More Than 1,000 Optometrists Gather for Education, Recognition and Camaraderie
Duluth, Ga. (June 27, 2019) – National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eye care and eyewear, hosted more than 1,000 optometrists from its affiliated practices during the company’s annual Continuing Education Symposium June 1 – 4 in Dallas, Texas.
The company’s growing community of optometrists gathered for continued education, recognition for notable tenure and accomplishments, and conversations surrounding the state of the optical industry. Attendees heard from a respected lineup of speakers, giving all COPE-approved lectures.
“The professionals you see on your left and right, along with the rest of our network of optometrists who are not here today, account for roughly 5 percent of the nation’s practicing optometrists,” National Vision CEO Reade Fahs said. “Our community is expanding at a rapid pace, and most importantly, our network’s higher than ever retention rate shows the talented optometrists we already have attracted really enjoy this mode of practice.”
At this event alone, 22 optometry schools were represented, with alumni of Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry leading the way, notably comprising 16 percent of the audience. In addition to having an alumni connection, many attendees also shared the accomplishment of practicing more than five years in the National Vision network. Nearly 150 attendees were honored for reaching notable tenure milestones this year alone, together dedicating more than 1,200 years to their respective practices. Albert Pasquarelli, O.D., received a special honor for celebrating his 30th anniversary as a member of the network, while the following four doctors were recognized for 25 years of service to their practices: John Stavrakis, O.D., Phillip Owsley, O.D., Stephanie Attig, O.D., and Ronald Pizzo, O.D.
Additionally, nine doctors were honored with the Optometrist of the Year Award for providing quality patient care and outstanding contributions to their practices. These included:
“Our success lies in our people, and we’re always proud to recognize the achievements of those who make up our accomplished, dedicated optometric network,” Fahs said. “We look forward to more milestones in the years to come as we continue to focus on creating environments where ODs want to spend their entire careers, helping to further our mission of making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible. “
About National Vision’s Annual Continuing Education (CE) Symposium
National Vision’s Annual CE Symposium provides full-time optometrists who practice in the National Vision Doctor of Optometry network the opportunity to earn all required CE at once at no cost to them, while networking with peers and company leadership, and reconnecting with friends and classmates. The Symposium includes 22 hours of COPE-approved CE over a three-day period as well as business updates and presentations.
About National Vision Holdings, Inc.
National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with over 1,100 stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites, offering a variety of products and services for customers’ eye care needs. For more information, please visit www.nationalvision.com.