IAPB VISION EXCELLENCE AWARDS: TRACY MATCHINSKI, OD
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, VOSH/INTERNATIONAL
Recognition for VOSH/International Optometrists
Dr. Matchinski graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1995 and completed her residency at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1996. She splits her time between The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired and is on the faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry working in Low Vision Rehabilitation. She has been practicing Low Vision Care for 18 years and has a special interest in pediatric Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Matchinski is a Low Vision Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry and has lectured both nationally and internationally on Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Matchinski is currently the Coordinator the Rosenbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Low Vision class coordinator for third year optometry students. She is the president of VOSH- Illinois, active in the CURE Network locally and faculty advisor to SVOSH at ICO.
Dr. Molter was born in Southwest Lower Michigan and attended Ferris State University and subsequently The Ferris State College of Optometry (now The Michigan College of Optometry) in Big Rapids, Michigan, graduating in 1985. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Molter, (FSCO/MCO 1988) and they have two grown children and one son-in-law.
Both Drs. Kim and Robert Molter practiced in Fort Myers, FL for the first decade of their professional lives. Moving back to Northern Michigan in 1996, they developed several practices before retiring in 2015. They then became adjunct clinical professors at their alma mater. They have participated in several VOSH missions to Dominica. For the past three years, they have both served as VOSH Corps volunteers working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the Brien Holden Vision Institute as teachers at the new optometry program. The first optometry class graduated recently and they are very happy to have been able to contribute to their success.
Dr. Molter became an Academy member in 1997, and passed the Board of Optometry certification test in 2013. He is a past-president of the Southwest Florida Optometric Association, the Northwestern Michigan Optometric Association, and of his local Rotary Club chapter.
Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.
We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.
If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules. VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.
We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here
Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html
Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.
John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI