Practice Management Institute +

Practice Management Institute (PMI), is now open. PMI a day-long conference held in Columbus, OH focused on helping optometrists and staff improve their practices. This year’s event is scheduled for April 18, 2018.

The day consists of morning and afternoon educational sessions with multiple courses offered. Tracks focus on day-to-day operations of a practice and challenges unique to the optometric profession. The conference features highly respected speakers in their field who provide audiences with tools and tactics to implement in the office.

New this year, Optometry Day at the Statehouse (ODASH) will be held in conjunction with PMI.

Optometry's most important legislative day of the year provides optometrists and optometry students the opportunity to educate legislators on issues important to the profession.

PMI+ is April 18, 2018, at the Westin Downtown Hotel, attached to the Southern Theater. 

Attendees have several options to participate:

  1. Attend only PMI
  2. Attend PMI and participate in ODASH
  3. Participate only in ODASH

  Practice Management Institute +

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Westin Downtown Hotel 

310 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

8:00-3:30 p.m.


5 Hours of COPE Approved CE

OD Registration - $149.00

AEP Registration - $149.00 ($69.00 each additional staff member)



Click Here to Register Online

 Click Here to Download Registration Form

Course Descriptions PMI 2018


Featured Speakers:

Dr. Justin Bazan  

Justin Bazan, OD, a 2004 SUNY grad, is the owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, N.Y., which he established cold in the summer of 2008. He pioneered the use of social media as a marketing tool to help build a successful practice. Dr. Bazan is a recognized international speaker, with an emphasis on practice management, both in the eyecare industry and small business world. He is an avid industry writer and is a regular columnist Optometric Management and Optometry Times. He holds several industry positions including spokesperson for The Vision Council and Academic Consultant Expert for Bausch and Lomb.

Dr. Justin Bazan    
Dr. Steve Vargo Updated  

Steve Vargo, OD, MBA is a 1998 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. In 2014 he joined Prima Eye Group (now IDOC) as Vice President of Optometric Consulting. A published author and speaker with 15 years of clinical experience, he now serves as IDOC’s Optometric Practice Management Consultant. Since transitioning to a full-time practice management consultant, Dr. Vargo has performed over 3,000 consultations and coaching sessions with hundreds of independent optometry practices across the country.  He has been published in numerous industry publications, has a regular column in Optometric Management titled “The CEO Checklist”, and is a contributing author to the widely read “Optometric Management Tip of the Week” article. Dr. Vargo has also authored 2 books on the subjects of staff management and leadership.

Dr. Steve Vargo


Dr. Joan Nerderman


Joan Nerderman started out as a Registered Nurse graduating from Mt. Carmel College of Nursing then decided to pursue her true love of optometry having done every science fair project on the eyes!  She has since worked at several private practices including MedWest Eyecare in Westerville where she still works part time.  She truly enjoys working with the students and has the honor of being a full time Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry for the last 16 years and running the nursing home visit and Faith Mission rotations with the students. She became interested in the effects of street drugs first on the homeless but has watched this spread into everyone's practices over the last years.

Dr. Joan Nerderman    
Dr Jay Henry   Dr. Henry obtained both his Doctor of Optometry and his Master of Science Degrees from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Henry is a Clinical Assistant Professor as well as a Primary Care Extern Preceptor for The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  He is currently a partner at Hermann and Henry Eyecare, a group private practice near Columbus, Ohio.Dr. Henry speaks nationally at association meetings and tradeshows and has published numerous articles on Electronic Health Records, PQRS, Federal incentive programs, and ocular disease.  Dr. Henry has served on the AOA’s Health Information Technology subcommittee and is known nationally for his expert knowledge of the Federal incentive programs, Electronic Health Records, Meaningful Use, MACRA, and Federal legislation relating to eye care.
Dr. Jay Henry