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     June-July 2013    
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Commencement 2013
PCO Preceptor of the Year
Dean Bray on Limited License Status
OCA Students Clarke Schools Project

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The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:   


Sheree Akers, TEI, Patient Representative


Darryl Burrs, Desktop Support Specialist, Technology and Library Services


Lori Gray,OD,  PCO faculty 


Amina Masood, Classroom Technology Specialist, Technology and Library Services


Caroline M. Mayo, PhD,

Director, Speech, Language Pathology program

Tyniasha Womack,



The Salus University community offers sincere congratulations to the following members:  


Roberto DelValle,

on his retirement from Salus facilities department.  


Dr. Michelle Gutman-Britchkow, PCO Instructor, and her husband, Daniel, on the birth of their daughter, Julia Alexandra, in May.

Dr. Brandy Scombordi-Raghu, PCO instructor, on her transition from instructor to clinical consultant, as she concentrates on personal commitments.


Last month we congratulated Jaime Schulang, associate director, Student Financial Affairs, on earning a bachelor's degree from Rider University. Ms. Schulang earned a Master of Arts  degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education. We regret that incorrect information was received and congratulate Ms. Schulang once again! 

Dean Bray Lobbies in DC

Dr. Victor Bray, dean of the University's Osborne College of Audiology, was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 12, lobbying in support of improved recognition of the profession of Audiology.  One of several members of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) who visited congressional offices in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Dr. Bray had meetings in the offices of Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13), and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). 

     Dr. Bray is a member of ADA's 18x18 Steering Committee, whose objective is toamend Title XVIII (18) of the Social Security Act by 2018 to provide for treatment of audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under the Medicare program, along with several other objectives.

    Further information on the ADA objectives.



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Dr. Lewis Steps Down 

"Farewell but not goodbye" was the closing of the message sent by President Thomas L. Lewis, OD '70, PhD, to all faculty and staff before his last day on campus on June 21. President of PCO and then Salus for 24 years, Dr. Lewis was in San Diego last week to accept the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association at their annual meeting. His last official day in office was June 30.

     In his message Dr. Lewis expressed confidence that the Salus community will offer incoming president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman '80, the same support that he has received in the 41 years he has been associated with PCO and Salus as a faculty member, a dean and president. He also outlined his post-departure saying, "At my request I will spend one year away from the University to allow Dr. Mittelman to establish his leadership of the institution. Next summer I plan to return to the faculty on a part time basis to teach and contribute in any way I can..."

      The recipient of many awards and commendations for his service to the profession of Optometry, Thomas L. Lewis' remarkable career has spanned the globe and touched many lives. The Salus community - faculty, staff, students, families and friends - are united in their gratitude to Dr. Lewis for all that he has accomplished on behalf of so many. Thank you - and best of luck, Dr. Lewis!

Commencement 2013: MPH Inaugural Class Graduates
Inaugural MPH class with Drs. Mittelman.DiStefano.Lewis and Monaco
The inaugural Master of Public Health graduating class with front row, left to right: Dr. Mittelman; Dr. Di Stefano, MaryAnn Ragone; Heidi M. Bowie; Elizabth A. Tonkery, OD, Dr. William A. Monaco. Back row, left to right: Melissa A. Padilla, Dr. Lewis.
The Salus University commencement ceremony for Class of 2013 graduates of the optometry, audiology, low vision and blindness education and rehabilitation, and public health programs was held on Sunday, May 26 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.
     This year's commencement was historic for two reasons. Incoming president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman was ceremonially gowned and given the Chain of Office by the University's Board of Trustees Chair Jo Surpin and current president, Dr. Thomas L. Lewis. The second notable reason was the first graduates of the University's Master of Public Health degree program. Four of the six graduates of the inaugural class attended the ceremony.

     The University conferred 157 Doctor of Optometry (OD) degrees; 20 Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degrees; 17 Master of Science (MS) degrees in low vision programs; one Master of Education (MEd) degree in Vision Rehabilitation Teaching; 21 Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Clinical Optometry to graduates from Norway (who completed two clinical rotations in Elkins Park during their program); six Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees, and 35 post-graduate certificates to members of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency program.

     Shana Barrett, president of the Class of 2013 and an optometry graduate, gave the commencement address. Rear Admiral Colin G. Chinn, MD, MHS, FACP, director, US Navy Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, introduced the keynote speaker, Salus president-designate, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman. Salus University Board of Trustees chair, Ms. Jo Surpin, thanked Dr. Lewis for his service to the University and he received a standing ovation from faculty, students and guests.

      Commencement day began with the usual morning rehearsal for the graduates at the Kimmel Center, which progressed nicely - once the evacuation order for an errant fire alarm was lifted. After lunch, graduates and faculty gathered to don their gowns and line up for the procession into the hall at 2:00 p.m.

      For a slideshow of commencement (photos courtesy of Salus PCO students Vaughn Huynh, Class of 2015, Vittorio Mena, Class of 2014 and GradImages).  

Dr. Dayhaw-Barker Receives UHCO Distinguished Alumna Award   Dr Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker UHCO 2013 commencement 
Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker received the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) Distinguished Alumna Award at their May commencement.

     Dr. Dayhaw-Barker, who was the first female graduate of the UHCO optometric PhD program, is the director of Salus University's Graduate Programs in Biomedicine, the University's first PhD program, which welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2012. (In tte photo above, Dr. Dayhaw-Barker addresses UHCO graduates).

Welcome TEI Residents 
The Eye Institute welcomed the 2013-2014 residents on July 1. At the conclusion of their program, the doctors will receive their post-graduate certificates at the May 2014 commencement. Welcome Doctors!  
    Primary Care: Dr. Mariem A. Abdou '13; Dr. Utham Balachandran; 
    Dr. Hitomi Ezumi;  Dr. Stacey Keppol; Dr. Byung Josh Kim; Dr. Aikaterini 
    Koukas '13; Dr. Bhawan Minhas; Dr. Giezel Rivera.
    Low Vision: Dr. David Simpson 
    Cornea and Contact Lens: Dr. Stacey Keppol 
    Pediatric Optometry: Dr. Pooja Patel; Dr. Lindsey Perno'13
OCA Students Clarke Schools Project 

by Alisha Latham '15AUD


The Salus University Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) has been working on a project for some time now. Our SAA chapter here at the Osborne College of Audiology has donated $2500 to the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech (Bryn Mawr campus in suburban Philadelphia, PA). The Clarke Schools work to make an impact on the lives of children and adults through educational and early childhood programs, hearing services, mainstream services, research, and curriculum development. The teachers and professionals trained by Clarke take their special skills to all parts of the world.

   Our SAA donation is to make hearing aid kits - "Clarke Cares Kits" - for families of children with hearing loss. These kits are great tools for parents to ensure their children's hearing aids are functioning properly. In preparation for that day, we made the donation to Clarke on June 14, 2013. This donation is a great start; however, as students, we want hands-on experience in making a difference. So this summer, when all of the supplies arrive, Salus SAA members will assemble these kits at the Clarke School Bryn Mawr campus.

  (Pictured above (L to R) are Lyndsey Spencer,Salus SAA president  and Alisha Latham, vice president, both Class of 2015)..