FACULTY

DRY EYE EXPERTS FROM AROUND NORTH AMERICA
Dr. Laura Periman

Dr. Laura Periman

MD, Ocular Surface Disease Expert

Laura Periman, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship- trained cornea and refractive surgeon and Ocular Surface Disease Expert. She knew she wanted to be a doctor since the age of 12 and always seen eyes as the key defining feature of every person. Her interests in molecular biology began with winning the Terry Spies Memorial Scholarship at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center as an undergraduate at Willamette University in Salem, OR. Her interests in immunopathophysiology took root during her work in Research and Development at Immunex Corporation in the Molecular Biology Department prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. During medical school, she received the Rex and Arlene Garrison Oncology Fellowship, the Western Medical Student Research Committee Award for Excellence and was elected to the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation with honors, she also received the Georgianna Kirby Award for outstanding patient dedication and compassion. Dr Periman completed her Ophthalmology Residency as well as Cornea/ Refractive Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has nine peer reviewed publications and has written extensively on the topic of Ocular Surface Disease. Her unique and passionate perspective on OSD stems from her work in immunopathophysiology. She is an innovator and enthusiastic speaker who loves bridging the gap between basic science, clinical practice and patient compassion. As Director of Dry Eye Services at Evergreen Eye Center Seattle, she combines her clinical care passion, scientific drive and innovative creativity to provide first class Ocular Surface Disease management.

Dr. Richard Maharaj

Dr. Richard Maharaj

OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Maharaj is the Clinic Director at eyeLABS Optometry and Center for Ocular Surface Disease and Senior Staff Optometrist at York-Finch Ophthalmology, Toronto. Dr. Maharaj is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Clinical Adjunct Faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He continues to develop new techniques and devices for non-surgical clinical care of the meibomian glands and ocular surface. He was also selected by Johnson and Johnson Vision as one of the top 40 optometrists under 40 in Canada. He is an international speaker on primary management of eye diseases, a published author on ocular surface disease, current Board Editor for Journal of Dry Eye Disease and Chair for the Canadian Association of Optometry’s Section for ocular surface diseases.

Dr. Sruthi Srinivasan PhD

Dr. Sruthi Srinivasan PhD

Assistant Professor - Waterloo School of Optometry

Dr Sruthi Srinivasan is a Senior Clinical Scientist, Clinical Research Manager and a Research Assistant Professor, at the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. With over 15 years of experience in the field of dry eye Research, she is actively involved in various clinical trials conducted at CORE. Her research interests include Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Dry Eye Disease and Contact Lens Discomfort. She collaborates with dry eye experts around the world and has published over 30 peer reviewed articles. Further, she has published over 70 professional articles, two book chapters and has lectured in several countries around the world.

She is a recipient of the American Optometric Foundation’s prestigious William Ezell Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). Sruthi has contributed to the TFOS’ Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop and the TFOS DEWS2 workshop and she was recently named as a Canadian TFOS Ambassador. She is currently serving as a member of the American Academy of Optometry’s Scientific Program Committee. She also serves as a referee for several Ophthalmology & Optometry journals.  

Dr. Langis Michaud

Dr. Langis Michaud

OD, Professor U of Montreal

Dr Michaud graduated from Université de Montréal (OD-1986; M.Sc. 1998). Since 2001, he is working there as a full professor. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, of the Scleral Lens Education Society and of the European Academy of Optometry.

He authored many articles in peer-reviewed journals and had been invited to speak around the world.  He is an editorial board member of Journal of Contact Lens Research and Science, and of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is the current president of the Quebec College of Optometrists.

