DEBRA J. NELISSEN, O.D., FAAO
CMR 402, Box 116 APO, AE 09180
LTC, U.S. Army Retired - Locum Tenens Optometrist
Colorado: License # OPT.0003292 - 2021
Hawaii with TPA: License OD 810 - 2021
National Provider Number: #109*******
U.S. Federal Governments System for Award Management (SAM): Nelissen, Debra J.
/ 080269987 / 7N8C5
Full-scope primary care optometrist with 21 years of diverse eye care experiences; diagnosing, treating
and managing disease and disorders of the visual system and ocular adnexa. Specialized optometric
background in: traumatic brain injury (TBI) vision rehabilitation, binocular vision, contact lenses,
refractive surgery pre/post-operative care, anterior and posterior segment disease, and multi-
disciplinary co-management of complex patients. Accomplished administrative and health care
professional, with diverse health care delivery experiences in remote and medical based facilities;
specialized in compassionate and patient-centered delivery of quality vision care.
* Military Health Care * Vision Therapy * Ocular Emergencies * Clinical Management * Adjunct
Professor PUCO * Diagnostic Testing/Interpretation * * Binocular Vision * Problem Solving * Ocular
Disease Management * Humanitarian Assistance * Teamwork * Contact Lenses * Ocular Therapeutics *
29 SEP 2017 - Present Optometrist
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Contract optometrist for Regional Health Command Europe. LRMC is a strategic military medical
platform delivering professional, reliable and innovative patient care by teams devoted to
excellence. I provide comprehensive eye care specializingn in: Bincocular vision, TBI vision
rehabilitation, refractive surgery pre/post-operative care, soft contact lenses, scleral lenses and co-
management of systemic disease that can impact ocular health.
40 - 50 hours per week 156,000/year
01/2017 - 03/2017 Contract Optometrist
Indian Health Services, Red Mesa Arizona
Second locum tenens contract at Four Corners Regional Health Center: diagnosed and managed
anterior/posterior segment disease, interpreted laboratory reports, and provided multi-disciplinary
care coordination for patients with complex medical needs.
40-46 hours per week 150,000/year
07/2016 - 12/2016 CompHealth Locum Tenens Optometrist
Indian Health Services, Four Corners Regional Health Center
Provided critical eye care services to members of the Navajo Nation: diagnosed, treated and
managed patients with ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma. Daily
coordination of care with ophthalmology and co-management for patients requiring post operative
care for ocular disease. Primary care optometry including; eye injuries, binocular vision disorders,
visual rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury patients, pediatric vision and contact lens fittings.
40-45 hours per week 150,000/year
03/2016 - 07/2016 Volunteer Optometrist, TBI Subject Matter Expert-Vision Rehabilitation,
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, SOF Health Awareness
Credentialed provider and volunteer optometrist for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC)
* BLS certification
* Child Care National Agency Check with Inquires (CNACI)
* DODEA health care security clearance
08/2012 - 11/2015 Chief of Optometry Services, Wiesbaden Optometry, WRESP, LRMC TBI SME
Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic (WAHC), Wiesbaden Germany
Managed daily operations of busy, medical based optometry clinic. Diagnosed, treated and
managed eye injuries and binocular vision disorders, performed refractive surgery co-management
with Landstuhl Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP), contact lens fittings, pediatric
eye care, and diagnosed and managed ocular disease. Member of multi- disciplinary traumatic
brain injury (TBI) team including one year functioning as TBI case manager; provided referrals and
coordinated medical care for 65 patients with TBI. Evaluated, diagnosed, and provided
rehabilitative vision care for 600 wounded warriors with Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS).
Provided locum tenens optometry support to deployed Service Members in Kosovo and locum
tenens TBI specialty care to the Vicenza Italy optometry clinic.
