Vision Therapy Course - Speakers
Curtis Baxstrom, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Guest Faculty /Workshop Instructor
Dr. Curtis Baxstrom received his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Pacific University and a Masters in Reading from Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Baxstrom established Northwest Vision and Learning Center in Federal Way, Washington and, in addition, he consults at two local rehabilitation hospitals providing neuro-optometric rehabilitation services. He is also an adjunct professor at Pacific University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. He is involved in many committees and COVD programs and is currently Vice-President of NORA Dr. Baxstrom has published articles and lectures both nationally and internationally on visual development, reading, dyslexia, head trauma, amblyopia and strabismus.
Michael Gallaway, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr. Michael Gallaway is an associate professor of optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University in Philadelphia. He is also in private practice in Marlton, NJ specializing in pediatric optometry and vision therapy. His research interests include the efficacy of vision therapy, the impact of concussions on visual function, amblyopia, the impact of vision disorders on reading and learning, and school vision screening protocols. He is currently the Principal Investigator at PCO for the nationwide study, Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial: Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART.co m). He was the Pl at PCO for the CITT study published in 2008, and has been a clinical investigator for PEDIG for the Amblyopia Treatment Studies. He is a Fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and the American Academy of Optometry. He received the Skeffington Award for excellence in optometric writing from COVD in 2015.
Erin C. Jenewein, OD, MS, FAAO, Diplomate (BVPPO)
Dr. Erin C. Jenewein earned her BSc degree in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy from St. Norbert College. She completed a Master of Science degree in Biology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Jenewein graduated with highest honors and professional distinction from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Following graduation, she completed a residency at Nova Southeastern University in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision. Dr. Jenewein joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and from 2010-2015 served as an Assistant Professor, Chief of Service of The Eye Care Institute at KID, and as part of the faculty of the Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research program. In 2015, Dr. Jenewein joined the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry faculty where she serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Binocular Vision Curriculum and Coordinator for the Pediatrics and Vision Therapy Residency. Dr. Jenewein currently serves as Salus University's Principal Site Investigator for the multi-centered NEl-funded Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and served as an investigator for the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial Attention and Reading Trial.
Siva Meiyeppen, OD, FAAO
Dr. Siva Meiyeppen is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Meiyeppen completed her residency at The Eye Institute at Salus University. She earned her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She currently works in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Department, where she oversees clinical care for pediatric and infant patient care, including binocular vision dysfunction, visual perceptual examinations, amblyopia and strabismus evaluations, and vision therapy.
Dr. Meiyeppen also sees patients of all ages with traumatic brain injury and concussion. She works at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital where she performs eye examinations on acute and severe brain injured patients.
Gale Orlansky, OD, MEd
Dr. Gale Orlansky received her optometric degree from the SUNY-State College of Optometry in New York, and a Master in Education Degree in Reading from Arcadia University in 2006. She is a certified reading specialist. She is a clinical optometrist with more than thirty-five years of experience working with the pediatric population at The Eye Institute, and teaches core courses and laboratories in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision curriculum at Salus University. Dr. Orlansky has been the administrator and lead optometrist for the Pre-kindergarten Head Start Vision Screening Program in the Philadelphia School District since 1983. She has been involved as an optometric examiner in several research projects, including the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Pilot Study, as well as the VIP-HIP (Hyperopia in Preschoolers) Study. She served as the principal investigator for the Reliability of the Developmental Eye Movement Test Study and the UREAD (Uncorrected Refractive Errors and Academic Development) Study. Dr. Orlansky has lectured nationally and internationally on binocular vision and learning-related vision problems.
Maria L. Parisi, OD, FAAO
Dr. Maria L. Parisi earned her optometric degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She completed a residency in primary care optometry at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). Dr. Parisi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is an Associate Professor at Salus University and teaches the Pediatric Optometry course and examines patients in the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Suite at The Eye Institute of Salus University. Dr. Parisi has lectured nationally and internationally and currently teaches in the Pediatric/ Binocular Vision section for the International Master's program. She lectures on the topic of Pediatric Eye Disease for the Advanced Studies Certificate Program for the optometric degree program. She serves as the Associate Dean for Optometric Clinical Affairs at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO).
Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD
Guest Faculty I Workshop Instructor
Dr. Angela Peddle received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). After graduation, she completed a Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation from SUNY State College of Optometry in New York. Upon completion, she received the distinguished Dr. Martin Birnbaum Memorial Award for Outstanding Knowledge and Skill in Behavioral Optometry.
Dr. Peddle practices full scope optometry and lectures internationally with a focus on vision therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, sports vision enhancement, pediatrics and special needs examinations. She is an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in both the Binocular Vision and Special Needs Clinics. She is also the first private practice Optometrist in Canada to offer a residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation for Canadian optometrists. Dr. Peddle is a board certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD). She is also the founding and immediate Past President of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Karen Pollack, Opt. R
From 1984 until 1990, Ms. Karen Pollack was a vision therapist at Salus University. Prior to that, she worked in a private practice as lead therapist. From 1990 until present, she has been the coordinator for numerous studies investigating the treatment and efficacy of convergence insufficiency and therapy.
Ms. Pollack has also been the coordinator for two myopia studies. Dr. Mitchell Scheiman and Ms. Pollack have introduced Vision Therapy to many practices throughout the United States.
Patrick Quaid, MCOptom, PhD, FCOVD
Guest Faculty /Workshop Instructor
Dr. Patrick Quaid is founder and CEO of the VUE3 Vision Therapy Network (www. vuetherapy.ca) and serves at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry (UWSO) and Vision Science as an Adjunct Professor lecturing final year interns and sitting on MSc and PhD supervising committees for UWSO graduate students. Dr. Quaid has published in both optometric and medical journals on topics ranging from the effects of eye teaming issues on reading efficiency to the incidence of eye teaming issues in athletes and the effect of concussions on the visual system. In 2019, Dr. Quaid co-authored a chapter on vision and concussion with the head of Johns Hopkins Neuro-Ophthalmology (Dr. Eric Singman, MD, PhD) in a Neurology textbook.
Dr. Quaid attained his PhD in 2005 and Fellowship with COVD in 2011. He has delivered over 400 lectures worldwide to optometrists, physicians and allied healthcare professionals. In his lectures, he speaks in particular about proper oculomotor and visual processing testing in both concussion cases and also in reading based learning difficulties in children. Dr. Quaid makes it a priority to publish data from his clinics to add to the evidence base for vision therapy.
Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD, FAAO
Dr. Mitchell Scheiman is currently Dean of Research, Director of Graduate Studies, and a Professor at Salus University. In the last 25 years, he has spent the majority of his professional time as a researcher involved in randomized clinical trials. He was the Study Chair of the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial that was completed in 2008 and two other randomized clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of treatment for convergence insufficiency. Dr. Scheiman is currently Study Chair of the new CITT-ART study investigating the effect of vision therapy for convergence insufficiency on reading and attention. In recent years he has his research focus has shifted to the diagnosis and treatment of concussion-related vision disorders. His specialty areas are pediatric optometry, binocular vision, and vision therapy. He has published over 200 journal articles and has written four textbooks including, Clinical /Vlanagement of Binocular Vision, Optometric /Vlanagement of Learning-Related Vision Problems, Understanding and /Vlanaging Vision Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists, and Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Guide for Occupational Therapists. Dr. Scheiman is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry in the American Academy of Optometry, and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).