Dr. Guillon’s career in optical research and clinical care spans over thirty years. He has not only provided insight and innovation to leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the ophthalmic field, but also worked to enhance athletic performance through sports vision training with professional organizations like Chelsea Football Club. Dr. Guillon is the director of Ocular Technology Group International and serves as Honorary Professor in The School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, England. He is a Past President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and has presented over 150 papers or posters at national and international conferences. Professor Guillon is a co-inventor on thirty-one patents worldwide, including those that form the foundation of the firm he co-founded to provide accessible and affordable treatment for Dry Eye Disease, ThermaMEDx, LLC.
As a Founding Partner of ThermaMEDx, Ben brings over thirty years of experience in working to improve the vision and lives of patients in the optical field. He has a distinguished track record of success and is described as someone who will not accept the status quo. His focus and commitment to innovation has helped establish multiple new market segments in optical leading to unprecedented share gains and brand growth among other industry firsts. His expertise in growing businesses spans the Medical Device, Specialty Pharmaceutical and CPG sectors. Most recently, Ben was a key member of the U.S. Leadership Team at Alcon and currently serves on the Board of Directors for InSite, a Sports Hospitality & Entertainment company.
With over thirty years of expertise in building brands and growing businesses, Carl brings a unique and diverse skill set as a Founding Partner of ThermaMEDx. After graduate school, he joined The Coca-Cola Company in brand management and successfully led the flagship Coca-Cola brand to achieve its peak in US revenue and profitability. Over the course of his 22-year tenure, he also created the first US new products team and was tapped to lead the start-up of a Midwest business unit, and ultimately to lead the entire US retail business. Recognized for consistently outpacing industry growth trends, Carl was also awarded a Gold Effie for advertising excellence by the American Marketing Association. He was named President of the FUZE beverage company and, through the efforts of his team, created over $1B in value growth before being recruited to lead the global beverage category for Starbucks. Since leaving Starbucks to pursue his passion for new product development and building brands, Carl has served several start-ups and mid-sized companies as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
Doctor Ossip brings exceptional experience in direct patient care as well as in business leadership. Having started his own practice shortly after receiving his Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University, Dr. Ossip understands the unique challenges facing independent eye care providers. By focusing on staff development and culture, he created one of the fastest growing practices in the country as the CEO of Ossip Optometry & Ophthalmology. Dr. Ossip remains focused on advancing patient care as a key opinion leader in research and business development. As a partner at ThermaMEDx, Dr. Ossip works to bring innovative care and business solutions to the optical community.
Regarded as one of the top physicians in the world for her pioneering work in the development of several refractive surgical procedures including epikeratophakia, synthetic keratophakia, epi-LASIK, and conductive keratoplasty (CK), Dr. McDonald was the first to perform excimer laser procedures in patients.
She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, followed by an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital/Cornell, both in New York City. She completed her training in 1981 after a fellowship in corneal and external diseases with Dr. Herbert E. Kaufman at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Currently, she serves as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University in Manhattan and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. McDonald continues to care for patients as a staff physician at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital; TLC in Garden City, NY; Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place, NY; and Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.
Dr. McDonald’s dedication and accomplishments have been recognized by her peers including the Lans Distinguished Refractive Surgeon Lecture, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty; the Barraquer Lecture, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the Whitney Sampson Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and the Binkhorst Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology. She serves in multiple national and international professional societies that have accorded recognition including: President, International Society of Contact Lens Research; Honorary President, Founding Member, International Association of Women Eye Surgeons; President, Association of Women Eye Surgeons; President, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; President, International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and President, International Society for Contact Lens Research. Dr. McDonald has over 1,800 publications in the fields of cornea and refractive surgery.
Dr. Nanasy is co-owner of The Eye Center of Pembroke Pines and Director of its subsidiary, The Florida Institute of Sports Vision, where she specializes in sports vision assessment and training and neuro-optometric rehabilitation following concussion. She is a team physician for the Miami Dolphins, Inter Miami CF, Miami HEAT Check gaming and several other NCAA programs including her alma mater, UCF. She sees patients in a second location within the Sports Medicine Department of Holy Cross Hospital to assist as a part of the concussion care team. Dr. Nanasy is the immediate past-Chair of the American Optometric Association Sports and Performance Vision Committee and an appointed member of the TBI Task Force. In 2017 she co-wrote and instructed the Sports Vision elective course for Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and transitioned her 5 year partnership with NSU athletics to the College to further student education opportunities. Dr. Nanasy is a Sports Vision Pros partner with a career goal to help ensure that vision care is viewed as an integral part of every sports medicine program through student, athletic trainer and public awareness/education.
She is an Associate of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Brain Injury Association. Dr. Nanasy earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Molecular Biology and Psychology (University of Central Florida) and Vision Science (Nova Southeastern University). She later earned her Doctor of Optometry degree (with Professional Honors) from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Periman is a Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship trained physician and surgeon with roots as a molecular biologist. She finds immense joy in combining her scientific interests, clinical interests and creativity into start up collaborative projects, advanced medical education projects as well as innovative, state of the art clinical care. Her passion for understanding the immunopathophysiology and treatment of diseases has its roots in her experiences as a Molecular Biology Research and Development Associate at Immunex Corporation (now Amgen) prior to medical school. She has a talent for applying basic science to clinical medicine, and teaching to a wide variety of audiences with a sense of discovery, forward thinking and a healthy dose of fun.
Dr. William Trattler received his bachelor's degree with honors from Dartmouth College and his Doctorate of Medicine degree from University of Miami School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1992 with Distinction in Research. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute and spent a year in training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Trattler has participated in over 70 clinical trials, including both medical device and pharmaceutical clinical trials.
Dr. Trattler, MD serves as the President of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) through December 2020. Dr. Trattler, has served on the Executive Board of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) from 2011 through 2019 as well as the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) Executive Committee from 2015 to present. Dr. Trattler has served as the Program Director of the Advanced Refractive Congress (ARC) from 2014 to 2019. Dr. Trattler is the Co-Program Director for AECOS Deer Valley 2020, and is on the program committee for Hawaiian Eye, Cedars Aspens Annual Meeting, and OSN New York.
Dr. Trattler is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has written hundreds of articles focused on Laser vision correction, crosslinking for keratoconus, cataract surgery, multifocal IOLs, dry eye, and MGD, including as co-author of Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, a textbook used by medical students throughout the world. Dr. Trattler is also Co-author of Review of Ophthalmology, an Ophthalmology Boards review book that is used by residents to prepare for their written boards.
Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO serves as the Director of Professional Relations and Residency Program Supervisor at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia where his practice encompasses ocular surface disease, glaucoma, surgical co-management, clinical research and the supervision of an extensive referral network. Dr. Whitley is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on topics ranging from ocular disease, surgical co-management, pharmaceuticals and practice management topics. He serves as Co-Chief Medical Editor for Modern Optometry, contributing editor for the Review of Optometry and Medical Editor for Dry Eye Coach. Dr. Whitley is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Academy of Optometry Anterior Segment Section and the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Optometric Association where he has been recognized as the 2012 Young Optometrist of the Year, the 2015 Legislative Keyperson of the Year and most recently the 2020 Optometrist of the Year.
Advancing the Science
Dr. Guillon and others on the team dedicated decades of their career contributing to advancements in eyecare.