Kevin Wilhelm

Kevin Wilhelm

Marketing 4ecps

I started my career as a marketing professional who has used that background to drive my passion as an entrepreneur. I founded a marketing agency in 2014 called POD Marketing and we have grown to work with international clients of all sizes. We started as a digital agency but have evolved quickly into providing full marketing services, including marketing and brand strategy. I am the current President and Managing Partner… and love every minute of it. (www.podmarketinginc.com) 4ECPs is a subsidiary company of POD Marketing but offers solutions far exceeding agency work. 4ECPs stands for (4 Eye Care Professionals) and we are a business resource company specifically created to support the eye care industry. We have built and launched several divisions including a full service marketing agency, an online job site, an e-learning business training portal, social media, event planning, a speaker bureau and payment processing. I feel like we’re just getting started… (www.4ecps.com) With everything I do each day and how I choose to spend my time – nothing provides me greater professional fulfillment than sitting back and understanding how lucky I am to have the team that I do. We have built an ass-kicking team that dedicates their days to developing themselves while helping grow our businesses. I am also a published contributor to several magazines and a professional (and COPE approved) speaker within the eye care industry. I enjoy teaching and sharing ideas with others, each and every day.

Dr. Cory McKiel

Dr. Cory McKiel

OD

Cory McKiel is owner of Dr. Cory McKiel Optometrist in Thunder Bay. He has a special intrest in Glaucoma and Ocular surface disease.

Dr. Tina Goodhew OD

Dr. Tina Goodhew OD

Optometrist

Dr. Tina Goodhew is a partner in private practice at Abbey Eye Care in Oakville, Ontario. Clinically, she has a special interest in children’s vision, specialty contact lenses (scleral lenses & ortho-k) & dry eye therapy. Over her 24 year career she has opened 3 cold-starts in 3 different provinces and has a passion for practice management, marketing and office design.  She served on the College of Optometrists of British Columbia in the early 2000s and as an Eye Recommend Director from 2010-2015. Along with her husband Dr. Jeff Goodhew, she co-edits the newly launched online eye care practice management magazine – Canadian Eye Care Business Review eyecarebusiness.ca

Laurie Rivet

Laurie Rivet

Executive VP Prism Eye Institute

Laurie began his career working in large advertising agencies on major brands, with a special interest in behavioural economics. In 2012 he began volunteering at UHNs research & innovation hub, the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care, utilizing his understanding of consumer behaviour to help influence positive patient behaviour. Based on this success, he was recruited to Trillium Health Partners (THP) hospital to help establish their research & innovation centre, The Institute for Better Health. He was soon promoted to THP’s communications department, working with the CEO and Chief of Staff, designing and implementing innovative projects. Eventually he became AVP, Strategy & Brand Development at the THP Foundation where he oversaw revenue generating business initiatives. In 2017, Laurie became a business & brand development consultant, specializing in health care. He currently holds an impressive roster of clients including Pharmaceutical companies, Ophthalmology groups, Medical Device groups, and several Hospital Foundations.

Dr. Scott Schacter

Dr. Scott Schacter

OD - Global Ambassador TFOS

Dr. Schachter received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry and opened a private practice in Pismo Beach, CA with an emphasis on ocular surface disease. Dr. Schachter is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Marshall B. Ketchum University. and has presented scientific posters and published articles in peer-review scientific journals such as Optometry and Vision Science Journal, ARVO, AAO, and AOA. He was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society and is the founder of Ocular Surface Academy.

Dr. Whitney Hauser

Dr. Whitney Hauser

Associate Professor SCO

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in 2003.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty as Associate Professor, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hauser has authored many articles focusing on the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, the anterior segment and practice management. She has been an invited speaker across the United States and internationally.

Dr. Hauser servers as Clinical Development Consultant at TearWell:  Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center and sees patients The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry.  She is, also, founder of DryEyeCoach.com, the ultimate ocular surface disease education hub and Signal Ophthalmic Consulting.  The site offers peer-to-peer direction from key opinion leads in eye care.

Dr. Hauser serves on the boards of Bruder Medical, TearLab, BlephEx, Paragon BioTeck and Science Based Health.  She, also, serves on the editorial board of Primary Care Optometric News, and is the dry eye columnist for Optometric Management.

Dr. Art Epstein

Dr. Art Epstein

OD

Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FABCO, FBCLA, DPNAP is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, NY; later moving to Great Neck on Long Island, NY. He graduated from the City College of New York, CUNY, with a B.S. in psychology and received an O.D. degree from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry were he also was the college’s first resident in ocular disease.

