President’s Message

As fast as 2017 arrived, it’s now coming to an end. For me personally, it seems like it was just yesterday that I nervously held my first board meeting followed by my first time hosting a CE lecture. Throughout my time on the executive board, I’ve learned and grown a lot, both personally and professionally. Working my way up the society has taught me valuable skills such as leadership, resource management, and public speaking, among others. I now feel better prepared to serve my patients and community than I did as a fresh faced graduate just a few years ago. And none of this would have happened without the support of you, the members. Everyone I have encountered throughout my years in the society has been nothing short of supportive and insightful on how to thrive as a new doctor navigating our profession. For that, I say “Thank You.”

One of the biggest achievements I am proud to be a part of this year is the passage of AB 443. In conjunction with the COA, San Diego ODs were instrumental in getting the votes needed to pass this important piece of legislation. The crown jewel of this bill is getting the right to control our own drug formulary. Now, whenever a new medication is available to treat an eye-related condition that is in our scope, we no longer have to return to the California general assembly to ask permission to use that medication: Our state board will be able to regulate what fellow ODs can and cannot prescribe. This will help reduce health care costs by cutting down on unnecessary referrals while at the same time providing better eye care to the nearly 40 million residents of California! Likewise, AB 443 will also allow ODs to perform corneal foreign body removals with a needle, check blood sugar on diabetic or suspected diabetic patients, and perform skin testing for allergies, among other things. Again, thank you to all of you who participated in our local legislation day last month to help secure this big win on behalf of Optometry.

I also want to acknowledge the 2017 SDCOS Board Members. Each of these volunteers has played an instrumental role in the success of our society this year. Without each and every one of these doctors, we would not be able to hold all of the events that SDCOS is so proud to offer to our members and the community. To Drs. Allison Pierce, Michael Morgan, Robert Grazian, Michelle Biaggi, Eric White, Dick Skay, Dave Sherman, Andrew Fasciani, Paul Lavin, Nickolet Boermans, Lucia Millet, Susan Cervantes, Bob Meisel, John Fitzpatrick, Erin Swift, and Byron Newman: “Thank You” for volunteering so much of your time and energy throughout the years to the society. Likewise, I want to acknowledge our trustees for 2017: Drs. Dana Gampal, David Ardakani, Wendy Gross, David Wong, Patty Cheng, and Mickey Kling have all stepped up to continue to make our society one of the best in the nation. To everyone I have named: You have all done such an amazing job this year and I am so proud to be able to work with you. I appreciate everything that you do for the society and all of the hard work you put in to ensure the advancement of our great profession! Last but not least, I want to recognize everything Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz does for SDCOS. She is the true president of the society, answering your questions, organizing our CE, and keeping the whole society functioning on a day-to-day basis.  On behalf of myself and all the presidents before me, “Thank You” NJ for all of your hard work!

But now is the time for celebration, not nostalgia! I would like everyone to join me at our Holiday Party this year. It will be held at the Admiral Kidd Banquet Center in Downtown San Diego on Saturday December 9th. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Thanks to generous sponsorships from VSP, VisionWest, and WestPac Financial, ticket prices are only $25 dollars and include dinner, drinks, DJ, and dancing all night! Quantities are limited, so be sure to register today. I want to see everybody out on the dance floor, saying “Goodbye” to 2017 in style!