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2013 MOA Award Winners



Congratulations to the MOA 2013 Award Winners!

Dr. Matthew Maki

Optometrist of the Year
Matthew J. Maki, OD, FAAO
Eye Care Associates of Owosso
The Michigan Optometric Association "Optometrist of the Year" award recognizes a member of the MOA who has given years of dedicated service to optometry, the vision welfare of the public and their community.  Dr. Matthew Maki is a 22 year member of the MOA and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  He is a past President of the MOA and has served as a Trustee on the MOA Board of Directors for a number of years.  Currently he is a member of the MOA Legislative Committee and serves as a GO! Team Leader and AOA Keyperson Coordinator.  In addition, Dr. Maki is also the chairperson for MOAPAC and AOAPAC in Michigan.  He served as the President of the Tri-Cities Optometric Society from 1996-1998.  Along with these affiliations he was a member of the Admittance Committee for the American Academy of Optometry from 1997-2000.  Dr. Maki is not only dedicated to his profession but is also greatly involved in his community.  He is a longtime member of the Williamston Sunrise Rotary Club and served as their President in 2006-2007.  He also serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister for St. Mary Catholic Parish in Williamston and has been an active member of the St. Mary Parish Knights of Columbus.  In his spare time he has spent many hours as a youth baseball and football coach for the Red Cedar Recreation Association.

 

Dr. Douglas Totten

Keyperson
Douglas L. Totten, OD
Lakeshore Professional Eyecare
Dr. Douglas Totten has been a member of Michigan VOSH and served as president for two years.  As a member of VOSH he has been a part of 10 VOSH missions to Honduras.  He is on Faculty with the Michigan College of Optometry as a Clinical Professor.  He has served as a GO! team leader since 2002.  Dr. Totten has served on the AOA's Ethics Committee for the past three years as well as the MOA Fall CE Committee.  In addition to his professional work Dr. Totten has been involved with his church.  He has been an active member of the Muskegon Lions and Eaton Rapids Lions Club, serving on the Board of Directors and as President.

 

Dr. James Spears

Keyperson
James R. Spears, OD
PersonalEYES Vision Care

Dr. James Spears served as the president of the WMOA from 1983-1985 and again from 1997-1998.  In addition to his services as president of the WMOA he has been the co-organizer of the WMOA's Legislative Breakfast for over 20 years.  Since 1996 Dr. Spears has served as the Region D Director for GO!.  Outside of his profession he served as the congregational president of St. James Lutheran Church from 2008-2013.

 

Dr. John J. Pole

Educator of the Year
John J. Pole, OD, MS, FAAO
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
The Michigan Optometric Association "Educator of the Year" award recognizes an MCO faculty member as selected by MCO students.  Dr. John Pole has been on faculty at MCO for 31 years.  His clinical and educational interests include keratoconus and other irregular corneas, corneal physiology, and the diagnosis and management of anterior segment ocular disease. He has written numerous papers and articles and has presented continuing education lectures primarily on the fitting and management of rigid gas permeable contact lenses and anterior segment ocular disease. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the MOA and the AOA.  He presently is the Chair of MCO's Admissions Committee and served on the Dean's Search Committee.

 

Thomas Hubbard

MCO Student of the Year
Thomas Hubbard
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
The Michigan Optometric Association "Student of the Year" award recognizes a fourth year optometric student who has demonstrated a commitment to their studies and the profession.  Due to his outstanding leadership, his dedication to optometry, and his civic engagement, the MOA Student of the Year is Thomas Hubbard.  Tom served as a trustee to the American Optometric Student Association, Founding Member of the World Sight Day for the Michigan College of Optometry, the local liaison to the American Board of Optometry, and the liaison to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.  In addition, Tom is a member of the American Optometric Student Association, American Academy of Optometry, AOA-PAC, the American Optometric Student Association Benefits Committee, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Michigan Optometric Student Association, the Michigan Optometric Student Private Practice Association, and he is a member of the AOA Student Program Committee.  Tom was also selected as a student ambassador for the Admissions Committee at the Michigan College of Optometry and the student representative to the MCO Alumni Committee.