Faculty for Optometric Program

2017 UOA Congress Distinguished Faculty
 
  Marc Taub, O.D,
Dr. Marc Taub is an associate professor and Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services at Southern College of Optometry. He teaches vision therapy and is active in clinical research. He is also the supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.
Dr. Taub is the Editor-in-Chief of the Optometry & Visual Performance. He has written numerous peer reviewed articles and has lectured and presented posters at national and local conferences. He is the lead editor and a multiple chapter author on Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs and Vision Therapy: Success Stories from Around the World, Volumes 1 & 2..
Dr. Taub is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development and is active in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

 
 
 John A. McGreal Jr., O.D.
Dr. McGreal is a graduate of Albright College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He was Chief of Eye Services at Greater Atlantic Health service in Philadelphia, where he also had a private practice. He was a founding partner in Vision Care Consultants, a managed eye care company in Pennsylvania.  He was Center Director and Vice President for Vision America Incorporated for seven years. Currently, he is Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice in St. Louis.
 He is adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Missouri.  He is internationally recognized for his educational endeavors. He served on the continuing education committee for the North Central States Optometric Council and is past member of the Congress continuing education subcommittee of the American Optometric Association.  He was the 42nd Peter’s Memorial Lecturer at the University of California. He was the Nussenblatt Lecturer at the University of Houston in 2004. He was the 1998 Missouri Optometrist of the Year. He was the 2005 University of Missouri School of Optometry Educator of the Year. He is Director of Education of ODExcellence, a practice improvement company.



 Phillip Hoopes, Jr. MD,

Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr., M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist practicing in Draper, Utah.  He joined Hoopes Vision in 2005 following residency training at Wake Forest University Eye Center and fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Eye Consultants of Atlanta.  He specializes in cataract surgery, cornea disease and surgery, and refractive surgery including; LASIK, PRK, ICL, KAMRA, and refractive lensectomy.  He has performed over 20,000 vision correction surgeries and was the first US surgeon to implant the KAMRA inlay following FDA approval.  He is active in research having been an investigator for AcuFocus, Presbia, Calhoun among other trials.  He is involved in humanitarian eye care and serves on the board of Charity Vision and ECHO and has completed 9 mission trips to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Dr. Hoopes is involved in training other eye surgeons and has hosted visiting surgeons from all over the world as well as lectured at national and international meetings for eye surgeons.  Dr. Hoopes currently resides in Lehi, Utah with his wife and 4 children.


 Majid Moshirfar. MD,
Majid Moshirfar, M.D., FACS is the new Medical Director of HDR Research, LLC at Hoopes Vision and the Director of the Utah Cornea Fellowship.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School Of Medicine. 
Majid Moshirfar, M.D., FACES was the Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Division at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Director of the Cornea Fellowship and Co-Director of the Utah Lions Eye Bank from 1998 until 2014.  He then went to the University of California in San Francisco as the Co-Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Division, Associate Medical Director of the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Fellowship at Francis I. Proctor Foundation from 2014 through 2015.
Dr. Moshirfar earned his medical degree with Honor from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he also received his surgical internship.  His residency was completed at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC.  He completed fellowships in cornea/external disease as well as refractive surgery and anterior segment and uveitis at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine.
He specializes in corneal transplantation, Keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), management of difficult corneal disorders, complicated cataract extraction, LASIK, infectious eye diseases and other complex procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye.  Dr. Moshirfar lectures extensively around the country on a variety of vision correction procedures and has become a community spokesperson on the benefits and risks of vision correction surgery.  He has appeared in numerous editions of Best Doctors in America.  Dr. Moshirfar has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications and five books and is on the Editorial Board of numerous ophthalmology journals.  
 


 
 
 
 Pierce Kenworthy, OD, FAAO
Dr. Pierce Kenworthy completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He is an alumnus of the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. After graduation, he completed a postdoctoral residency in Family Practice Optometry at the University of Houston and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He worked in a private practice in the Houston Medical Center before returning to Arizona to join the Midwestern faculty. He is currently the President of the Arizona Chapter of the AAO. 