40-50 hours per week
05/2011 - 12/2011 Locum Tenens (Deployed), Optometry Team Commander
124th (MEDDET) Optometry, Task Force 44, Camp Phoenix Afghanistan
Provided 24 hour on call emergency eye care, planned and executed, mobile optometric care and
optical fabrication missions in the Kabul, Parwan, Paktika, Loghar, Nangahar, Balkh, Kunduz, Farah,
and Herat Provinces, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble
50-64 hours per week
02/2011 - 03/2011 Locum Tenens Optometrist (deployed), Subject Matter Expert, Cambodian
Joint POW/MIA Accountability Command(JPAC), USARPAC, Hawaii
Planned and provided essential humanitarian vision care, to 890 Khmer citizens, during the JPAC,
Women's Health Care Engagement Mission. Acted as liaison with Cambodian ophthalmologists at
the Phnom Penh Eye Surgery Clinic, to plan and organize surgical referrals for patients with ocular
08/2010 - 08/2012 Commander 124th Optometry Team, PACOM TBI optometry SME
124th Medical Detachment (MEDDET) Optometry, 18th MEDCOM, Fort Shafter Flats, HI
Resolved hand receipts, performed unit status readiness reports, ordered ophthalmic equipment,
prepared briefings for unit chief executive officers and staff. Performed peacetime mission of
diagnosing and treating visual system disorders. Prepared for wartime mission; plan, coordinate
support for, and participate in mobile optometry missions to provide eye care in a medical practice
setting, fabricate and dispense optical aids, and set up mobile vision clinics in austere environments
to support full-spectrum military operations. Coordinated and executed optometric participation in
Pacific Regional Medical Command TBI Program; provided pre/post-operative eye care for Tripler
WRESP program, trained providers on the signs/ symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of post
trauma vision syndrome.
08/2007 - 08/2010 Assistant Chief, Subject Matter Expert (SME) TBI vision rehabilitation, Liaison-
Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) Optometry clinic, LRMC TBI Team, LRMC
Established TBI vision rehabilitation program to manage post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS),
making LRMC the premiere Department of Defense (DOD) site for first line vision intervention in TBI
patients; the standard operating procedures (SOP) of this program were utilized DOD wide, to
establish other TBI optometric vision care clinics. As staff optometrist, evaluated, diagnosed
and provided rehabilitative binocular vision care for 1400 wounded warriors. As liaison to the
Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP), championed measures to improve quality of
care between refractive surgery clinic and referring optometrists. Produce newsletters and educate
referring optometrists on refractive surgery pre and post-operative care, to improve surgical
outcomes and standardize co-managed eye care.
08/2008 - 09/2008 Locum Tenens (deployed) Optometrist, Subject Matter Expert, Liaison Bulgarian
212th Combat Support Hospital, deployed to JTF-E, Nova Selo, Bulgaria
Humanitarian medical assistance mission: provided optometry support to 1000 local nationals.
08/2005 - 07/2007 Chief of Optometry Services, Armed Forces Athlete - Volleyball
Optometry Services, Raymond W. Bliss Army, Fort Huachuca, AZ
Treated visual system disorders using optical devices, vision training, therapeutic agents.
Established a WRESP referral center at Fort Huachuca; provided referral/co-management for WRESP
program at Lackland AFB, Texas. Created a post vision readiness program to promote vision
readiness. Utilized business analysis tools to increase clinical productivity, hire, train, mentor and
performed performance evaluations on optometry staff, managed optometry budget and provided
comprehensive eye care for 20,0000 beneficiaries. Selected for All Army and armed forces volleyball
teams and participated in the 2006 CISM volleyball championship.
08/2002 - 08/2005 Supervisor Optometry, Operations Manager Patient Administration and Laboratory
Bamberg Health Clinic, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany
Provided comprehensive eye care and treated ocular and visual system disorders through the use of
spectacles, contact lenses, prism, vision training, therapeutic agents and referral for specialty care.
Acquired specialized training in refractive surgery pre and post-operative care at Fort Bragg WRESP
center; corneal disease, punctual plug insertion and refractive surgery co-management
certification. Director of patient administration and laboratory services, overseeing operations
and mentoring and evaluating personnel.
11/2001 - 05/2002 Officer in Charge
Locum Tenens Optometrist (Deployed), 10th Mountain Division Optometry Services,
Task Force MED Falcon, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo
Provided 24 hour on call emergency eye care, comprehensive visual health examinations and same
day spectacle procurement to over 10,000 U.S. and NATO Soldiers and civilians in support of
Operation Joint Guardian. Planned and conducted 41 humanitarian vision assistance missions and
organized weekly eye care outreach missions to Soldiers in outlying forward operating bases,
throughout Kosovo and Macedonia.
07/2001 - 07/2002 Supervisor, Optometry Services, Division Optometry Team Chief
Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York
Supervised the daily operations of medical based optometry clinic, managed an optical fabrication
unit, trained, supervised and evaluated personnel and prepared optometry team for deployment to
Kosovo. Provided comprehensive eye care, vision readiness and optical fabrication services to
10,000 Soldiers deploying to Operation Enduring Freedom.
11/1998 - 07/2001 Staff Optometrist, Supervisor
Fort Leonard Wood Army Hospital Optometry Clinic, 43rd AG BN Reception Station
Staff optometrist at GLWACH and Supervisor of Reception Station optometry clinic, responsible for
vision evaluations of 27,000 Soldiers annually. Evaluated refractive status and ocular health of
trainees, detected ocular pathology, wrote detailed ophthalmic medical waivers and produced
timely medical board reports on disqualifying eye conditions and diseases. Soldier/athlete/clinician
chosen to participate on, All-Army, Armed Forces and CISM Volleyball teams in 1999, 200 and 2001.
