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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.

Past Honorees

Lorie Lippiatt

2017 Pyxis Award Recipient, Lorie Lippiatt, OD

Lorie Lippiatt, OD, is President of the Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., a comprehensive optometric center she founded in 1989. Dr. Lippiatt has been instrumental in the development of electronic medical records for optometrists and technology integration. She has served as a consultant for OfficeMate, VisionWeb, and Marco. Dr. Lippiatt was named one of Vision Monday's "Most Influential Women in Optical" in 2006.

An OWA member since 2004, Dr. Lippiatt has served as co-chair of the Professional Development Fund on the board of the OWA for the past three years. She is a member of Salem Rotary, an advisory board member of the Salvation Army, and is active in her local church.

"The Pyxis award recognizes someone who contributes to the OWA's growth by actively participating in the organization and promoting it throughout the industry. Lorie's commitment and dedication to the OWA have led to many accomplishments over the years. We are very grateful to have such a spirited, talented, professional so actively involved in our association," said OWA President, Maureen Cavanagh. "Lorie's background as a successful optometric entrepreneur brings value to the OWA, especially as we look at expanding this membership base and meeting the needs of other women Optometrists. It's exciting to be able to honor someone so very deserving!"