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President’s Message: Dr. Aaron Sako Greetings to all the members of the AAOS! Another year has indeed passed us by very quickly. It is again time to introduce ourselves and the positions we are serving in this year. This will be my 7th year serving on the board for the AAOS. I have had the opportunity to serve for 2 years as the newsletter chair, 3 years as treasurer, 1 year as president – elect, and now finally the distinct honor and privilege to serve as the president of this esteemed organization. I am truly looking forward to working with a fantastic board this year and am optimistic that we will be able to continue with our excellent programs, both CE and Social. As for me, not much has changed since last year. I still live and practice in South Orange County. I practice in a busy multi doctor office in Laguna Hills. When not seeing patients and working on business for the AAOS, I am busy co-administrating a practice management/buying group “Infinity Vision Alliance.” I have been happily married for 13 years and have 3 great kids, Skylar (9), Payton (6) and Colby (3). The family keeps me very busy outside of optometry. I still find myself at swim meets, basketball games, hula competitions, and dance classes with my girls. My son who recently turned 3 still loves Thomas trains,

Tonka trucks and playing anything that resembles drums. I have three basic goals during my year as president. First, I would like to continue to maintain excellent continuing education seminars for our members at NO COST. If you make arrangement to attend all of our CE events we will have 13 hours over the course of the year all free of cost to members of the AAOS. Second, have a high level of participation from our membership. We will make sure our events are well organized and interesting (they are always social), with FREE food and beverage for those members who attend. Third, I‟d like to find a way to add a charitable component to our organization. We will do so by having raffles at all our FREE events with excellent prizes like plasma TV‟s, Ipods, Blue Ray Players, dvd players, and great gift cards. With the money raised we will then donate the proceeds to various charities in need. (See Stacey‟s article for info on our last AAOS raffle). To accomplish these goals, we have asked companies to sponsor the AAOS. I would personally like to thank Matt

Swartz and Whitney Beck (ELOA), Mark McKenna, Pat Torres, Rodney Hannah (Bausch and Lomb), Tom Tooma, M.D., Brett Braun (TLC Laser Eye Centers), Jeff Fujioka (Vistakon), Dan Stegall, Dave Sueki (Marchon Eyewear), Tom Duchardt and Dana Bennett (Alcon). Please take the time to thank these individuals and their companies in your own offices for their support of the AAOS. It is with their help and financial support, that all our events are FREE of charge this year. My job as the AAOS President is made enjoyable by having a strong executive board to work with. I thank all the board members in advance for their time and commitment this year in making the AAOS what it is today and what it will be in the future. I thank the past presidents/trustees of the AAOS for their guidance and continued support of the group. I am looking forward to serving in the position of president this year. Please come out to support the group and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact myself or any other AAOS board member. See you March 28th in Cerritos at our next AAOS FREE CE Event. -Aaron

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Installation Banquet Proves to be a Memorable, Hilarious Night Out! AAOS members, along with their family and friends, gathered together on Saturday, January 23rd at the Culver City Marriot Hotel for our annual Installation Banquet to honor our incoming board members of 2010.

Throughout the evening, the Dinner Detectives actors pleasantly interrupted our meal with skits that involved, unexpectedly, certain members of the group. Our If you weren‟t able to make it this guests were also unyear, you missed out on one entertain- aware that some of ing, hilarious night! It was an evening the hired actors were probably unlike any other you might actually dining right experience. You may never see your next to them, posing to be friends or relafellow colleagues and their guests tives of AAOS members. The actors singing, dancing, perdefinitely had us laughing all night forming skits, or doing as they used our very own members a „cat-walk‟ ever again. and inside jokes of optometry to be “The Dinner Detectives part of the show. Murder Mystery Show” provided the entertainCongratulations to Randy Blancq, ment for the night, and guest of Dr. Cindy Siu, for solving they definitely delivthe murder mystery of the night. He ered! was awarded with a bag of prizes courtesy of The Dinner Detectives. Our guests gathered in a private room and enjoyed an hour of As our guests dined on chocolate tortes drinks and appetizers. Everyone min- for dessert, a thank you to our 2009 gled and dined while the actors anboard was given and an introduction to nounced that each guest was now a the new 2010 board was presented. part of the show. Wearing name tags with any name other than their own, Guests were also given a raffle ticket, each person was now a suspect in the plus an opportunity to purchase addimurder mystery. tional tickets, for a chance at an array of wonderful prizes. Fleming‟s gift certifi-

cates, Best Buy gift certificates, and a Blu-Ray player are just a few of the many prizes given out. Dr. Greg Kame walked away with the most sought after prize of the night: a 46" Vizio flat-screen T.V.! All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will be donated to a relief fund for victims of the Haiti earthquake. AAOS is proud to announce that a total of $1,400 was raised at our Installation Banquet to help those in need. Read below to see how our funds were tripled so that we were able to donate $5600. Special thanks to all those who attended and had a wonderful time with us. It‟s always nice to see our fellow colleagues outside the office, enjoying themselves and having some fun! We look forward to seeing all of you at our future AAOS events! -Kristal Kawamoto AAOS Social Chair

