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2018 GOA Award Recipients Honored at GOA Fall Conference

The GOA hosted its annual Fall Conference in Athens, Ga on Oct. 20-21 with more than 300 optometrists in attendance. Attendees enjoyed top-notch continuing education from renowned lecturers; met with more than 40 exhibiting vendors; and networked with colleagues and friends from all across the state and nation.

GOA Awards Committee Chairman and President-Elect, Dr. Mehrdad Saadat presented the 2018 Young OD of the Year award to Dr. Michael-Vu Do, current 5th district president, Board of Trustees member and co-chair of the Young OD committee. Dr. Do has worked diligently to increase the involvement of the younger optometrists with the association. He is a member of the Young OD Emerging Leaders group with GOA-PAC and participates in Optometry’s Day at the Capitol each year. He is committed to the profession and ensuring the successful future of the association, and the GOA is excited about everything he does and will continue to do for optometry in Georgia. Congratulations, Dr. Do!

The awards committee also honored Mr. Cam Higgins with their Layperson of the Year award. Higgins represents First Financial (FFUSA), which is a GOA Gold Partner and endorsed vendor. Higgins has worked with the GOA for years providing the organization’s optometrists with all their merchant service’s needs. He is always readily available to speak with any GOA member and is committed to the success of members’ practices. We are excited to honor him with this prestigious award.

The GOA is privileged to have such incredible individuals working on behalf of this profession and we look forward to our continued work together.

In addition, during the conference the GOA welcomed its attendees during its annual Welcome Reception on Saturday evening. Past Presidents and GOA-PAC President’s Club members also enjoyed an exclusive reception on Saturday night in the Presidential Suite. The GOA’s Corporate Affiliate committee hosted a dinner for all corporate-affiliated optometrists. We thank everyone who attended the event from near and far and look forward to seeing you all in Athens again next year.

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Welcome New Members

  • Dr. Michael Roberts, Greater Atlanta District
  • Dr. Samantha McIntosh, Greater Atlanta District
  • Dr. Mohamed Eid, Greater Atlanta District
  • Dr. Julia Harrison, 2nd District
  • Dr. Lashaundra Dangerfield, 9th District
  • Dr. Julie Poteet, Greater Atlanta District