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. Janel Chou
Dr. Janel Chou
Secretary
Dr. Nancy Wong
Dr. Nancy Wong
Immediate Past President
Dr. Molly McGinty-Tauren
Dr. Molly McGinty-Tauren
Treasurer
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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