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IAUPR’s Stephanie is Climbing to the Top!

Stephanie Hubbard ’18 from Sanford, NC will be representing Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR).

Hobbies: Soccer and all activities involving water.

Fun fact: She once worked at KFC for a summer job.

Goal: To never stop learning.

Watch Stephanie in action tomorrow night!


MCPHS: Michael’s Always in the Zone..but Never the “Fran”zone


Meet Michael Franzone ’18 from Hillsboro, OR representing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). He enjoys hiking, camping, basketball (Portland Trailblazers are his fav), and spending time with his wife and cat.

His goal is to run a successful private practice in Washington State and own a cabin in the woods with lots of dogs. If he didn’t do optometry, he would want to be a mailman.

Come out and support Michael!

UW’s Georgia Lynne For the Win!

Meet the University of Waterloo School of Optometry’s (UW) contestant, Georgia Lynne Pankhurst ’18 from Oshawa, Ontario.

Georgia enjoys competitive sports, such as rock climbing, wine-drinking, and board-gaming. Aside from becoming an optometrist, she secretly wishes she could be a sommelier (wine steward).

Her goal at the OSB is to have fun; we have no doubt that she will obtain her goal.

Come cheer her on at the OSB!



Kenny Tran: Will this UCB Champ TRANsform into the OSB Champ?

Today’s featured OSB contestant will be representing University of California, Berkeley (UCB): former AOSA Trustee, Kenny Tran ’18 from Rosemead, CA.


Kenny is a man with many talents: he is a great cook, intelligent, and very passionate about our profession. He loves trying new food and recipes; he would love to be a chef or bartender if he had time for a second career. Kenny claims, “The only thing better than eating good food is making it yourself.” Besides cooking, he likes to spend his spare time sharing his knowledge with other students via tutoring and watching fun shows like Futurama and Rick and Morty.

When asked how it feels to “retire” from the role of AOSA Trustee, Kenny states it’s just a title change:

“I believe that we have to hold ourselves accountable for improving the future of our profession. It’s exciting to see what the future of AOSA holds with the current team.”

After graduation, Kenny hopes to be part of a thriving group practice with his classmates in sunny southern California with a focus on Pediatrics or Binocular Vision. To add to that, he is considering obtaining a teaching position as well. What a well rounded guy!

Will Kenny TRANsform into the OSB Champ? Join us June 22 to find out!K1


Ready to Get’cha Head in the Game?

Ramya is! St. Louis native Ramya Natarajan ’18 will be representing the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry (UMSL)umsl_17.

At UMSL, Ramya was very involved. She served as the Vice President for SVOSH, Vice President of NOSA, BSK Treasurer, and AOSA Historian.

Aside from optometry school, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Her goals include completing a residency after graduation and teaching at an optometry school.umsl_17b

Fun Fact: Her friends probably have made the most amount of nicknames using her name. What are they? You’ll have to hear them at OSB XXVI on Thursday, June 22nd to find out!

Matt’s Ready to Make MCO Repeat Champs

IMG_1891Today’s featured OSB contestant is Michigan College of Optometry (MCO)’s Matt Austin ’18.

Matt is from Mishawaka, Indiana and hopes to practice in Indiana (or a surrounding state). When he’s not studying, Matt’s hobbies include playing baseball and video games (especially Super Smash Bros. – great classic). His love for baseball is evident: he would coach baseball as a second career if time permits and had to fight back tears when the Cubs won the World Series. Random baseball side note..he would never ever root for the NY Yankees.

His goal is to make MCO repeat champs. Please come out and support Matt!

Smooth Hands D’Aversa is Ready to Buzz In

Meet SUNY College of Optometry’s OSB contestant, Jerry D’Aversa ’18 from Garden City, NY.

This rock star loves shredding the guitar at the 18197525_10209705986750687_949326859_nHard Rock Times Square when he’s not busy studying optometry. Not only is he an actual rock star, he’s a rock star in clinic too! His classmates coined him the name “Smooth hands D’Aversa” for his 10/10 gonioscopy skills.

Groomed at a young age for the world of eye care, he hopes to treat the great people of New York while still having time to travel the world.

Maybe Jerry will play some tunes for us at the OSB. Come out and support him!



Jonathan is Ready to Take Home the CHENpionship

Howdy y’all,

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).


J. Chen being a Texan. Just missing some cowboy boots.

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.



Superhero J. Chen saving vision, one eyeball at a time.

Let’s cheer for Jonathan as he competes for the CHENpionship!





Keep Calm and Kallie On

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.

BD is in it to Nguyen it

Meet BD Nguyen from Spring, TX. She currently attends IMG_9097.JPGUniversity 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!