 
 Doug Martin, ABO
 Doug is the owner of Optical Solutions consulting company and a professional speaker for Innereactive. With over 35 years of merchandising and management experience, he started his career on the loading docks of Neiman Marcus and worked his way up to managing the stores of this high-end, luxury retailer. He also worked for I. Magnin and finished his retail career with Macy’s where he was responsible for 18 stores in five different states. In 1999, Doug transitioned into the optical industry where he served as President of a two office, five doctor practice that started in 1952. During the next ten years of his leadership he developed the practice into a market leader with 16 locations and 25 doctors. He built the business infrastructure and systems needed to support ten new “cold start” offices and bought and merged five offices into the organization. In 2009, he started his consulting company Optical Solutions. Doug has consulted for over 100 practices, advising optometry on how to expertly integrate purchasing, merchandising, marketing, and selling into their practices. In 2010, Doug joined Hoya as Vice President of Key Accounts and called on all the major Doctor Optical Alliance Groups, and in 2012 joined PECAA as the Director of Membership. Doug helped PECAA grow from a Northwest based Regional Alliance Group with 200 member doctors into a national alliance groups with over 2,200 member doctors in just four years. Using his retail and management experience he developed an optical workshop, a full day educational COPE/ABO approved education experience that he co-presents with Samantha Toth.

 
 
 
 Samantha Toth, ABO, NCLE

Samantha grew up in an optical practice with multiple family members in the industry. An ABO certified optician herself, Samantha worked as a dispensing optician for eight years, as well as managed an independent optometric practice. During this time, she realized there were very few people, or marketing firms, that understood the unique marketing needs of the optical industry.With a strong passion for marketing and design, Samantha pursued and completed her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University. In 2003, she started Innereactive Media, a full service marketing company that specializes in the optical industry. Her experience as a certified optician, along with her formal marketing education has given her a unique perspective on marketing, design, and website solutions for the optical industry. Samantha is an ABO, NCLE, AOA, JCAHPO, and COPE approved speaker and she lectures across the country teaching optometrists and opticians best practices for marketing their practices. Her niche expertise led her to be named one of the “Most Influential Women in Optical,” and her company was named one of Michigan’s Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2016. She and her team work with frame and lens manufacturers, laboratories, and eye care practices all across the country. In between flights and lectures, Samantha always finds time to indulge in her intense love for sports on the nearest screen. When at her home, she loves to ride her motorcycle in the summer, and hike the trails with her best pal Zoe, her black lab



 
 Robert Wooldridge, O.D., F.A.A.O
After graduating from Indiana University School of Optometry, Dr. Wooldridge joined the staff of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, widely regarded as the top-ranked Department of Ophthalmology in the United States. He is Board-Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and has served as the President of the Utah Optometric Association and the Mountain West Council of Optometrists. As an Adjunct Clinical Professor at several schools of Optometry, Dr. Wooldridge directs the clinical instruction program at the Eye Foundation of Utah, providing advanced experience in the field of Medical Optometry to interns from across the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Wooldridge treats a wide range of ocular diseases with an emphasis on glaucoma management. He has been devoted to the care of his patients across the Wasatch Front since 1985 and lectures extensively throughout the world to Optometric Physicians on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. When Dr. Wooldridge is away from the office he enjoys cycling around the Wasatch Front, or traveling wherever his teaching responsibilities take him.
 


  Marc Bloomenstein, O.D. F.A.A.O,
 Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology.  He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994.  After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), serving as President from 2009-2011. Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein currently serves as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.

 

 Steven Ferrucci, OD
Dr. Steven Ferrucci is currently Chief of Optometry at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home.  He is also the Residency Director at his sight, and a Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry/Marshall B. Ketchum University.  Dr. Ferrucci has lectured and published extensively, with a special interest in Diabetes, Diabetic Eye Disease, AMD and Fluorescein Angiography.  He is a fellow in both the American Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Retinal Society, and currently serves as President of the ORS.