Fall Congress

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Fall Congress at the Grandover Resort.
We hope you enjoyed it!

We are excited to welcome everyone to back to our first in-person Fall Congress since 2019, at the beautiful Grandover Resort and Spa!

Important Information 
Due to the current state of the pandemic in North Carolina and the need to put the health and safety of our attendees as our #1 priority, we have instituted several new safety measures for this event.

  • Following NCDHHS guidance for conducting in-person events, we are now requiring a valid proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of admittance into Fall Congress. You will be asked during registration which option you choose. If fully vaccinated, please have your vaccine card ready to upload during registration. If you choose to take a COVID test and present your negative results before entering Fall Congress, you must take the test within 72 hours of your arrival to the event and email the results to NCOS. The test must be administered by a licensed professional.
  • In accordance with Guilford County's current mask mandate, masks will be required by all in attendance, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Capacity will be limited to 250 attendees to allow for social distancing in the general session room.
  • We will have assigned seating to minimize shared surface contact and to assist with contact tracing, if necessary.
  • Our exhibit hall will now be for NCOS Partners only, to allow more space in the general session room and for our valued Partners' booths. Thus, we will no longer be holding the opening reception in the exhibit hall on Friday night.
  • The Grandover Resort is taking steps as well to minimize risk for all guests and employees. Click here to view the guidelines in place for their GrandOver & Above program.

We will continue to monitor the climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, and assess any new health precautions and local and/or state mandates and guidance, to deploy any further changes to the format of this event if necessary. 

We expect all attendees to adhere to an Attendee Code of Conduct and a Liability Waiver, which we will send to all registered attendees prior the event.

Friday, November 5 - Sunday, November 7, 2021

Location: Grandover Resort (1000 Club Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407)

Continuing Education: Earn up to 18 hours of COPE Approved/NC Certified Credit

Room Block/Resort Perks: A room block is available for $209/night (king and double queen rooms available). Guests will receive complimentary parking and wifi, no resort fee, and a 20% discount on spa services during the meeting!

Cost - (below rates effective through October 30)
NCOS OD Member: $499
OD Other State Affiliate/AOA Member: $499
OD Non-Member: $719
2021 NC New Licensee: Free to those newly-licensed in NC in 2021, who attend the VIRTUAL New Licensee Seminar on November 2 at 7:00pm*
NCOS Student or Resident Member: Free!*
*Students/Residents and 2021 NC New Licensees - Contact [email protected] for your registration code to receive free admission to Fall Congress!


  • A great lineup of OD/MD speakers
  • NCOS Partners Exhibit Hall
  • Virtual New Licensee Seminar for 2021 NC new licensees (free congress registration for those who attend)
  • Partner meal functions
  • Great location, making it easy for ODs from across the state to attend
  • And so much more!


Friday, November 5

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Use of Atropine to Slow Myopic Progression, COPE 74538-GO, Michael Marino, OD (2 hours)
Discussion of the research, clinical use, overall effectiveness, and identification of proper patients.

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Please Don't Send Me This Patient. Well, You Can if You're Really Frustrated, COPE 75340-GO, Karl Stonecipher, MD (2 hours) 
This talk will include a case study followed by what I would do with this patient. What created the problem, what they did, and what is the residual complaint?

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Deep Dives into Difficult Diagnoses: Ocular Surface Problems That Don't Always Go as Planned, COPE 74532-AS, Michael Marino, OD (2 hours)
Sometimes patients come in with seemingly easy issues. However, things don't always work out that way.

4:15 PM - 6:15 PM: Modern Refractive and Refractive Cataract Surgery, COPE 75338-RS, Karl Stonecipher, MD (2 hours)
How fast can patients see after surgery and what can I expect for outcomes with todays Refractive or Refractive Cataract Surgery? What do patients expect and what do we use today to get the patients seeing immediately? What do doctors tell their patients and what do they hear?

Saturday, November 6

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: I Can't Read! From Drops to the Lens...and the Future, COPE Pending, Karl Stonecipher, MD (2 hours)
This talk will discuss the presbyopic journey: past, present and future.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM: Uveitis: Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment, COPE 74785-PS, Rebecca Manning, MD (1 hour)
A one-hour lecture to discuss various forms of uveitis and their presentation, differential diagnoses, and treatment options.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: The Role of Eyes in Pop Culture: Historical Perspectives and Present Day Implications, COPE 75026-PS, Dan Bennett, MD (1 hour)
Examine the role eyes play in pop culture with historical and current perspectives.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Melanoma Masqueraders, COPE 74835-PS, Gene Milder, MD (1 hour)
Review of Melanoma and other common choroidal tumors.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM: When Lenses Go South, COPE 74846-PS, Laura Snyder, MD (1 hour)
Review indications and treatments for patients who require secondary lens placement.

