The North Carolina State Board
of Examiners in Optometry met at the JaneMcKimmonCenter
on the campus of North CarolinaStateUniversity in Raleigh,
North Carolina on Friday, February 13 through
Sunday, February 15, 2004
to conduct the Board’s winter 2004 examinations
and for other purposes.Present were
Drs. Scott Edwards, President, David
Baxter, Secretary-Treasurer, David Anderson,
Joel Banks, William Rafferty and Ms. Trudy
Mitchell, Members of the Board.Also present were Dr. John Robinson, the Board’s
Executive Director, Ms. Janice Peterson, the
Administrative Secretary and Ms. Sara Roberts, the Administrative
Assistant.Present on Friday evening was
Dr. William Hendrix who was replaced on the Board
at the end of his second term by Dr. Anderson. Present at separate times on Saturday
evening by way of conference telephone were Mr. Johnny Loper, the Board’s
Attorney and Mr. Ernie Patterson, the Board’s
computer and software consultant. Present as Clinical Examiners were Drs Tom
Bull, Kenneth Bumgarner, AniaHamp, Robert Harding, David King, Don MacQueen, MagdaMetwalli, Sandra Moore, Robert
Beginning at 4 P.M. on Friday afternoon Members of the Board,
Clinical Examiners and Staff met at the McKimmon
Center to set up the examination stations and to briefly review the examination
format and scoring.
The examinations began promptly as scheduled on Saturday
morning, February 14th at
The following individuals, their applications having been
approved, appeared for examination:
Sharon Kiefer Barentine, O.D.
Angela Holland Bergin, O.D.
Kathleen Brown-Juliano, O.D.
Bonnie Pan Chen, O.D.
Gail Louise Cox, O.D.
Denis Paul Finney, O.D.
Lisa Barnhart Fox, O.D.
Patrick Kevin Fahey, O.D.
Steven Leon Haleo, O.D.
Jamie Jones Hanna, O.D.
James Edward Harris, O.D.
Amanda Beth Hendrix, O.D.
Adrienne Pritchard Nowicki, O.D.
W. Pruce Pope, O.D.
Jason Robert Price, O.D.
Philip Michael Roels, O.D.
Eva Shiau, O.D.
Maria Beth Smith, O.D.
Giovanni Venittelli, O.D.
The President called the first meeting
of the Board to order at on Saturday.Joining the Board at that time by way
of conference telephone was the Board’s
attorney, Mr. Loper.On a motion by Dr. Baxter, seconded by Dr. Anderson and carried unanimously
the Board went into closed session in
accordance with the provisions of NCGS 143-318.1 (a)(3) to hear from Mr. Loper concerning the current status of the litigation
recently filed by the Board .The Board’s
attorney gave a report on the injections lawsuit against the Medical Board,
and answered questions from the Board
concerning status, procedure, and strategy regarding that litigation.None of the matters discussed required a vote
of the Board, and when such discussions ended,
the Board returned to open session on a motion
by Ms. Mitchell and seconded by Dr. Banks that carried unanimously.
Mr. Patterson then joined the Board
by way of telephone conferencing and reviewed the status of the conversion of
the current operating system to a windows operating system.He reported to the Board
that between he and Mr. Considine things were moving along on schedule and that
the new system would be able to go on line on March 1, 2004 as promised late last October.
presented the Budget Report for the period July 1, 2003 through February 1, 2004.Following a brief period of discussion and the answering of questions by
Dr. Baxter and members of the Staff, Dr. Baxter moved that the report of the
Secretary-Treasurer be accepted.The motion
was seconded by Dr. Anderson and carried unanimously.
Dr. Baxter asked that the
Members review the letter in their meeting notebook from Mr. Charles Bridges,
the Board’s investment counselor concerning
the possibility of investing some of the Board’s
investment income in Mutual Funds in an effort to maximize returns on
investments. It was the consensus that
further study regarding changes in the current investment policy was in order.Dr. Baxter then moved and Dr. Anderson
seconded a motion to accept the report of the Secretary-Treasurer.The motion carried unanimously.
The President requested that Dr.
Baxter continue to study the issue of the Board’s
investments and asked that Dr. Anderson work along with him and the Executive
Director in formulating recommendations for changes, if any, in the current investment
In his report, the Executive
Director reported briefly on recent inquiries concerning modalities of practice
by Dr. Ed Paul as well as investigations of such practices previously.Dr. Paul when contacted by the Executive
Director informed him both in conversation and later in writing that he was no
longer involved in the investigation or the use of micro-stimulation therapy
for macula degeneration as had been previously advertised on his web site.Further, that he had negotiated an agreement
with the Pharmaceutical Company, Novartis, to assume
the role of investigator for this type of therapy and that he would no longer
be associated with it in any way.For
the purposes of the Board’s investigation this
would seem to end its responsibility to pursue this matter further at this
Several investigations are still
active, one of which have been ongoing for a considerable period of time
awaiting more credible evidence before citing the individual optometrist for a
is currently awaiting the signature of one particular individual making a
complaint against the licensee.
Ms. Mitchell recently attended
the FARB meeting and brought back some interesting material that will be copied
and distributed to those who are interested.It appears now that Dr. Rafferty will be the only Board
Member who will be attending the Regional Meeting of ARBO and the South Eastern
Educational Congress in Atlanta later
this month. That meeting begins on Thursday following the adjournment of this
meeting on Sunday afternoon.
The recent passage of the Burr
Bill in Congress requires that the Board
update its Contact Lens Prescription Release Policy to comport with
requirements of Federal Law.Mr. Loper has already been asked to review the current Policy
and to make changes for consideration by the Board
at soon as possible.A draft should be
ready for the Board’s review by the time of
our next meeting..
The Internal Revenue Service has
increased the mileage reimbursement allowed under Federal Law.It now stands at 37 ½ cents a mile. While Board
Policy states that mileage reimbursement be that allowed by the Internal
Revenue Service, a motion to that effect should be on record.
Finally, the Board’s
attention was called to a letter from their CPA, Mr. Waters,
concerning the new state requirement that beginning in fiscal year 2004-2005
State Agency’s financial statements must be prepared in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) as applicable to governments.
In his letter Mr. Waters outlines ways in which the Board
can meet the new requirement.
On a motion by Ms. Mitchell and seconded by Dr. Rafferty,
the report of the Executive Director was accepted unanimously.
On a motion by Dr. Anderson seconded by Dr. Rafferty and
carried unanimously the reimbursement for travel by private automobile was
established as .37 ½ cents a mile in accordance with the current rate approved
by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
It was the consensus that Staff continue to use Quicken as
the Board’s accounting and check writing
system, and to engage Water and Piver, CPA’s, PA to
process the transactions utilizing software which meets the GAAP as applicable
On a motion by Dr. Baxter, seconded by Dr. Rafferty, and
carried unanimously the Board authorized
payment of the hotel, travel and meal expenses for the Clinical Examiners and
that they be given an honorarium in the amount of $ 200.00 a day for the 3 days.
The President assigned Dr. Anderson to work with Dr. Banks,
the Executive Director and Mr. Loper to review the
current Board Policy regarding contact lens
prescriptions in light of the recently enacted Federal Laws and to report its
recommendations at the next meeting.
The President asked that Dr. Rafferty work with the
Executive Director to review the Board’scurrent policy in
the granting of credit for continuing education courses and to report at the
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
to review the results of the Winter 2004 Examinations
and for other purposes will be held during the 3rd or 4th
week in March, the exact time and place to be announced no later than March 1, 2004