Optometry Advisory Board

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO

(member since 2015)

Dr. Barnett is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She specializes in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses, corneal collagen cross-linking and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She serves on the Board of Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) and The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). In addition, she is a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. Dr. Barnett is also a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association.

Joseph Barr, OD, MS, FAAO

(member since 2015)

Dr. Barr is an Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. From July 2007 to May 2014 Dr. Barr was with Bausch + Lomb, most recently as vice president, medical affairs, Pharmaceuticals & Vision Care. Prior to that, he was with Ohio State for 24 years in various capacities including associate dean for clinical services and professional programs, and chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service. During his tenure with Ohio State, Dr. Barr also spent two decades as editor of the professional journal Contact Lens Spectrum. He was founding editor of the first electronic newsletter for eye care professionals, Contact Lenses Today. Dr. Barr also spent three years as manager of clinical and materials research for Dow Corning Ophthalmics.


(member since 2014)

Dr. Epstein is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, later moving to Great Neck on Long Island, NY.  He graduated from the State University of New York School of Optometry where he served as the school’s first resident in ocular disease.

He co-founded Phoenix Eye Care with his wife and partner, Dr. Shannon Steinhauser.   Dr. Epstein heads the practice’s Dry-Eye – Ocular Surface Disease Center and serves as its Director of Clinical Research.  He is an internationally recognized expert in complex contact lens management and medical complications of contact lenses, dry eye, and anterior segment disease.  He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry Institute.

Dr. Epstein is a prolific author who has published hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters.  He is a contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.  He founded, and serves, as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician, the first E-journal in Optometry.

A sought after speaker, Dr. Epstein has presented more than a 1,000 invited lectures on a variety of topics nationally and in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.  During his travels, Dr. Epstein has served as an ambassador for US Optometry visiting Optometric organizations, schools and colleagues throughout the world.

Dr. Epstein is a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American and New York Academies of Optometry and a full member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists.  He belongs to the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section, where he was a past Chair, the Arizona Optometric Association, and served as a founding board member of the American Optometric Society and founded and currently serves as President of the American Board of Clinical Optometry.  He is a founder and past President of the Optometric Dry Eye Society.   As Chair of the Contac Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association, he spoke before the US Congress regarding contact lens safety.

Ahmad Fahmy, OD, FAAO, Dipl., ABO

(member since 2015)

Dr. Fahmy is the Director of Optometric Services at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He received his professional training and the Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from the Illinois College of Optometry. He completed residency training in peri-operative care of glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, and refractive surgery with Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. in 2004. He completed a Fellowship at the American Academy of Optometry in 2004 and joined Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. as a staff optometrist. He earned Diplomate designation in the American Board of Optometry in 2014. Dr. Fahmy is an Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor of the Illinois College of Optometry, and Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Fahmy is a devoted advocate of an integrated eye care delivery model and serves as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s Integrated Practice Committee (IPC). He is an editorial board peer reviewer for the journal Clinical Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and the Optometric Council of Refractive Surgery. He has contributed to book chapters, journal articles, and case studies in non-peer reviewed and peer reviewed journals including Optometry Times, Ophthalmology Times Europe, Archives of Ophthalmology, and The Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has lectured at educational conferences including the American Academy of Optometry, Minnesota Optometric Association, The Philips Eye Institute, The Pediatric Optometry Symposium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and International Congress in Lima, Peru.

Katherine Mastrota, OD, FAAO

(member since 2014)

Dr. Mastrota is a graduate of State University of New York School of Optometry and was presented with the Alumnae of the Year award in 2007.  She is the Center Director of Omni Eye Surgery, a well-respected Ophthalmology/Optometry in New York City.  Dr. Mastrota is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician and has authored numerous articles for these and other professional publications. She is a member of the Scientific Boards of Directors of Cynacon and Noble Vision, as well as an advisor to a number of pharmaceutical companies.  With a special interest in ocular surface disease and dry eye, Dr. Mastrota was named Secretary to the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO).  She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics.  Dr. Mastrota also serves on the Board of Directors of the Optometric Society of the City of New York.

Brian Rosenblatt, OD, FAAO

(member since 2015)

Dr. Rosenblatt is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and owner of Rosenblatt Family Eye Care Associates, a group practice in Raritan, NJ.  His special interests are Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Disease, and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Diseases.  Dr. Rosenblatt serves as a clinical research and advisory panel consultant to numerous manufacturers in the ophthalmic industry.  He is a member of the AOA, NJSOP, and is currently a candidate for fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry.  Dr Rosenblatt also serves as a proctor for the National Board section on Clinical Competency, is a published author in ophthalmic literature, and is an optometric continuing education speaker nationwide.

Jeffrey E. Schultz, OD, MS, FAAO

(member since 2015)

A three-time graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Schultz received his Bachelor of Science in 1970, and in 1974, he received his Master of Science in Physiological Optics and Doctorate of Optometry. While at The Ohio State University, Dr. Schultz was elected to the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and also received the Nikon Scholar Award for Outstanding Optometry Freshman.

Following his graduation, Dr. Schultz joined the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Optometry as a clinical instructor in the general optometry, contact lens, and pathology programs.

Dr. Schultz became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1978, and is currently Vice President of the Cleveland Academy of Optometry. Dr. Schultz is a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Fraternity, a Beta Sigma Kappa Noteworthy Practitioner, and member of the National Eye Research Foundation. He is also a member of the American, Ohio, and Cleveland Optometric Associations, and is a charter member of both the Contact Lens Section and the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association. In addition, Dr. Schultz has served on many committees of the Ohio Optometric Association, as President of the Cleveland Optometric Association, and has been a recipient of the Optometric Recognition Award.

Contact lens and contact lens solution research has been a continuing feature of Dr. Schultz’s practice, which has served to keep him on the forefront of the latest developments in this area. He has published several articles on contact lenses and related topics, and is currently conducting investigational work on new contact lens materials, contact lens designs, and contact lens solutions for several different manufacturers. In 2002, he was one of six optometrists appointed to the Ciba Vision Doctor’s Training Council, and in 2005, he joined the Alcon Laboratories Global Medical Education Speakers Alliance. Dr. Schultz has lectured, published articles, and has actively participated in the co-management of both cataract surgery and refractive surgery patients for over thirty years. In addition, has also served on the advisory boards of several managed health care organizations.

Christine Sindt, OD, FAAO

(member since 2014)

Dr. Sindt is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Contact Lens Service at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. She also serves as a consultant optometrist for the Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Sindt is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a disease-based residency at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Sindt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the 2010-2011 Chair of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Past President and founding member of Women of Vision, and Past President and co-founder of the Scleral Lens Education Society. In 2005, she received the Dr. Rodger Kame Award for service and dedication to the profession from the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. In 2011, the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association named her the Practitioner of the Year. In 2013 she received a Legends Award for contributions to the culture of contact lenses through leadership and dedication, from the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Sindt is Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry and an Associate Editor for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, where she contributes a monthly column on contact lens solutions. She also serves on the Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board and is a Contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum. She has published 100 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, contact lens columns, CD-ROMS, videos, and web publications.

William Townsend, OD, FAAO

(member since 2014)

Dr. Townsend is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. In addition to his private practice he served for eleven years as a consultant at the VA Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Townsend is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, College of Optometry and a preceptor for senior externs who rotate through his practice. Dr. Townsend conducts research in pharmaceutical agents, contact lens materials and solutions, with special emphasis on ocular surface disease and dry eye. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and president of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.