The Story Behind the Photo

President Emeritus Lesley L. Walls, OD, MD, DOS (far left) and MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, OD, PhD (far right) post with Class of 1970 alumni at the annual Circle of Vision Luncheon on January 27, 2017. From left to right: David T. Wakabayaski, OD, Allen W. Souchek, OD, Donald E. Jarnagin, OD, and Duane A. deCroupet, OD.

Our Alumni Community

At Marshall B. Ketchum University, we value the relationships we build with our students and residents long after they graduate and join the world of practicing optometrists, physician assistants and pharmacists. It is the goal of the MBKU Alumni Association to build strong relationships with our alumni community and to provide programs and connections that will continue to enhance the alumni experience.

Paul Barney, OD, ’84

Polar Bears

2017 Optometrist of the Year, Paul Barney, OD, ’84: Changing the Future of Optometry
For his work in advancing his field, both at home and abroad, Dr. Barney was named the 2016 Optometrist of the Year by the Alaska Optometric Association (AKOA) and was recognized with a Legislative Citation by the Alaska State Legislature following the signing of HB 103 into law.

Read the full story online.

Alumni Highlights

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Emily McCoy, PA-C, ’16

A Family Legacy of Patient Care Inspires a Physician Assistant Career
You could say the medical profession has always been in Emily McCoy’s genes. Her family tree is rooted with doctors, surgeons and nurses; including two grandfathers, a doctor and surgeon, her father and brother, practicing surgeons, and two sisters – all in the health care field. With a family devoted to helping people, McCoy quickly realized she wanted to be involved with patient care. Read the full story online

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Thanh Mai, OD, ’12

Giving Back and Looking Forward
As a 2012 graduate from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Dr. Thanh Mai finished at the top of his class with summa cum laude and achieved top scores on the National Board Exams in Optometry. However, it’s not just his grades or intellect that sets Dr. Mai apart. It’s his ongoing support and encouragement of those coming up in the ranks behind him; as well as his leadership in the emerging technology shaping the global optometry world. Read the full story online. 

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Wynette Augustine, OD, ’84

Meet MBKU's New Alumni Association Board President
Dr. Augustine graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1984. For the first five years of her professional career, Dr. Augustine was an Assistant Professor at SCCO. She also practiced in multiple settings, including private practice and large multi-specialty medical  practices.