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What is COVD? – Here’s a Film About 11 COVD Doctors

flippers and vt equipmentI have filmed several short documentaries for various optometry groups and companies, but COVD takes the crown for being the most passionate group. Never have I seen a more tight knit group of optometrists whose values are to support one another. It makes me ask the question – why can’t more optometry groups and associations be like COVD? What would optometry look like if everyone was as altruistic as COVD?

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create a film about the passion and success behind the COVD organization. It was so difficult to edit this film because everything these docs had to say was so valuable and helpful! Choosing the final cut took hours, but I can confidently say that this video is a true testament to what COVD is all about.

Here are the stars of this video:

  1. Maura Massucci, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  2. Dan Press, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  3. Katie Dugan, O.D.
  4. Nancy Torgerson, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  5. Carl Hillier, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  6. Benjamin Winters, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  7. Len Press, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  8. Jarrod Davies, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  9. Bob Sanet, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  10. Angela Peddle, O.D., F.C.O.V.D
  11. Barry Tannen, O.D., F.C.O.V.D

What is COVD?

covd dan pressCOVD is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students and vision therapists. Established in 1971, COVD provides board certification for optometrists and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in:

  • Behavioral and developmental vision care
  • Vision therapy
  • Visual rehabilitation

The Next COVD Meeting

The next COVD meeting will be at SECO in Atlanta Georgia from March 8-9, 2015.

Here are the other COVD meetings, including their 45th annual meeting.


The two main courses will be:

Basic Principles & Procedures of Vision Therapy from Birth to Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. W.C. Maples

Course Description

This will be a hands-on, two-day course that will cover the essential vision therapy techniques needed for a doctor and his/her therapist to introduce vision therapy into a primary care office. 13 hours (COPE approval pending)

VT101: Principles and Practice of Vision Therapy for Therapists
Tom Headline, COVT & Jessica Stevenson, COVD

Course Description

This two-day course is designed for the entry-level vision therapist to acquaint them with an understanding of the visual process and the tools implemented by vision therapists under the direction of their optometrist to address a variety of visual issues. In addition, participants will learn specific vision therapy procedures to train individual visual skills as well as how to modify these procedures to the appropriate demand level for their given patient. Participants should arrive with a basic understanding of optometric terminology as related to refractive errors and anatomical structures of the eyes. 13 hours non-COPE CE

Check out these COVD Resources:

  • Learn what COVD has to offer students and residents!
  • Sign up for your FREE COVD membership here!
  • Already a member of COVD? Access programs and benefits here.
  • Come experience the ‘COVD Family’ in person this April–Travel Grants available!


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About Matt Geller

Matthew Geller
Dr. Matt Geller is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of developing successful online platforms to solve problems in the healthcare space. Matt is an optometrist in San Diego and is the founder of, and the co-founder of!

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