AAO Academy Online
Rapid Fire: Advanced Therapeutic Treatment in Clinical Practice
Recorded On: 11/22/2017
Optometry’s ever expanding scope of practice necessitates that optometrists continue to expand their knowledge in a variety of new and exciting clinical areas. This interactive and rapid-fire presentation explores cutting edge clinical care in advanced therapeutic treatment options including lasers, minor surgical procedures and oral/topical therapeutic agents.
Blair B Lonsberry, OD, MEd, FAAO
Full Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry
Dr. Lonsberry obtained his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 1996 after completing a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Primary Care Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, then joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During his time at SCO, he completed a Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in adult learning.
Currently, Dr. Lonsberry is a Full Professor with Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.
Dr. Lonsberry is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optometric Retinal Society, the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.
Carl H Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO
Dr. Spear completed his undergraduate education at Western Kentucky University and is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Optometry at Birmingham. Additionally, Dr. Spear completed a Residency in Primary Care Optometry/Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University College of Optometry, in Tahlequah Oklahoma and a Master’s in Business Administration at Auburn University.
Dr. Spear has worked in a variety of clinical and industry settings including:
- Senior Director, Professional Relations, Vision Group Holdings
- Consulting Director, Professional Development and Program Implementation at Alcon
- Assistant Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University College of Optometry where he taught courses in laser therapy, systemic medications, and advanced therapeutic and diagnostic clinical procedures.
- Southeast Region Director Growth and Development Vision Source
- Director of Professional Relations for Novartis Ophthalmics
- Director Education and Vendor Relations Consultant, Vision Source
- Center Director, Omega Health Systems
- Military Practice at Fort Benning Georgia
Currently, Dr. Spear and his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear practice in a multi-location private group optometry/ophthalmology practice in the Panhandle of Florida. In addition to lecturing, writing and consulting, Dr. Spear is also a member of the Florida Board of Optometry, Commander of the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron at Duke Field, Florida, Chairman American Academy of Optometry Exhibits Committee and an active member of The American Optometric Association and the Florida Optometric Association.
April Jasper, OD, FAAO
Private Group Practice
Dr. Jasper is in private group practice in WPB, FL. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry with highest honors. She has authored numerous publications and currently serves as professional co-editor of Women in Optometry magazine. She served her colleagues as past president of the Florida Optometric Association 2016-2017 and lectures all over the country on several topics including contact lenses, ocular disease and practice management.