2020 ISVA Annual Conference Speakers
Jeffrey R. Anshel, OD, FAAO
Dr. Jeffrey Anshel is a 1975 graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has written numerous articles and seven books regarding nutritional influences on vision and computer vision concerns. Dr. Anshel is the principal of Corporate Vision Consulting, where he addresses nutrition and eye health, as well as digital eyestrain. He lectures internationally to ergonomic professionals and eyecare providers on vision care topics. Dr. Anshel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Founder and Past President of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He maintains a private practice in Encinitas, CA.
Dyana L. Bullinger, MS, CSCS, USAW
Dyana Bullinger is the Assistant Director and head Exercise Physiologist of the Human Performance Lab at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In the Human Performance Lab she conducts physiological testing, vision training, hyperoxic training, and research with cadets, cadet athletes, and any surrounding or visiting active duty members. She also is a Physical Education Instructor for physical development, boxing, combatives, and several team sports.
Previously, Ms. Bullinger was a Sports Performance Coach in Southern California. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Human and Sport Performance.
Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS
Todd Daniels is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and massage therapist with over 20 years of experience working with elite athletes. He spent the beginning of his career in soccer. Teams have included the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer champions, University of Portland; and the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer teams. He has international experience with the United States Ski Team and has spent the last 11 years working with professional hockey players in the NHL, AHL, and WHL.
Sports vision has been a special interest area for Daniels since 2002 when he began collaborating with Nike as a consultant on projects including the Hi-vis soccer ball, MaxSight contact lenses, Vapor Strobe Specs, and Sensory Station. He has continued to advance sports vision in the athletic training community by serving as the official Liaison of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors to the AOA and was awarded the Eagle Award in 2014 from the AOA Sports Vision Section. Daniels has lectured extensively on sports vision to both the athletic training and optometry communities on topics including eye injury care, concussion management, and performance enhancement.
Frederick R. Edmunds, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Frederick R. Edmunds, O.D., F.A.A.O. established and runs the XTREMESIGHT Performance Clinic, a sports vision only practice devoted to visual performance enhancement of athletes.
In addition to his work with professional and collegiate teams, Dr. Edmunds provides custom programs for elite level youth and high school athletes. He also offers sports vision practice management services to his fellow eye care professionals.
Previously, Dr. Edmunds worked for Bausch & Lomb and was awarded ‘Sports Vision Optometrist of the Year” for his efforts to promote sports vision worldwide through the Olympic Vision Center. Additionally, he was involved in the development of a novel sport-tinted contact lens, NIKE MAXSIGHT, designed to enhance the visual performance of athletes. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently a member of the American Optometric Association’s Sports & Performance Vision Committee. He lectures internationally and has published numerous articles on sports vision and contact lenses.
Paul A. Harris, OD, FCOVD, FACBO, FAAO, FNAP
Dr. Paul Alan Harris is a 1979 Graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry who since September of 2010 is a Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Didactically he teaches Amblyopia and Strabismus and Pediatrics. Clinically he is involved in Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Hospital Based Care for ABI/TBI, Pediatrics and Electrodiagnostics. He is also actively involved in research working on new ways to measure stereo acuity, visual acuity and looking into how color can help patients with TBI/ABI, migraine and seizure disorders.
Chris Johnson is in his fifth season in Major League Baseball (MLB), currently serving in the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates as Director of Player Personnel. Prior to MLB, Chris spent the 2014-2015 season as part of Steve Kerr's staff with the Golden State Warriors. He is a thought-leader across scouting, analytics, and player development, and is at the forefront of the way high-beta talent is targeted, assessed, and selected. Prior to working in professional sports, Chris spent twelve-years on active-duty in the US Coast Guard, followed by another decade of civilian service that included the US Intelligence Community and US Special Operations Command. His research on cognition in elite performers has been sponsored by DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. Chris earned his PhD at UCLA, and completed a two-year post-doc in clinical neuroscience at Yale.
Khizer R. Khaderi, M.D., MPH
World renowned Ophthalmologist with sub-specialization in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Orbital surgery. Domain expertise in visual psychophysics, wearables, VR/AR/MxR, applied neuroscience, human factors, human-machine interaction and AI. Adjunct Associate Professor at Stanford University, faculty at The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Stanford Center for Performance Vision. Advisor to multiple companies including Magic Leap and member of global think tanks including the Global Glaucoma Academy.
