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Kentucky College of Optometry announces first founding faculty appointment

May 27, 2015 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
– Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice president for optometric education and founding dean, has appointed the first founding faculty member for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry. Eilene Eugenio Kinzer, O.D., M.Ed. VFL, FAAO, has been chosen as a senior clinical instructor of primary care optometry and ocular disease.

Kinzer will be providing ocular pathology lectures, as well as instructing students in the clinical setting. Prior to her appointment, Kinzer was a practicing optometrist in Grundy, Va. Kinzer graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry where she was a teaching assistant for ocular disease and was named Student of the Year by the Optometric Physicians of Washington, her home state. She also received a master of education with a concentration on visual function in learning from Pacific University College of Education. After graduation, she completed a post doctorate residency program in advanced ocular diseases at Indiana University School of Optometry. During her residency, she advised optometry students in clinic and presented posterior segment ocular disease lectures.

Through her optometric training, Kinzer has provided optometric care in clinics throughout the world including Germany and India. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves on the academy’s membership committee. She is the former vice president of the Lonesome Pine Society of the Virginia Optometric Association. Kinzer is a member of several community service organizations including Lions Club, Relay for Life and Woman’s Club. She has provided vision services at free clinics across the United States, including serving as vision director for Remote Area Medical Seattle and in other countries through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity in Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. In the process of applying to the American Council for Optometric Education for pre-accreditation status, the University of Pikeville would be the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction has begun on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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