S.O.S.: Saving Our Sight
A Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Event
November 14, 2018
12 East 41st Street, New York, NY
Room B 202-203-204
Sponsored by the Office of Disability Services, Student Development and Campus Life, and the Larry L. Luing School of Business -Health Services Management Program
Convened in honor of Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Month, this program is presented to provide awareness of the multiple effects of diabetes including vision loss. Come and learn more about strategies to potentially maximize your visual health!
New York State Commission for the Blind
Lighthouse Guild, providing free eye screenings
Independent Living Aids
For additional questions contact:
Sharon McLennon-Wier, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC, Director of Disability Services
99 Church Street
White Plains, New York 10601
Telephone: 914-694-1122 ext. 3168
Fax Number: 914-323-2197
Jessica Jones, M.A., B.F.A.
Art Instructor at the Lavelle School for the Blind
Jessica Jones is an artist and an art instructor at the Lavelle School for the Blind in Bronx, NY. Ms. Jones was diagnosed with juvenile onset/type 1 diabetes in 1976 and as a result lost her vision due to diabetic retinopathy in 2002.
Despite complete blindness Ms. Jones has continued to work in and advocate for people with disabilities in the arts.
Michael Cooney, M.D., M.B.A.
Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
Dr. Cooney is a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon who was previously an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University and later became the Director of the Medical Retina Service, the Duke Center for Macular Degeneration, and the Medical Retina Fellowship program from 2001 to 2005. He received an M.B.A. degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Cooney serves as a consultant and advisory board member for several pharmaceutical companies. In 1998, Dr. Cooney helped to establish InnoRx, an ophthalmic drug delivery and pharmaceutical company acquired by SurModics and served as a consultant from 2000 to 2002.
Dr. Cooney’s clinical practice focuses on the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, particularly age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is actively involved in the clinical development of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for vitreoretinal disease and the training of residents and fellows.
Yvonne Hendricks, CFN, CPT
Certified Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer
Yvonne Marie Bordeau-Hendricks is a Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Certified Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Healthy Chef. She is Founder and President of Exercise Healthy Nutrition LLC, and was a vegetarian "pescatarian" (even before it was an actualized word) who has practiced a healthy lifestyle for over 30 years.
Ms. Hendricks is an expert in her field and received credentials through a variety of sports science organizations namely, ISSA, International Sports & Science Association and NESTA, National Endurance & Sports Training Association while working full-time in the news media photo industry for over 16 years. Among Ms. Hendricks' multi talents, she was a photo journalist in the late 80’s and early 90’s traveling throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Middle East, completing assignments for several leading fashion publications in an effort to publicize healthy living as a fashion trend.
Ms. Hendricks is also a TV Personality promoting the health and wellness industry endorsing several healthy food products appearing on Fox 5, Good Day New York, and the WPIX-11 Dr. Steve show.
Throughout her practice in New York boroughs of Bronx and Queens, she has treated thousands of patients diagnosed with Type I and Type II diabetes, along with other special populations with heart disease, COPD, Fibromyalgia, PCOS, IBS, GERD, gastric bypass, Parkinson's, breast cancer, and hyperlipidemia.
Dr. Andrea Zimmerman, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Clinician
Dr. Andrea Zimmerman attended New York University as an undergraduate, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinction. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry and performed further training at Lighthouse International for treatment of individuals with low vision. Dr. Zimmerman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor to SUNY College of Optometry, where she has taught Optometry students about the practice of low vision.
Her activities have included promoting vision rehabilitation in lectures throughout the tri-state area, and she has also been published in professional journals for her work in low vision optometry.