Category Archives: contestant 2015
Ray Guimond is from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), University School of Optometry, Class of 2017. His hometown lies in South Windsor, CT. Ray enjoys spending time with family, friends, and watching sports. Ray’s fun fact is that he has been to 8 Major League Baseball ballparks! He is looking forward to grilling the competition this year and going on and successfully practicing medical optometry! Go Ray!!!
Jennifer McFarlane is from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), University School of Optometry, Class of 2016. Her hometown lies in Littleton, Colorado. Jennifer enjoys reading and exploring the Great Outdoors with her 4 year old daughter. Jennifer’s fun fact is that she is a huge fan of musicals! Her goal is to practice primary care optometry in Colorado! We wish her the best at OSB!
Patrick Williamson is in the Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO), Class of 2016. His hometown lies in Montevideo, MN. Patrick loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, playing games (card, board, lawn), playing sports, hunting, and fishing. His favorite scientist is Nikola Tesla. Pat’s goal is to own a private practice in Minnesota with an emphasis on contact lenses and anterior surface disease. Let’s give it up for Pat at OSB!
Kaushal Chinnusamy (KC) is from SUNY College of Optometry, Class of 2016! KC’s from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His hobbies include running and hockey. He claims to enjoy eating and sleeping like no other! His fun fact is that he can lick his elbows! KC’s goal is to be a successful and a great doctor! He also wants to do humanitarian work around the world and own a billboard in Times Square, but not necessarily in that order. We wish him the best in Seattle for OM15!
My name is Sarah Kuipers, and I am the contestant from Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO), class of 2016. My hometown is Rapid City, SD. I like to hike, run, and crochet. One fun fact is that I used to be a competitive fencer. My goals are to go into private practice optometry in south Dakota, and to eat my weight in raw oysters while in Seattle.
Benjamin Jager is representing the Marshall B. Ketchum University, School of Optometry (MKBU), also known as, the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) and is currently in the Class of 2016! His hometown lies in Baker City, Oregon. Ben does not turn down a chance to play basketball and tennis. He also enjoys cooking, homebrewing beer, and hiking. Ben’s goal is to complete a residency in ocular disease. We welcome Ben to the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™!
Laura He from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, Class of 2016, will be competing in the Optometry Student Bowl! Her hometown is in Harbin, China. Laura’s hobbies include playing guitar, Guzheng, Yoga, hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, and performing Chinese contemporary dancing. Her fun fact is that she is allergic to Mangoes. Laura’s goal is to organize mission trips to East Asia after graduation.
Nicole Rist, from the Class of 2016, will be representing the Salus University Pennsylvania State College of Optometry at OSB!
Kevin Tomasu is from the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO), Class of 2016. His hometown lies in Wichita, KS. Kevin’s hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching sports, and exercising. Kevin says “I constantly listen to sports talk radio. Literally. If I am not interacting with others, I am listening to sports. It’s odd.” His goal is to join or establish a successful private practice while having a great time along the way! Come cheer him on!!