Instructors

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Dr. Charlotte Ablott

Charlotte graduated from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI and completed optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry. She then finished a residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease at the Salisbury VA hospital in Salisbury, NC. She is currently working at a private practice near her hometown of Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Rachael Canania

Rachael completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia, double majoring in Biology and German. Then, she went on to optometry school in her hometown at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis (UMSL). Go Cardinals. While in school, she was president of the student VOSH chapter and has been on several mission trips to South and Central America to serve underprivileged communities. After school, Rachael completed a residency specializing in Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Kansas City VAMC. She continues to work in the VA system precepting students and residents in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Dinita Cooley

Dinita graduated Summa Cum Laude from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated with high honors from University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) College of Optometry and also completed an Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation residency at the Kansas City VA Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dinita currently works near her home town at SPECS, a primary care private practice in Quincy, Illinois. Dr. Cooley and her husband, Travis, have one daugher, Alexis.

Dr. Ryan Fenska

Ryan graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.S. in Chemistry and completed optometry school at Northeastern State University (NSU) Oklahoma College of Optometry. He currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor for NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry working directly with 3rd and 4th year optometry students. Dr. Fenska was honored as Outstanding Clinical Professor by the Oklahoma College of Optometry graduating class of 2014. Dr. Fenska and his wife, Kristen, are blessed with 4 children.

Dr. Steve Gildersleeve

Steve graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a degree in Biological Sciences and then went on to complete optometry school at the Southern California College of Optometry where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at SCCO he was recognized as best in his class in both primary care and ocular disease diagnosis and management. He also scored in the top 1% in the nation on NBEO parts 1 and 2. As a 4th year Steve was one of 5 students nationally to receive the Heart of America Contact Lens Society student grant given to young leaders in the profession. Dr. Gildersleeve completed a hospital-based ocular disease residency at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM and currently practices at Eyes On Lincoln, his family practice in Lincoln NE.

Dr. Jordan Keith, FAAO, DIP ABO

Jordan Keith graduated from Minot State University in Minot, ND with a B.A. in biology and completed optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry near Portland, OR. At his graduation from optometry school he was presented with the Dean’s Award, the highest honor in his class. He then completed a residency in ocular disease at the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Following residency, Dr. Keith joined the full-time faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, IL where he taught optometry students and saw patients at the Illinois Eye Institute. His passion for education was acknowledged by receiving six teaching awards from the students. After five years at ICO, Dr. Keith joined the Eye Care Center, a group optometry private practice in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Erik Mothersbaugh

Erik received his B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with a double major in Psychology and Biology. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, IL, where he received multiple honors for his academic performance and leadership in student government, including the prestigious Faculty Scholarship. He then completed his residency at ICO in Primary Care and Ocular Disease, and now serves on the ICO faculty as an Assistant Professor, working with students in the Primary Care and Urgent Care services of the Illinois Eye Institute.

Dr. Maria Pribis, FAAO, DIP ABO

Maria graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Psychology. She graduated with high honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. While in optometry school she was president of SOSH and a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She completed an ocular disease residency at the Baltimore VA hospital. During this time, she rotated through Johns Hopkins cornea and specialty contact lens clinics. Additionally, Maria was named Connecticut’s young optometrist of the year in early 2015. She is the founder of OcularPrime.com, a website focused on patient education and is currently in private practice in Stamford, CT where she specializes in ocular surface disease and contact lenses.

Dr. Bobby Saenz

Bobby graduated summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX with a degree in biochemistry. He then graduated summa cum laude with a dual OD/MS degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry, where he spent his time researching non invasive imaging to aid in the diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. After Optometry school, Bobby completed a residency in refractive surgery and ocular disease at the Eye Center of Texas in Houston, TX. Bobby has a passion for missions. While he was in optometry school he was able to help provide eye care for multiple trips to Mexico and Panama. Bobby is currently the Clinic Director at Parkhurst Nuvision, a referral based, integrated eye care clinic in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Erin Keim

Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry after receiving her B.S. in Biology from Elon University in North Carolina. She earned numerous honors recognizing her academic and clinical excellence. Additionally, she held multiple leadership roles both institutionally and nationally, and was named ‘Who’s Who in Optometry’ upon graduating. She completed her clinical studies at Lovell Federal Healthcare Center in North Chicago, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, and with James Cornetta and Associates in Portsmouth, VA. She practices in a group setting in Pittsburgh, PA., with special interests and training in the areas of vision therapy and binocular vision, neuro-rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury, as well as ocular disease with an emphasis on systemic health.

Emma Wilhite Scott

Emma graduated magma cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. She started her optometric training at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry and will graduate with honors in 2018. Emma has served as Vice President of Beta Sigma Kappa and the American Optometric Student Association. As Vice President of SVOSH, she has gone on several Remote Area Medical trips in the Southeast & an international trip to Belize which provided unforgettable experiences. She’s a member of Gold Key International Honor Society & currently serves as the National Liaison for Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation. In 2015, she became a Student Fellow of Academy and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors since 2014. This year, she was selected by UABSO faculty to receive the distinguished Faculty of Optometry & Vision Sciences Student Scholarship for her dedicated service to the school and community. Emma is currently shadowing various KMK team members and acclimating to the KMK educational methodology.