinois; Director of Optometric and Ophthalmologic Services at the Sidney Hillman Health Center in Chicago; and, Primary Care and Ocular Disease Residency Coordinator at the Illinois College of Optometry. Her areas of interest include ocular disease and ocular pharmaceutical management. Dr. Klemencic is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Optometric Retina Society and an American Board of Optometry diplomate. She is a member of the American Optometric Association where she served as Vice Chair of the West Suburban Society in Illinois. She has authored multiple publications on ocular disease topics, and presents continuing education courses at local, state and national levels. 


Dr. Josh Lotoczky

Josh Lotoczky, OD, FAAO

Dr. Lotoczky is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). He earned his B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1998 and his doctorate in Optometry from MCO in 2004. The following year he completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at MCO. Dr. Lotoczky serves as the Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Services here at the University Eye Center. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Dr. Lotoczky’s research interests include the use of specialty contact lenses in the management of patients with irregular corneas, myopia control, and the advance use of diagnostic instrumentation.


Carlo Pelino ODCarlo Pelino, OD

Dr. Pelino received a Bachelor of Science degree from Gannon University in 1990.  He entered the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 1990 and received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1994.  After graduating from PCO,  Dr. Pelino did post-graduate residency training at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia.  His residency training had an emphasis in ocular disease.

Following residency training, Dr. Pelino joined the clinical faculty at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he holds the rank of  Assistant Professor.  In 2005 Dr. Pelino did a clinical fellowship with Dr. Stephen Sinclair, a highly regarded Vitreo-Retinal Specialist in Delaware County.  Dr. Pelino’s fellowship training had and emphasis on medical and surgical management of vitreo-retinal diseases.  In addition to caring for patients in the adult primary care service of The Eye Institute, Dr. Pelino also has a referral retinal practice.

Dr. Pelino is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Optometric Retina Society. He lectures extensively in his areas of interest (e.g. internal and external ocular diseases) in both domestic and international programs. 


Dr. Neil PenceNeil Pence, OD

Dr. Neil A. Pence has been a member of the faculty since 1979. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical and Patient Care Services, overseeing all activity in the IUSO clinics and patient care services.

Dr. Pence has lectured internationally in the area of contact lenses and corneal and anterior segment disorders. He has also written and lectured on practice management topics. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Contact Lens Spectrum journal, writing the Materials and Design Column. He has served as the Chair of the Association of Contact Lens Educators, and been a past Executive Board Member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

Dr. Pence has maintained a private practice in Columbus, Indiana since graduating from IUSO. He also has served as an advisor and consultant for numerous of companies and groups within the contact lens industry.

Dr. Pence is the founding faculty advisor for the Private Practice Club at IUSO, and for the Gold Key Honorary at IUSO, which recognizes outstanding student leadership.


Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti

Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO

Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti is an internationally-recognized speaker and author, and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). He served as ORS President from 2012-2014.

Dr. Pizzimenti has completed funded clinical research in the areas of diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles and have appeared in a host peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti co-authored a chapter on Diabetic Retinopathy in the textbook entitled Diabetes in Black America.

Dr. Pizzimenti enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his wife, Dr. Claire Pizzimenti, and their three children.


Dr. Stephanie Ramdass

Stephanie Ramdass, OD

Dr. Stephanie Ramdass is a clinical researcher at the Vision Research Institute and adjunct faculty member at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO).  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada.  She obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, before receiving her Doctorate of Optometry at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.

Upon graduation from optometry school, she completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at MCO and fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. Her research interests include myopia control, presbyopic lens designs, and the application of scleral lenses for normal eyes and in tinted form.


Dr. Chad Rosen

Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO

Dr. Chad Rosen is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). After attending the University of North Dakota for undergraduate education, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and majored in Entrepreneurship, he received his Optometry degree from Pacific University

College of Optometry (PUCO). He then completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at PUCO and went on to complete two years of Fellowship at MCO’s Vision Research Institute. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Additionally, Dr. Rosen has received the VISTAKON Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care and the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award.

Dr. Rosen has been involved in a variety of research projects, including: oxygen permeability and the effects of corneal swelling with scleral lenses, difference in scleral anatomical elevation, line of sight vs. optical alignment of soft multi-focal contact lenses, and comparison of visual performance between gray neutral density tinted contact lenses and clear contact lenses. He has also had the opportunity to lecture at various meetings around the country on a variety of topics within the contact lens community.


Dr. Jennifer Schad

Jennifer Schad, OD

Dr. Jennifer Schad is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University in 1997 with High Distinction and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry in 2001 with Highest Distinction.  She was the 2001 recipient of the Marchon® Eyewear Practice Management Award.  After graduation, Dr. Schad practiced in the Muskegon and Grand Rapids area until 2012 when she accepted a position with a high volume ophthalmology practice in Hastings, Lowell and Ionia, Michigan.  Also in 2012, she joined Michigan College of Optometry as Adjunct Clinical Faculty and became involved in the clinical education of MCO students. 

Dr. Schad brings knowledge in business management, including medical insurance coding and billing, to the classroom and teaches in the Practice Management courses.  Her experience in primary care optometry includes ocular disease, surgical co-management and care of pediatric patients.  She works with students in the Primary Care clinic at University Eye Center.

Dr. Schad is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association and their Inter-Professional Relations Committee, the West Michigan Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry with whom she is pursuing her fellowship.


Dr. Mark Swan

Mark Swan, OD, MEd, FAAO

Dr. Swan is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry where he teaches courses on pediatric, developmental, and binocular vision (including strabismus and amblyopia). He sees patients with student doctors in the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service at the University Eye Center (UEC) Big Rapids Campus and the UEC Mercy Health Diabetes and Endocrine Center Saint Mary’s Campus. He is the Director of Grand Rapids Clinical Services and serves as Chief of the Optometry Service at Mercy Health – Saint Mary's Campus in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dr. Swan has served the profession of optometry at the national level having been appointed to several volunteer and leadership positions in the American Optometric Association including the Aviation Vision Committee, Health Information Technology and Telemedicine Project Team, Faculty Relations Committee, InfantSEE state coordinator and the Research and Information Executive Committee. He has also served on the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and with the Association of Schools and College of Optometry; Binocular Vision and Informatics special interest groups and the Association of Contact Lens Educators.

Within the State he has been active in the leadership structure of the Michigan Optometric Association having served on several committees, Children's Vision Care, Environmental Vision, Legislative, Medicaid and Industry Relations. He was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for seven years and was elected as President of the Michigan Optometric Association and the West Michigan Optometric Association. He also serves as a vision consultant for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, and the Department of Community Health Vision Screening Program. He is a member of the physicians Advisory Committee for the Kent County Community Health Department and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Dr. Swan was recognized by the Grand Rapids Lions Club as Visionary of the Year, 2008 and by the Michigan Optometric Association as Optometrist of the Year, 2009 and by Ferris State University as Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.

He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has participated in several international vision care missions and serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Optometric Education, Review of Optometry and the Michigan Optometrist.

Dr. Swan earned his doctorate degree in optometry at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He also earned a master's degree in reading disabilities at the University of California at Berkeley School of Education. Additionally, Dr. Swan is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).