Music City Fall Classic

Nashville, TN
September 27 - 29, 2024



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22 hours of COPE CE of which 16 are CEE/TQ including Florida required courses. CEE/TQ examination courses are for states such as Florida and Illinois which have this additional requirement. If you are licensed in states that do not require CEE/TQ, you do not have to take an exam to receive COPE credits.

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Greg Caldwell | Optometric Education Consultants

Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO

Greg Caldwell, OD, is a 1995 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).

He currently works in Duncansville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania as an ocular disease consultant. Dr. Caldwell’s primary focus is the diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease and he has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations. Dr. Caldwell has lectured extensively throughout the county and over twelve countries internationally. In 2010 he served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) and served on the AOA Board of Trustees 2013-2016. He is President of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Joseph Sowka, OD, FAAO, Diplomate

Dr. Joseph Sowka is an attending optometric physician at Center for Sight in Sarasota and Venice, Florida, a large medical-surgical practice where he focuses on glaucoma and neuro- ophthalmic disease management. He is the residency education coordinator at Center for Sight. He is also Director of Optometric Business Development for US EYE. He was formerly Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry for 28 years where he served numerous academic and administrative roles. Dr. Sowka is a founding member of both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society. He is also the Founder and former Chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Sowka is a Glaucoma Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. In 2021 and 2022, he was ranked #4 optometrist in the US by Newsweek magazine “America’s Best Eye Doctors” list. He is a partner and co-owner of Optometric Education Consultants.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Chris Borgman, O.D.

Dr. Chris Borgman is an associate professor at the Southern College of Optometry. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Central College in Pella, Iowa and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Borgman completed a one-year residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to joining the faculty at SCO, Dr. Borgman spent three years in a multi-doctor, private ophthalmology practice in Des Moines, Iowa which specialized in primary care, ocular disease, cataract surgery, and laser refractive surgery. He is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Tennessee Association of Optometry Physicians (TAOP), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has authored numerous articles published on the topics of various ocular disease conditions, and has also lectured in many continuing education venues, both nationally and internationally, on the topics of primary care ocular diseases, ocular pharmacology, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and neuro-optometric diseases.

Dr. Borgman currently sees patients and supervises students in a clinical setting at The Eye Center at SCO, and also teaches two classroom courses: Systemic Pathology and Integrative Analysis. His areas of professional interest include: primary care and ocular disease, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and neuro-optometric diseases.

Dr. Borgman enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, and is a slow-pitch softball and baseball enthusiast.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Andrew Rixon OD, FAAO, Diplomate (Glaucoma)

Originally from Hartford, CT, Dr. Rixon received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed his postgraduate residency in Family Practice at West Tennessee Eye. Dr. Rixon is currently an attending at the Memphis VAMC, as well as a consulting faculty member at SCO.  Dr. Rixon is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an AAO diplomate in glaucoma, member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, on the executive committee of the glaucoma section, frequent lecturer, author, and peer reviewer. He is on the editorial board of Clinical and Refractive Optometry and Clinical Insights in Eyecare. Dr. Rixon has also been an active participant in VOSH, with many medical mission trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

Joseph Sowka | Optometric Education Consultants

Patricia A. Modica, OD, FAAO

Dr. Modica is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she also completed a Residency in Primary Care, followed by a two year Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease. She is currently a Clinical Professor at The State University of New York College of Optometry where she oversees care in the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease Service and teaches didactic coursework in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease and Neuroanatomy. She also participates in clinical research involving concussive disorders in adolescents. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to her clinical emphasis in neuro-ophthalmic disorders and has published “Neuro-Ophthalmic System: Clinical Procedures” by Butterworth-Heinemann. She is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves as the Chair for the Special Interest Group “Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry”.