Dr. Molly McDonald Receives the 2016 Young OD of the Year Award
Minnesota Optometrist Recognized for Outstanding Leadership by the Minnesota Optometric Association
Bloomington, MN – Each fall, the Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA) hosts its annual meeting to support continued education for its members across the state and to recognize Minnesota optometrists for their leadership and contributions to the profession. This year’s meeting was held earlier in the month with an awards reception after the first full day of sessions on September 30.
Dr. Molly McDonald was selected, in addition to Dr. Lauren Haverly, as the recipient of the 2016 Young Optometrists of the Year Award. McDonald graduated from Lakeville High School, was a team member on two of Lakeville’s state high school women’s hockey tournament appearances, and the first recipient of the Herb Brooks Award her senior year. She went on to play Division 1 women’s hockey at Cornell University, where she received her undergraduate degree in 2008.
McDonald then went on to The Ohio State University College of Optometry, fostering her professional interests in primary eye care with an emphasis on contact lenses, disease detection and treatment, and pre- and post-operative surgical care. After graduating from Ohio State, she worked at Minnesota Eye Consultants and helped write two chapters in “Limbal Relaxing Incisions: A Practical Guide,” with Dr. David Hardten and Dr. Richard Lindstrom.
Since joining McDonald Eye Care, family practice of father Dr. Tony McDonald, she serves as the Director of The Vision Performance Center working with athletes on their sports-specific visual game. She has been instrumental in some special work they have been doing with several prominent NHL teams. Dr. McDonald also works with children and adults in Vision Therapy for academic and post-concussion treatments. The Minnesota Optometric Association would like to congratulate McDonald on receiving the 2016 Young ODs award.
The MOA’s Young Optometrists of the Year Award is for those who have been in active practice less than 10 years and have shown remarkable leadership skills when serving their profession, their patients, and their community. To recognize these deserving individuals, numerous state optometric associations have developed Young Optometrist of the Year Award programs.
The Minnesota Optometric Association is proud of all of the award recipients this year—it is with their
continued support and leadership in areas of optometry that other members and colleagues continue to learn and grow in the field. Congratulations to those recognized.
About the Minnesota Optometric Association
The Minnesota Optometric Association is a volunteer-based organization of eye doctors committed to enhancing eye health care for all Minnesotans through continuing education, legislative and advocacy efforts, and community service. Learn more about the MOA including optometry resources at minnesota.aoa.org or on Facebook and Twitter.
- On November 11, 2016