President’s Message

What a year this has been. From a global pandemic to protests for racial justice, devastating wildfires, and a tumultuous presidential election, our nation has found itself drawn into several crisis whose underlying causes threatened its health, economy, and forced every one of us to live in a world almost unrecognizable from what we’ve grown to expect.

As COVID-19 relentlessly spread across the country, we sheltered in place and businesses and public services small and large were forced to close. By the end of May, about a fifth of the nation’s workers were either unemployed or working part-time and millions of Americans found themselves without money to pay rent or even buy groceries to feed their families.

While the Optometric community has been hit hard by the events of 2020, I am proud to say that our local, state, and national organizations have not wavered in their support of our community. This pandemic has forced all of us to evaluate our priorities and compelled us to look at different ways of operating, many of which have brought new opportunities for growth and positive change that will help us to better serve our patients and the optometric industry in the years to come.

Serving as President of the San Diego County Optometric Society this year has been challenging, yet rewarding and I am so thankful to have had the privilege of holding this title during such a historical year. I would like to give a huge thank you to Nancy-Jo, our Administrative Director, and the Doctors in our society who have volunteered their time to make sure our society ran smoothly even through the difficult times. Shout out to our rock star 2020 Board Members for all their help this year: Drs. Robert Grazian, Alex Scovill, Simona Grosu, Roula El-Moghrabi, Amanda Dexter, Lucia Millet, Nickolet Boermans, Andrew Fasciani, Bob Meisel, Dave Sherman, David Ardakani, Dick Skay, Ilya Volk, John Fitzpatrick, Paul Lavin, and Michael Morgan. I also want to thank and acknowledge our trustees for 2020: Drs. Jenn Chinn, Kathryn Ordonez, Marcelline Ciuffreda, Nina Song, Tatyana Budarina, and Tiana Mathieson.

Before I pass the torch to Dr. Alex Scovill, who will be an incredible President for SDCOS next year, I want to welcome any doctors in our society to join the Board of Directors for 2021. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience being on the board, and I encourage anyone who is interested to reach out to me or any one of the wonderful doctors listed above for more information. New volunteers allow us to continue to bring new perspective and growth to our society and carry its traditions into the future.

While I am sorry to say there will be no in-person Holiday Party this year, please be on the look out for some of our upcoming virtual events and I hope to see all of you very soon. Thank you all for a great year. It has been my honor and pleasure to be the President for 2020. Happy Holidays!