Sunday, November 7

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Dry Eye and Esthetics in the Primary Eyecare Practice, COPE 74288-AS, Melanie Denton, OD (2 hours)
Integrating the latest in Dry Eye diagnostics and therapeutics can be daunting due to the sheer amount of options available. In my practice, I've developed algorithms, systems, and staff education to optimize both experience and outcome for my Dry Eye patients. In the course of doing so, I've realized that esthetics cannot be ignored in any Dry Eye Center. In this course, I'll detail the latest in Dry Eye management concepts including how I've successfully integrated them in my practice. I'll share case studies of patients who have benefitted from this approach to care.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM: Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Management: New Options in Management of OAG, COPE 75288-GL, Cecelia Koetting, OD, FAAO (1 hour)
With the continued introduction of new micro-invasive glaucoma devices and procedures, it is important for us as caregivers treating glaucoma to understand the options. We will discuss how these work, who is a good candidate and when they may be beneficial for our patients in managing their disease.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Keratoconus and Crosslinking in 2021, COPE 75287-AS, Cecelia Koetting, OD, FAAO (1 hour)
Keratoconus is a corneal disorder that is widely underdiagnosed and misunderstood. Recently, we have developed new testing for risk of keratoconus as well as have gained approval for new treatments to prevent progression. In the lecture, we will discuss where we have been, where we are and where we can go with treatment and diagnosis of keratoconus.

The three-day Fall Congress agenda is being finalized and will be released soon! The lineup will include these all-star speakers, amongst others TBA:

Dan Bennett, MD
North Carolina

Dr. Bennett was born and raised in Burke, Virginia. He completed both his undergraduate and medical school training with honors at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Hamilton Eye Institute (University of Tennessee) in Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, Dr. Bennett participated in the education of medical students and helped organize several free clinics and screening programs to help underserved patients obtain routine eye exams and treatment. He completed a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Melanie Denton, OD
North Carolina

Raised on a hog farm in Michigan, Dr. Denton dreamed of attending the University of Michigan. She did just that, graduating with a BS in Anthropology-Zoology in 2005. Following her undergraduate studies, she attended the Michigan College of Optometry, obtaining her doctorate in optometry in 2009. Dr. Denton completed her student internships at the Duke Eye Center, the Detroit Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, and the Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit. Following graduation, she elected to pursue an Ocular Disease residency program and was selected to be a resident at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL, where she completed her residency. While living in Asheville, she completed an MBA from Western Carolina University. Dr. Denton has a passion for patient care and recognizes the eyes as the window to a person’s overall health. She treats and manages a wide array of ocular diseases, ocular traumas, primary eye care, and comprehensive eye evaluations. Dr. Denton also enjoys fitting contact lenses of all kinds and pediatric exams. She works on a part-time basis at the VA Facilities in Salisbury and Kernersville. Dr. Denton is active in her profession and the community. She is a member of the Historic Salisbury Foundation, the Rowan Chamber of Commerce, and the Salisbury Rotary. She volunteers as a clinical examiner for the North Carolina Board of Optometry. She is also a member of the North Carolina Optometric Society, the American Optometric Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Rebecca Manning, MD
North Carolina

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Manning received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She attended the University of Alabama Birmingham for medical school and Medical University of South Carolina for internship and ophthalmology residency. She then completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Wake Forest University. Dr. Manning is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Manning enjoys yoga, running, cooking, travel, and tennis.

Michael Marino, OD
North Carolina

Dr. Marino is currently Clinical Field Director at Triangle Visions Optometry. He has owned his own private practice, served as Clinical Director of TLC Laser Eye Centers in Raleigh, and was a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC Kittner Eye Center. He has a passion for myopia control as well as fitting scleral contact lenses. 

Gene Milder, MD
North Carolina

Dr Milder graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols scholar and the Distinguished Midshipman Graduate of 1997. He earned his MD from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After spending three years as an aviation medicine doctor in the Navy, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Navy Medical Center in San Diego, California. He returned to Philadelphia for fellowship training in vitreoretinal disease at The Wills Eye Hospital. Dr Milder has been in practice with the Navy, stationed in Virginia, since 2011. He joined NC Retina Associates in 2018.

Laura Snyder, MD
North Carolina

Dr. Snyder earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Connecticut and returned to Ohio for medical school at Case Western Reserve University. While at Case Western, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society which recognizes students with exemplary academics, professionalism, and leadership. Dr. Snyder completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Chicago where she served as Chief Resident. Following residency, she completed her vitreoretinal fellowship at Vanderbilt University where she was presented with the J. Donald M. Gass Award for excellence in patient care. Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She has published peer-reviewed research articles in Retina and OSLI Retina. Her areas of interest include secondary intraocular lenses, macular degeneration, diabetes, retinal vascular occlusions, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and retinal tears and detachments.

Karl Stonecipher, MD
North Carolina

Dr. Karl Stonecipher, Medical Director of TLC Greensboro, has practiced ophthalmology in North Carolina for more than a decade. His refractive experience dates back to 1987, and he has performed more than 77,000 procedures. Dr. Stonecipher has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1992. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Tulane University. Dr. Stonecipher received a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the McGee Eye Institute with J. James Rowsey, MD. Dr. Stonecipher’s memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Society for Refractive Surgeons and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Stonecipher has over 100 abstracts, articles, and book chapters published nationally and internationally, and speaks both nationally and internationally on refractive, cataract, presbyopic and corneal surgery. He is currently involved in multiple FDA trials for the study of the Cornea, Cataract, Presbyopic and Refractive Surgery. Today, he is registered with Who’s Who in Ophthalmology, and picked as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He was an Intralase pioneer, a Global Ambassador to Wavelight and LaserACE and has been voted by his colleagues as one of the top 50 ophthalmologists.

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