Mo Mortazavi, M.D.
Dr. Mortazavi received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, where he also completed his pediatrics residency. He then earned a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Children’s Colorado in Denver. While there, he focused on musculoskeletal injuries, concussion care and pediatric fractures. Since then, Dr. Mortazavi has expanded his practice to include exercise prescriptions for athletes with chronic illness, sports nutrition and injury-prevention programs.
As an undergraduate student at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi played Division IAA football as a wide receiver for four years. He finished his senior football season while in medical school and was the only NCAA Division I athlete enrolled in medical school. While in medical school Dr. Mortazavi worked with teenage athletes with type 1 diabetes and researched the role of athletics in improving their health outcomes. Prior to graduating medical school in 2008, he played in the European Football League for two years as a player-coach, for teams in Austria and Italy.
During his pediatrics residency at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi returned to Italy to work as an assistant sports physician, treating his former teammates on the Bergamo Lions, fueling his interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and ECG screening for prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes. Dr. Mortazavi’s current research interests include injury prevention, concussion management and prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes.
Tanya Polec, OD
Tanya Polec, O.D., FCOVD is an Advisory Member to the Board of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA).
Dr. Polec is a Neuro-Optometric Concussion specialist at VQ Learning Sports Rehab in North Central Tucson, Arizona, where she specializes in treating a wide range of visual system issues that are caused by traumatic brain injury. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and then continued her education at the Southern College of Optometry, followed by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, where she became a Fellow in 2005.
She is a vision consultant for Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and Concussion Center (SPARCC) and works with University of Arizona athletes as well as members of the United States Army from Ft. Huachuca.
Robert Sanet OD, FCOVD
Dr. Robert B. Sanet graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). He has served as President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Chair of the A.O.A. Sports Vision Section, Board of Directors of the Neuro‐Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program, Staff Optometrist San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital, Consultant to the Centro de Optometria International in Madrid, Consultant to the Domus Nova Hospital in Ravenna, and Adjunct Associate Professor at SCCO.
Dr. Sanet has worked with amateur and professional athletes including the USA Men’s and Women’s Olympic Volleyball teams, San Diego Chargers and Padres, and LPGA Golf Professionals. He has received numerous awards including the San Diego County Optometrist of the Year, COVD G.N. German Award for Excellence in Children’s Vision Care, NORA Founders Award, COVD President’s Award, OEP Ralph Barstow International Award, Guiseppe Rico Award (Italy) for Excellence in Clinical Practice , International Optometrist of the Year both in Spain (SIODEC) and Mexico (COMF). Dr. Sanet was also named as a Distinguished Practitioner in the multidisciplinary National Academies of Practice. He is one of only 100 recipients in the USA of this award.
Jennifer Stewart, OD
Dr. Jennifer Stewart is a partner at Norwalk Eye Care. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, Her professional interests and specialties include sports and performance vision, dry eye management, multifocal contact lens fitting, and medical eye care.
While at NECO, Dr. Stewart founded the Sports and Performance Vision Club. She also served as a consultant to the Worldwide Performance Vision Council, a group of doctors dedicated to developing new methods of testing and training athletes, most recently Olympic athletes. Dr. Stewart has had the opportunity to work with athletes from the Miami Dolphins NFL team, the US Olympic Track and Field team, the NY Knicks Basketball team, the Danbury Westerners minor league baseball team, various Boston College athletic teams, and Special Olympic athletes.
Dr Stewart is also the co-founder and Chief Optometric Officer at Performance 20/20, a practice specializing in sports and performance vision. Dr Stewart and her team have worked with youth, elite, college and professional athletes of all sports to improve their performance. Performance 20/20 is located in Stamford, CT, and more information can be found at http://perform2020.com/.
Dr. Stewart has been named The Next Generation of Leadership, as well as A Rising Star by Vision Monday. She was also voted the Best Eye Doctor in Fairfield County by The Fairfield County Weekly, and one of The Top 40 Under 40 by the Fairfied County Business Journal.
In her spare time, Dr. Stewart trains for and competes in triathlons and road races. She was a Division 1 college athlete, and still holds two college track and field school records.