Faculty and Administration

David A. Damari, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Dean
David DamariDr. David Damari was named Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University on March 28, 2013. Damari was most recently chair for the Department of Assessment and professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Since 1995, he has been a consultant on visual disabilities, advising national and state testing organizations on candidates who have requested special testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act including the National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, CFA Institute, Graduate Management Admissions Council, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, National Conference of Bar Examiners, Law School Admissions Council, and State Bar Examiners including Minnesota, Texas and Virginia. His previous administrative experience also included serving as chair of the Department of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. Prior to his career at Southern College of Optometry, Damari operated a private solo practice in New York and was an assistant clinical professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry.

Damari’s present professional service includes president for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and co-chair at the Summer Institute for Faculty Development for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He also serves in numerous roles for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Damari was awarded the Southern College of Optometry President’s Special Recognition Award and the Fredrick W. Brock Memorial award for Outstanding Performance in Vision Training. Damari earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from State University of New York College of Optometry, and he was a 2002 fellow-in-resident for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jamie Brady, ABOC, M.Ed.
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James (Jamie) Brady, is an Assistant Professor and graduate of Ferris State University.  Jamie holds an AAS in Opticianry, a BS in Business Management and a M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education.  Jamie has worked in the optical industry since 1981 and currently teaches ophthalmic optics to the optometry students at the Michigan College of Optometry at FSU.  Jamie has recently completed research on the topic of quantifying the effects of aniseikonia and stereoacuity. Currently Jamie is researching surface reproducibility on digital progressive addition lenses.

Bob Buckingham, OD, PhD, FAAO
Bob BuckinghamDr. Buckingham is the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs of the Michigan College of Optometry. He earned his doctorate in Optometry at The Michigan College of Optometry. From 1981 through 2001, he served in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was chief of numerous optometry clinics; course supervisor for optometry technician training; chief of standardization/evaluations for medical training; and course director for the Department of Defense vision conservation and vision readiness training. Dr. Buckingham is a past president of the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS). He was named the AFOS optometrist of the year for 2000 and the Association of Military Surgeons United States Optometrist of the Year for 2001. He is past recipient of Ferris State University Distinguished Alumnus Award. In addition, he received the Army's Order of Military Medical Merit. He has lectured extensively on the topics of occupational vision, environmental vision and eye safety throughout the country and in Europe. He is the author of numerous journal articles.

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Amy Dinardo, OD, MBA, FAAO

Amy Dinardo

Dr. Dinardo is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry.  She graduated with high distinction from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2007.  One year later, she completed a residency focusing on corneal diseases and specialty contact lenses.  In 2011, she earned a Master of Business Administration with an Advanced Studies Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts.  Dr. Dinardo has experience working in various modes of practice.  Her interests include advanced contact lens fitting, anterior segment disease, pharmacology, and practice management.  Dr. Dinardo is very active in organized optometry.  She is the past-president of the West Michigan Optometric Association (WMOA) and serves on committees for the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  Dr. Dinardo's top priorities are to provide an innovative learning experience for her students as well as provide the highest quality eye care to her patients.  Contact:  amydinardo@ferris.edu

David Durkee, OD, FAAO

David Durkee, OD, FAAODr. Durkee is currently the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Director of Externships at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). He is a 1981 graduate of MCO graduating with High Distinction in the School of Optometry, Ferris State College. Academic awards included the Harold Kohn award for research projects and a Nikon Scholarship. Upon graduation, he became an adjunct clinical faculty member with MCO at Duane Waters Hospital until 2012. Concurrently, he owned a private practice in Lowell, MI for 31 years before coming to MCO . He was very active in his local and state professional associations, having been president of both the West Michigan Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA). The MOA awarded him the Emil Arnold award twice for literary contributions, along with a Keyperson and a Distinguished Service award. He currently serves on the Electronic Health Records Committee and Third Party Benefits Committee of the MOA, and has written many articles on technology and optometric applications. He enjoys working at MCO for the opportunity to work with tomorrow's future optometrists.

Sarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD
SarahDr. Sarah Hinkley is a Professor and Chief of Low Vision Services. She completed her undergraduate education at Ferris State as a member of the Honors Program in its first year of inception. After graduating from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2004, she began a position in a large private practice in Maumee, Ohio, concentrating on contact lenses, pediatrics, vision therapy and learning-related vision disorders. Dr. Hinkley presented inter-disciplinary education seminars in the areas of age-related eye disease, pediatric vision and binocular vision disorders. She is a member of the American and Michigan Optometric Associations and the American Optometric Association Low Vision Rehabilitation Section. Dr. Hinkley is the Chair of the Michigan Optometric Association's Healthy Eyes Healthy People 2010 Committee and the recipient of three national grants for the Association focusing on sports eyewear protection for children, low vision rehabilitation and glaucoma awareness. She is a member of the American Optometric Association's Health Promotion Committee. Additionally, she has a passion for student recruitment into the Optometry profession and working with adults and children who are visually impaired or legally blind. She is a certified Michigan Low Vision Specialist. Dr. Hinkley is also a new Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, an organization devoted to advancing excellence in optometric vision therapy through education and board certification. Dr. Hinkley was awarded 2009 Michigan Young Optometrist of the Year.

