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Fort Lauderdale, FL
February 29, 2020

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Chelsea Casaccia

**** * ********** ***** #*** Davie, FL 33328 901-***-****


Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry Fort Lauderdale, FL

Doctor of Optometry August 2016- May 2020

Grade Point Average: 91.09/100

Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN

Bachelor of Science, Biology. May 2016

Minor in Chemistry

Grade Point Average: 3.82/4.0

Awards and Honors

College of Optometry Academic Scholarship August 2016-May 2020

Offered to outstanding applicants by Nova Southeastern College of Optometry upon acceptance into the program

Deans List Fall 2016, 2017, 2018/Winter 2017, 2019

Students achieving 90-94% GPA for that semester

Christian Brothers University Women’s Soccer Team August 2012-May 2016

Team captain 2014-2016

GSC All-Academic Team 2013, 2015

Second Team All GSC 2013, 2014, 2015

All-South Region Team 2014, 2015

Crane Fellowship Award May 2016

Awarded by the Crane family in Memphis, TN for research benefitting vision and neuroscience

Tennessee Academy of Science Western Regional Collegiate Meeting- Best Oral Presentation for Medical and Health Sciences April 2016


NSU The Eye Care Institute - Cornea & Contact Lens Service Fort Lauderdale, FL

Optometric Intern February 2020- Present

Management and treatment of various corneal pathologies, including keratoconus, keratoglobus, pellucid’s marginal

degeneration and post corneal transplant using soft, gas permeable corneal and scleral lenses

Applied evidence based myopia prevention techniques for pediatric populations using OrthoKeratology lenses,

atropine penalization, and multifocal contact lenses

NSU The Eye Care Institute- Low Vision Service Fort Lauderdale,, FL

Optometric Intern November 2019-December 2019

Supervisor: Sharon Lee, OD

Provided trial frame refractions and evaluation of ocular health to patients with low vision at Lighthouse of Broward

Trialed magnification devices and low vision aids to patients

Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona Orlando,, FL

Optometric Extern August 2019-October 2019

Supervisor: Sara Henney, OD

Managed the ocular and refractive health of veterans by providing comprehensive eye examinations and follow up care with an emphasis on glaucoma, age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy

Ordered and interpreted additional diagnostic testing and answered patient questions regarding eye condition diagnoses and treatment options offered by lead optometrist

Prepared in-depth case presentation for attending doctors and residents

Aker Kasten Eye Center Boca Raton, FL

Optometric Extern May 2019-August 2019

Supervisor: Vito Guario, OD and Kelli Wolper, OD

Assisted optometrists in diagnosing and managing ocular disease through dilated fundus exams, visual field and OCT interpretation

Triaged walk-in patients and gained experience in diagnosing and managing acute anterior and posterior segment issues

Provided pre-op and post-op care for patients undergoing cataract extraction

Administered punctal plug insertion on patients with Dry Eye Syndrome


Florida Optometric Licensure Anticipated May 2020

NBEO Patient Assessment and Management (Part II) Certification January 2020

Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease Certification January 2020

NBEO Clinical Skills (Part III) Certification December 2019

Florida Optometric Online State Law Examination Certification October 2019

NBEO Applied Basic Science (Part I) Certification May 2019

CPR Certification May 2018-Present

HIPPA Certification May 2018-Present


American Optometric Student Association August 2016-Present

Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society August 2017-Present

American Academy of Optometry 3rd World Congress of Optometry October 2019

Nova Optometric Practice Management Association August 2017-July 2018

Florida Optometric Student Association August 2017-July 2018

American Optometric Association Optometry's Meeting June 2017


“Keratoconus Progression in Young Patients” February 2020

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

“Bilateral Exudative Age Related Macular Degeneration” September 2019

Orlando VAMC at Lake Nona, Orlando, FL

“Posterior Polymorphous Dystrophy” February 2019

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

“Anxiolytic effects by modulation of GABAa receptors in the basolateral amygdala” April 2016.

Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Memphis, TN


National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Bike MS May 2017, May 2018, Anticipated March 2020

NSU Community Fest: Diabetes Education February 2018

Vision Screening: Rickards Middle School February 2018

Community Vision Screening: New Mount Olive Baptist Church August 2017

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes September 2016


References available upon request

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