Residency Programs
at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Resident News

2013-2014 Resident
Mariem Abdou, OD Primary Resident
Primary Care
Mariem Abdou
BA, University of Delaware
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
Utham Balachandran, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Utham Balachandran
BS, University of Illinois
OD, Southern College of Optometry
(SCO)
Hitomi Ezumi, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Hitomi Ezumi
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, University of California
at Berkeley (UCB)
Stacey Keppol, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Stacey Keppol
BS, Villanova University
OD, New England College of Optometry (NECO)
Byung Josh Kim, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Byung Josh Kim
BS, Haverford College
OD, State University of New York
College of Optometry (SUNY)
Aikaterini Koukas, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Aikaterini Koukas
BS, Temple University
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
Bhawan Minhas, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Bhawan Minhas
Bsc, University of Calgary
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
(ICO)
Giezel Rivera, OD Primary Care Resident
Primary Care
Giezel Rivera
BS, Seattle University
OD, Pacific University College of Optometry (PUC)
Pooja Patel, OD Pediatric Resident
Pediatrics
Pooja Patel
BS, University of Tampa
OD, NOVA Southeastern University
College of Optometry (NOVA)
Lindsey Perno, OD Pediatric ResidentPediatrics
Lindsey Perno
BA, Drew University
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
David Simpson, OD Low Vision Resident
Low Vision
David Simpson
BSc, Brandon University
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
(ICO)
Kristen Ejpting, OD Cornea & Contact Lens Resident
Cornea & Contact Lens
Kristen Epting
BS, Susquehanna University
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)

COMMENCEMENT 2013 POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to the following PCO residents who successfully completed their post-graduate studies at The Eye Institute and other facilities around the country.

Elisa Bano, OD
Rachael Machinas Beneski, OD 
Nivedita Chandrasekharan, OD
Selena Constance Chu, OD
Mary Katherine Conroy, OD 
Todd Dimmick, OD
Amanda Ann Dori, OD
Carolyn M. Duong, OD
Haleh Ebrahimi, OD
Chantel Nicole Garcia, OD
Julia Grachevskaya, OD   
Silva Han, OD
Danah Nasir Harbi, OD
Nadine F. Hermann, OD
Katie M. Hertz, OD 
Doan Trang Huynh, OD 
Myung Hwa Jung, OD
Hardeep Kataria, OD
Nicole A. Kershner, OD
Maryana N. Kravchenko, OD
LaTasha D. Lawrence, OD
Wilfred Lee, OD
Julie McLaughlin, OD
Charlie Van Ngo, OD
Melanie Hang Nguyen, OD 
Victoria Ries, OD
Kushboo N. Sheth, OD
Sabrina Singh, OD 
Megan Marie Sis, OD
Gwendoline Z. Nkayb o Songwe, OD
Stephanie Tan, OD
Scott T. Terwilliger, OD
Alexandra Marie Troy, OD
Denh Tuyen, OD

PCO Residency Programs Earn Re-Accreditation

The PCO residency programs in Primary Eye Care, Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation received the classification of 'accredited' from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). 

According to Dean Linda Casser, "this outcome is a very important one and represents a critical outside review by a body that is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education."

Appointed annually for a one year residency, appointees are clinical instructors at The Eye Institute (TEI), the University's clinical facility for optometry students. This year TEI and the University welcomed 12 residents.

The residency program at TEI is led by director Michael Rebar, OD '10.