The Contact Lens Institute Visionaries are a select group of respected U.S. eye care professionals and staff, with a cohort named each year since 2021.

Collectively and individually, they raise awareness regarding contact lens health and safety by promoting best practices tools, tips and research through CLI’s The EASY Way program and See Tomorrow initiative.

2024 Visionaries

Dr. Monica Bhula

Monica Bhula

OD

Monica Bhula, OD, provides comprehensive eye care and fits contact lenses at Texas Vision in Cedar Park, Texas. She specializes in the management and treatment of ocular disease and pre- and post-operative care for cataract and refractive surgery patients.

Dr. Bhula is a member of the American Optometric Association and Texas Optometric Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Mississippi. She is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry and completed her residency in ocular disease at the Columbia VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C.

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Dr. Shelby Brogdon

Shelby Brogdon

OD

Shelby Brogdon, OD, is a native Arkansan, practicing at McFarland Eye Care in Little Rock. Dr. Brogdon loves seeing patients of all ages and is passionate about leading her practice’s Dry Eye Clinic. She is an active member of the Arkansas Optometric Association where she serves on several committees and is a graduate of its LEADership program.

Dr. Brogdon graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry.

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Andrew Bruce

LDO, ABOM, NCLEM, FCLSA

Andrew Bruce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEM, FCLSA, is a licensed master optician and contact lens fitting specialist in Vancouver, Washington, and founder of ASB Opticianry Education Services. A speaker, industry consultant, technical writer, and CE author, he also serves as an adjunct instructor at Portland Community College for the Optician Assistant Training Program which he developed. 

Mr. Bruce has served on the Washington State Dispensing Optician Examination Committee and the Board of Directors of The Contact Lens Society of America. 

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Jennifer M. Seymour Brusven

LDO, NCLE-AC, ABO-AC, AAS

Jennifer Seymour Brusven, LDO, NCLE-AC, ABO-AC, AAS, is a Nevada Licensed Dispensing Optician, ABO-AC and NCLE-AC nationally certified. Her passion for fitting contact lenses came during her schooling for licensure, learning how contact lenses change patients’ lives. After several years with a major retail practice, she joined Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas, a clinic which specializes in low vision.

Ms. Brusven is also involved with Nevada’s optician regulatory board and state association. She was recently elected as secretary/treasurer of the Contact Lens Society of America and serves as the managing editor of CLSA’s Eyewitness Magazine. She earned her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Ophthalmic Technology/Ophthalmic Dispensing from the College of Southern Nevada.

 

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Ariel Cerenzie

OD, FAAO, FSLS

Ariel Cerenzie, OD, FAAO, FSLS, founded Charlotte Contact Lens Institute in Charlotte, N.C. Her practice is dedicated to prescribing contact lenses of various modalities specific to patients’ needs, as well as myopia management and dry eye care. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control.

Dr. Cerenzie attended the University of Houston College of Optometry and completed a cornea and contact lens residency at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

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Dr. Angelica Cifuentes

Angelica Cifuentes

OD

Angelica Cifuentes, OD, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bye Dry Eyes and serves as Optometric Director at Blinking Owl Eyecare. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she effortlessly bridges language barriers to provide comprehensive care to diverse communities. As a mentor, Dr. Cifuentes is committed to educating the next generation of optometry students. She boasts a substantial following on Instagram and TikTok where she actively advocates for the profession.

Dr. Cifuentes is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, and Miami Dade Optometric Association, where she serves as a Junior Trustee Board member. Dr. Cifuentes is also a member of Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, Latinos En Optometry, and Women in Eyecare. Dr. Cifuentes is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.

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Jade Coats

OD

Jade Coats, OD, works at McDonald Eye Associates, an MD/OD practice in Fayetteville, Ark., and has dedicated the majority of her clinical practice to ocular disease, comprehensive eye care, perioperative care, and contact lenses. Dr. Coats publishes frequently and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Optometry Times and Presbyopia Physician. A graduate of the AOA Leadership Institute (1.0/2.0), she is also a board member of the Intrepid Eye Society, YoungODConnect, and Women in Optometry.

She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Arkansas Optometric Association, and the Arkansas Optometry Association AOP-PAC Committee. Dr. Coats attended the Southern College of Optometry.

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Jason E. Compton

OD, FAAO

Jason E. Compton, OD, FAAO, is a distinguished optometrist with expertise in clinical practice, academic instruction, and entrepreneurial initiatives. In addition to his responsibilities at Compton Eye Associates in the New York City area. Dr. Compton serves as adjunct faculty at SUNY State College of Optometry and is a Regional Trustee for the New York State Optometric Association.

Dr. Compton has served as Past Chair for the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a graduate of the SUNY State College of Optometry and completed his residency at the Wilmington Delaware VA Medical Center.

