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Women In The News August 2021 – Newsweek and Vision Monday Honor Roll

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Newsweek announced 56 women optometrists in America’s Best Eye Doctors 2021. A total of 150 optometrists were selected in the 20 most populous states through a survey of more than 10,000 ophthalmologists, optometrists, clinic managers and other health care professionals.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

#2 Viola Kanevsky, OD, of New York, New York viola kanevsky
#7 Anne Mika Moy, OD, FAAO, of Berkeley California
#9 Shannon L. Steinhauser, OD, of Phoenix, Arizona
#11 April L. Jasper, OD, of West Palm Beach, Florida
#13 Kristine M. Eng, OD, of Orinda, California
#17 Mina Sehizadeh, OD, of Boston, Massachusetts
#22 Jill C. Autry, OD, R.Ph., of Bellaire, Texas
#25 Jamie Kuzniar, OD, FAAO, FSLS, of Bloomfield Township, Michigan
#28 Ellen Butts, OD, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#41 Katarzyna Ciesek, OD, of Hamilton, New Jersey
#44 Julie D. Ngo, OD, FAAO, of Sugarland, Texas
#48 Shannan E. Brown, OD, of Mishawaka, Indiana
#49 Stephanie M. Baxter, OD, of Mishawaka, Indiana
#50 Emily DePew, OD, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#53 Sarah D. Appel, OD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#54 Marina Su, OD, FAAO, of Bronx, New York
#55 Lisa M. Steward, OD, of Linton, Indiana
#58 Gloria Chow, OD, of San Jose, California
#59 Anita Gulmiri, OD, of Boston, Massachusetts dr gulmiri
#60 Anna Lange, OD, FAAO, of New York, New York
#62 Danica Marrelli, OD, of Houston, Texas
#63 Hannah Yecheskel, OD, of Rockville, Maryland
#64 Elizabeth F. Ellison, OD, of Gainesville, Georgia
#69 Cheryl Schmitt, OD, of Tuscon, Arizona
#71 Gloria B. Chiu, OD, FAAO, FSLS, of Los Angeles, California
#79 Shauna Lushko, OD, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#81 Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, of Cedar Park, Texas
#84 Lauren Sanchez, OD, of Mishawaka, Indiana
#87 Rebecca Kammer, OD, PhD, of Irvine, California
#93 Julie Manry, OD, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
#94 Beverly Miller, OD, of Laguna Niguel, California
#95 Thuy Tran, OD, of Bronx, New York
#97 Andrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP, of New York, New York
#98 Yin C. Tea, OD, FAAO, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#99 Meredith M. Whiteside, OD, FAAO, of Berkeley, California
#101 Mary Gouris, OD, of Chicago, Illinois
#103 Julie Rodman, OD, MS, FAAO, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#107 Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO, of New York, New York susan resnick
#108 Aleshia N. Luu, OD, of Raleigh, North Carolina
#110 Monica Kalia, OD, of Evansville, Indiana
#111 Lindsay Greiten, OD, of Tucson, Arizona
#112 Autumn Mantel, OD, of Redmond, Washington
#113 Renee K. Lane, OD, of De Soto, Missouri
#114 Nicole D. Pogue, OD, FAAO, of Boston, Massachusetts
#117 Judith Schaffer, OD, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#120 Sonia Joshi Rose, OD, of Fredericksburg, Virginia
#122 Marilyn Vricella, OD, of New York, New York
#124 Negin Nikahd, OD, of Oxnard, California
#129 JulieAnne M. Roper, OD, of Columbia, South Carolina
#131 Mindy C. Nguyen, OD, FAAO, of Huntley, Illinois
#132 Joanna Cotter, OD, of Miami, Florida
#137 Angela Nguyen, OD, of Long Beach, California
#138 Lori Ann Vollmer, OD, of Venice, Florida
#141 Karla Zadnik, OD, of Columbus, Ohio karla zadnik theia 2020
#142 Marie I. Bodack, OD, FAAO, of Memphis, Tennessee
#145 Amanda L. Havens, OD, of Los Angeles, California
#147 Kelly Malloy, OD, FAAO, Dipl., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Again, congratulations to all 150 ODs selected for this honor. Read the full list here, but a special nod to the top 20, which includes these 15 men:

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, of Phoenix, Arizona

Alan Glazier, OD, of New York, New York

Joseph W. Sowka, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, of Englewood, Florida

Thomas P. Arnold, OD, of Sugar Land, Texas

Oliver K. Lou, OD, of Cedar Park, Texas

Nyok Alan Lee, OD, of Houston, Texas

Marc R. Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO, of Scottsdale, Arizona

Aaron B. Mandel, OD, of Brooklyn, New York

Gregory D. Actipes, OD, of Chicago, Illinois

Andrew Gurwood, OD, FAAO, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mark Perry, OD, of Orlando, Florida

Barry A. Weissman, OD, of Los Angeles, California

Albert Fonticoba, OD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Richard Madonna, OD, MA, of New York, New York

Recently, Vision Monday announced the roster for its Most Influential Women In Optical for 2021. The honorees were chosen by Vision Monday editors from hundreds of nominations and were chosen among five categories: Executive Suite, Rising Stars, Innovators, Mentors and Above & Beyond. Read the whole special report here.

Congratulations to all honorees!

Above & Beyond:

Sherry J. Bass, OD, of New York, New York
Michelle J. Hoff, OD, FAAO, ABOM, FNAO, of Moraga, California

Executive Suite:

Valery Sheety-Pilon, OD, of Rancho Cordova, California

Rising Stars:

Victoria Dzurinko, OD, MBA, FAAO, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Lauren Fereday, OD, of San Diego, California
Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, of Heartland, Texas
Leah Johnson, OD, FAAO, FSLS, of Phoenix, Arizona
Sathi Maiti, OD, of Seattle, Washington


Beverly Bianes, OD, of Chula Vista, California
Karen Carrasquillo, OD, PhD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, of Needham, Massachusetts
Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Dipl CLCS, of San Antonio, Texas
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