Distinguished Service

Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians Announces Dr. Michelle Welch as Winner of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Welch is currently one of the staff optometrists for the Idabel Choctaw Nation Health Clinic. Prior to her start there in 2014, she worked at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) for 19 years, serving as a professor, an associate dean and the director of clinical care services. While at NSUOCO, Dr. Welch received multiple "Instructor of the Year" recognitions from students. Dr. Welch is a former president of the OAOP, a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a former member of several committees overseen by the Cherokee Nation governing standards of care in health care. She was honored with the NSU Circle of Excellence Award for Service in 2010 and was named the OAOP's Oklahoma Optometrist of the Year in 2013. She has taught dozens of continuing medical education courses that advance the profession of optometry and help to elevate the work of her colleagues. She said her favorite part of practicing optometry is the ability to make personal connections with her patients.

Past Honorees

2019- Dawn Holsted

2018- Jeff Miller

2017- Richard Castillo

2016- Travis Yadon

2015- Greg Clay

2014- Lee Carr

2013- Don Diehl

2012- David Cockrell

2011- Russell Laverty

2010- Mack Smith

2009 - George Foster

2008 - Don Q. Hewett

2007 - Gary Ford