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Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship

2021 Recipients

Image of Dr. Joyce Zhang   Image of Nicole Adam 

Dr. Joyce Zhang                                      Nicole Adam

Dr. Joyce Zhang was awarded a $2500 scholarship in the Spring of 2021. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Zhang is currently a Low Vision Resident at University of the Incarnate Word Rosenburg School of Optometry.  She became interested in low vision during her rotation at the Lighthouse of the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco.  She is currently writing a paper regarding a novel genetic mutation related to autosomal dominant macular degeneration, to be published in the Optometry and Visual Performance Journal.  Dr. Zhang appreciates the holistic nature of low vision exams, and values the interdisciplinary connections she makes when working to get her patients into mental health counseling, orientation and mobility training, and referals to local non-profits or state agencies.  Dr. Zhang was lauded as "a "Doctor's Doctor"; a doctor of Optometry you would select to conduct your eye exam," in her faculty letter of recommendation. After completing her residency, she plans to return to her home state of Hawaii to serve the aging population there, developing connections and partnerships with local state agencies and non-profit organizations to improve low vision services in the state.


Optometry student Nicole Adam was awarded a $1000 scholarship in the Spring of 2021. She is a fourth year student at the New England College of Optometry.  Her passion for low vision is driven by the fact that her mother experienced multiple retinal detachments that rendered her left eye without perception and her right eye with a visual acuity of 20/70 at a young age.  Nicole worked at the optometry practice that took care of her mother, and while taking images of her mother's scarred retina, determined her educational and professional passion and path.  Nicole is an excellent student and received the Lions Emerging Leader in Low Vision award from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, as well as the Minnie and Rosanna Turner Fund for Impaired Vision Research. She prepared a 2019 AAO poster outlining her research entitled "Pilot Study Exploring Patient and Prescriber Predictors of Device Abandonment," and will be presenting at the 2021 International Low Vision Conference in Dublin on the topic of the "Feasibility of Telerehabilitation in Addressing Low Vision Device Abandonment."

  If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund please contact Julie Mattingly.

Phone: 888-642-0842 ext. 6

Email: julie@mattinglylowvision.com



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