Optometry alumna Dori Carlson ('89) set to make history

Dr. Carlson will become the first female president of the American Optometric Association at the organization's convention this week.

Pacific University College of Optometry alumna Dori M. Carlson (OD '89) will become the first female president of the American Optometric Association's 113-year history this week when she ascends from her current President-Elect status at the AOA's annual convention in Salt Lake City.

The practicing optometrist and resident of Park River, N.D. was first elected to the AOA Board of Trustees in June 2004, re-elected in 2006 and elected President-Elect at the 113th Annual AOA Congress and 40th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2010.

As President-Elect during the 2010-11 fiscal year, Dr. Carlson has served as chair of the Investment and Personnel Committees and is a member of the Agenda and Executive Committees. Dr. Carlson has also been the board liaison to the AOA Meetings Center, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Student Association and affiliate associations in California, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Prior to her election to the Board, Dr. Carlson was the first female president of the North Dakota Optometric Association.  She served as chair of North Dakota's Managed Care Committee, Hospital Privileges Committee and Mentoring Committee.  She also served as chair of the AOA Information and Member Services Group, chair of the Membership Development Committee and was a member of the Communications Technology Project Team.

She continues to serve on the North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield Advisory Committee and is a long-standing member of the North Dakota Legislative Committee.  She is a trained consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

After obtaining her doctorate of optometry at Pacific, Dr. Carlson completed a residency at the American Lake and Seattle VA Hospitals.  In 1994, she was honored as the North Dakota Young Optometrist of the Year and as the Optometrist of the Year in 2003.

Dr. Carlson is currently featured on cover of the June 2011 edition of Women in Optometry.

Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

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