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Board Of Directors

AZOA Leadership

Get to know your AZOA leaders – find out more about their education, professional experience, causes and what motivates them to lead and succeed!

Dr. Danielle Remington
AZOA President
Ophthalmic Surgeons & Physicians

Danielle Remington, OD is an Ohio native who received her doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University after receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in biology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Dr. Remington then continued on to complete her ocular disease residency at Erdey Searcy Eye Group, a surgical practice where management of emergent and chronic anterior segment disease, diabetes, glaucoma and post-operative care were emphasized. In 2016, Dr. Remington made the move to Arizona where she joined Ophthalmic Surgeons and Physicians. She has a passion to practice full-scope Optometry including comprehensive examinations, diabetic eye exams, contact lens fits, glaucoma evaluations and management, post-op care and emergency cases. Outside of the office Dr. Remington enjoys being an active member of the American Optometric Association in addition to being on Arizona Optometric Association Board of Directors. In her free time she opts to be outdoors hiking, camping, traveling and cheering on her Buckeyes.

Dr. Logan Ragan
AZOA President-Elect
Northsight Vision Care

Dr. Ragan joined Northsight Vision Care in June 2015 after graduating with Beta Sigma Kappa Honors from Midwestern University. He did extern training at the Regional Hospital Eye Clinic in Nome, Alaska & Bowden Eye Surgical Centers of Jacksonville, Florida; both of which gave him extensive ocular disease experience. Dr. Ragan is great with kids and has experience with all the latest contact lens technology. He has been a superb addition to our practice. Dr. Ragan is very active as a community volunteer. He earned the 2016 AZ Optometric Association Visionary Award for his work and was the 2018 AZOA Young OD of the Year.

Dr. Jamie Kuhn, FAAO, FSLS
AZOA Treasurer
Vista Eye Care

Originally from Northern California, Dr. Kuhn received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She graduated cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry with an interest in Contact Lenses and Corneal Disease and then completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. She is currently working as an Associate Optometrist at Vista Eye Care, in Green Valley, Arizona.

Previously faculty of the College of Optometry at Midwestern University in Arizona, Dr. Kuhn supervised care of patients in contact lenses and ocular prosthetic devices, as well as served as both a clinical and didactic professor in multiple courses of instruction.

Dr. Kuhn is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a committee member for the Arizona Optometric Association. She consults with industry partners to educate professionals and students via lectures sponsored by Alcon, TruForm Optics, and various continuing education seminars both locally and nationwide. She is also rigorously involved with the state association to educate the public and legislative leaders on the ability of optometrists to address the visual and ocular health needs of the population. Additionally, Dr. Kuhn is involved in clinical research in partnership with her group, the Scleral Lens Assessment by Patients and Practitioners Study, and has several publications in Optometric journals, editorials, and books.

Dr. Jon Beeson
AZOA Secretary
Payson Eye Care Center

Dr. Jon Beeson is an Arizona native living and practicing in Payson, AZ. Doctor Beeson received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University. After acquiring his Bachelor’s degree Dr. Beeson proceeded to work full time as an Ophthalmic Technician for Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center before attending Optometry School at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry. Dr. Beeson is a strong advocate for the profession of Optometry as well as the care of his patients, and is active in the Arizona Optometric Association as well as the American Optometric Association. Doctor Beeson completed advanced training during his internship in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the Nationwide Vision Medical Center and has extensive ocular medical training with a special emphasis on dry eye resolution and treatment as well as all ocular diseases. Dr. Beeson is passionate about ocular health and building meaningful relationships with his patients.

Dr. Armanae Mancha
AZOA Immediate Past President
Family Eyecare of Scottsdale

Dr. Mancha was born in Odessa, Texas. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2003. After practicing in Texas and Arizona for 14 years, Dr. Mancha happily joined Family Eyecare of Scottsdale as a partner.

Dr. Mancha brings a passion for working with children of all ages. She is one of 60 optometrists in Arizona who examines infants from 6 months of age to 1 year at no charge. She also provides comprehensive eye exams to diagnose and manage all eye health issues, including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and ocular conditions associated with diabetes.

Dr. Mancha is also certified to perform corneal reshaping therapy/orthokeratology for patients who have progression of near-sightedness. She served as a clinical examiner for the National Optometry Board and has also been a clinical investigator for several contact lens manufacturers assisting in the development of new contact lenses.

   Dr. Mancha has received many distinguished awards including:
  • Arizona Optometric Association Presidents Award
  • Listed as a “Top Optometrist in Arizona” by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals
  • Listed in “America’s Top Optometrists” by the Consumer Research Council of America 
She has participated in the following professional and civic organizations:
  • Arizona Optometric Association (Board of Directors)
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Diabetes Association (Professional Member)
  • Volunteer for Optometric Services to Humanity
Dr. Mancha enjoys running, biking, and world travel.

