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LACO, SCCO and MBKU Alumni

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.

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Notable Alumni

Joseph Mallinger, OD, MBA, '72
For his extensive and significant contributions to the profession of optometry, Dr. Joseph Mallinger, was conferred the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association at the 2018 Optometry’s Meeting in Denver, Colo.
Akio Kanai, OD, '72
Southern California College of Optometry alumnus has received numerous recent awards honoring his international work providing refugees with eye care.
Melissa Contreras, OD, '10 & Lisa Wahl, OD, '13
One of the ways the University Eye Center serves patients is through quarterly wet labs. Held in collaboration with contact lens providers and supported by grants, these events give hands-on experience to fourth-year students of SCCO. For patients who can't afford necessary contact lenses and fitting, it is a life-changing experience.
Moena Dean, OD, '18
At first glance, the journey of Moena Dean, SCCO Class of ’18, to graduation May 23, 2018 from MBKU’s Southern California College of Optometry might appear especially stressful. The 2018 class valedictorian gave birth to her two children — now ages three and one — while in optometry school.