Welcome to 2015!

By Amanda Dexter, O.D.

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to share some special time with your family and friends this season and are now ready for a great 2015! I am very excited to be representing you all as the new SDCOS President and wanted to take a minute to tell you a little bit about myself.   I am a California girl from the very beginning and grew up in a small town up on the north coast called Fort Bragg. After graduating High School I made the move down south to Los Angeles where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in physiological science from UCLA. I then went a little further south to Fullerton where I graduated from Southern California College of Optometry. San Diego was my next move where I completed my residency training at the VA hospital in La Jolla. Like most of you, I was drawn to this beautiful city and haven’t been able to leave since. I currently work in a couple of private group optometry and ophthalmology practices and feel so blessed everyday to be in this rewarding profession. In my spare time I take pleasure in spending time with my friends, husband, and dog; hiking, biking, going to the beach, traveling, and enjoying all that San Diego has to offer.

As the new SDCOS president, I promise to work hard and do my best to provide you all with a great year of education, resources to benefit yourself and your practice, and the opportunities to develop relationships with fellow doctors and sponsors. I promise to be available for questions, comments, criticisms, and ideas so that SDCOS may continue to be the best society possible and that our profession may continue thrive in San Diego. I am very confident that with the group of doctors who are volunteering to be a part of the 2015 Board of Trustees, we will be able accomplish these goals.

We have a very interesting and exciting year ahead for the profession of optometry. Most notably, SB 492 will be reintroduced at the beginning of the year in hopes of being passed in 2015. The new language to the bill looks very promising and will begin the process of scope expansion for optometrists in California. Locally, we will also continue to have our 6 2-hour and 3 5-hour continuing education meetings that will provide a wide variety of topics and speakers from across the country. Our Lion’s Optometric Vision Clinic will also be looking for doctors to volunteer their time to support this underserved community, Additionally, our annual charity golf tournament is also scheduled again for this July, which benefits the LOVC and California Vision Foundation. I will also keep you all aware of other events that will come up throughout the year.

As your new 2015 president I can assure you that this year is going to be amazing! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors that will aid in making this all happen!