AAOS Raises Funds to Help Haiti On behalf of the board, I would like $1600 through the raffle ticket sales. to personally thank Here‟s the even all of you who pur- ...this amount will be better chased raffle tickets matched THREE addition to the at the Installation TIMES by the Kiwanis amount raised Banquet. The proInternational Founda- by AAOS, Kiceeds will go to the wanis InternaHaitian relief fund. tion so we will be tional will With your help, we sending $6400 to Haiti. match our donawere able to raise tion by THREE

TIMES so we will be sending $6400 to Haiti. A HUGE thank you for all your support!!! -Stacey

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Staying Current with Optometry Regulations in California: Dr. Steve Bae Topic: Electronic Health Records To all AAOS Members: Are you prepared for the storm? Donâ€&#x;t get caught in the rain. Taken from the AOA website: If you require more information please log onto the AOA website and search for EHR recommendations. Ten things optometrists should know about EHRs: 1. EHRs are not mandatory. The AOA encourages doctors to use EHRs and provides information at http:// but does not recommend specific products.

authority to make exceptions to the Medicare penalties on a case-by-case basis for physicians who demonstrate significant hardship (e.g., a physician who practices in rural areas without adequate Internet access). 7. The EHRs must be "certified." The AOA has worked alongside ophthalmology organizations to secure a certification track for eye care EHRs, which was previously unavailable for vendors of eye care EHRs. The AOA believes the federal government will provide a separate path to certification specifically for ARRA so that all EHRs regardless of specialty or designer/ creator can be certified for purposes of the stimulus. 8. In Medicaid, the payments begin as high as $25,000 for the first year and up to $10,000 each of the following five years. But the Medicaid program has additional hurdles and is only practical for practices with a high volume of Medicaid patients.

2. Provisions within ARRA give significant incentives in Medicare and Medicaid for doctors to use EHRs. Last winter, the AOA successfully convinced Congress to include ODs in these programs. 3. Doctors who begin using EHRs by 2011 or 2012 can receive the maximum reward, up to $44,000 over five years through the Medicare program (75 percent of Medicare-allowed charges up to a capped amount for each year). But if you wait until 2015 to start, there are no incentives. 4. Doctors must use the EHRs in a "meaningful" way. Merely purchasing/installing software will not be enough. Doctors will have to demonstrate that they are using the EHR as a tool to improve patient care. 5. Beginning in 2011, Medicare physicians who implement and report "meaningful use" of EHRs will be eligible for an initial incentive payment up to $18,000. ODs who practice in health professional shortage areas may qualify for an additional 10 percent incentive through Medicare. 6. Doctors who do not start using EHRs by 2015 may face penalties in Medicare. However, the HHS has the

9. One doctor can't get available bonuses from both Medicare and Medicaid. 10. Doctors should begin to make plans to implement EHRs in practice before the end of 2010. The AOA will have more guidance about certification and meaningful use in the months ahead. AOA members with questions or concerns should contact Rodney Peele of the AOA Washington office at 800-3652219, ext. 1348 or - Steve

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Upcoming Events March 28th: Spring 2010 Education Symposium

FEATURING 6 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Featured Speakers: David Boyer, MD Mark Sawamura, OD Judy Tong, OD Tom Tooma, MD Dan Carver, OD Jonathan Pirnazar, MD Dan Tran, MD Time: 8AM-2PM Where: Sheraton Cerritos Hotel 12575 Center Court Drive Cerritos, CA 90703 Free parking is available at the hotel. Breakfast will be served. The cost is ZERO as a benefit for our members. Cost is $100 for non-members. Our space is limited so please sign up soon! Deadline is March 20, 2010. Please register online at Email John Lee ( for information


CONGRATULATIONS! May 16th: Senior Honors Banquet McCormick and Schmickâ€&#x;s Restaurant Anaheim, CA

August 2010: AAOS Takao Shishino Education Symposium Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos

COA recently held their house of Delegates meeting in February and announced their award winners. We wanted to take time to congratulate our AAOS members!