Dr. Richard Kalina
AZOA Board of Directors
Petelin Vision

Dr. Kalina has more than 24 years of experience in clinical patient care and in developing high-performing cultures and teams in the ophthalmic industry. In 2008, he joined Valley Eye Specialists as a Medical Optometrist and the Director of Professionals Relations. He is the founder of the Valley Eye Network, one of Arizona’s largest optometric and physician based referral centers specializing in ocular disease and anterior segment surgical care. In addition, he clinically specializes in cataracts, LASIK, retinal conditions, post-operative surgical care, glaucoma, dry eyes, diabetic eye care, and ocular disease in their ophthalmology offices across Central Arizona. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Kalina was Center Director at Marion Eye Center, one of the largest integrated ophthalmology practices in the Midwest. He was a leader in charge of practice development, expansion, training, and marketing. During this time he helped to lead and expand the practice to over 32+ offices, 3 surgery centers and a large scale optical manufacturing lab during his 10 years with the firm. His expansive interests have resulted in being a research investigator for multiple studies and clinical trials. In addition, he has extensive experience in tear film chemistry and dry eye translational research focused on clinical products and pharmaceuticals for the ocular surface. Prior to attending UAB, he served as an R&D biochemist at Sigma-Aldrich in St. Louis, MO, developing medical immunoassays for Virology and Rheumatology. He has submitted numerous 510k applications to the FDA. Richard Kalina received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning his MS in vision science research and MPH in healthcare organization and policy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was awarded the AZOA President’s Award in 2014.

Dr. Taylor McMullen
AZOA Board of Directors
Salt River Eye Care

Dr. Taylor McMullen was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate training from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 2003. While an undergraduate, he spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain. He continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Vision Sciences and a Doctorate of Optometry in 2007 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In addition to all of your primary eye care needs, Dr. McMullen has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, as well as management of ocular complications of systemic disease. Dr. McMullen completed clinical externships at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA, Capital Eye Consultants in Fairfax, VA, and West Penn Allegheny Eye Associates at West Penn Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of the American Optometric Society as well as the Central Arizona Optometric Society.

Dr. Cory Lappin
AZOA Board of Directors
Phoenix Eye Care

Dr. Cory J. Lappin was raised in New Philadelphia, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors with Distinction. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he concurrently completed his Master of Science degree in Vision Science. At the college he served as Class President and was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Lappin has been recognized for his clinical performance, receiving the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence award. He has also been actively engaged in research, being selected to take part in the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute (NIH/NEI) T35 Research Fellowship program and receiving the Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award in recognition of accomplishments in vision science research.

Following graduation, Dr. Lappin continued his training by completing a residency in Ocular Disease at the renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has given several continuing education lectures, presented scientific posters at numerous academic conferences nationwide, and has authored an article on the evolving field of dry eye care. Dr. Lappin has a special interest in ocular surface and dry eye disease and is dedicated to implementing the most up-to-date treatments and cutting-edge research as part of the practice’s Dry Eye Center.

Dr. Lappin is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Arizona Optometric Association, and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). He also volunteers with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program. He currently resides in North Phoenix.

Dr. Cameron Loe
AZOA Board of Directors
Estrella Mountain Eye Care

Dr. Cameron Loe is a native of Casper, Wyoming who moved to Arizona for optometry school and fell in love with the state. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2014 and from the Arizona College of Optometry in 2019. As the son of an optometrist, he knew early in his life he wanted to improve people’s lives by helping them see their best. Dr. Loe enjoys diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease as well as specialty and non-specialty contact lenses. He completed three externships during school, one in Fort Defiance, AZ at an Indian Health Hospital, one in Sartell, Minnesota at a private practice, and one in Mesa, AZ at an ocular disease referral site. He has a genuine and caring personality which we believe you will enjoy during your visit! He lives in Phoenix with his fianc√© and they enjoy all the valley has to offer from hiking, to sporting events, and dining out! Dr. Loe plans to call the Phoenix valley home for the rest of his career.

Dr. Alicia Feis
AZOA Board of Directors - AZCOPT Representative
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry

Dr. Alicia Feis has been promoted to Dean of the Arizona College of Optometry after serving in assistant and associate deanships dealing with academic affairs at the Midwestern University Eye Institute. Dr. Alicia Feis joined Midwestern University in 2011 after practicing vision therapy at a private primary care facility. She brings clinical experience from the Southern California College of Optometry as well as the Illinois College of Optometry, where she served as an instructor. During her post-doctoral residency, Dr. Feis focused on pediatrics and binocular vision at the Illinois College of Optometry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara and her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree at the Southern California College of Optometry.

Dr. Stacey Meier
AZOA Executive Director

Originally from Lockport, N.Y. he attended Erie Community College in Buffalo and received an AAS degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and attended the University of Nevada – Las Vegas for two years before moving to Memphis and graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in 1984. Dr. Meier has held leadership roles in local, state and regional Optometric associations and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Optometry by then Governor Janet Napolitano. He was the owner of a private optometry practice until 2019 and he has served as the AZOA Executive Director since 2011. Dr. Meier is also currently on the Board of Trustees at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.


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