Dr. Kendra Dalton, FAAO
Chief Medical Editor
Dr. Dalton graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a B.S. in Biology and graduated summa cum laude from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. She previously practiced at the Warrensburg VA Clinic in Warrensburg, MO, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, where she served as the Externship Program Director and an adjunct faculty member of New England College of Optometry and Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. She is currently practicing at the Kansas City VA Medical Center and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry.
Dr. Liz Wyles, FAAO
Director of Learning & Assessments
Dr. Elizabeth Wyles is an Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). She received her optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry (Marshall B. Ketchum University) and completed a residency in Hospital Based Primary Care Optometry at the Crownpoint Indian Health Care Facility in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Prior to arriving at ICO, Dr. Wyles was in private practice and taught in both the didactic and clinical programs at Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO) for 7 years. Dr. Wyles is an attending optometrist in the Primary Care and Advanced Care Services of the Illinois Eye Institute working with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students. She teaches the Retina course and is involved in the Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures for Optometrists course. Additionally she teaches in the Ocular Anatomy course. She has authored posters and papers in optometric and educational journals, presented continuing education courses nationally and internationally and has co-authored a chapter in a textbook. She has over 15 years of experience with optometric curriculum development and has a passion for education and learning. Her commitment to quality education has been recognized by receiving multiple teaching awards from the students at both PUCO and ICO. She has extensive experience with national optometric standardized testing, as an item writer, committee and council member. Dr. Wyles is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Nicole Thiess
Director of Visual Education
Nicole graduated with honors from the University of Guelph with a degree in Biology and French. She then went on to complete optometry school at the New England College of Optometry, where she enjoyed being a part of VOSH and working as a clinical and didactic tutor for other students.
Dr. Kyle Klute
Director of Research & Development
Kyle graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) with a B.S. in meteorology/climatology and completed optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry. His unique path to optometry started while working at the UNL climatology department post-graduation where he decided to change career paths after being inspired by a family friend who is an optometrist. After graduating from ICO, Dr. Klute completed a hospital-based residency in ocular disease at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. Following residency, he served as a Consultative Optometrist in ocular disease and disorders at Heartland Eye Consultants (HEC), a secondary care optometric referral center, in Omaha, NE.
Dr. Sarah Dougherty Wood, MS, FAAO, DIP ABO
Director of Visual Education
Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Evansville with a dual major in Biology/Chemistry and graduated with honors from IU School of Optometry. She completed a residency at the Kansas City VA Hospital, where later she served as director of the low vision program, VICTORS, for 3 years. Sarah completed a two year research fellowship at the Boston VAMC in 2009 where her research was published in Journal of Glaucoma. Dr. Wood received a Master’s degree in Vision Science from The New England College of Optometry in 2010. She is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and serves as chair of the AAO Glaucoma SIG. She currently practices at the Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor and is a clinical instructor of ophthalmology and vision science at University of Michigan.