He is a founding partner of North Shore Contact Lens & Vision Consultants, P.C., a referral based contact lens specialty and primary eye care practice on Long Island. After relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC with his wife, Dr. Shannon Steinhäuser. Dr. Epstein heads the practice’s Dry Eye – Ocular Surface Disease Center and serves as its Director of Clinical Research.

Dr. Epstein is a prolific author who has published many hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters. He is a Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. He founded, and serves as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician™, the first E-Journal in optometry. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals.

A sought after speaker, Dr. Epstein, has presented more than 1000 invited lectures on a variety of eye care topics in the US and throughout the world. He serves on the US National Committee for world-wide eye care organization Optometry Giving Sight.

With diverse interests and experience, Dr. Epstein actively consults for many of the leading companies in the eye care industry with notable expertise in marketing strategy, messaging and communication. He also has extensive experience as an expert witness and strategist in eye care litigation..

Dr. Roshni Echharam

Dr. Roshni Echharam

OD

Dr. Echharam graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D) with honors in 2002 from the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Upon graduation Dr. Echharam worked in Chicago, IL for a year. Since moving to Toronto in September 2003, Dr. Echharam has worked with many reputable ophthalmology and optometry practices. She has a strong interest and focus in the prevention and management of ocular diseases including Glaucoma, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic eye disease, and most recently dry eye disease. At the Yorkville Eye Clinic, Dr. Echharam had the opportunity to work with Dr. Barbara Caffery treating and managing patients with dry eye disease related to Sjogren’s syndrome. She has also gained experience in prescribing medically necessary contact lenses, like scleral contact lenses, for conditions including Keratoconus and Dry eye disease. Dr. Echharam is a member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and has traveled to many locations in North America to master the art of fitting these highly specialized lenses. She is also an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), and the College of Optometrists of Ontario. When she’s not doing comprehensive eye exams, Dr. Echharam enjoys spending time with her daughter. She also enjoys cooking, classical music and the theatre. Dr. Roshni Echharam is originally from Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Trevor Miranda

Dr. Trevor Miranda

OD

Dr. Miranda was raised in Simcoe, Ontario and graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Doctorate of Optometry in 1995. Following graduation, he moved to beautiful Vancouver Island, where he continues to serve the eye care needs of the Cowichan Valley. Trevor is also an active member of the Third World Eye Care Society and has participated with other professionals to improve the vision of the less fortunate. Dr. Miranda was named Optometrist of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Optometrists in March 2015. This prestigious honour recognized Dr. Miranda’s commitment to providing every patient with exceptional care while mentoring optometrists across Canada. Outside the office, you will find Trevor enjoying hockey, coaching soccer, involved with the South Cowichan Rotary Club, and spending time with his wife Cheryl and their three children. Trevor looks forward to continuing to care for the eyes of the Cowichan Valley and welcomes new patients without a referral.

Dr. Tim Trinh

Dr. Tim Trinh

OD

Tim Trinh O.D., F.A.A.O. is the founder of a multi-location optometric practice in Southern California, providing specialty services in dry eyes, scleral contact lenses, ortho keratology and comprehensive optometric care. He is also co-founder of Box Medical Solutions, creating the first HD slit lamp mounted, cloud based meibography system.

Dr. Jeff Goodhew OD

Dr. Jeff Goodhew OD

Optometrist

Dr. Jeff Goodhew is a partner in Abbey Eye Care. A full scope independent practice located in Oakville, ON. Along with his spouse & partner Dr. Tina Goodhew they have opened practices in 3 different provinces. These practices varied in modality from private practice to corporate settings. He enjoys seeing all patients in a primary eye care setting but has developed several niche offerings including myopia control, glaucoma management & dry eye therapy. Jeff is also very involved in the Optometry profession. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and served as president from 2014 – 2016. Along with his spouse Dr. Tina Goodhew they serve as co-editors of a newly launched online eye care practice management magazine which can be found at eyecarebusiness.ca