Add another feather to the cap of The Vision Therapy Center’s team of developmental optometrists. Dr. Brandon Begotka was recently certified as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD). It’s an accomplishment that reflects the quality of care and level of expertise at The Vision Therapy Center.
The Fellowship is a certification, which is issued by the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
According to COVD, it’s designed “to identify individuals who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art clinical services in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy and vision rehabilitation.”
If you’re not familiar with COVD, it’s an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education and board certification in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists, and other vision specialists.
COVD’s group of fellows includes Dr. Kellye Knueppel of The Vision Therapy Center and many other developmental optometrists throughout the world. These are some of the finest eye care specialists in the profession, and joining this elite group was no easy task.
Dr. Begotka described the Fellowship process as one of the most “challenging” of his academic career. The year-long process includes six open-book questions, three case reports, a written test and an oral examination.
It’s an indication of the level of expertise at The Vision Therapy Center. “Everyone who goes through optometry school has a basic understanding of vision therapy,” Dr. Begotka said. “But to be certified as a Fellow, you really have to have seen a lot of cases and truly understand the developmental model of vision.”
Under the mentorship of Dr. Kellye Knueppel, Dr. Begotka completed the certification in 2013, and was one of fourteen optometrists awarded Fellow status by the IECB in October.
This is the latest in a list of accomplishments for Dr. Begotka. Since joining The Vision Therapy Center, he’s served as President of the Milwaukee Optometric Society and Program Director for the Optometric Extension Program’s Great Lakes Congress. He was named the 2012 Wisconsin Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Optometric Association.
Dr. Begotka received his undergraduate degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in 2005 and graduated with honors from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois in 2009.
“We’re very proud of Dr. Begotka’s Fellowship,” said Dr. Knueppel. “It’s a testament to his dedication to developmental optometry, and it reflects the level of expertise we expect and deliver at The Vision Therapy Center. A Fellowship certification from the COVD is a rigorous process.”
Congratulations to Dr. Begotka!