Elections - Spring 2014

May 15-22, 2014

THE Optometric Society is holding elections for the Board of Directors.  Directors are elected for a term not to exceed three years.

The following candidates are running for the position of Director:

Candidate information may be found below.  Ballot information will be e-mailed to current TOS members.



Dr. Gary Litman, OD, FAAO

GS Litman Photo web I am a 1975 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry and have been in private practice since 1976 in suburban Philadelphia. I am a member of the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association, Bucks-Montgomery Optometric Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. I have held every position at the local optometric level for over 25 + years and was nominated for optometrist of the year by my local society. I am a member of the Contact Lens Section of the AOA; presently serve on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Salus University; member of Vision Source and serve on the Speaker Bureau of Allergen and Bausch & Lomb.

I practice full scope optometry with an emphasis on the medical management and co-management of patients. I am very active at both the local and state level in organized optometry and understand the role of the primary care optometrist in today's healthcare environment. It is my hope that the TOS will become an organization representing all areas of optometry and promote optometry's role as the primary provider of vision care. It will allow the individual optometrist to voice their views and to be heard. This will allow our organization to work with the other optometric organizations in a unified direction.

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Dr. James Sanderson, OD

Dr James Sanderson

I hope that my many years of experience and background in pro-optometry legislation for Illinois will be helpful as I serve as a TOS board member.   I was a former AOS member, and would like to assist TOS in reaching its goals.

Born and raised Chicago south side- Brainard/Beverly area

Attended Chicago public schools- graduated Morgan Park H.S.

Attended Loop college and Roosevelt Univ., and Illinois College of Optometry with a B.S and doctor of optometry degree in 1969.

Private practice Chicago and park forest 1969-1971

Captain in the United States Air Force- Chief of Optometry, K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan-1971-1973. Inactive reserves until 1993.

Re-entered private practice in Orland Park 1973- current

Resident of Frankfort since 1975.

Married to Louise for 35 years. We have 1 adult daughters. Gina. Lisa.

Julia, and Katharine. Lisa is a resident of Frankfort and 2 granddaughters.

Park Forest Lions Club 1969-71

Orland Park Lions Club 1973-82: Director/Vice President

Orland Park rotary club. President 1986-87.1982-present

Orland Park Area Chamber Of Commerce; president 1990, member 1982-present; On board 1982-92

Old Orland Heritage Association- president 1994

Member St. Anthony's catholic church-Frankfort 1973-current

Parish council member-vice president 1996.

President of South Suburban Optometric Society 1974-76.

President of Chicago optometric society 1982-84

Member American and Illinois Optometric Associations since 1967

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Dr. Mike Santarlas, OD

Dr Michael Santarlas Dr. Santarlas received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and subsequent doctorate from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He started a practice in a small town in Illinois after graduation and later moved to San Diego in 2007 as his wife attended law school. Here, he spent several years at UCSD Shiley Eye Center doing pediatric eyecare and research in Community Opthalmology before taking a contract with the US Army to help start a practice at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in conjunction with the withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, he was part of a Honolulu based surgical center managing pre and post operative LASIK patients. He returned to San Diego in 2012 and is currently working at Arena Eyeworks Optometry in Pt. Loma. Through the TOS, he hopes to use his experience and full scope of practice to champion for the profession of Optometry, individual Optometrists and the collective whole on a grass roots level.

In his spare time Dr. Santarlas enjoys playing soccer, tennis and surfing. He is also is a pilot and avid musician.

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Dr. Lisa Shin, OD

Dr Lisa Shin I graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May 1996 and became the proud owner of a private practice in Los Alamos, NM in January 1997. I had one faithful employee back then and quickly learned bookkeeping, accounting, marketing, staff training, and business management. Significant practice growth allowed me to purchase my own office and improve patient care through new technology.

There are many challenges facing optometry. Many of us feel that our concerns and views have not been adequately represented among our leaders. TOS is a "member-centric" society committed to giving optometrists a stronger voice in the profession and in our communities. I would be privileged to be elected to the TOS board of directors!


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Announcing THE Optometric Society

Happy New Year Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to join the The Optometric Society [TOS], which will continue to give individual optometrists an increasingly important voice in our profession. I ask all optometrists to join to insure that this work can continue.

THE Optometric Society was formed to ensure that individual optometrists continue to thrive, independent of the influences of industry and "big medicine."  In part, THE Optometric Society will help foster a healthy debate on the issues facing optometry today.

THE Optometric Society is a professional membership organization, comprised solely of optometrists. Concern over the present state of the profession should prompt Optometrists in all modes of practice to join. Dues are $150 per year and you may register here as a Founding Member.


If you wish additional information, you may contact THE Optometric Society administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or (909) 742-9311.
An Interim Board will serve until a permanent board is elected by the membership. You will continue to be an active and integral part of THE Optometric Society, as the organization works to address the needs of the members with the passion and commitment you expect of your professional society. I look forward to welcoming you home.

These are Your Interim TOS Board Members until elections are held later this year.

Jennifer Flaherty, OD
Gary S. Litman, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Michael A. Santarlas O.D.
Lisa Shin, O.D.

Professionally yours,
Dave Carlton OD (National Membership Coordinator)

P.S. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2014 Annual CE Symposium April 25-27, 2014 at the Chicago O'Hare Renaissance. More information can be found at www.OptometricCE.org.

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