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Staci Walters
Staci Walters OD '03 opens a new practice in Viera, Fla. 
Karl Citek was featured in an AARP article about the effects of blue light from your phone. 
Professor emeritus Dr. Hannu Laukkanen recently published an article about neurorehab as a specialty. 
Dean Wetzel '90, OD '92 has become an additional optometrist at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Cool
Steven James Cool, former Pacific professor, died August 1, 2019 at age 78. He joined Pacific's College of Optometry in 1979. Cool was loved by many for his ability to share knowledge in a way that encouraged learners to see things in a different light and that pushed students out of the dull glare of rote learning into that charged light of discovery. 
Jessica Heckman OD '09 was inducted into Concordia's Athletic Hall of Fame. After earning her degree from Concordia, Heckman pursued a doctorate in optometry from Pacific. Heckman currently is vice president of clinical affairs and optometric residency director at Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington, Minn. Her community service includes participating in eye care mission trips to the Philippines and Myanmar. 
Lighthizer
Nathan Lighthizer OD '09 will present at the North Carolina Optometric Society's Fall Congress.
Jordan Keith OD '08 was named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association.
Robert J. Fadhl '61, OD '62 peacefully passed away on July 22, 2019 in Surprise, AZ. Fadhl was 80.  Fadhl worked in an optical lab before receiving his doctorate of optometry from Pacific University in 1962. After graduating, he seved in the Army Corps for 20 years. 
Dr. Lynn A. Sulerud '76, OD '78 retired following 40 years of service. He was the co-founder of Blaine Eye Clinic in Blaine, MN.

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