Young Optometrist of the Year: Dr. David Ardaya Dr. Stacey Gin

Excellence in Optometry Award: Dr. Mark Sawamura

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Meet the 2010 AAOS Board President Elect: Dr. Stacey Gin Greetings AAOS, I am very excited for our upcoming year and honored to serve as your President-elect! This will be my sixth year serving on the board and I look forward to a great year. As a board, we hope to continue to serve our fellow AAOS members and make this an eventful year. The board has been working hard to put together fun activities and great CE and we hope to see all of you there!

We are always looking for new members and for ways to grow our society. If you know of a colleague or friend, please encourage them to join and direct them to our website: www.asianamericanoptometricsociety.or g. For those of you who are new graduates, membership is FREE! For graduates of the Class of 2009, membership is only $25. Membership includes at least

12 hours of CE, delicious food and adult drinks at our events AND awesome company...what a steal! Also, if you are interested in serving on the board, please let us know, we would love to have you! Cheers to an exciting year! -Stacey

Social Chair: Dr. Kristal Kawamoto Hello! And welcome to another year in AAOS! I am honored and excited to return for a second year as your Social Chair. Last year was definitely fun-filled and successful. With our increasing membership numbers and continued support from our sponsors, this year is looking even better! Be sure to join us for some great upcoming events. Our popular CE courses fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP for our March CE seminar as early as possible. In May, we will be

hosting our annual May Honor‟s Banquet to honor our graduating seniors. A new spin this year will be an additional opportunity for CE at this May Honor‟s banquet. Keep a look-out for the exact date and location of this event. As always, it will be a day of good company, amazing food and drinks, and now a chance to take care of those much needed CE credits!

We are always open to new and exciting venues. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future AAOS events, please feel free to email or call me. My goal is to make sure our AAOS members have an opportunity to enjoy their time outside of work and have fun being an AAOS participant! - Kristal

Administrative Assistant: Dr. Christina Leung Hello AAOS members! Happy year of the tiger! Hope everyone has been able to stay dry through the stormy weathers. I‟m excited to be returning for my 3rd year on the AAOS board. Each year brings much excitement as we begin planning for

the upcoming year. We are always open to ideas, so if anyone is ever interested in becoming more involved with the board or just want to provide input, feel free to email me or any of the other board members. I look forward to seeing you at our Spring CE Symposium on Sunday, March 28 at our new venue at the Cerritos Sheraton. Remember to stay updated with this year‟s AAOS events

through our newsletters and website. -Christina

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Meet the 2010 AAOS Board Treasurer: Dr. Shawn Yamamoto Hello AAOS members! This is my second year serving as the treasurer and it looks like we are off to an even better start than last year. We have already received sponsorship money from multiple sponsors and are still waiting to hear from a few

more. It looks like this year will be the most we have received in sponsorship ever! Thanks mostly in part to our current president. We hope to continue having raffle prizes at our events as this was a great success at the last Installation banquet. Our current balance is $31,946.50. Available scholarship funds are as follows:

SCCO Berkeley Fund Research Fund RTK Foundation AAOS Foundation

$2,704 $3,307 $3,153 $1,200 $950

Total $11,314 -Shawn

Membership Chair: Dr. Kenny Fukuda Hello all AAOS members, past and present… I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is enjoying the new year. We kicked off the year in fun fashion at the Installation Banquet. Those of you that did not attend…you missed out…it was a night of fun and prize-winning (for one particular table that involved multiple wins!). Anyways, January has already passed us by…our first CE seminar in March is quickly approaching. Please be

sure to fill out those membership applications and get them to me to take advantage of the free CE hours. Membership this year is $75, which includes both CE events (6 hours each) and many other events throughout the year. Please check our website at www.asianamericanoptometricsociety.or g for more details on upcoming events. If you have any questions, please feel

free to contact me at or any of the other board members. We‟ll see you at our upcoming events! Go USA and Lakers! -Kenny

Educational Chair: Dr. John Lee Greetings! I would like to thank everyone for attending our CE events the past year. We‟ve had great turnouts and it shows our sponsors that we have a great organization for them to support and value so that we can keep our CE as low cost as possible. I hope been listening to your feedback and we are trying to bring our CE closer to Los Angeles for our Los Angeles members. We are also trying to add more 1 hour

CE lectures so that you can have more time to refresh before the next lecture. We are also having a big variety of speakers on a myriad of topics so that you can apply the knowledge and information in your offices. Lastly, you can now register online so that you know you have been registered. We have limited space for our CE meetings and I know sometimes, I do not get your e-mails when registering. So make sure to check our website

for updates to our meetings and to register. I look forward to serving you the next year. See you on March 28 and please save the date for August 15 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel. If there are any other ways for me to serve you, please let me know. John

