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.
Adam J. Clarin, OD
Dr. Adam J. Clarin is the owner of Clarin Eye Care Center, one of South Miami's premier optometry practices. In 2017, Dr. Clarin founded Miami Sports Vision, Miami's only optometric-directed sports vision training program. He has worked with Florida International University's baseball team and works with both professional and amateur athletes. He received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Florida, with a major in Psychology. He then went on to obtain a B.S. degree in Vision Science before earning his Doctor of Optometry degree, with honors, from Nova Southeastern University.
Kristine Dalton, OD, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA
Dr. Kristine Dalton, OD, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA is an Associate Professor at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo. Kristine holds an OD and MSc from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD from Aston University. Kristine became a faculty member at the School of Optometry & Vision Science in 2013 where she established the Vision & Motor Performance Lab and the Sports Vision Clinic. She has also helped to establish the Brain Injury Clinic, where she provides vision rehabilitation services for individuals with traumatic brain injury and concussion. Kristine’s research involves measuring functional aspects of vision performance in relation to sports performance, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and Paralympic classification for athletes with vision impairment.
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. Currently, he is an Athletic Trainer for Banner University Medical Group in Tucson, Arizona where he specializes in concussion management and provides clinical support for the University of Arizona Athletic Department and FC Tucson professional soccer team. He has international experience with the United States Ski Team and spent 11 years working with professional hockey players in the NHL, AHL, and WHL. He started 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.
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.
Jarrod Davies, O.D., FCOVD – Secretary Treasurer
Jarrod Davies, O.D., FCOVD currently practices in South Jordan, Utah as the clinical director of Utah Vision Development Center. He specializes in vision rehabilitation and sports vision performance training. Dr. Davies has worked with baseball, tennis, hockey, golf and ski team members on both a professional and amateur level. He also frequently lectures on topics including sports vision training, concussion rehabilitation, binocular vision, and vision therapy.
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.
Evan Engel, VP, Sales & Marketing, EyecarePro
Evan Engel is a natural innovator and continuously challenges systems, ideas, and people to think bigger. For the past few years, Evan has led the specialty marketing team at EyeCarePro and worked directly with some leading specialty practices to achieve new patient growth for Vision Therapy, Neuro Optometry, Sports Vision, Specialty Contacts, and Low Vision. His passion for developmental vision was influenced by the life-changing experiences he witnessed from his son and wife's experiences with vision therapy. His work with specialty practices led him to realize that while some of them were generating significant new patient numbers from referrals, the vast majority of practices do not.
Anne Hanna, OD, FCOVD
Dr. Anne Hanna, formerly Reuter, is a Neuro-Optometrist, fellowship-trained and board certified in Neuro/Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy. After completing her optometric training at the SUNY College of Optometry in 2008, and following her rotations through the New York City VA system, Dr. Hanna joined Lenox Hill Community Medical Group in New York City, a hospital based, multi-specialty medical group where she developed advanced clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. She then developed and directed the binocular vision department at The Brown Center in Providence, Rhode Island, where she specialized in pediatrics, functional vision performance and neuro-rehab. Most recently, she was a professor in the field of Neuro-Optometry, Binocular Vision and Neurological Rehabilitation and MCPHS University, and is a private practitioner in New York, specializing in neuro-cognitive and athletic vision performance.
Professionally, she has worked with athletes of all ages and skill levels, with a particular focus on helping amateur athletes become elite players and is the exclusive doctor for John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City and Long Island.
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.
Steve Hitzeman, O.D. – Trustee
Steven A. Hitzeman, O.D. received his AB in Biology in 1972 and his O.D. in 1976 from Indiana University. He is Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus and served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO) for over 38 years. He still serves as Director of the Sports Vision Programs at the School of Optometry…
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.
Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT
Shelly Massingale is the Senior Director of the Banner Sports Medicine and Concussion Center in Arizona. She is a Physical Therapist and is a specialist in vestibular and balance therapy. Shelly has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient neurological setting for 22 years and has specialized primarily in mild traumatic brain injury since 2013. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has completed the Emory University Vestibular competency and advanced competency courses and has been treating vestibular and balance disorders since the beginning of her career. Since opening the Banner Sports Medicine and Concussion Center in 2013, she has focused her treatment and research solely on concussion. She is a co-developer of the Concussion Balance Test (COBALT) and has published articles that explored the utility of COBALT as an objective measurement of balance for the healthy and injured athletic population. She has authored two book chapters, three additional peer reviewed journal articles focusing on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and vestibular therapy for vestibular disorders, and has lectured nationally and internationally on evaluation and treatment of vestibular and balance deficits related to mild traumatic brain injury.
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.