Meet Our Doctors – UMSL Eye Care

Erin Brooks, OD, FAAO
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center
Community Services

  • Binocular Vision Abnormalities
  • Community Health
  • Ocular Disease
  • Pediatric Services
  • Primary Eye Care

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Systemic and Ocular Anatomy/Disease, Pharmacology, Neuroophthalmology, Binocular Vision Dysfunction, Vision-Based Learning Disabilities, Public Health

Education

  • BS – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • MVS – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

    • Anatomy, Physiology and Disease Processes I & II
    • Ocular Motility

Neurologic Disorders of the Eye and Visual System

  • Foundations of Ocular and Systemic Disease and Management I

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Thirty Leaders in Their Thirties for North County Incorporated, Diplomate American Board of Optometry
  • Fellow in American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association
  • Missouri Optometric Association, St. Louis Optometric Society

Larry Davis, OD, FAAO
Associate Professor and Dean

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University Eye Center

  • Complex Refractive Errors
  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Primary Eye Care

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Complex refractive errors, cornea and external disease

Education

  • OD – Indiana University
  • Residency – Cornea and Contact Lenses, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Primary Care Clinic

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry, Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses

Julie DeKinder, OD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center

  • Specialty Contact Lens Fitting
  • General Contact Lenses
  • Myopia Control
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Dry Eye Management

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Director of Academic Programs
  • Director of Residency Programs
  • Chief of Contact Lens Services
  • Coordinator of Cornea and Contact Lens Residency
  • Contact Lens clinic, Contact Lens course and labs.

Education

  • BS – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University
  • OD – Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
  • Residency – Cornea and Contact University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Co-instructor; Clinical Topics in Contact Lenses

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
  • Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS)
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry, Section on Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies

Aaron Franzel, OD
Associate Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center

  • Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Services

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Chief of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Services
  • The Pupil Project
  • Study of Sensory and Motor Aspects of Strabismus

Education

  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis

 

Casey Hamm, OD, FAAO
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center

  • Clinical Imaging Technologies
  • Ocular Disease
  • Posterior Segment Conditions

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Ocular Disease
  • Biochemistry of the eye

Education

  • BA – Illinois Wesleyan University
  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease, Nova Southeastern University

Recent Courses Taught

  • Biochemistry with Ocular Emphasis
  • Foundations of Ocular and Systemic Disease III
  • Comprehensive Case Review and Analysis

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Missouri Optometric Association
  • St. Louis Optometric Society
  • Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society

Vinita Allee Henry, OD, FAAO
Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center

  • Contact Lenses
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses
  • Astigmatism
  • Myopia Control

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Cornea and Contact Lens

Education

  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Cornea and Contact Lenses, University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Contact Lenses

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry and Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry, Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses
  • Co-editor of the Clinical Manual of Contact Lens 5th Edition in submission

Catherine Kerr-Niermann, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center     Lindell Eye Center

  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Prescribing Magnifiers, Telescopes, Bioptics and Specialty Eyeglasses

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Ophthalmic optics

Education

  • BS – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • OD – Southern College of Optometry
  • Residency – Low Vision and Ocular Disease, University of California-Berkeley

Recent Courses Taught

  • Low Vision Rehabilitation Laboratory
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Problem Based Learning

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • American Academy of Optometry

Thomas Landgraf, OD
Associate Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center    Lindell Eye Center

  • Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease and Injections
  • Primary Eye Care

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Ocular Disease

Education

  • OD – Illinois College of Optometry
  • Residency – Primary Care, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Recent Courses Taught

  • Ocular Disease Clinical and Didactic sequences

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Linda Marks, OD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center  Mobile Eye Center

  • Primary Eye Care
  • Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Services

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Therapy and Treatment of patients with Amblyopia, Strabismus, and Learning-related Vision Disorders
  • Pediatric Optometry

Education

  • BS – Ferris State University
  • OD – Michigan College of Optometry
  • Residency – Pediatric / Binocular Vision, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Clinical Topics in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision
  • Binocular Vision  Anomalies
  • Pediatric Optometry

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • College of Optometrists in Vision Development

Tareq I. Nabhan, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center  Community Service

  • Primary Eye Care
  • Ocular Disease

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Didactic and clinical instruction in examination procedures
  • Ocular Disease

