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Rarely will you find a value as great as an OWL membership! By becoming a member you establish yourself as committed to "Advancing Diversity in Leadership" and in standing as a leader for today's world. You'll also be affiliated with the best and brightest in Ophthalmology. Take a look here at some of our Champion members!



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Developing leaders is OWL's mission and our specialty!  Get terrific experience and benefit from the best-of-the-best networking in Ophthalmology when you get involved in OWL:

  • Attend an Event
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  • Step into leadership – join an OWL Committee
  • Offer to help with a "one-time" job at one of OWL's fabulous events
  • Connect with us on social media to stay up-to-date with OWL

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OWL is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning any financial contribution is 100% tax-deductible.  OWL focuses the investment of members’ dues on programs and events that will benefit members (our admin costs are low compared to other nonprofits).

Your company can align with OWL's mission by having a presence at our events and benefit from exposure on our social mediachannels and in our member communications.  Organizations and companies that want to be involved at the highest level can enroll their associates as virtual members, receive educational programs and get sponsorship exposure by becoming an OWL Partner.


Owl Awards

The OWL Awards are given annually at OWL's Signature Event during AAO.  The finalists are distinguished and respected - always an impressive group!

Nominations for the OWL Awards open in the Summer.  A Nominations Committee selects the finalists and then OWL members cast their votes in the Fall.

Contact Us for information on nominating a colleague as a ‘Rising Star’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Visionary’ in Ophthalmology.


Upcoming Programs

New Members Virtual Connect
12.01.20 | 4 PM EST
Survey Says...
12.16.20 | 4 PM EST
Updates for our 2021 programs & events coming soon!

Featured Champion Members

Patti Barkey, COE

CEO, Bowden Eye & Associates

As Chief Executive Officer at Bowden Eye & Associates, Patti Barkey, COE is responsible for operational management and corporate administration of the organization. Patti was instrumental in the development of Bowden Eye & Associates after Dr. Bowden departed from the Baptist Eye Institute. Patti has over 37 years of experience in the ophthalmic field where she held multiple positions ranging from clinical, surgical, operations, research, finance, and management. She is responsible for launching the Eye Surgery Center of North Florida and five Bowden Eye satellite locations to serve the patients of Jacksonville, FL. Bowden Eye prides itself on being one the most innovative practices in the country.

Patti is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE), an elite certification and national standard for ophthalmic practice management managed by the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA). She currently serves as Vice-President and Program Chair of ASOA 2021. Patti is the Founder and Director of Dry Eye University (DEU) and suite of services. In 2019, she was appointed as the Administrator Program Director of the Royal Hawaiian Eye congress. She is sought-after by ophthalmic industry for her expertise in both clinical and practice integration of new products, and travels around the country to educate practices on innovative technologies, diagnostics and therapeutics. She values industry partnerships which allows Bowden Eye to remain current. Patti believes that practice growth and development must revolve around one single issue: THE PATIENT. If you provide the best care for patients, the rest will take care of itself.

Patti is most proud of her title as ‘Momma Barkey’ to her personal family and work family! She has been a proud member and ambassador for OWL for several years!

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Anish Kapur, MD

President, FocalPoint Holdings

Dr. Anish Kapur is a physician who works to create innovative technology solutions that aim to revolutionize the healthcare industry. He was a founder of iMedicWare, the first cloud-based EMR and PM system built specifically for ophthalmology, which grew to become one of the largest technology companies in the eye care space before it was acquired.

Currently, he is the President of FocalPoint Holdings, a privately-held investment, technology, and management firm. By focusing on the needs of patients and practices first, they specialize in building successful companies within ophthalmic and optometric space. From Mobile Check-In Software, Automation Solutions, to revenue increasing services, Dr. Kapur has committed to making FocalPoint Holdings the one-stop-shop to improve and modernize your medical practice.

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