AAOE Content Committee ChairPractice Administrator — VitreoRetinal Eye CenterNatalie Loyacano has been in ophthalmology for more than 30 years. She began her career in 1984 working as an ophthalmic assistant and ophthalmic surgical assistant. She obtained her first International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) certification in 1989. Ms. Loyacano has extensive experience as a clinical director and clinical research coordinator. In 2005, she became the practice manager for a solo retina specialist, assisting the physician in establishing a solo practice.
AAOE Board ChairChief Executive Officer — Austin Retina AssociatesStephanie Collins is the chief executive officer for Austin Retina Associates in Austin, Texas. Stephanie recently celebrated her 21st year with the practice, where her tenure with Austin Retina has provided her the opportunity to work in almost every job within the organization, and also allows her a real insight into the needs of the patients and employees she encounters every day. Her stated focus for the group is innovation, increased efficiency and to provide unparalleled patient and employee satisfaction.
Practice Administrator — Huron Ophthalmology, PCTori Elkins has been working in the ophthalmology field for 16 years, starting out her career at the front desk, then moving to a technician/scribe position before assuming her management role for the past five years.Ms. Elkins’ current practice recently added a physician and now includes six physicians, two optometrists and an optical shop. She obtained her Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) in 2008 and is working on her Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) certification.Ms. Elkins lives in a small town in Southeastern Michigan with her husband and two sons. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, gathering around campfires with family and friends and watching her oldest son play hockey all year round. Her youngest will soon follow in his footsteps — a hockey family for life!
Founder & Principal — Retina Specialists of Tennessee, PLLCDr. Brett D. Gerwin attended Northwestern University with a degree in Engineering and was admitted to the prestigious Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He subsequently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.Dr. Gerwin is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology. He is married with four children with whom he enjoys small town life and spending time doing most any outdoor activity with his family.
President — Hoffman Consulting GroupSondra Hoffman has over 30 years’ experience in ophthalmic health care administration. Prior to returning to South Florida, she served as the chief executive officer at Florida Eye Clinic — a large multi-specialty MD/OD integrated practice in Central Florida with 27 providers, 12 locations and an ASC. She was also was the administrator of the ASC and a healthcare risk manager.Ms. Hoffman’s passion lies in physician, employee and patient engagement, creating a workplace that fosters efficiency, patient, physician and employee satisfaction, building teams to provide excellence in eye care and exceptional patient experience as well as mentorship. She has served on the board of the Central Florida Lighthouse for the Blind, and in a number of roles with ASOA over the past 25 years including president.
Ex-Officio AAOE Board MemberPast President and Past Managing Partner — Jervey Eye Group PADr. Anthony P. Johnson is a lifetime Academy member and in practice as a pediatric ophthalmologist since June 1986. He practiced in Greenville, SC for 34 years and transitioned to an underserved area for pediatric ophthalmology in South Georgia in the Fall of 2020.Dr. Johnson has been an AAOE board member since 2017 and has been very active in practice management and coding issues, participating in training sessions for both. He feels that it “is an honor to be able to give back and share my experience with colleagues in our great specialty.”
Practice Administrator — The Retina InstituteChristine McDonald began working in ophthalmology in 1987. She has worked in nearly every position involved within an ophthalmology practice, beginning at the front desk and working her way to practice administrator. She is currently employed by The Retina Institute in St. Louis, MO. She is a past president of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO) and has served on the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) board of directors in several positions since 2015, currently as a Director at Large.Ms. McDonald has served on multiple committees, written numerous articles and co-authored books on ophthalmic topics, and presented many lectures for various ophthalmic organizations. Her skills as a certified ophthalmic assistant and Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (ROUB) have provided her with the opportunity to travel to Haiti several times where she worked with other volunteers to care for patients with limited access to eye care and helped establish a permanent eye clinic that serves a Haitian community. She believes in providing outstanding eye care services, whether it is in a developing country, providing care in the practice clinic, or helping someone new to the field succeed. “Giving back is important, you never know how you will touch someone’s life.”
Director of Operations — Eye Associates of Southern IndianaBansari Mehta has extensive experience working in highly skilled and competitive research, administrative and clinical positions at national and international health organizations. At present, she is the director of operations for a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice, Eye Associates of Southern Indiana. Prior to that, she worked for a retina practice for many years.Ms. Mehta also teaches webinars and has presented at the AAOE program at the Academy’s annual meeting and honed her leadership skills as a participant in AAOE’s Ophthalmic Practice Administrators Leadership Program (OPAL) in 2019. She believes in training her employees to be excellent leaders who will use their skills to positively impact patient care and people around them.
Senior Executive & Chief Administrative Officer — Conestoga EyeAn administrator since 2015, Heather Modjesky specializes in the management of practices focusing on Oculoplastic and Pediatric Ophthalmology. She has been an active member of the AAOE since 2015 and was part of the AAOE's first Ophthalmic Practice Administrators Leadership Program (OPAL) class in 2019.Additionally, Ms. Modjesky has an extensive background in comprehensive administrative management, marketing and communications and media relations. She enjoys making lists, checking things off those lists, large coffees and lots of recreational reading.
Vice President of Practice Integrations — Panorama Eyecare LLCSavory Turman is a certified ophthalmic medical technologist, ophthalmic coding specialist, associate certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and has a master’s degree in organizational leadership. She has served as director of clinical operations for a large, multispecialty ophthalmic practice and teaches for AAOE, American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and IJCAHPO’s Annual Continuing Education on many other topics from technical skills to leadership. Ms. Turman has turned her passion for coaching into Savory Coaching and Consulting LLC.
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