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Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation & Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Arkansas Vision Development Center
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1021 South Waldron Road

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
Phone Number: 479-478-8860
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Dipl Low Vision

Director, Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229


Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2017
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to provide advanced clinical training in pediatric optometry and vision therapy rehabilitation in a private practice setting. The resident will develop as an expert clinician in a family optometric practice and master the diagnostic, management, and treatment of vision disorders in a variety of patient types. Upon completion, the resident will be knowledgeable in practice management and be skilled to efficiently lead and operate a practice with emphasis in providing vision therapy/rehabilitation with success.

Program Description:

This residency program is based at the Arkansas Vision Development Center in Ft Smith, Arkansas. The Arkansas Vision Development Center is a private practice dedicated to pediatric optometry and vision therapy. The residency is a full-time, formal, supervised program consisting of direct patient care, didactic education, practice management development and scholarly activities.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: The Monday after the 4th of July each year
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The residency is a 53 week program. The resident is scheduled to work 40 hours per week. The resident will spend approximately 80% of their time providing direct patient care at the Arkansas Vision Development Center, which is located in Fort Smith, AR. Approximately half of this time will be spent engaged in vision therapy, while the other half will involve general pediatric optometry. There are no after-hours on-call duties.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Completed business plan

  • Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic 

  • Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations) 

  • Successful fulfillment of all the residency program goals and objectives 

Program Salary/Stipend: $33,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Wanda Vaughn, Coordinator
Telephone: 479-478-8860
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

This program participates in the ORMatch application service. Questions may be directed to: 

Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD

Arkansas Vision Development Center

1021 South Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

  2. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations and furnish official transcripts when available.

  3. Applicant must be eligible for licensure to practice optometry in the State of Arkansas and must have legal right to live and work in the United States.

Selection Procedure

The selection process will include the candidate's personal statement, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from optometry school and all post-graduate schools, test scores from NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and at least 3 letters of reference (two from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's clinical skills). An on-site interview is recommended, but not required. The Program Coordinator will select and rank the most qualified applicants. The names of the selected candidates will be submitted to the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) in accordance with their policies and deadlines.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Pediatric Optometry & Vision Therapy

The resident will spend approximately 80% of their time providing direct patient care at the Arkansas Vision Development Center. The majority of patients seen here are children under the age of 18, and many are presenting for evaluation and treatment of binocular vision or learning-related vision disorders. The resident will be exposed to a vast array of pediatric eye and vision disorders, including strabismus, amblyopia, accommodative and oculomotor imbalance, and developmental delay. 

Practice Management Development

Over the course of the residency program the resident will become engaged in the day-to-day management of a private optometric practice. The resident will learn how to properly code and bill for optometric services. The resident will develop leadership skills that are vital to successfully managing the staff of a private optometric practice. By the conclusion of the residency program the resident should be well-equipped will all the skills needed to successfully enter into private optometric practice.