Today we welcome Dr. William Padula and Jeremiah Jorgensen for a a discussion on neuro-optmetric rehabilitation in which this is part 1 of this discussion. They discuss their stories on how they got to where they are now, what neuro-optometric rehabilitation is and what it can treat, the evidence behind this approach and the limitations of that evidence, top clinical pearls regarding vision rehab for all healthcare providers, and much more! 

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Dr. William Padula internationally known optometrist, author, researcher, educator and founder of the Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation ( Providing neuro-optometric rehabilitation for children and adults with reading and learning disabilities as well as  for those persons who have neurological problems caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, (CVA), autism (ASD), chronic fatigue syndrome, (CFIDS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and cerebral palsy (CP),) and leader in the diagnosis of Lyme Disease

William V. Padula, O.D., is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International (NORA), and the National Academy of Practice.

Dr. Padula completed a fellowship at the Gesell Institute where he was also Director of Vision Research.  He was the founding Chairman of the Low Vision Section for the American Optometric Association, and the founding President of NORA.  Dr. Padula was appointed the National Consultant in Low Vision Services for the American Foundation for the Blind.  He has also served as Consultant to the Committee on Vision for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Recently he has served as a consultant to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is the Past Chairperson of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry, and is the Treasurer of the National Academy of Practice (NAP).

Dr. Padula founded the first low vision clinic at the Zhongshan Eye Research Hospital in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, which was named in his honor. He lectures and consults internationally in China, India, Italy, Mexico, etc., with programs regarding children’s vision related to learning and development, and adult vision problems related to stroke, TBI and other physical challenges.

Dr. Padula has authored numerous publications including three books:

and he is the primary author of a chapter on vision in Brain Injury Medicine.  He has developed three award winning educational videotapes about vision and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation for persons with neurological challenges.  He also holds five U.S. patents for instruments related to vision.

Dr. Padula is on staff at both the Hospital for Special Care and Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut, and he has a private practice in Guilford, Connecticut. He was honored to be chosen Connecticut Optometrist of the Year in 2009 by his colleagues in the Connecticut Association of Optometrists.

Jeremiah Jorgensen and Kari opened Center for Spine and Sport Rehab February 2007.   Is a Physical Therapist and Partner of Spine and Sport Rehab in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jeremiah has 14 yrs experience working in outpatient orthopedics. The initial 4 yrs were in Arizona alongside some of the the best orthopedic manual therapists in the country before returning to Nebraska.  His home town is Minden.

He completed his Residency in orthopaedic manual physical therapy from The Ola Grimsby Institute which is an extensive postgraduate curriculum and clinical training for  extremity and spinal orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

Jeremiah is currently pursuing his post graduate DPT in manual therapy. Certifications include Voila Level 1, Functional Dry needling from Kinetacore Level 1, ASTYM Certification Upper and Lower extremities, and certified in the treatment of Neuropathy. He is a consultant for Neuropathy DR program as a clinical specialist and adjunct instructor and also teaches Somatosensory Recalibration via the Visual System.