Stephen Burwell, CO, COT won the 2016 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award. This national recognition
is given to the orthoptist, and training program, who received the highest written and oral scores on that year’s board certification.
Stephen joined Children’s Eye Care in 2012 as an ophthalmic tech-trainee two years after completing her BS in neuroscience at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In 2014, he became a student of Children’s Eye Care’s orthoptic training program. This training program consists of didactic and clinical instruction by staff orthoptists and pediatric ophthalmologists. After completing a two year internship, the student is then eligible to take the AACO national certification written and practical examinations.
Children’s Eye Care’s training program is led by certified orthoptists Judy Petrunak, CO, COT and Mary DeYoung-Smith, CO, COMT with the assistance of pediatric ophthalmologists Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD, John D. Baker, MD, Lisa Bohra, MD, Elena M. Gianfermi, MD, Rajesh C. Rao, MD, John D. Roarty, MD and Leemor B. Rotberg, MD.
During his training, he worked extremely hard learning this field. He is now working with us as a staff orthoptist. Stephen is the third student of Children’s Eye Care’s training program and our second student to win the Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award.
Dr. Rajesh Rao, pediatric ophthalmologist at Children’s Eye Care in metro Detroit and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Beaumont Eye Institute, was named Teacher of the Year by the Beaumont Eye Institute’s ophthalmology residents.
Dr. Rao has been is also an attending at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has been recognized and named in Best Doctors in the Midwest and Top Docs in Hour Detroit.
His clinical and research interests encompass pediatric and adult strabismus. He participates in National Institute of Health, National Eye Institute sponsored clinical trials.
Dr. Baker was honored today with the Marshall M. Parks, MD Medal for excellence for the monumental contributions in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
Dr. Baker has dedicated his career to fighting for patients, enhancing his field and training the next generation. He is incredibly deserving of every accolade bestowed upon him. He is our mentor, our peer and our motivator
First orthoptic student, Martha Wright, CO, COT, graduates from CEC’s orthoptic training program.
Martha Wright, CO, COT is the first student to graduate from CEC’s orthoptic training program. We are proud to announce that our first orthoptic student has successful completed our orthoptic training program. Martha Wright, CO, COT has completed the intensive program as well as passed her written boards and oral boards with the American Orthoptic Council. Martha is now recognized as a board-certified orthoptist.
And, we are lucky and excited that she chose to join our practice as a staff orthoptist. She will primarily be working in our West Bloomfield office and our Dept of Ophthalmology clinic at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Congratulations to Martha and her fabulous teachers and mentors at Children’s Eye Care. Martha joins a group of highly trained pediatric ophthalmologists and orthoptists who are passionate about the visual development of children.
If you’re interested in learning more about orthoptics, visit our page about Orthoptics training.