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Janelle Davison

OD

Janelle Davison, OD, is an award-winning optometrist and industry consultant, with nearly two decades of clinical experience. She is the owner and CEO of Brilliant Eyes Vision Center and the owner and clinical director of Visionary Dry Eye Institute, referral, and co-management center in Cobb County, Georgia.

Dr. Davison is also the Chief Visionary Officer at Paradeyem Software, a web-based retail optical solution, and the cofounder of S.C.O.R.E., Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to provide tools, skills, and guidance in education, careers, and life of young women of color interest in health care. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

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Dr. Sabrina Gaan

Sabrina Gaan

OD

Sabrina Gaan, OD, owns Eyes on Plainville in Plainville, Mass., a continuously growing, two- doctor practice. In addition to being an advocate of soft contact lens wear, she has a particular interest in orthokeratology and dry eye therapies. She is an industry speaker and consultant for dry eye and private practice advancement.

Dr. Gaan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from San Jose State University and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry.

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Dr. Lisa Hornick

Lisa Hornick

OD, MBA, FAAO

Lisa Hornick, OD, MBA, FAAO has more than 20 years of clinical experience and practices full-scope optometry at Stanford Ranch Optometry in Rocklin, Calif. She is therapeutics and glaucoma-certified and is particularly passionate about treating ocular surface and dry eye disease. She has published and lectured widely on dry eye disease, nutrition and glaucoma.

She is an advocate for women in leadership and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She serves as president and board member for the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society. Dr. Hornick earned an MBA from University of California, Davis in 2023 with a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation. She received her doctorate in optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry where she attended on a US Navy scholarship.

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Diana Mejia

Diana Mejia

Contact Lens Coordinator

Diana Mejia, has worked as an optometric technician with Bellaire Family Eye Care in Bellaire, Texas since 2018, and held numerous positions in the optometry field in the years prior.

She is well-versed in all preliminary and special testing procedures, in addition to contact lens ordering, assisting with in-office procedures, and offering insertion and removal classes for soft, rigid, and specialty contact lenses.

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Scott Moscow

OD

Scott Moscow, OD, is the clinical director of Roswell Eye Clinic in Roswell, Ga., where he focuses on fitting specialty contact lenses and treating eye disease with a certification to perform subcutaneous and subconjunctival injections. He is a lecturer and consultant, focused on vision therapy and primary care billing and coding, as well as a regular contributor to industry publications.

In his spare time, Dr. Moscow volunteers as a helicopter pilot with the Angel Flight organization, which transports patients who are financially distressed or in time-critical situations due to their medical condition. He is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry.

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Shalu Pal

OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, FIAOMC

Shalu Pal, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, FIAOMC, runs Dr. Shalu Pal & Associates, a six-optometrist group practice in Toronto, Ontario. She lectures, consults, and is widely published in contact lenses, myopia management, dry eye, ocular aesthetics, communications, and practice management. Dr. Pal is the co-editor of Mastering Myopia, past chair of the AOA-CLCS, and co-founder of the Canadian Contact Lens Academy, as well as the co-founder of the Staple Program contact lens workshops for North American schools of optometry.

An international and local volunteer for a range of organizations, she has been honored with the CLCS Achievement Award for her industry education contributions and the American Optometric Association Legends Award. Dr. Pal attended the Southern California College of Optometry, completed her Contact Lens, Cornea, and Disease Residency at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, and is a graduate of the Global Healthcare Executive Education Program at Harvard Medical School.

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Ashley O'Dwyer

OD

Ashley O’Dwyer, OD, has a passion for helping people who do not have easy access to eye care. She is chief optometric officer at Bay Mills Health Center in Brimley, Mich., and co-owns the Alaska-based traveling eye clinic, The Eye Guys. She also helped start an Indian Health Service (IHS) clinic for the Bay Mills Indian Community. Dr. O’Dwyer educating her patients on preventative care, proper contact lens hygiene and different contact lens modalities to ensure continued eye health and clear vision.

She is an active member in the American Optometric Association and Michigan Optometric Association. She is also a certified revelation breathwork facilitator and teaches yoga as a nervous system regulator. Dr. O’Dwyer earned her optometry degree from Indiana University.

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Adam Ramsey

OD

Adam Ramsey, OD, was born and raised on Trinidad & Tobago, where he dreamed of becoming a doctor and helping change lives through vision. Today, he is a board-certified optometrist and internationally known and respected published author, speaker consultant, researcher, and advisor. He founded and operates Socialite Vision in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. where going above and beyond for patients is at the core of the experience—and exceeding expectations is the standard.

Dr. Ramsey has made it his mission to help with the issue of diversity and inclusion in the eye care space. In 2019, he co-founded Black Eyecare Perspective, a nonprofit organization designed to cultivate lifelong relationships between African Americans and the eye care industry. In May 2022, Dr. Ramsey was awarded the New England College of Optometry Presidential Medal for this work. He is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry.

