KYLE CHEATHAM, O.D., F.A.A.O., DIPLOMATE ABO
Kyle graduated from Centre College (KY) with a B.S. in Biology and completed optometry school at Indiana University School of Optometry before accepting a prestigious residency at the Kansas City VA Hospital. Dr. Cheatham practices at Heartland Eye Consultants, a secondary eyecare center in Omaha, Nebraska, where he specializes in ocular disease and low vision. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of six schools and colleges of optometry teaching optometric interns at Heartland Eye Consultants. Dr. Cheatham also provides consultative care within the ophthalmology department at Creighton University Medical Center. In August 2011, Dr. Cheatham became a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Melissa Cheatham, PA-C
Melissa graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies before receiving her Master’s in Physician’s Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has clinical experience in family practice and obstetrics and gynecology and now practices as a board certified physician assistant in cardiology with the Bryan Heart Institute in Lincoln, NE.
Kevin Wood, Ph.D.
Kevin graduated from Centre College (KY) with a B.S. in Chemical Physics before completing an M.S. in Biology and a double Ph.D. in both Theoretical Physics and Physical Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and, subsequently, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Kevin is currently an Assistant Professor of Biophysics and Physics at the University of Michigan. His research group leverages theoretical tools from statistical physics to study population dynamics and the evolution of drug resistance in microbial infections and human cancers.
KMK Practicing Educators
Charlotte Ablott, O.D.
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.
Rachael Canania, O.D.
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.
Dinita Cooley, O.D.
Danita graduated Summa Cum Laude from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated with 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 private primary care practice in Quincy, Illinois.
Ryan Fenska, O.D.
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 3 children Kate, Landon, and Jackson.
Steve Gildersleeve, O.D.
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.
Jordan Keith, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate 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.
Kyle Klute, O.D., FAAO, Director of Clinical Research and 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. After 3 years at HEC, Dr. Klute joined Exclusively Eyecare in Omaha, NE.
Erik Mothersbaugh, O.D.
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.
Maria Pribis, O.D., F.A.A.O. DIPLOMATE 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 provided care to over 3000 underprivileged Guatemalans. 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. She is currently in private practice in Stamford, CT where she specializes in ocular surface disease and contact lenses.
Bobby Saenz, M.S., O.D.
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. Bobby has a passion for missions. While he was in optometry school he was able to help provide eye care on four trips to Mexico and one to Panama. Bobby is currently completing his residency in refractive surgery and ocular disease at Eye Center of Texas in Houston, TX.
Nicole Theiss, O.D., 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.
Sarah Dougherty Wood, O.D., MS, F.A.A.O., Diplomate ABO
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.
KMK Editorial Team
Kendra Dalton, O.D., F.A.A.O., 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.
Elizabeth Wyles, O.D., F.A.A.O., Director of Learning and Assessment
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.