Education

  • BS – Pittsburg State University
  • Post Grad – University of Kansas
  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Case-based Discovery
  • Laboratory co-instruction: Ophthalmic Optics
  • Anatomy-Physiology & Disease Processes
  • Clinical Optometry II & III

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • UMSL Optometric Educator of the Year, 2017

Linda Du, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center  Mobile Eye Center

  • Primary Eye Care
  • Pediatric Services
  • Ocular Disease

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Pediatrics
  • Ocular Disease
  • Community Health Service

Education

  • BS – University of California San Diego
  • OD – The Ohio State College of Optometry
  • MS – The Ohio State College of Optometry
  • Residency – Primary Care and Ocular Disease, Marion Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center

Recent Courses Taught

  • Ocular Motility
  • Introduction to Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Comprehensive Case Review and Analysis

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Missouri Optometric Association
  • St. Louis Optometric Society

Angel Novel-Simmons, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center East St. Louis Eye Center Community Services

  • Disease Management
  • Primary Eye Care

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Ocular Disease Management, Cultural Competence
  • Case-Based Discovery
  • Ocular Pharmacology

Education

  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Primary Care and Ocular Disease Management, VA Hudson Valley

Recent Courses Taught

  • Ocular Disease Management Laboratories in 2nd and 3rd year
  • Case Based Discovery
  • Cultural Competence

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Missouri Optometric Association, Member and PR Chairperson

Coral Pucci, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center   Lindell Eye Center            East St. Louis Eye Center

  • Primary Eye Care
  • Ocular Disease Management

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Ocular Disease
  • Pharmacology
  • Primary Care Optometry

Education

  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Primary Care and Ocular Disease, Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Recent Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Ocular and Systemic Disease Management I

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Missouri Optometric Society
  • St. Louis Optometric Society
  • American Academy of Optometry

Mary Beth Rhomberg, OD
Associate Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center
Lindell Eye Center
East St. Louis Eye Center
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Ocular Disease Management

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Family Practice
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Ocular Disease

Education

  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Optometry Family Practice, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Recent Courses Taught

  • Clinical Optometry I
  • Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing
  • Comprehensive Case Review and Analysis
  • Clinic Seminar
  • Foundations of Ocular and Systemic Disease Lab

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • American Optometric Association
  • Missouri Optometric Association
  • St. Louis Optometric Association

Patrick Stark, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center
Lindell Eye Center
  • Acute Care
  • Binocular Vision
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Ocular Disease

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Ocular Anatomy
  • Clinical Optometry
  • Optometric Technology

Education

  • BA – Saint Louis University
  • OD – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Residency – Primary Care and Ocular Disease, NSU Oklahoma

Recent Courses Taught

  • Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Optometry
  • Case Based Discovery

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Missouri Optometric Association
  • St. Louis Optometric Society

Sarah Sweeney Dohrman, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center
East St. Louis Eye Center
  • Pediatric Services
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Vision Therapy
  • Primary Eye Care

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Clinical Optometry II and III
  • PEDIG Co-investigator (Pediatric Eye Disease)
  • Vision therapy and special needs populations
  • Neuro-visual rehabilitation
  • Primary care

Education

  • BS – West Virginia University
  • OD – Southern College of Optometry Memphis
  • Residency – Primary care, pediatrics and vision therapy, Massachusetts

Recent Courses Taught

  • Clinical Optometry II

Academic distinctions and professional societies:

  • Fellow of College of Optometry for Vision Development
  • Cri du Chat Syndrome: A Case Review; JBO 2011
  • Vision Therapy Success Stories from Around the World

Jessica Tu, OD
Assistant Clinical Professor

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University Eye Center
Lindell Eye Center

  • Anterior Segment Disease and Disorders
  • Specialty Contact Lenses
  • Myopia Control
  • Dry Eye Management

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Anterior Segment Diseases and Disorders
  • Specialty Contact Lenses, Scleral Lenses
  • Myopia Control

Education

  • BS – University of British Columbia
  • OD – InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry
  • Residency – Cornea and Contact Lens Indiana University School of Optometry
Academic distinctions and professional societies:
  • Fellow Candidate of American Academy of Optometry
  • 2017 Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care
  • Humanitarian Community Service Award
 
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