Associate Professor Dr. Catherine Heyman as well as Trustee and SCCO Alumna Dr. Dawn Miller honored by the California Optometric Association

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At the COA’s OptoWest conference in Newport Beach, CA this past weekend, awards were distributed to MBKU’s Catherine Heyman, OD, FAAO and Dawn Miller, OD, FAAO, Diplomate American Board of Optometry.

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I’m not at all surprised that Drs. Heyman and Miller were honored by the COA, said MBKU President Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD.

California doctors of optometry gathered in Newport Beach last weekend for continuing education and networking opportunities during the California Optometric Association’s OptoWest conference. During the conference, MBKU’s Southern California College of Optometry Associate Professor Dr. Catherine Heyman was honored with an Excellence in Optometric Education award and MBKU Trustee and SCCO alumna Dr. Dawn Miller was honored with the Optometrist of the Year award.

“I’m not at all surprised that Drs. Heyman and Miller were honored by the COA,” said MBKU President Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD. “Dr. Heyman is a dedicated professor in our college of optometry teaching students while also exemplifying the quintessential skills of a clinician and academician. Dr. Miller, an alumna of SCCO, also serves on MBKU’s board of trustees providing the university with exceptional leadership and expertise.”

For more than a century, the COA has been dedicated to making optometry a stronger, better and more visible profession. The mission of the California Optometric Association is to support and advance the profession of optometry to assure quality health care for all Californians.

Catherine Heyman, OD, FAAO teaches SCCO’s Clinical Methods course. Heyman’s academic appointments include optometric coordinator of the Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana and coordinator and instructor at the MBKU’s University Eye Center at Fullerton. Students and faculty alike recognize her dedication, innovation and passion in helping students succeed.

“It is an honor to receive this year’s Excellence in Optometric Education award from the COA,” said Dr. Heyman. “I take great pride in teaching SCCO students and am thrilled to receive this prestigious award.”    

The California Optometric Association Optometrist of the Year award honors only one California doctor per year. Nominations are made from the local societies and are given to a doctor who stands out in these four areas: public service, service to the visual welfare of the public, service to the profession of optometry at large and service to the COA.

Dawn Miller, OD, FAAO, Diplomate American Board of Optometry, a private practice owner in Garden Grove, CA, is very active in her community serving on a number of local boards. Dr. Miller also serves on MBKU’s board of trustees, the AOA federal legislative action and keyperson committee and AOA PAC liaison to students at MBKU’s SCCO. Miller was instrumental in developing an optometry clinic at the Garden Grove Boys and Girls Club that has provided care for thousands of children.

Joined by her family, Dr. Miller graciously accepted the prestigious award by saying, “I am humbled to accept this award. Getting involved in state and national associations and representing the profession by giving back to our communities comes naturally for so many doctors of optometry, it’s really quite an honor to be singled out for my efforts.”

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
Located in Fullerton, CA, Marshall B. Ketchum University is an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution. MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of Physician Assistant Studies and planned College of Pharmacy. Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals. The university confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree. MBKU is establishing a College of Pharmacy and plans to welcome its first class in the fall of 2016. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton and University Eye Center at Los Angeles. In the spring of 2016, MBKU will open its newest facility, Ketchum Health in Anaheim, CA. The health care center will be the new home of the University Eye Center, currently housed at MBKU’s main campus in Fullerton, CA. Ketchum Health will deliver expanded, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment facilities to Anaheim, CA and the surrounding communities including specialty eye care, primary health care for families, as well as pharmacy services. Ketchum Health promises to expand on the exceptional clinical experience offered at MBKU and to provide patients a strategically integrated, comprehensive team approach to care.


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