LOS ANGELES, CA, March, 2013 – The American Optometric Society (AOS) announced the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Harvey Yamamoto Award Scholarship, based on an essay specifically entailing how social media can be used in Optometric practice to improve patient care and outcomes. Nicholas Gubler of the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University (AZOPT) is this year’s winner receiving a plaque and $1000. The AOS presents this award to honor Dr. Yamamoto’s lifelong history of giving back to our profession and the community in which we practice.
Nick is a member of the inaugural class of the AZCOPT. He pursued optometry in college as a tutor for dyslexic students and with his studies in visual communication at Brigham Young University-Idaho. His journey continues today with his passion for service. As a first year optometry student, Nick went to Ensenada, Mexico with his classmates and faculty to provide eye care to the local population. He first became involved in mission trips when he served an evangelical mission for his church in Hamburg, Germany. He plans on being active in his local community and continuing his service internationally.
The AOS is an optometrist-only professional association, where every member has a direct vote. Student membership and participation is encouraged. The AOS strongly believes in giving back to the profession and through the “Harvey” award, encourages this belief in our graduating students.