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OWA Talks Podcast


March 2020 — Millicent Knight, OD
Understanding the Industry with Dr. Millicent Knight

Millicent Knight, OD

Sandra and Stephanie interview Dr. Millicent Knight about all things optometry. We dive into her early beginnings in the field and talk a little bit about the direction of things moving forward.

Dr. Millicent Knight is Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group, Essilor of America . Her team aligns Eye Care Professional education, sales force training, and eye care professional relations to deliver on the Essilor mission of improving lives by improving sight. Dr. Knight represents the voice of the doctor as a member of the Leadership Team.

She has a diverse and extensive background in the eyecare industry, including hospital-based ophthalmology/optometry, owner of two optometric practices (North Shore Eye Center and Integrative Eye and Wellness Center), and a former member of Vision Source. Prior to Essilor, she was Vice President of Professional Affairs, North America at Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc.

Knight is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), the American Optometric Association (AOA), and the National Optometric Association (NOA), and was awarded Optometrist of the Year by both the IOA and NOA, as well as Young Optometrist of the Year by both Organizations.

Monthly chats featuring influential optical leaders sharing their insights and stories on trending topics that matter.

Click here to learn more about our hosts — Sandra Mohr and Stephanie Espinosa.

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February 2020 — Sheena Taff
Preparing a Clear Path to a New York State of Mind

Sheena Taff

Mapping out your trip through the new neighborhoods of Vision Expo East. Sheena, Sandra, and Stephanie will cover what to do, who to meet, and the must attend events and trends to keep your eyes open for this year's brand new redesigned Vision Expo.

Sheena Taff, also known as @Optician.About.Town, is an award winning Licensed Optician and Optical Blogger. She runs a second generation independent optical boutique in Vancouver, Canada. Sheena has gained attention for her tenacious drive to change the perspective of the optical experience, her mission is to share the benefits of wearing quality eye wear and change the perception of what it means to wear glasses. Sheena has a monthly column in EyeCare Business magazine and is the founder of the #EyeStyleInfluencers, an industry group committed to educating peers and the public on the importance of eye health and seeing an eye care professional. On her blog she shares her fashion forward perspective and the joys of EyeStyle while focusing on the equal importance of lenses as part of the story. Sheena utilizes her role as an industry influencer, writer and speaker to share her unbridled passion for the optical industry and all the creative freedom and diverse opportunities it affords.

January 2020 — Sandra Mohr & Stephanie Espinosa
Meet the OWA Podcast Hosts

Learn more about the series and our hosts.

Sandra Mohr

Sandra Mohr

Sandra Mohr currently serves as the Dean of Academic Resources and Administration at the New England College of Optometry. She is known for being a change agent in higher education institutions through engaging multiple stakeholders and investing in modern learning environments for the 21st century. She has proven talent for aligning institutional strategy and objectives with established departmental paradigms to achieve maximum faculty and student success. Sandra has earned a doctorate degree in Global Educational Leadership from Lamar University, a master's degree in Higher Educational Leadership and Administration from West Virginia University, and a master's degree in Counseling and bachelor's degree in Psychology from California University of PA.

Stephanie Espinosa

Stephanie Espinosa

Stephanie was thrown into the optical world 5 years ago when she started at a small private practice as a front desk receptionist. Having no knowledge of anything optical besides "having a lot of astigmatism," she spent her time learning the ins and outs of the optical practice. Within a year, she passed her ABOC and was a full time optician. After a brief stint at a corporate store, she joined Shamir in 2018 as an Account Executive in Southern California. Now she spends her days meeting new doctors and optical staff and helping grow practices and train about product. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her 4 kids and running a podcast with her best friend, Maddie. "I am so excited to take Tuesday Talks to the podcast format and help reach even more women in the optical industry!"