Board of Directors


President - Dr. Eric Botts grew up in Manly, IL. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1988, he attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Dr. Botts has been a long standing member of the Walmart and Sam's Club optical community starting his first practice in the Macomb, IL Walmart Vision Center in 1992.  Since then, he has opened an additional office in Galesburg, IA in 2006 and then a third location in 2009 in West Burlington, IL.  Dr. Botts has lived in Macomb since 1992 with his wife, Lori, and has enjoyed raising three beautiful daughters, Meghan, Hayley and Carly. Current term ends September, 2017.


Treasurer - Dr. Jennifer Geertz is the owner and clinical director of Geertz Eye Care, practicing inside the Hodgkins and Batavia Walmart Vision Centers in Northern Illinois.  She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 1998.  After working in St. Louis for the first few years following school, she moved back to her home state and shortly after became a lease holding doctor inside her first Walmart Vision Center in 2001.  She contracted for her second location in 2005 and third in 2007.  Dr. Geertz  was awarded the Walmart Stores Doctor of the Year in 2005 and is a standing member of the Doctor Advisory Panel since 2005. Recently, Dr. Jennifer was recognized as one of Optometry's Most Influential Women and is a founding Executive Board Member, past Secretary and current Treasurer of the Energeyes Association. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with  Dalmatian Luci and Olde English Bulldog Diesel and Quarter Horse Scotch.  She can be contacted at stores 1892 and 5352. Current term ends September, 2017. 

Secretary - Dr. Ahmad has been practicing for over 22 years total and the last 14 in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in Montreal, Canada and earned her Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada before moving to the United States. Dr. Ahmad has been a presenter at SECO, AOA National Meeting and at the GOA annual meeting.  In 2004 she was awarded Walmart’s National Optometrist of the Year and has been the optometrist of her region for 3 separate years. She has also been a lecturer for Alcon and has been on the advisory panel for The OBA and on the editorial panel for Women of Optometry.  She has been an Independent Doctor of Optometry with Walmart for over 12 years.


Dr. Jonathan Noble is a graduate and Class President of the Southern College of Optometry.  Dr. Noble was 

awarded the prestigious Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Navy. He completed his internship at the Vitreo-Retinal Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation, Dr. Noble served as a United States Naval Officer and Hospital Credentialed Optometrist at the Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina. Dr. Noble practices family eye care in Ashland, Virginia within a Walmart and

Dr. Noble was appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia Board of Optometry in 2008 and is currently serving his second term. He is currently President of the Virginia Board of Optometry. In 2010 he was appointed by Govenor McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Board of Health Professions and later appointed to President of the Virginia Board of Health Professions.  He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association, and the Richmond Optometric Society. Current term ends September, 2017.

Dr. Amy Boyer is a 2002 graduate of NECO and currently practicing in a WalMart location in New Albany, OH.  She believesthat the Association and all corporate affiliated optometrists have a duty to the up and coming optometrists, current optometric students and future optometrists. Prior to her current WalMart location, Dr. Boyer practiced for four years at two high volume LensCrafters in Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee since graduating from optometry school.  It is important to educate and inform new graduates about the great opportunities available in corporate settings. "We must continue to meet the needs of busy contact lens and spectacle alike with the latest technology and the best materials and fitting capabilities we have to offer."


Dr. Dmitry Gutkovich has been an optometrist in Islandia, NY since 2005. He holds his optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry in New York and a Master's of Business Administration from CUNY Baruch College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He has been a member of the Walmart advisory panel since 2008. Dr. Gutkovich is on the Industry Relations panel for Energeyes. Current term ends 2019.


Dr. Dawn Kaplan is a 1994 graduate of ICO and the owner of two thriving locations inside of Costco Warehouse stores located in the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago in Lake Zurich and Mettawa, IL.  Her offices are completely high tech with EMR, Marco refracting systems, retinal cameras, and OCT and represent for all corporate-affiliated optometrists what a medical practice can look like. Dr. Kaplan employs 5 doctors and 10 technicians between the two offices and has been located within Costco for the past 16 years. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Women in Optometry magazine. 

"I would love to see this association come to the size of scope of some of the other large groups or associations.   I feel it is on its way, we just need a greater scope of membership.  I would love to see this group help Corporate Optometrists get a voice in the AOA and in the schools, where we are now greatly under-represented." 