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  Alison Jenerou, OD,  

Alison JenerouDr. Alison Jenerou is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. She completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Chemistry at Central Michigan University in 2007. She then attended NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she obtained her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011, receiving Honors and was awarded the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Clinical Excellence Award. One year later she completed a residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Michigan College of Optometry.  Her areas of interest include vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and vision therapy, with current research in preschool vision screenings and peripheral visual awareness. Her current teaching responsibilities include supervising 3rd and 4th year interns at the University Eye Center’s Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Clinic and Primary Care clinic. As well as assisting in the Vision Therapy lab. Dr. Jenerou is currently pursuing a fellowship from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association, the Michigan Optometric Association’s Children’s Vision Committee, and the American Academy of Optometry.

Roger Kamen, OD, MS, FAAO
Roger KamenDr. Kamen is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University. His teaching and research interests are practice management, public health, managed care, financial management, Medicare coding and billing, European optometry, and optics. He completed a sabbatical (Spring semester 2010) in Milan Italy as a visiting researcher at the Bocconi University. Dr Kamen served as the MCO Director of Clinics from 1991 to 2001. He currently serves as Chair of the MOA Practice Management Committee as well as the Chair of MOA Medicare Committee. Dr. Kamen serves as a member of the Career Advisory Committee, Michigan Medicare Part B and is an editor of the textbook, Business Aspects of Optometry 2nd Edition and has authored four chapters in the 3rd edition of Business Aspects of Optometry. Dr. Kamen has lectured, published, and presented nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.

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Joshua Lotoczky, OD 
Joshua LotoczkyDr. Lotoczky is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry (M.C.O.). He earned his B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1998 and his doctorate in Optometry from M.C.O. in 2004. The following year he completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency also at M.C.O. As part of his residency, Dr. Lotoczky trained with a cornea specialist, glaucoma specialists, and a specialty gas permeable contact lens designer. His research interests include diagnostic instrumentation for ocular disease and specialty contact lens management in corneal reshaping and treatment of keratoconus.

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Dean Luplow, OD
Dean LuplowDr. Dean Luplow is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He began his career teaching senior and junior high school courses for nine years prior to attending and graduating from the Michigan College of Optometry in 1989. After graduation Dr. Luplow practiced in the 410th Strategic Hospital at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base until the base closed. Prior to coming to MCO, Dr. Luplow had a private practice in a small rural Michigan community, providing primary care optometric services to the local area. Dr. Luplow had a substantial glaucoma patient base, monitored the ocular condition of chronic and acute systemic disease patients, and provided emergency ocular care to the community. Dr. Luplow has also participated in several international eye care missions.  Dr. Luplow is teaching primary care optometry at MCO and has special interests in ocular disease, emergency eye care, visual fields, and the use of diagnostic instrumentation in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular conditions.

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Brian McDowell, OD

Brian McDowellDr. Brian McDowell is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University with a minor in Applied Ethics. After completing his Optometry degree at the Michigan College of Optometry in 2011, he went on to be the founding resident of Henry Ford OptimEyes’ Primary Care residency where he worked in a high patient volume practice as well as supervising 4th year interns. His current teaching responsibilities include supervising 2nd and 3rd year interns at the University Eye Center’s Primary Care clinic as well as laboratory instruction for the Optometric Procedures course. Dr. McDowell also team teaches the Physical Exam and Diagnosis course and the Environmental Vision course. His clinical areas of interest include Primary care and Emergency care, as well as the use of advanced clinical technology to help facilitate learning. Dr. McDowell is also an active member of the Michigan Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and American Academy of Optometry. BrianMcDowell@ferris.edu

 

Paula McDowell, OD

Brian McDowellDr. Paula McDowell is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. She completed her undergraduate training at Ferris State University, where she minored in Philosophy. She graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry in 2009, and was the founding resident of MCO’s Pediatric Optometry Residency. After her residency, she sampled various modes of practice ranging from community health care to the Veteran’s Association to corporate optometry before landing in academics. In addition to pursuing her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. McDowell is a member of the Michigan Optometric Association’s Children’s Vision Care Committee, the American Optometric Association, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Clinical interests include special needs populations, vision therapy, visual processing disorders, optometric ethics, and promoting access to early eye care. PaulaMcDowell@ferris.edu

