Our Story

The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977. The objectives of the NAVAO are to encourage and promote the best possible primary eye and vision care for our nation’s Veterans and to promote the education, training, professional growth, and welfare of optometric staff, research/clinical fellows, residents, and students. The NAVAO is also dedicated to fostering camaraderie and professional development among VA optometrists. Any VA staff, attending, consultant, research/clinical fellow, resident optometrist, or any other optometrist having an interest in VA optometry is eligible for membership.

Our Team

NAVAO Executive Committee and Board Members
Dr. Kevin Mercado

Dr. Kevin Mercado

President
Dr. Jennifer Gustafson

Dr. Jennifer Gustafson

Vice-President
Dr. Chanel Chou

Dr. Chanel Chou

Secretary
Dr. Molly McGinty-Tauren

Dr. Molly McGinty-Tauren

Treasurer
Dr. Nancy Wong

Dr. Nancy Wong

Immediate Past President
Dr. Katherine Wang

Dr. Katherine Wang

Membership Director
Dr. Carla Gilbertson

Dr. Carla Gilbertson

EVENTS COMMITTEE DIRECTOR
Dr. Carrie Ho

Dr. Carrie Ho

Newsletter Editor
Dr. Richard Zimbalist

Dr. Richard Zimbalist

Technology Director

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Response to NAVAO Letter

In May of 2017, the Disabled Veterans internet site suggested a proposal to eliminate optometry and audiology services at VA facilities.  Under the proposal, Veterans would be outsourced to civilian facilities for optometry services.  NAVAO Read more

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Optometry’s Meeting 2018

Early-bird registration open for Optometry’s Meeting® 2018! June 20-24, 2018  │  Denver, Colorado The Optometry’s Meeting® 2018 continuing education (CE) course catalog is now available online