1994 - 1998 Doctor of Optometry
Pacific University College of Optometry
Four year, military Health Profession Scholarship Program
1992 - 1994 Bachelor of Science
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
05/2015 - 05/2015 Military Medical Support in the Humanitarian Arena
Bundeswehr Leadership Academy, Hamburg, Germany
Improve and professionalize the cooperation between military and non-military command
personnel in the arena of humanitarian assistance (HA), with special emphasis on medical issues.
Provide leaders with an overall understanding of GO/NGO HA entities, framework, conditions,
capabilities and approaches to HA, so military medical support is organized in an effective manner.
06/2008 - 06/2008 Military MedXcellence
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Executive Skills Core Curriculum-Healthcare Management. Medical executives are accountable for
clinical effectiveness and efficiency in the use of health care resources at their facilities. This course
focuses on improvement in the quality and cost efficiency of clinical practice and population health
outcomes through evidence-based decision making. Reviews current approaches to the assessment
and improvement of health care delivery in the DoD and civilian managed care environments.
Emphasis is placed on the analytic methodologies that support decision-making by medical
executives, and the evaluation of processes that improve health status of the patient and minimize
07/2006 - 10/2006 Military graduate-level program/Intermediate Level Education
Command and General Staff College
Command and General Staff School provides Intermediate Level Education for United States Army
and sister service officers, interagency representatives, and international military officers.
ILE curriculum includes instruction on leadership philosophy, military history, and the military
planning and decision-making processes.
05/1988 - 03/1999 German Language Proficiency
Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA
Culturally based foreign language education, training, evaluation and sustainment to enhance the
security of the nation.
2015 - Present "A" Proficiency Designator
Army Medical Service Corps 9A proficiency designator Awarded by the Surgeon
General, the "A" Proficiency Designator is to recognize the highest level of professional
achievement within each AMEDD Corps' specialty. Officers selected for this honor are
leaders in their specialty and have made significant contributions to the advancement
of knowledge in their particular field through extensive publication and active
national professional organization membership. These professionals have worked
hard and dedicated a significant amount of time to become a distinct asset to the
AMEDD, both as an officer and an expert in their field. They are considered eminently
qualified to chair a department, division, or service; have attained full professional
status; and have obtained national prominence in their field.
2007 - Present FAAO
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Signifies to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for fellowship have been met and
the optometrist is licensed to practice at the highest level permitted by law in their jurisdiction.
Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program, US Army Public Health Center, Landstuhl Germany, 2016
Military Medical Support in the Humanitarian Arena, Bundeswehr Leadership Academy, Hamburg, Germany, 2015
The Visual Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury Certification, Germany, 2013
Refractive Surgery Management Course, Landstuhl, Germany, 2013
U.S. Air Force refractive surgery co-management certification, Air Education and Training Command, 2013
Exempt Research Certificate - Protection of Human Research Subjects, University of Miami, 2010
Department of the Army Professional Resiliency Residency Course, U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD), San Antonio, TX,
Acquired Brain Injury/TBI Course, Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Baltimore, MD, 2009
MedXcellence: Critical Decision Making for Medical Executives: Keys to Improving Healthcare Delivery, Uniformed Services
University of Health Sciences, Garmisch Germany, 2008
USAF Refractive Surgery Certification, Lackland AFB, TX, 2007
Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury, AMEDD, San Antonio, TX, 2007
Command and General Staff College/Intermediate Level Education, Augusta, GA, 2006
Aviation Vision Course, American Optometric Association, 2004
Refractive Surgery Management Course, Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center, Fort Bragg, NC, 2003
AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Academy of Health Sciences, San Antonio TX, 2003
Vision Conservation and Readiness Course, U.S. Army Center for Health promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM),
Supervisor Development Course, The Army Institute for Professional Development, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, 2000
AMEDD Officer Basic Course, AMEDD Center and Schools, San Antonio, TX, 1998
Health Profession Scholarship Program, Extern, Schofield Barracks HI, 1993
German Command Language Program, Department of the Army, Berlin, Germany, 1990
Noncommissioned Officer Development Program, Berlin, Germany, 1990
Electronic Warfare Analyst Course, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Schools, Fort Devens, MA, 1989
Signals Intelligence Analyst Course, U.S, Army Intelligence Center and Schools, San Angelo, TX, 1989
Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA, 1989
U.S. Army Basic Training, Fort Jackson, SC, 1988