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100 Stories

William Billig, OD ‘87

William Billig, OD ‘87

Alumni

"I toured PCO when I was in ninth grade. I met Dr. Larry Gray and he inspired me to apply after college. "

Leslie O’Dell, OD ‘03

Leslie O’Dell, OD ‘03

Alumni

"Salus/PCO is a great program that focused heavily on ocular disease, in a great area of the country - I mean who doesn't love an authentic Philly Cheesesteak!"

André Whitehead, OD ‘04

André Whitehead, OD ‘04

Alumni

"Dr. Lorraine Lombardi scared me and amazed me at the same time. On the first day of class, she started speaking and I thought to myself, that I’d never learned all she had to teach. By the end of class, she quite expertly weaved everything together to create a beautiful story. I am still in awe of her teaching ability."

Amanda Kutzura, MS ‘10

Amanda Kutzura, MS ‘10

Alumni

"I chose Salus because I heard great things about the program and professors. I hope the college continues to educate quality Orientation and Mobility instructors."

Helene M. Kaiser, OD '89 and Mark A. Shust, OD '89

Helene M. Kaiser, OD '89 and Mark A. Shust, OD '89

Alumni & Faculty

"Mark and I worked as teaching assistants in lab together; we did some of our externship rotations together; and we got engaged during our primary care residency at The Eye Institute that we did together. We married a year after our residency ended. We have two wonderful children - the oldest one is currently an optometry student at Salus."

Ally Jobe ‘19OD and Bella Sudit, OD ‘18

Ally Jobe ‘19OD and Bella Sudit, OD ‘18

Student & Alumni

"Ally and I met when I was his admissions tour guide. I was in my first year in the Doctor of Optometry – Accelerated Scholars program and did work study for admissions. I encouraged him to return for his interview for the Scholars program since I was in the program myself and knew he’d be a good fit."

Susan Oleszewski, OD ’76, Resident ’78

Susan Oleszewski, OD ’76, Resident ’78

Alumni & Former Faculty

"For the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) graduates starting in the late 1930s well into the 1970s, Dr. Rybachok “Rybie” was an icon. Rybie taught anatomy to my class in the early 1970s. By that time, he was at the end of his teaching career and apparently had mellowed quite a bit. I remember him as a gentle man and a gentleman. Rybie’s earliest students described him as someone I did not recognize."

Osama Said, OD ‘99

Osama Said, OD ‘99

Alumni

"One of my fondest memories at PCO is sitting at a table hearing Larry Gray, OD ’72 and Dr. Lorraine Lombardi discussing a neuro case. I felt privileged and was in awe of the amount of knowledge that was being shared among two of the greatest minds in neuro."

Maria Armandi, OD '92, Resident '93

Maria Armandi, OD '92, Resident '93

Alumni & Faculty

"Some of my favorite PCO memories include making new friends who quickly became my PCO family, life in Wentka Hall, student activity parties in Fitch Hall and practicing for practicals, just to name a few!"

Gloria Garner, AuD '03

Gloria Garner, AuD '03

Alumni

"I chose audiology because I felt a true sense of calling. My husband and his identical twin were born eleven weeks prematurely and his twin brother is deaf. I was amazed when I met his brother that he was deaf yet he could speak."

Irving Bennett, OD ‘44

Irving Bennett, OD ‘44

Alumni

"There are lots of fond memories. This hilarious one stands out. Ours was the first class to go to PCO during the summer months since WWII was going on."

Michael Gowen, OD ‘87

Michael Gowen, OD ‘87

Alumni

"My family eye doctor was Harvey Horowitz, OD ’53. He changed my life when he fit me with contact lenses in the summer of 1975. Everything he told me made me excited about the field, but what really I wanted the opportunity to help kids like me: to help change their lives, and to make a difference in people's lives as Dr. Horowitz had made in mine. I was hooked, and from that moment Optometry was where I was going."

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