Today we travel back to Texas to meet our University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) contestant, Jonathan Chen ’18 from the Peach State (Dunwoody, GA).
Jonathan is one of the most involved students at UHCO. His involvement includes serving as the former SVOSH President, NOSA Treasurer, NOSA National Political Insight Committee member, COVD local liaison, and Secretary of the Houston Global Health Collaborative (HGHC) Grants Steering Committee.
In his free time, he likes to play tennis and badminton, try different foods (he really likes food – he wouldn’t mind becoming a food vlogger as a second career), photography, and board games.
His goal is to catch them all! This includes owning a private practice in a suburban area and becoming involved with a non-profit sector.
Fun Fact: He’s left-handed, but writes with his right hand…does that mean he will buzz-in with his left or right hand? Come out to OSB XXVI on Thursday, June 22 to find out.
Let’s cheer for Jonathan as he competes for the CHENpionship!
Part Two of #BattleoftheTrustees
The lovely Kallie Kappes (’18) from Elko, Nevada will be representing Southern California College of Optometry – Marshall B. Ketchum University (SCCO) at the OSB.
Kallie had an accomodative esotropia as a kid, which may have contributed to her interest in optometry. Prior to becoming the SCCO student bowl champ, she was the 2016-2017 SCCO AOSA Trustee. Her passion for the optometry profession didn’t stop after her Trustee term was over; she hopes to become even more involved with her state association upon graduation. Way to go Kallie!
Her other goals include winning the student bowl, completing a residency, and adopting a puppy.
When Kallie is not out fighting for our profession, she likes to cook, run, go to the beach, and eat M&M’s (her favorite candy).
In the meantime, she claims to be part of a rigorous student bowl training program so watch out contestants!
Keep calm and Kallie on, SCCO…Kallie has you covered at the OSB.
Meet BD Nguyen from Spring, TX. She currently attends University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) as part of the class of 2018.
BD is super fashionable: she was voted by her classmates as “most likely to have the fanciest practice,” and she would gladly become a personal shopper/stylist as a side job to optometry (if time ever permits, of course).
When not studying and being fashionable, BD likes to travel, try different cuisines, and watch her favorite shows (i.e., Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and How to Get Away with Murder).
After graduation, BD wants to open up her own private practice in the Dallas, TX area, specializing in VT and Primary Care. We have no doubt it will be the most glamorous office out there!
BD Nguyen for the Win, everyone!
Today’s featured OSB contestant is another Canadian: introducing Taylor Harris from Calgary, Alberta. Taylor is a Class of 2018 optometry student at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO).
His major goal is to own a private specialty contact lens clinic one day. In his free time, he likes to do fun outdoor things like rock climbing and biking. He even climbed a mountain in a suit once! Sounds like he took Barney Stinson’s advice to “Suit Up!” for all occasions pretty seriously.
Some of us also think he kind of resembles a young Macaulay Culkin (pictured on the right), which is pretty cool.
Please get your cheer on (and suit up) for Taylor!
Part One of #BattleoftheTrustees
Did you know there’s a few former AOSA Trustees participating in OSB XXVI?
Meet Judson Chevalier, Class of 2018 opto-student and the 2016-2017 AOSA Trustee at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Originally from the Lone Star state, Coahoma, TX to be exact, Judson has goals of staying in Oklahoma to open up a private practice (Texas will miss you!).
To further prove his love for optometry, he married a fellow lover of optometry/classmate, Caitlin, named his dog Henle, as in “Henle Nerve Fiber Layer,” and wants to continue organizing annual optometric mission trips to orphanages in Mexico.
When Judson isn’t out saving eyeballs, he loves to hunt, fish and play golf.
Please welcome Judson to the OSB!
Meet our first featured Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) XXVI contestant, Kevin Drew! Kevin is a Class of 2018 optometry student from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada attending Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.
Kevin enjoys spending time with his bae, Lianne (awww), going to the beach, and eating. He wants to start a family, hopefully buy into an existing multi-OD practice (while still making lots and lots of money – we can all definitely agree on that one), and return to Mozambique, Africa to use the skills he has learned in optometry school to serve people.
Fun fact: Did you know Kevin can belch the ABC’s? Maybe he’ll show us at the Optometry Student Bowl!
Come cheer on Kevin as he pursues the championship!
The exciting Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) event is back! Join us at Optometry’s Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C. as student contestants from 24 different optometry schools compete for the famous crystal Ventura Cup and a $1,000 grand prize.
Who: Everyone is invited! ODs, optometry students, optometric staff, guests, etc.
What: Essilor OSB XXVI and Reception
When: Thursday, June 22 from 7:30 – 11:00pm
Where: Optometry’s Meeting at Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Why: This is an event you do not want to miss! Where else will you experience the fun of hundreds of cheering ODs and optometry students?
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Register now for Optometry’s Meeting®, June 21-25, 2017!
Here are the top four reasons you’ll want to join us in Washington, D.C., at Optometry’s Meeting and AOA+:
→ LEARN NEW THINGS: Reap the benefits of the same educational program doctors of optometry pay hundreds to get. Optometry’s Meeting offers 180+ hours of education available to students.
→ GET INSPIRED: Stay up to date on the latest technologies and advances in the industry. Visit the exhibit hall to see what’s new.
→ MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR PROFESSION: Help set the future course of optometry—rally on Capitol Hill and join the House of Delegates discussions on the latest in optometry and essential governance updates.
→ CONNECT WITH PEERS: Network at exciting and fun events including AOA+, the AOSA Awards and General Session, the Essilor Optometry Student BowlTM, Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk and more.
Register now for Optometry’s Meeting, the ONLY event that brings the optometric community together to shape the future of the profession. Optometry’s Meeting offers the opportunity for AOSA member students to impact the future of optometric practice and connect with peers, while getting the BEST continuing education in the industry.
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Register now for AOA+, the free emerging leaders’ experience on June 21 that kicks off five inspiring days of action and education. AOA+ will plus up your Optometry’s Meeting experience with a rally on Capitol Hill, an exciting keynote address, and networking with optometrists, mentors and your peers. You’ll have even more opportunities to meet with members of Congress and industry leaders throughout the week.
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