2017 Symposium Speakers

2017 Symposium Information


DR. Rachel,"Stacey" Coulter, OD, FAAO -

Dr. Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, OD, MS received her doctor of optometry degree in 1991 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry at PCO in 1992, and received an MS. degree in education from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 2012. Currently, Dr. Coulter is a Professor of Optometry at NSU where she teaches in the classroom, clinic, and residency program and is active in clinical research.She has also served as Principal Investigator for the CITT and CITT-ART clinical trials. She also oversees the Vision In Autism Service, at Nova Southeastern University, that provides evaluations and treatment to children and adults with autism and trains optometry students and residents.

Dr. Coulter has a career-long interest in vision and its link to child development and learning. She has published multiple articles and book chapters on topics related to pediatric optometry and binocular vision. She is a frequent presenter and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and India.

Dr. Coulter is active in the American Academy of Optometry where she is a Diplomate and past Chair of the Academy’s Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry Section. Dr. Coulter is the 2016 recipient of the American Academy of Optometry’s Feinbloom Award for her contributions to clinical excellence. She is also a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development


Dr. Brenda  Heinke-Montecalvo OD FCOVD FAAO

Brenda Montecalvo has provided primary care optometry to her patients in a successful private practice setting for over 30 years.

She presents the Cedarville Seminar Series for Optometric Vision Therapy (OVT), and is a passionate, sought-after international lecturer in the areas of neuro-optometric rehabilitation (NOR), strabismus, amblyopia, OVT, prescribing of therapeutic performance lenses, preventive eye care, and practice management (PM).

She is a co-author of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Brain Injury Electronic Resource Manual and has authored several articles about NOR, OVT and Practice Management.

Dr. Montecalvo is Past-Chair of the AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section (VRS) and a member of the AOA VRS Brain Injury Committee. She is Past-President of the Ohio Optometric Association, Past-President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), Co-Chair of the John Streff Invitational Lens Symposium, and trustee of the Vision Leads Foundation. She has been a Clinical Associate Professor for Western College of Optometry and The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Montecalvo is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the College of Syntonic Optometry, and has achieved Skill Level II in NORA. She graduated with distinction from the Pacific University College of Optometry.

Dr. Montecalvo’s interests include enjoying time with her three adult children, being active in her church, gardening, and operating a horse farm with her husband, Anthony. 


Dr. Mile Brujic OD FAAO

Dr. Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry.  He is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio.  He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma.  He is active at all levels of organized optometry.  Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications.  He has published over 250 articles and has given over 1300 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care. 


Dr. Douglas Devries, OD 

Dr Devries co-founded Eye Care Associates of Nevada in 1992 and since that point has limited his practice to diseases of the eye and surgical co-management.  His specific area of interest has been in ocular surface disease, which makes up the majority of his clinical practice.   He is the director of the optometric residency program and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Optometry.

Dr Devries graduated with a degree in financial management from the University of Nevada and received his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University.   He has served as President of the Nevada Optometric Association as well as the Great Western Counsel of Optometry. He serves on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee as well as the Counsel on Optometric Education. 


Dr. Carlo Pelino, OD FAAO, Assistant Professor

Dr. Carlo J. Pelino, OD, is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In 1995 Dr. Pelino completed a PCO ocular disease residency at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, where he concentrated in retina and neuro-ophthalmic disease. Dr. Pelino is currently a full time Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is director of the optometric retina service at The Eye Institute. He recently completed a one year retinal fellowship emphasizing medical and surgical treatments under the direction of vitreo-retinal surgeons at Crozier-Chester and Riddle Memorial Hospitals in suburban Philadelphia. Dr. Pelino is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He regularly lectures in domestic and international programs.

Dr. Fouad Tayfour

Dr Tayfour

is a pioneer

with more then 60,000+ Procedures