2021 Nebraska Optometry Fall Convention - Para Registration

Sponsored By: Nebraska Optometric Association

September 23 - 24, 2021

Virtual Online

416 Talmadge Street
Kearney, NE 68845

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Due to recent public health concerns with COVID, the 2021 NOA Fall Convention is being switched to a virtual event.

Welcome to the Para Registration!

We have a lot of great education and events lined up for this year. Paras will have the opportunity to focus on CPC or ABO, with great speakers such as Dr. Lynn Lawrence, Rick Guinnotte from Acquios Advisors, and Dr. Baartman and Dr. Goertz from Vance Thompson Vision. Dr. Chris Wolfe will provide an optional review of important changes in third party reimbursement and Dr. Lawrence has some general sessions about preventing burnout and professional growth.

Convention sessions and education for ODs and paras will be offered live via Zoom on Sept. 23-25, although slight modifications to the current schedule may be possible. Doctors and paras will be able to count the CE hours the same as for an in-person event.

The registration link above is only for paraoptometrics for the Fall Convention - registration for ODs is separate and available here. You can register more than one para at a time by clicking on "Register Additional Participants". This does allow you to enter new members, as long as they have a unique email address! Please contact us at 402.474.7716 or at noa@assocoffice.net with any questions. 

Scroll below for Schedule and Speaker Bios to help plan your classes.

Para Thursday Schedule

Para Friday Schedule

Lynn Lawrence

Lynn E. Lawrence, CMSgt, USAF (ret), MSOL, CPOT, ABOC, COA, OSC

Lynn E. Lawrence is a national lecturer and an ophthalmic technician for Mills Eye and Facial Plastic Surgery.  He has a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.  An American Optometric Association, American Board of Opticianry, Joint Commission for Allied Healthcare Personnel in Ophthalmology, and COPE approved speaker. He was appointed by the Air Force Surgeon General as the Ophthalmic Career Field Manager where he oversaw 540 Optometry/Ophthalmology technicians at 90 locations around the world. 

Rick Guinotte

Rick Guinotte

Rick has worked in the optometric field since 1989 - as a technician, optician, receptionist, manager, and as the territory director for 18 practice locations, $13.5 million in revenue and 120 employees.

In 2009, Rick left his position with one of the world's leading frame manufacturers to become an advisor. Rick has worked with doctors in all aspects of their professional career, from opening their first locations who have gone on to quickly exceed revenue expectations. He has helped clients relocate, add associates and develop exit strategies.

Dr. Baartman

Dr. Brandon Baartman

Dr. Baartman is currently the lead surgeon at the Vance Thompson Vision office in Omaha. He graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honr Society. He completed his ohthalmology training at the Cole Eye Institute where he was the Chief Resident in Ophthalmology and was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching award. He has conducted and led a variety of clinical trials in vision research, published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been awarded for his research presentations on a national stage.

Dr. Goertz

Dr. John Goertz

Dr. Goertz began in refractive surgery practice in 1995, managing over 60,000 LASIK cases. Dr. Goertz attended Kansas State University before earning his doctorate degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He is currently a member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and refractive Society and the Nebraska and Iowa Optometric Associations.