James R. Miller, OD, FAAO

James R. Miller Dr. Miller is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University and his Doctorate in Optometry from Ferris State College of Optometry in 1985. He teaches two Clinical Optometric Procedures courses in addition to courses regarding Optometric Gerontology, Ethics and the Doctor/Patient Relationship, and Clinical Problem Solving. He is a clinical instructor and serves as the Chief of Primary Care Services for the MCO University Eye Center. He is active in FCO (Fellowship of Christian Optometrists) and VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and has lead and/or assisted in numerous international eye care missions. Dr. Miller was an Olympic level athlete and coach. He is a frequent speaker in the areas of Team Building, Professional Relationships, Ethics, Leadership, and Optometry as a Profession.

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Bruce W. Morgan, OD, FAAO

Bruce W. MorganDr. Morgan is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and is currently serving as the Director of Residencies.  Dr. Morgan graduated from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in 1987 and completed the residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1989. He has taught in the areas of Ophthalmic Optics, Contact Lenses and Ocular Disease. Dr. Morgan’s clinical and research interests include gas-permeable contact lenses, keratoconus, and corneal reshaping. He specializes in the design and fitting of orthokeratology lenses for the purpose of non-surgical reduction of myopia and has published research in this area. Dr. Morgan has lectured both nationally and internationally in the area of contact lenses and anterior segment disease and currently serves as president of the Association of Contact Lens Educators.Contact Information
 

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

Craig NormanMr. Norman is director of research at the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University. A clinician for more than 30 years, he has lectured worldwide on contact lens and eyecare topics, and has published more than 100 articles, posters, videos and book chapters. He is a member of the All About Vision Editorial Advisory Board and a consulting editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and heads the education committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. Mr. Norman serves on the editorial board of Refractive Eyecare and on the advisory panel of the GP Lens Institute. He has consulted for numerous contact lens companies and has been involved in evaluating and introducing new products and technologies worldwide. Mr. Norman is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Physician Assistant of Ophthalmology program.  Contact Information

Donald "Joe" Pole, PhD

Joe PoleDr. Joe Pole received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010, where he participated in the construction and characterization of a small animal (mouse and rat) x-ray/single gamma ray tomographic (3D) imaging system. His work focused on the development of acquisition and image processing software, detector noise and resolution characterization, image contrast enhancement, and the development of respiratory and cardiac gating equipment for small animals. He also acquired and analyzed small animal three-dimensional image data for biological research groups. He was previously employed at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, where he taught the lecture and laboratory sections of an introductory physics course for pre-med students and a conceptual physics course for non-science students.

John J. Pole, OD, MS, FAAO

John J. PoleJohn J. Pole, O.D., M.S., is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He earned his doctorate in optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. He later completed a combined M.S. and clinical residency in cornea and contact lenses at the same institution. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Pole’s clinical and research interests include Keratoconus, corneal physiology and anterior segment eye disease. He teaches in the areas of contact lenses and anterior segment eye disease. He specializes in the care of patients with Keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.

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Vandana Rajaram, OD, PhD Vandana RajaramVandana Rajaram, B.S. (Optom), Ph.D., O.D., is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.  Dr. Rajaram received her undergraduate degree in optometry from the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, India.  She then earned a Ph.D. in Vision Science/Physiological Optics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and subsequently was admitted to the O.D. professional degree program with advanced standing at UMSL.  Her major area of research is in the area of visual attentional deficits in reading disabled children.  Other research interests include binocular vision and visual psychophysics as well as statistical analysis and experimental design.  She was previously a faculty member at the Elite School of Optometry in India.

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Avesh Raghunandan, OD, PhD

Avesh RaghunandanAvesh Raghunandan, B.Optom, CAS, MS, OD, PhD., is a Professor who received an Optometry degree from the University of Durban-Westville (South Africa) in 1995, completed certification in advanced diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases from the New England College of Optometry in 1998, obtained a Masters degree in Physiological Optics in 2000, and later obtained a joint OD/ PhD degree from the University of Houston - College of Optometry. Awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 1998 and Erhardt Fellowship in 2000. Lectured in areas of Physiological Optics, Vision Science, ocular disease diagnostic procedures and actively engaged in research in both basic visual science and epidemiology. Research interests include binocular vision, eye movements, motion processing, and spatial vision in normal and abnormal visual systems.

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Michael Ryan, PhD

Michael D. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. He teaches a variety of microbiology and immunology courses to students in colleges of Allied Health, Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy and Optometry as well as continuing education for nurses, optometrists and pharmacists. He is also the chair of the Pre-medicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Ryan's microbiology interests include microbial virulence, host correlates for protective immunity and contemporary vaccine research. He is a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, enjoys biking and is a strong advocate for the rights of students and faculty within FSU's academic community. 