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Meet the 2010 AAOS Student Liasons 4th Year Liason: Jill Chen Jill is a current fourth year student at SCCO, and honored to be serving as a student liaison for the AAOS. She is currently doing her last external rotation of the year in Arizona at VA Tucson, after spending time learning the craft in Oklahoma, Maryland, and California. Before starting her optometric education at SCCO, Jill spent four years at

the University of California, San Diego, where she received a diverse education with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in History. In the last three years, Jill has had numerous opportunities to be involved in the optometric community, such as traveling to Boston and Washington, D.C. for the AOA conference, participating in numerous vision screenings, serving as treasurer of

NOSA, being a member of the Student Clinic Advisory, and many more. After graduation, Jill plans to practice in Southern California where she will be surrounded by family and friends.

SCCO. He has volunteered at many different events such as the Special Olympics and other vision screenings, as well as being fortunate enough to be a member of the Class of 2010 Medical Missionaries with a vision spending time in El Salvador providing vision care and glasses to the local people.

When not busy with school, Jeff enjoys playing golf and all sports, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

4th Year Liason: Jeff Nishi Jeff was born in Torrance, Ca and has lived his whole life in Manhattan Beach until leaving to attend the University of California at Berkeley. GO BEARS! Upon graduating with a BA in Integrative Biology, Jeff moved back down to So Cal and is currently finishing his th year at the Southern California College of Optometry. Jeff has always tried to be actively involved while in school and has served as Class President for 2 years and on the curriculum committee at

4th Year Liason: Julia Tran Julia is currently a fourth year student at Southern California College of Optometry. Prior to that, she graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. She enjoys being an active member in the student body, and for the past two years, she serves as Class Co-Vice President in raising money and addressing the needs of her classmates.

As a student liaison for AAOS, she will experiences this year, she absolutely further represent her colleagues on an loves her role as a future optometrist. intraprofessional level. Julia is having an amazing year learning at her externship sites: Naval Health Clinic Makalapa at Pearl Harbor, HI, VA Salt Lake City, UT, and Bel -Red Vision Clinic, WA. Through her

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Meet the 2010 AAOS Student Liasons 3rd Year Liason: Jane Kuo Jane graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Molecular & Cell Biology, and Minor in Asian American Studies. During her time at Cal, she was an active member of her co-ed national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi and was one of the pioneers of the Taiwanese American Student Association on campus. Even as a student at Southern California College of Optometry, her heart is set on

making a difference on campus and growing & learning from all her experiences. She took on the role as one of the Public Relation Chairs for SA Board during her first year & was co-president of Omega Delta Fraternity during her second year. Jane has also participated in many vision screenings for different organizations such as Lion Clubs & RAM. She is delighted to continue to contribute to the optometric community as a new AAOS Liaison.

Jane continues her optometric journey with rotations at VA LAACC, Travis Air Force Base, & Kaiser. After she graduates she hopes to enter a residency program. Her hobbies include laying on the beach, watching musicals, and traveling.

3rd Year Liason: Danielle Leong Danielle is very thankful for the opportunity to be serving as a third year student liaison for AAOS this year. She is originally from Seattle, WA where she went to the University of Washington to earn a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology. During her undergraduate studies she had to pleasure of working with optometrists and ophthalmologists at a multi-specialty clinic where she developed a passion for optometry. At SCCO Danielle enjoy being involved in campus life. Shes had to privilege of serving on

the Student Association Board as the Department of Education chair and enjoys tutoring and helping instructors as a Teaching Assistant. In 2008 she had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador for an SVOSH mission trip. Danielle is looking forward to her rotation sites next year in Salt Lake City, UT, VA Las Vegas, and IHS HuHuKam in Sacaton, AZ. After graduating, Dan-

ielle plans to complete a residency program. In her free time, she likes to travel, spend time with friends and family and play with her Silky Terrier, Baxter.

let would allow. Currently, Trung is a third year student at SCCO and has been active in class government, the Student Association Board and volunteer opportunities. He recently received 1st place in the AOA's first photo contest in the "Practice Settings" category and enjoys spending his free time in photography, playing guitar and climbing rocks.

Trung is excited about being a part of AAOS and is looking forward to the fun year ahead.

4th Year Liason: Trung Tran Trung was raised in Riverside, CA where he also attended the University of California, Riverside. During his time there, he earned a Bachelor's in Biology and spent a year in Spain where he attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, soaking up the Spanish language and culture and backpacking through as many European countries as his wal-

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