 Dr. Maurice Wilson was born and raised in San Diego, California.  He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Optometry degree from The University of Houston.  Dr. Wilson went on to be 

Clinical Director of 3 cataract and refractive surgery practices until 2001.  After leaving ophthalmology, Dr. Wilson signed on as a leaseholder with Wal-Mart in Conroe, Texas in 2001 and subsequently held 4 additional Wal-Mart leases.  Since 2007, he has been only leasing his main Conroe location to further develop his educational speaking opportunities. In 2002, Dr. Wilson started performing clinical trials for CibaVision and in 2003 became member of its Speakers Bureau. In 2005 he was invited to join the Speakers Alliance for Alcon.  In 2009, he became founding member of the Professional Developments Consultants for CibaVision (now Alcon). During his off hours Dr. Wilson is a competitive cyclist on and off road and enjoys a good motorcycle ride for fun as often as possible.  Current term ends September, 2017.

Dr. Nikil Patel is a certified optometrist through the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.  He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry.  Dr. Patel's intense and thorough training has included time spent at institutions such as Aran Eye Associates (Miami, FL), Lackland Air Force Base (San Antonio, TX) and LASIK Vision Institute (Atlanta, GA).  Dr. Patel has been practicing in the Atlanta area since 2004 and started practicing inside the Cumberland Mall Costco in October 2012.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Association and the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control.  He has participated with Georgia Lions Lighthouse, Luxottica's Gift of Sight and One Sight, Essilor's Kids Vision for Life and World Sight Day.  Outside of the office, Dr. Patel enjoys sports and spending time with his wife and two children. Current term ends September, 2017.

Dr. Adam Phelps, a 2009 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, resides in Crossville, TN, where
he  is a lease-holder with Wal-Mart. He incorporated Phelps Eye Care, PLLC in June 2013 and has accomplished exponential growth over his first two years of practice ownership. Dr. Phelps is an advocate for corporate optometry and is passionate about all doctors who practice in a corporate setting receiving the respect they deserve from their optometric colleagues as well as the communities they serve. Current term ends September, 2017.


Dr.Vincent Facchiano, F.A.A.O is a native of the Rockford, Illinois area and earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1982 graduating from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He has achieved fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry and is board certified, a diplomate of American Board or Optometry. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Contact Lens Society, Northern Illinois Optometric Society President (current) and Wisconsin Optometric Association. He has authored practice management articles and researched new materials for soft contact lenses. He is married and is the father of two boys age 29 & 35. Current term ends September, 2017.

Immediate Past President - Dr. Mark J. Uhler, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University, in 1992 with a Clinical Excellence Citation from The Eye Institute. In addition to working in both private optometric and ophthalmological practices, he  leases two Walmart Vision Centers, Pittsburgh Store #2300, Carnegie Store #5040, and a third location at Sam’s Club Optical #6575 for the past 17 years. A 2005 Walmart Doctor of the Year, Dr. Uhler has served on the Walmart Advisory Panel for the past six years. Dr. Uhler has also served on The Pennsylvania Optometric Association: The Corporate Affiliated Task Force and The Professional Communications Committees.  Currently, he has been appointed as a Director on the board for The Western PA Optometric Association.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, bike riding, and gardening. Current term ends September, 2017.

Naheed Ahmad, OD
Dr. N. Ahmad and Associates
970 Mansell Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 770-993-3661
Fax: 770-993-4781

Eric Botts, OD
1730 E Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-333-6344

Amy Boyer, OD
Amy L. Boyer, OD. LLC
2793 Taylor Rd
Reynoldsburg, OH 43054
Phone: 614 367-1025

Christopher Envani, OD
First Eyecare
150 North Beckley
Lancaster, TX 75146
Phone: 972-223-7220

Vincent Facchiano, OD
Facchiano & Associates PC - Optometry
PO BOX 427
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: 8158853230
Fax: 815-332-4488

Jennifer Geertz, OD
Bird's Eye Optomerty
801 N. Randall Road
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: 630-973-7129
Fax: 815-286-3239

Dmitry Gutkovich, OD
Dr. Dmitry Gutkovich
1850 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Islandia, NY 11749
Phone: 631-851-1564
Fax: 631-851-1688

Dawn Kaplan, OD
Visibly Better Eye Care
25901 N. Riverwoods Rd
Mettawa, IL 60045
Phone: 847-235-1313
Fax: 8472351312

Steven J. Lowinger, OD
Lowinger Eye Center
14585 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33181
Phone: 305-940-0116

Jonathan Noble, OD
Jonathan R Noble OD and Associates PLLC
145 Hill Carter Parkway
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: 804 7520188
Fax: 804 7520187

Nikil Patel, OD
Vani Vision
2900 Cumberland Mall SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-431-1713

Adam Phelps, OD
Phelps Eye Care, PLLC
168 Obed Plaza Ste 107
Crossville, TN 38555
Phone: 931-456-5155
Fax: 931-456-5153

Mark John Uhler, OD
Uhler Vision Care
250 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: 412-788-9193
Fax: 412-788-9143

Maurice Wilson, OD
Maurice J Wilson, OD & Associates
1409 N Loop 336 W.
Conroe, TX 77304
Phone: 9367882551
Fax: 9367882552