2018 Annual Conference Wrap Up

2018 Annual Conference Wrap Up
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Dr. Rick Lodwick
Annual Conference Chair

Thank you for attending the 116th Virginia Optometric Association Annual Conference. We had a great time!

Norfolk was the prime location for our annual meeting and the Hilton The Main did not disappoint. The bar was set high following last year’s conference and fitting for Harborfest weekend, the longest-running maritime festival in the nation, this year’s blew it out of the water.

Our conference kicked-off early Friday morning with breakfast followed by a full day of engaging education, which included a workshop for those looking to increase their scope-of-practice. The Exhibit Hall welcomed us with familiar faces and new technologies as we socialized with those who support our industry. Following dinner many took to the waterfront to take in Harborfest, dancing the night away to live music.

Saturday continued with early morning breakfast and lectures followed by the VOA’s business meeting. Here, attending members heard updates on what our association has accomplished over the previous year with a look ahead to the coming year. Saturday evening we donned our black-ties and dresses to celebrate Virginia Optometry and our president Dr. Adam Parker at the President’s Banquet and Awards Dinner. Harborfest fireworks then entertained us as we socialized rooftop, overlooking the Elizabeth River, enjoying drinks and each other’s company. The night ended late with more live music on the waterfront after a busy day of learning and activities.

Sunday wrapped up the conference weekend with coding alpha to zulu, concluding yet another spectacular Virginia conference.

We’ll see you in Richmond as we return to our capital city in June 2019!

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Executive Director Mr. Bo Keeney and his wife Sarah at the VOA registration desk.
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Dr. Nate Lighthizer lectures on lumps and bumps.
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A packed house forthe 116th VOA Annual Conference.
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Past Presidents Dr. Jery Neidigh and Dr. Joe Droter.
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Dr. Nate Lighthizer of Oklahoma addresses the crowd along with President Dr. Adam Parker and AOA Trustee Dr. Rob Benner.
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President Dr. Adam Parker addresses the lecture hall.
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AOA Trustee Dr. Rob Benner speaks about national topics.
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Dr. Nate Lighthizer lectures on chalazion pathophysiology.
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A packed house welcomes the doctors from Oklahoma and Kentucky.
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Annual Conference chair, Dr. Rick Lodwick strolls through the exhibit hall.
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Dr. Walt Whitley presents a lecture during Friday lunch.
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Dr. Walt Whitley lectures to the crowd.
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Dr. Scott Dilzer and Dr. George Brown share some time together.
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Dr. Nate Lighthizerbeings the injectoins lab.
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Dr. Nate Lighthizer holds court conerning practicing with the Ellman unit.
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Dr. Jeff Michaels performs a lid injection.
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Dr. Tom Cheezem gets a feel for using the Ellman unit.
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Dr. Aaron McNulty (left) and Dr. nate Lighthizer
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Dr. Aaron McNulty (left), Dr. Adam Parker (middle), and Dr. Nate Lighthizer after the VOA injections lab. Thanks guys!
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Hoya presented with plaque for being a 2018 GOLD Partner!
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Johnson & Johnson awarded with plaque for being a 2018 GOLD Partner!
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Allergan awarded with plaque for being a 2018 GOLD Partner!
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Bausch and Lomb awarded with plaque for being a 2018 GOLD Partner!
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Zeiss presented with a plaque for being a 2018 GOLD Partner!
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Dr. Rick Lodwick, Chair of the Annual Conference, speaks before a lecture.
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Dr. Jim Thimons lectures on glaucoma.
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President Dr. Adam Parker with his childhood Optometrist and Past VOA President, Dr. Ken Lebow.
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Dr. Adam Parker (left) presents Dr. Scott Mann with a plaque of appreciation for his time on the Board of Trustees.
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Past Presidents meeting
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The 2018 VOA Board of Trustees.
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The 2018 VOA Board of Trustees.
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Up and coming leaders of the VOA!
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Past Keyperson of the Year award winnder dr. Joe Droter (left) presents the 2018 Keyperson of the Year award to Dr. Jeff Goldberg.
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Past Distinguished Achievement award recipient Dr. Jeff Michaels (right) presents the 2018 Distinuished Achievement award to Dr. Joe Droter.
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Past OD ofthe Year Dr. Rob Allen (right) presents the 2018 Viginia Optometrist of the Year to Dr. Adam Parker.
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Dr. Walt Whitley presents tokens of appreciation to outgoing president Dr. Adam Parker.
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Dr. Luke SPiker (past Young Optometrist of the Year) presents the 2018 Young Optoemtrist of the Year to Dr. Amanda Umlandt.
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Dr. Parker and his son Ethan
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Immediate Past President Dr. Adam Parker and his family enjoy a few moments after the Awards Banquet.
Dr. Ron Benner addresses the VOA emerging leaders
Dr. Ron Benner addresses the VOA emerging leaders
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AOA Trustee Dr. Ron Benner speaks with young ODs at the emerging leaders meeting.
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Luke Spiker speaks with young ODs at the emerging leaders meeting
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Industry Relation Chair Dr. Jerry Neidigh speaks before the emerging leaders meeting.
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100 ODs gather to learn injections.
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Dr. Jerry Neidigh speaks at the Emerging Leaders meeting.
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Allergan was gracious enough to sponsor our Emerging Leaders meeting.
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Dr. Joe Droter speaks to the young ODs at the Emerging Leaders meeting.
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Allergan speaking before Emergning Leaders meeting.
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