Our Distinguished Speakers

Louise A Scalfani, O.D., F.A.A.O., Director of Education

 Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO, a 1989 alumnus of ICO, began her career at the University of Chicago in 1993 where she is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Optometric services. Her main interests include contact lenses, corneal disease, and refractive surgery. She was awarded the status of Diplomate by the American Academy of Optometry in the cornea and contact lens section and is a frequent lecturer on these topics. She is the 1998 recipient of the IOA Young Optometrist, earned the Residents excellence in Teaching Award in 1995, the Outstanding Lecturer Award in 2001 from the University of Chicago, the 2002 Roger Kame Contact Lens Award, the 2004 Excellence in Education Award from the Illinois College of Optometry and was invited to be a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice She is a frequent contributing author for Review of Contact Lenses, Contact lens Spectrum, Optometric Management, has served on the Illinois State Board, is the Immediate Past-President of the Illinois Optometric Association, and is the Incoming Chair of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section for the AOA. She is on the advisory panels and speakers bureau for several drug and contact lens manufacturers and is one of the team eye doctors for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. She resides in Chicago with her husband Jeff McClimans and son, Liam. 

Marc Bloomenstein. O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology.  He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994.  After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), serving as President from 2009-2011. Moreover, Dr. Bloomenstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry and Arizona College of Optometry.

Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center 

in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein currently serves as a board member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and on the OCRT, as well as serving as a member of the AOA Continuing Education committee. Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 300 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.


Michael Chaglasian, O.D., F.A.A.O.

   Dr. Michael Chaglasian is an Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and Chief of Staff of the Illinois Eye Institute. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry and completed a Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Chaglasian is charge of the Glaucoma Service at the Illinois Eye Institute, providing patient care while instructing residents and students. His clinical practice is directed exclusively to patients with glaucoma while co-managing surgical care with two glaucoma specialists. His research interests include normal tension glaucoma, automated perimetry and the clinical use of OCT imaging.  Dr. Chaglasian has lectured frequently across the country on glaucoma diagnosis and management. He is a founding member and currently Treasurer of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. He has a number of published articles and has contributed chapters to several popular textbooks on the topics of glaucoma and visual fields. He sits on the editorial boards for Optometry Times and Advanced Ocular Care.  




Douglas K. Devries, O.D.

Dr Devries has a degree in financial management from the University of Nevada and graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry.  He is co-founder of Eye Care Associates of Nevada, a state-wide medical/surgical practice.  He is clinical director and the optometric residency program director.

He is past President of the Nevada Optometric Association and served as legislative chair for 8 years.  He is a Past President of the Great Western Council of Optometry, has served on Medicare’s Carrier Advisory Committee for the past 13 years and is a consultant for the Council on Optometric Education.



Charles W. Ficco, O.D

Dr. Christine W. Sindt is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a disease-based residency at the Cleveland VA Medical Center where she also did subspecialty rotations in low vision and advanced contact lens fitting. Dr Sindt joined the Faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 1995, where she is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Contact Lens Service. Dr Sindt is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. She is the 2010-2011 AOA CLCS Chair, Past President of Women of Vision, the Past President and co-founder of the Scleral Lens Education Society and the designer and founder of EyePrint Prosthetics Custom Impression Scleral lens technology. 

Blair Lonsberry, O.D., F.A.A.O

Dr. Lonsberry obtained his Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 1996 after completing a Masters Degree in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his residency in Primary Care Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997, then joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. During his time at SCO, he completed a Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in Post-Secondary Education. 


Currently, Dr. Lonsberry is a Full Professor and the Clinic Director for the Portland Vision Center associated with Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. 


Dr. Lonsberry is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Optometric Retinal Society and the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and is on the executive board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.