Optometry Advisory Board

Barbara Dune, OD

Dr. Barbara Dune is an optometrist and the founder of Serenity I Care in Hartford, Connecticut.  Dr. Dune is passionate about helping patients with common eye issues, such as dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and low vision. She also specializes in diabetic and emergency eye care.

C. Steven Lancaster, OD, FAAO

Dr. C. Steven Lancaster, is the director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the Atlantic Eye Institute in Florida.  He’s served as the team optometrist for the Florida State University Seminoles and the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police annual boxing match.  His areas of specialty include specialty contact Lens fittings, advanced dry eye treatments, and medical & routine eye care.

Derek Cunningham, OD, FAAO

Dr. Cunningham is the director of the Dell Eye Institute for Dry Eye Research at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Texas and is well published in the areas of advanced dry eye treatments. Dr. Cunningham has a special interest in Sports Vision and Performance, and is the Chairman Emeritus of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section.

Heidi Q.T. Pham-Murphy, OD

Dr. Heidi Q.T. Pham-Murphy is the owner of Visions Optometry in Sacramento, California.  She practices full scope optometry with special interest in pediatrics, geriatrics, dry eye disease and blue light impacts on visual performance and health. Dr. Pham-Murphy is a professional speaker on Blue Light, Dry Eyes as well as lens designs to meet visual function.

Kambiz Silani, OD

Dr. Kambiz Silani is the chief clinical director of Beverly Hills Optometry.  In 2013, he proudly founded their Advanced Dry Eye Center in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Silani’s high-tech practice focuses on utilizing office-based and evidence-based devices to properly identify, diagnose and treat patients for various ocular conditions, most notably ocular surface diseases including MGD, dry eye disease, ocular rosacea and blepharitis.

Komal Thakore, OD

Dr. Komal Thakore is an optometrist at the New England Eye Center (NEEC).  She provides contact lens and vision therapy services in both Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.   NEEC is affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine, where Dr. Thakore is an instructor of Ophthalmology.

Maria Sampalis, OD

Dr. Maria Sampalis is an optometrist and the founder of Sampalis Eye Care in Cranston, Rhode Island.  Her office has the latest technology to detect and treat eye diseases such has diabetic retinopathy, hypertension, and glaucoma.  Dr. Sampalis is trained in fitting contact lenses for all different prescriptions including multifocal contacts.

Michele Pendrak Bush, OD

Dr. Michele Pendrak Bush is an optometrist at Siepser Eyecare in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  With more than 12 years of diverse eye care experiences, she is one of the region’s leading doctors treating the challenging causes of dry eye.  Dr. Pendrak Bush’s areas of focus are, comprehensive eye evaluation, ocular disease management, glaucoma, diabetic eye, macular degeneration, and pediatric eye care.

Pam Theriot, OD

Dr. Pam Theriot is an optometrist and the founder of the online platform Pam Theriot, Alleviating Your Dry Eyes.  She has practiced optometry in 6 states with a focus on dry eye.  Dr. Theriot has built a platform to provide simple, customizable, straightforward treatment plans without having to be in the same room as her patients.  Her site is dedicated to providing patients with the tips and tools to get their eyes to look, see and feel better.

Andrea Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP

She is the owner of Dr. Thau and Associates on Park Avenue in New York City. She has been recognized with the highest awards in her profession for her many leadership roles and volunteer efforts to advance the profession and help patients.  She is a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Policy Chair and Governing Councilor of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association, and an Associate Clinical Professor Emerita at the SUNY State College of Optometry.