Amy Thomas, OD, FCOVD is a Board Certified Optometrist Experienced in Vision Development and Rehabilitation.
She was born in North Dakota and joined the Army when she was 17 because she wanted to figure out “what she was missing”.
VISION PROBLEMS OF HER OWN
She suffered from vision problems herself but was not aware of how those problems were affecting her until she learned about them in optometry school. It was during her studies at Pacific University College of Optometry that Dr. Thomas discovered Vision Therapy. She noticed that a lot of the patients that went through Vision Therapy read, studied, and interacted with the world just like her. This discovery prompted her to use Vision Therapy on herself to improve her skills.
WORKING WITH SOLDIERS WITH BRAIN INJURIES
After optometry school, the first location that she worked was in Heidelberg, Germany for the US Army. From there, she was introduced to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. This is where a lot of the soldiers and airmen with brain injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan were first sent before they could go home. At Landstuhl, she was able to participate in diagnosing and working with vision problems caused by brain injuries.
OVER 600 HOURS OF POST-DOCTORATE EDUCATION
After the rotation at Landstuhl, she left the Army and moved to Tucson, AZ where she set up a Vision Therapy practice of her own. To prepare to be the best Vision Therapy doctor that she could be, she took every course that she could find that dealt with vision development and rehabilitation. She has taken over 600 hours of post-doctorate education. The courses that she took included:
OPTOMETRIC EXTENSION PROGRAM (FULL CURRICULUM)
PAVE-Sanet Seminars (Powerful Vision Therapy)
Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association Seminars (Annual Seminars)
Mind-Eye Connection Certification
Dynamic Neuro-Muscular Stabilization
Clinical Applications of Eye Movements through the Carrick Institute
Developmental Reflex Integration Training
Syntonic Phototherapy Courses
Certification in the Sensory Learning Program
To push herself to read and learn even more about vision development, she underwent Board Certification through College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and became a Fellow in 2014.
FELLOW FOR THE NEURO-OPTOMETRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION
To help herself become more comfortable with the rehabilitation side of vision therapy, she is now working on the Fellow for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA).
She has been actively practicing Vision Therapy at Arizona Vision Therapy Center (formerly Cimarron Family Vision Center) since 2009. She has found some of the most personable, clever, adaptable, and fun vision therapists in Tucson to help her with the patients.