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Pediatric Optometry - Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation - Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Program Site: Vision Northwest
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1705 S 324th Place

Federal Way, Washington 98003
Phone Number: 253-661-6005
Fax Number: 253-661-0633
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 12/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Optometry Residency Program at Vision Northwest provides qualified graduate optometrists with advanced clinical experience in the management of vision disorders through both modeling and direct patient contact including cases of amblyopia/strabismus, acquired brain injury, developmental delays and vision related learning difficulties. These experiences will facilitate the resident's development into an exceptional clinician offering specialized skills in optometric care for vision rehabilitation patients, persons with binocular and developmental vision impairments and those with vision related learning difficulties in reading, spelling and mathematics.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s examination skills in vision rehabilitation

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in binocular, perceptual vision and vision rehabilitation.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge in managing patients with acquired brain injury and developmental delays.

Goal 4: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular and perceptual vision problems.

Goal 5: Develop the resident’s communication skills that are required for successful provision of services in vision rehabilitation. 

Goal 6: Develop the resident’s understanding of the business and accounting aspects of successful management of a practice devoted to children, rehabilitation, and vision therapy.

Goal 7: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 8: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: Two
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. Vision Northwest hours are Monday-Thursday 8:15-5:30 and Friday 8:15-Noon.

Requirements for Completion:

A certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident upon satisfactory fulfillment of residency requirements as outlined in the Pacific University College of Optometry Administrative Guide for Affiliated Residency Programs and Vision Northwest guidelines for residency program completion.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 - not contingent upon productivity of the resident
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Curtis R Baxstrom, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 253-661-6005
Fax: 253-661-0633
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at is made through the residency program coordinator, who will conduct a personal interview.

Through ORMatch: Furnish official transcripts of all optometric and graduate education, NBEO scores, and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate's clinical and academic performance.

Federal Way is between Seattle and Tacoma in King County, Washington. Its western boundary is Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains are to the east. The area offers a rich variety of activities including sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, beachcombing and restaurants. The area has cultural and community events throughout the year.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Candidate must pass all three parts of the NBEO and attain Washington State licensure prior to the starting date of the residency program.

Vision Northwest affirms that all candidates will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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