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What is the Optical Women's Association's Pyxis Award?


PYXIS is a constellation in the southern sky known as "The Compass". The PYXIS Award is presented to a member of the OWA who actively participates in the organization and promotes the OWA throughout the optical industry, contributing to OWA's continuing growth.

The recipient of the PYXIS Award is exceptional in her commitment to support and develop the OWA. She helps set direction of the organization by her actions and inspires by her leadership.

Beverly Bianes

2023 Pyxis Award Recipient, Dr. Beverly Bianes

Beverly Bianes, OD is Optometrist/Partner/Owner of Pack & Bianes Vision Care Optometry. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. Soon after graduation, she started her first private practice in San Diego with her husband, Dr. John Pack, and later went on to open second and third locations. Dr. Bianes is an active board member of the San Diego County Optometric Society and currently serves as its 2023 President. As the director of Charitable Outreach for Total Vision LLC, she was recognized and named as one of the Most Influential Women in Optical in 2021 for her program Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an initiative that allows the local community to nominate neighbors impacted by COVID-19 to receive free exams and glasses.

Dr. Bianes has a passion for giving back to both her local community as well as communities abroad. She participated in several medical mission trips to the Philippines, and for the last 30 years has provided free exams and glasses to the underserved in her local community. Her efforts have been recognized by community leaders such as Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and by organizations such as the South County Economic Development Council and the Military Employer Support League. She was featured in 20/20 magazine for her efforts supporting homeless transitional adult youth. Recently, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program partnered with the EssilorLuxottica Vision Foundation's Changing Lives Through Lenses program to further expand their reach of charitable giving.

Dr. Bianes joined the OWA in 2019 and was the creator of the virtual event series known as "Coffee Break . . . connecting one sip at a time." It was designed to provide an online platform allowing women to connect and feel supported during challenging times.  In 2021 she also created and launched "Food for Thought . . . where food breaks down barriers and brings us all to the table." This series used food as a way to share traditions, cultures, and embrace one another's diversity.  She currently serves as OWA's Vice-Chair of the Events Committee and is a member of the OWA Connection and Enrichment Committee. Dr. Bianes is a champion when it comes to women in leadership roles.  She serves on the board of Women in Optometry and is an Ambassador for the Optometry Divas.  She has served as a panelist speaker for both the American Academy of Optometry Women's Leadership Conference and Johnson & Johnson's Power of Women in Optometry.

Pyxis Award — Past Honorees

Click on the honorees' names to see more information about the Pyxis Award recipient.

2023 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Dr. Beverly Bianes

2022 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Laura Dorris

2021 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Debbie Myres

2020 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Jean Sabre

2019 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Laura Lewis

2018 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Deb Bulken

2017 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Lorie Lippiatt, OD

2016 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Ann Englert

2015 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Amy Spiezio

2013 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Tiara Claxton

15th Anniversary Celebration and Award Event

2010 OWA Pyxis Honoree — Lorinda Fraboni

2010 Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

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