Dr. 凯瑟琳·海曼 is one of the nation’s premier optometrists specializing in children with low vision and special needs.
高点，n.C.1月. 2023年9月9日-高点大学宣布博士. 凯瑟琳·海曼 will serve as founding dean of HPU’s new 视光学院. 它将成为北卡罗来纳州唯一的视光学院.
“Dr. Heyman has led a distinguished career as a professor of optometry and built a national reputation as one of the premier optometrists,”医生说。. HPU主席Nido Qubein说. “We welcome her to HPU and look forward to her extraordinary partnership as she leads HPU’s newest academic school.”
The 视光学院 is HPU’s 12th academic school and the 9th academic school the university has established since Dr. Nido Qubein于2005年成为总统.
Heyman envisions bringing to optometric education the HPU approach of using experiential learning, 强调生活技能和跨专业教育. The need for optometric doctors continues to grow in the United States, she said.
“我的目标是以学生为中心, cutting-edge program that will educate future optometric physicians to practice full scope optometry,海曼说. “验光师, 作为初级保健医生, are well positioned to provide front line care to all types of patients. Students pursuing a degree in optometry will open the door to a profession that provides fulfillment and personal satisfaction.”
Heyman is a Fellow and a Diplomate in the Binocular Vision and Vision Perception Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Her successful career includes previously serving as an associate professor and the associate dean of student affairs at Marshall B. 凯彻姆大学南加州视光学院, 1993年她在那里获得了验光博士学位. She also was coordinator of the Special Populations and Pediatric Low Vision Service at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health and coordinator of the vision program at Beyond Blindness.
在MBKU的南加州视光学院任职期间, Heyman held multiple positions including chief of the Low Vision Service, 教师 Council president and Instructor of Record of the Clinical Methods I and II courses. She has participated on national committees and lectured nationally on topics of pediatric low vision and optometric treatments of patients with special needs.
“My work with these populations has been especially rewarding because of the often life-changing difference I can make for these special patients,海曼说. “It allows these children to have a better quality of life and have access to their world and their environment, which is sometimes so difficult for them and something most of us take for granted.”
The national reputation Heyman built over the past 26 years and her vast experience at MBKU’s Southern California College of Optometry bring together the skills needed to develop HPU’s optometry program.
The 视光学院 is part of HPU’s $400 million investment in academic expansion, 包括法学院吗, 护理, 企业家精神和沃克曼牙科医学院. Most of these schools will be built in a hub on the university’s Innovation Corridor. Congdon大厅, which houses the 康登健康科学学院 and 弗雷德威尔逊药学院, 是否也位于研究生教育的集中枢纽. HPU students will benefit from interdisciplinary learning by connecting and collaborating with each other. Heyman said she is excited to join the HPU family and to learn from her fellow deans.
“我期待着把我对验光的热情带到这里, administrative experience and educating future health care professionals to our beautiful campus,海曼说. “All of us working together can create the HPU experience for our future students and faculty, 把验光项目打造成一流的项目.”
Heyman expressed the passion she has for helping students to reach their goals and find what fulfills them.
“I truly love optometry and believe that all the students who pursue a career in this profession will find that they have a meaningful and purposeful life with an opportunity to make an impact in their patients’ lives and a difference in the world,海曼说.