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|Dr. Mitchell Scheiman is a nationally known optometric educator, lecturer, author and private practitioner. He is the author of “Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists” published by Slack Incorporated.
Dr. Scheiman has a long and close relationship with occupational therapists. He works closely with occupational and physical therapists in his practice co-managing patients and has lectured to therapists on numerous occasions.
He has specialized in vision therapy for the past 35 years. Dr. Scheiman is currently Director of Pediatric and Binocular Vision Programs at The Eye Institute and Professor of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He has written three books for optometrists covering the topics of binocular vision and vision therapy, pediatric optometry, and learning related vision problems and he has published over 130 articles in the professional literature.
Dr. Scheiman is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception and a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
|Maxine Scheiman, OTR/L, CLVT After completing her undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York, Maxine received a Masters in Special Education from Boston College in 1973. After working several years as a learning disabilities specialist, she decided to make a career change and in 1988 she graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia as an occupational therapist. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for about 15 years and has worked in many different settings including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, school occupational therapy, and the early intervention population.
In 2000, Maxine became interested in low vision rehabilitation and she is currently completing her certificate degree in Rehabilitation Teaching at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. After becoming certified as a low vision therapist she has worked as a low vision rehabilitation therapist helping patients with visual impairment. She is currently owner of Visual Function Rehabilitation Associates and is a certified low vision therapist.
|Steve Whittaker, PhD, OTR/L, CLVT Involved in low vision rehabilitation for over 25 years as a researcher, educator and practitioner, Dr. Steve Whittaker currently serves as a member of the Low Vision Certification committee of the Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation Professionals. He has numerous scientific publications, has received grants from the National Eye Institute and NASA and lectures internationally on low vision rehabilitation. With a doctorate in experimental psychology, and post-doctoral training in visual neurophysiology, Dr. Whittaker began studying eye movements and reading with macular degeneration while he served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as a researcher and educator for 20 years. He, with Dr. Jan Lovie-Kitchin, published a seminal work on the visual requirements for reading that later earned the Gordon Clay award as the most influential paper published in an Optometric journal over a 5 year period. He served as coordinator of the low vision technology service at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Whittaker earned his Masters in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. He currently provides outpatient services including low vision rehabilitation at MossRehab in the Philadelphia area.
|Debra A. Sokol-McKay, MS OTR/L, CDE, CVRT, CLVT, SCLV Debra Sokol-McKay, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CVRT, CLVT, CDE has been a clinical occupational therapist for 35 years and is a private practitioner providing individual and group low vision rehabilitation services through a local center for vision loss. She co-authored a textbook “Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists,” Second Edition,* published in 2016. Her chapters include: Treatment Strategy Overview, Environmental Modifications, Basic Self-Care, ADLs, IADLs, Community Activities and Mobility. She wrote “Preventing Falls” and contributed to “Additional Health Conditions” in a consumer-oriented book “Making Life More Livable – Simple Adaptations for Living at Home after Vision Loss.” As part of her practice, Ms Sokol-McKay regularly writes vision related, consumer-oriented columns focusing on low vision rehabilitation for websites of the American Foundation for the Blind and LS&S, a major retailer of low vision products.
Ms. Sokol-McKay has presented almost 250 vision related courses, workshops, and presentations for various state, national, and international conferences and is adjunct faculty at Salus University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Temple University, and her Masters in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from Salus. Ms. Sokol-McKay is Specialty Certified in Low Vision (SCLV) by AOTA, and served as a member of the AOTA’s national Expert Low Vision Practice Certification Panel, which wrote the AOTA’s standards for the SCLV and continues on the applicant review panel. She is also certified as a low vision therapist and a diabetes educator.