Thomas F. Mauger, MD is the Director of the WVU Eye Institute at West Virginia University
and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. He will also serve as the Associate Dean
for Practice Plan Integration.
Previously, Dr. Mauger was Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Havener Eye Institute
at The Ohio State University where he earned his MD degree and also completed his residency. Dr. Mauger’s
specialty and research interests include corneal transplantation, anterior segment surgery and disease, and cataract
surgery. He has contributed to nine books and 60 research articles, along with making presentations nationally and internationally.
Patient care is at the center of Dr. Mauger’s professional commitment. In addition to seeing patients in his regular
practice, he has traveled to Central America and Africa to provide medical and surgical treatment to underserved patient populations.
Gregory J. Nixon, OD, FAAO
Associate Dean Clinical Services
Gregory J. Nixon is the Associate Dean for Clinical Services and a Professor of Clinical
Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he earned his OD
degree and was Valedictorian of his graduating class. Dr. Nixon has special interest
in ocular diseases and teaches courses in clinical ocular pharmacology and the
management of glaucoma. An outstanding educator, Dr. Nixon has received a number
of teaching awards, including the College of Optometry top teaching award (Mote
Award) three times and the AOSA Faculty Member of the Year Award.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Nixon is an active member of the
American Optometric Association and Ohio Optometric Association. Recognizing the
importance of continuing education, Dr. Nixon also serves as a member of the EastWest
Eye Conference Education Committee. His work on behalf of the organization has
earned him recognition as an OOA Special Merit Award winner in 1999, 2005, and 2006,
and as the Ohio Optometric Association Young OD of the Year in 2000. He is a Fellow of
the American Academy of Optometry where he serves as a member of the Lectures and
Outside of academia, Dr. Nixon enjoyed 18 years of private practice with emphasis on
specialty contact lens fitting and ocular disease management.
John J. Pole, OD, MS, FAAO
John J. Pole, O.D., M.S., is a Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He earned his doctorate in optometry from the
Ohio State University College of Optometry. He later completed a combined M.S. and clinical residency in cornea and contact
lenses at the same institution. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Pole’s clinical and research interests include
Keratoconus, corneal physiology and anterior segment eye disease. He teaches in the areas of contact lenses and anterior segment eye
disease. He specializes in the care of patients with Keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
Amy E. Dinardo, OD, MBA, FAAO
Dr. Dinardo is an Associate Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. She graduated with high distinction from the Michigan College of
Optometry in 2007. One year later, she completed a residency focusing on corneal diseases and specialty contact lenses. In 2011, she earned
a Master of Business Administration with an Advanced Studies Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts.
Dr. Dinardo has experience working in various modes of practice. Her interests include advanced contact lens fitting, anterior segment disease,
pharmacology, and practice management. Dr. Dinardo is very active in organized optometry. She is the past-president of the West Michigan
Optometric Association (WMOA) and serves on committees for the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Dinardo's top priorities are to provide an innovative learning experience for her
students as well as provide the highest quality eye care to her patients.
Megan Taylor, OD
Megan Taylor, OD graduated as Valedictorian and “graduate of the year” from The Ohio
State University College of Optometry in 2015. She then went on to complete her post
graduate residency training in ocular disease and primary care at the Columbus and
Chillicothe Ohio VA facilities.
During this year of extra training, she was selected to present a case report at the
national Academy meeting in New Orleans and also spoke at several local continuing
education lectures. Her experience includes serving as an Assistant Professor of
Clinical Practice at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and working with
veterans at the Dayton VA medical center.
In addition she plans to obtain her fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry
at the annual meeting in 2017. She also enjoys volunteering every month at a free eye
clinic in Columbus, Ohio and recently went on a mission trip to provide comprehensive
eye care to 3300 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Michelle A. Hilton, PharmD, RPh
Michelle A. Hilton, PharmD, RPh is a licensed pharmacist. She holds a Doctor of
Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree
in chemistry from the University of Utah. Prior to pursuing pharmacy, she worked as
an analytical chemist at American West Analytical Laboratories, specializing in gas
chromatography and mass spectrometry.
As a student pharmacist, she received advanced training in sterile compounding and
hospital pharmacy through an internship at Mount Carmel West Hospital. After being
selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, she completed an Advanced Pharmacy
Practice Experience with the Division of Medical Policy Programs (DMPP) at the United
States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). There she earned honors for providing
valuable research for an ongoing FDA policy initiative to expand the over-the-counter
(OTC) drug market.
Throughout her career, Dr. Hilton’s primary goal has remained constant: to promote
health, well-being, and quality of life. Her special interests in drug information, regulatory
affairs, and medication safety led her to work with EyeMedsNow.com to provide
concise, relevant, and practical drug information for eye care professionals.
Richard W. Lee
Pharm. D. Candidate
Richard W. Lee is a Pharm. D. candidate at the University of Washington, pursuing
specialization in clinical trials, bioregulatory affairs, technology entrepreneurship and
global health. In addition to being part of the EyeMedsNow.com team, he works for
Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington, and he is an Amazon.com catalyst/CoMotion Fellow.
Since he is interested in global health, Richard has organized medical relief mission
trips to Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana and led several teams at the
University of Washington. As well, he served as a technical consultant for USAID/MSH,
with work focusing on the country of Afghanistan.
Richard’s choice of a career in health care has been influenced by his family. His
interest in vision and eye health resulted from his experience with his uncle who is an
optometrist and also from spending a summer observing eye surgeries in low resource
settings. Richard learned about the importance of ophthalmology and interventions
that can prevent blindness. Following surgery, there is a wide range of ophthalmic
medications that can help ease recovery and prevent complications.
Richard’s experiences prompted him to work with EyeMedsNow.com, reviewing and
providing drug information to optometrists and ophthalmologists to help provide better
Iris T. To
Pharm. D. Candidate
Iris T. To is currently a Pharm. D. candidate at the University of Washington, and she is
scheduled to graduate in June, 2018. At school, she is involved in many organizations
that allow her to practice the many skills she has developed through her coursework
such as participating in health fairs and pharmacy school competitions.
With the knowledge she has gained from classes such as Pharmaceutics, Iris enjoys
any opportunity to provide patients and providers with relevant health care information
to ensure optimal outcomes. Thus, she is thrilled to be a part of the EyeMedsNow team.
Currently, Iris also works as an intern at an outpatient pharmacy and previously was
employed as a sales assistant during her undergraduate education at the University
of California, Santa Barbara. Each experience has helped further develop her
interpersonal, critical thinking and management skills.
Aside from work and school, Iris enjoys biking, hiking, and anything else that gets her
outside! She also likes trying new foods and enjoying good music with friends. There is
always room for adventure!
Andrew Hendershot, MD
Andrew Hendershot, MD is Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he is also the Residency Program Director.
Specializing in the treatment of corneal and external eye disease, Dr. Hendershot approaches each
patient as an individual and considers the patient's wishes in determining the most effective treatment.
As a result, he has been rated in the top 10% of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction for
three consecutive years.
His research interests have led Dr. Hendershot to collaborate on multiple cancer drug trials at the
James Cancer Hospital, and he has also presented lectures at national and international meetings.
Dr. Hendershot's honors include being named Best Doctor in America, 2017 and to the Castle Connolly
list of Regional Top Doctors (2016–2018). Most recently he was awarded the Thomas F. Mauger
and L. Carol Laxson Professorship for Ophthalmology Research.