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James Scott, DVM

Received his BS in Fisheries and Wildlife (1978) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University (1981). His undergraduate studies included a minor in Botany and Ornamental Horticulture. He has practiced Veterinary Medicine in Big Rapids since 1981. Dr. Scott started his employment at FSU in 1986 teaching courses in the Biology Department including Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology, Comparative Anatomy, General Botany and Plant Propagation. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the Michigan College of Optometry.

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Mark Swan, OD, MEd, FAAO

Mark Swan

 

Dr. Swan is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry, located at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., where he teaches courses on pediatric, developmental, and binocular vision (including strabismus and amblyopia).  He sees patients with student doctors in the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service at the University Eye Center (UEC) Big Rapids Campus and the UEC Mercy Health Diabetes and Endocrine Center – Saint Mary’s Campus.  He is the Director of Grand Rapids Clinical Services and serves as Chief of the Optometry Service at Mercy Health – Saint Mary's Campus in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

Dr. Swan has served the profession of optometry at the national level having been appointed to several volunteer and leadership positions in the American Optometric Association including the Aviation Vision Committee, Health Information Technology and Telemedicine Project Team, Faculty Relations Committee, InfantSEE state coordinator and the Research and Information Executive Committee. He has also served on the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and with the Association of Schools and College of Optometry; Binocular Vision and Informatics special interest groups and the Association of Contact Lens Educators.

 

Within the State he has been active in the leadership structure of the Michigan Optometric Association having served on several committees, Children's Vision Care, Environmental Vision, Legislative, Medicaid and Industry Relations. He was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for seven years and was elected as President of the Michigan Optometric Association and the West Michigan Optometric Association. He also serves as a vision consultant for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, and the Department of Community Health Vision Screening Program. He is a member of the physicians Advisory Committee for the Kent County Community Health Department and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Dr. Swan was recognized by the Grand Rapids Lions Club as Visionary of the Year, 2008 and by the Michigan Optometric Association as Optometrist of the Year, 2009 and by Ferris State University as Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.

 

He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has participated in several international vision care missions and serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Optometric Education, Review of Optometry and the Michigan Optometrist.

Dr. Swan earned his doctorate degree in optometry at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He also earned a master's degree in reading disabilities at the University of California at Berkeley School of Education. Additionally, Dr. Swan is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).Contact Information

 

J. Randall Vance, OD, MS, FAAO

Randall Vance Dr. Randall Vance is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He received his Masters degree and his doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University. He served as an optometry officer in the United States Army Medical Department at Fort Campbell, Kentucky before being appointed to the faculty of the College of Optometry, Ferris State University. He has served as Assistant Director of Clinics, and Director of Clinics. He currently teaches in the clinical optometric procedures courses, visual fields course, and Web seminar courses, and serves the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning as E-Learning Consultant on a part-time basis. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning and conducting faculty training in online delivery and assessment of instruction, and consulting with faculty and administration regarding online teaching and learning issues. He has presented lectures and workshops in the areas of indirect ophthalmoscopy, visual fields instrumentation and interpretation, new technologies for glaucoma detection and management, and Web-based instruction. He is a past recipient of Ferris State University’s Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Award for Academic Excellence. He is a consultant for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

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Philip E. Walling, OD, FAAO

Philip Walling Dr. Walling is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry.  He received his doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry and is TPA certified in Michigan and Texas.  Following graduation, he was an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Houston's University Eye Institute and practiced in a multidisciplinary setting until moving to Michigan.  After relocating to Michigan, Dr. Walling practiced at the University of Michigan Health Service, Associated Eye Institute and Surgical Center and in private practice.  He is currently the Chief of the Medical and Surgical Service at the University Eye Center and teaches classes in Anterior and Posterior Segment Ocular Disease, Glaucoma, Laser & Refractive Surgery and Injectable Pharmaceuticals.  He has lectured exclusively on ocular disease, pharmacology, contact lenses and primary care procedures.  He was voted "Educator of the Year" by the Michigan Optometric Association in 2000.  Dr. Walling is currently the director of continuing education at MCO and serves as faculty liaison on the Academic Relations Committee, Professional Affairs Division of the Michigan Optometric Association.  Outside of optometry, he is the Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Ferris State University.

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Daniel Wrubel, OD

Daniel WrubelDaniel Wrubel is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry and in private practice in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Wrubel's chief areas of clinical practice and teaching are: pediatric vision care, visual related learning problems and vision therapy to remedy these anomalies. Dr. Wrubel is a graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry (1980). He is also an Associate Member of the COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development). Dr. Wrubel is currently a Team Leader and Student Liaison for VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and has lead several Eye Care international missions.

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