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Noha Seif

OD, FAAO, FSLS

Noha Seif, OD, FAAO, FSLS, is a medical contact lens specialist and the owner of the Contact Lens Institute of Seattle, an office dedicated to helping this patient population achieve the best vision possible. She is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Seif is also certified as a clinical investigator and conducts clinical trials in her office to further advance contact lens research.

A graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, she completed a fellowship in medical contact lenses at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Ore., where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas and manage difficult eye conditions.

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Dana Shannon

OD, FAAO

Dana Shannon, OD, FAAO, practices at Clarendon Vision Development Center in Westmont, Ill., where she provides comprehensive eye care, contact lens fittings, and specializes in ocular disease management and myopia management. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. She also serves as a regional trustee for the National Optometric Association. 

Dr. Shannon earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completed a residency in Ocular Disease at the University of Chicago.

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Jennifer Tsai

Jennifer Tsai

OD

Jennifer Tsai, OD, is the founder of LINE OF SIGHT, a modern concierge practice in Manhattan with an integrative holistic wellness approach to eye care. She specializes in dry eye treatment, ocular aesthetics, and myopia control with contact lenses. She is seen as a leader in the wellness space and regularly advises healthcare companies.

A widely followed social media content creator, Dr. Tsai is also an expert contributor to prominent media such as the Today Show, Oprah, Fox News, Allure, Seventeen, and Shape. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Virginia and earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Salus University.

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2023 Visionaries

Shelby Brogdon, OD, McFarland Eye Care, Little Rock, Ark.
Andrew Bruce, LDO, ABOM, NCLEM, FCLSA, ASB Opticianry Education Services, Vancouver, Wash.
Ariel Cerenzie, OD, FAAO, FSLS, Charlotte Contact Lens Specialists, Charlotte, N.C.
Angelica Cifuentes, OD, Blinking Owl Eyecare, Marino Eye Care and Bye Dry Eyes, Miami, Fla.
Jade Coats, OD, McDonald Eye Associates, Fayetteville, Ark.
Sabrina Gaan, OD, Eyes on Plainville, Plainville, Mass.
Lisa Hornick, OD, FAAO, Stanford Ranch Optometry, Rocklin, Calif.
Klaus Ito, OD, FAAO, Ocean Park Optometry, Santa Monica, Calif.
Mila Ioussifova, OD, FAAO, South Waterfront Eye Care, Portland, Ore.
Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dallas
Inna Lazar, OD, Greenwich Eye Care & Pro Eye Care, Greenwich, Conn.
Jennifer Lyerly, OD, TrueVision Eye Care, Raleigh, N.C.
Diana Mejia, Bellaire Family Eye Care, Bellaire, Texas
Patrick Sayo, Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates P.C., New York, N.Y.
Mark Schaeffer, OD, MyEyeDr, Birmingham, Ala.
Dana Shannon, OD, FAAO, Vision Salon Eye Care Associates, Blue Island, Ill.
Jennifer Tsai, OD, LINE OF SIGHT, New York, N.Y.

2022 Visionaries

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FIAOMC, Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

Melanie Denton, OD, Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear

Darryl Glover, OD, Black EyeCare Perspective

Klaus Ito, OD, University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology

Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, Black EyeCare Perspective

Elise Kramer, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, Miami Contact Lens Institute

Chris Lievens, OD, MS, FNAP, FAAO, Southern College of Optometry

Jennifer Lyerly, OD, TrueVision Eye Care and Defocus Media

Caitlin Morrison, OD, FAAO, FSLS, In Focus: Specialty Contact Lens & Vision Solutions

Mark Schaeffer, OD, MyEyeDr

Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FEAOO, Vision Optique

Jason Tu, OD, Invision Optometry

Jennifer Wademan, OD, Bidwell Optometry

2021 Visionaries

Dr. Jennifer Branning

Dr. Keylee Brown

Dr. Mile Brujic

Dr. Charles Clayton

Dr. Christi Closson

Dr. Ryan Corte

Dr. Jessica Crooker

Dr. Kathy Dumbleton

Dr. Shane Foster

Dr. Kerry Gelb

Dr. Darryl Glover

Dr. Katie Greiner

Dr. Susan Gromacki

Dr. Jim Hoffman

Dr. Ethan Huisman

Dr. Faheem Inaytali

Dr. Essence Johnson

Dr. Shane Kannarr

Dr. Chris Lievens

Dr. Pam Lowe

Dr. Jenn Lyerly

Dr. Fayiz Mahgoub

Dr. Jason Miller

Dr. Amanda Nanasy

Dr. Gerald R. Neidigh

Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski

Dr. Susan Resnick

Dr. Sherrol A. Reynolds

Dr. Danielle Richardson

Dr. Osama Said

Dr. Mark Schaeffer

Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee

Dr. Keith Smithson

Dr. Katie Spear

Dr. Shauna Thornill

Dr. Will To

Dr. John Womack

Dr. Rachel Wruble

Dr. Jessica Yu

Dr. Jason Tu