Brian E. Mathie, OD, FAAO – Class of 1990 – Notable Alumnus

Brian E. MathieFollowing graduation from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1990, Dr. Brian Mathie finished a residency in the Veterans Administration system under the mentorship of Drs. Bob Newcomb and Bill Schuler. Dr. Mathie has been Clinic Director for both the Ohio Eye Alliance–where he set up a residency and externship affiliated with the Ohio State College of Optometry–and Roholt Vision Institute. He holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the college. He is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) and lectures nationally and internationally on ocular disease and comanagement of ocular surgeries. He was named the OOA’s Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Optometrist of the Year in 2010. He is currently a member of the Cross Eyed Missions board and has recently participated in a mission trip to Honduras.

PremNandhini Satgunam, MS, PhD – Class of 2004 – Notable Alumna

PremNandhini SatgunamDr. PremNandhini Satgunam received her Bachelor’s degree in Optometry from the Elite School of Optometry (Sankara Nethralaya), BITS, Pilani. She was awarded the Best Outgoing Student in her class. After working as a clinical faculty member in her school, she came to The Ohio State University College of Optometry to pursue her graduate studies. She received her MS (2004) and PhD (2007) in Vision Science under the guidance of Dr. Nick Fogt. She received her postdoctoral training in low vision rehabilitation at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. While in the United States, she was actively involved with community activities through Ohio State’s Global School Bus program and with the student organization, Association for India’s Development (AID), through both the Ohio State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapters.

After spending 10 years in the US, Dr. Satgunam returned to India in early 2012. Upon her return, she first conducted a free vision-screening program for the victims and survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster. Now she is a research faculty member at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), India, where she has set up an independent vision rehabilitation lab. She recently was awarded a Fast Track grant from the Department of Science and Technology, India, to pursue research in the area of pediatric vision rehabilitation. She also teaches at LVPEI’s Bausch + Lomb School of Optometry and says that she continues to draw her inspiration from her mentors and teachers at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Sylvia Jones, OD MS – Class of 2006 – Notable Alumna

Sylvia JonesDr. Sylvia L. Jones, a native of Toledo, Ohio, came to The Ohio State University by way of the Ohio State Young Scholars Program. This program provides support throughout high school and full scholarships to academically gifted minority students. In 2002 she graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Biology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at The OSU College of Optometry under the direction Dr. Mark Bullimore and Dr. Karla Zadnik. After graduation Dr. Jones applied and was accepted to the College of Optometry to pursue her OD degree. While at the College she served as the President of the National Optometric Student Association chapter at Ohio State, participated in the National Eye Institute-funded T-35 research program, and was a part of the combined OD/MS program. Dr. Jones graduated in 2006 from The Ohio State University Optometry with a Master’s in Vision Science and a Doctorate of Optometry.

Dr. Jones has a passion for public health. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she worked with the Ohio Optometric Association to assist in the treatment of diabetic patients. She developed a tool that is now used nationwide by optometrists to efficiently communicate with other healthcare providers about the ocular health of diabetic patients. In 2009, she purchased Dr. Jackie Davis’s private practice and is now the owner and CEO of Divine Family Eyecare, Inc. Through her private practice she serves her community by providing comprehensive vision care. Dr. Jones is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association, the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Dr. Jones is happily married and has three beautiful daughters.

Thomas Nye, OD – Class of 1987 – Notable Alumnus

Thomas NyeDoctor Thomas Nye completed his undergraduate work at Ohio State and is a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Along with his required coursework, Tom completed rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Columbus and Chillicothe and was employed part-time by alumnus Dr. Lamar Zigler in his private practice. Tom also found time to be an active member of the Epsilon Psi Epsilon Fraternity while a student in the College of Optometry.

Since starting in private practice immediately after graduation, Tom’s professional activities have been many. He has been a Zone Governor of the Cincinnati Optometric Association, Executive Board Member of the Ohio Optometric Association, and Board Member and Treasurer of the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee. In 1991, he was named Ohio’s Young Optometrist of the Year for his outstanding professional and community service, and he was named the 2006 Ohio Key Optometrist of the Year in recognition of his legislative activities. Currently, Tom serves on the Ohio State Board of Optometry and is the Vision Source Administrator for Greater Cincinnati.

Tom, a resident of Hamilton, is active in a number of local civic and youth organizations. He currently serves as Trustee of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Board Member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, and Treasurer of Dayton Lane Historic Area. Tom is also a former Mayor of Hamilton. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three very active almost-grown children, and are quickly transitioning toward the “empty nest” lifestyle.

Tom has been blessed with a broad range of life experiences, both personally and professionally. He feels strongly that these opportunities would not have come his way “but for Ohio State” and our wonderful optometric profession. He will forever be grateful for the classmates, colleagues, and mentors that have been there for him along the way. Go Bucks!