Menicon Academy - Rose K
Speaker Bios

Paul Rose (Dip. OPT, BSc, FNZSCLP, CNZM)

Paul Rose was educated at the University of Auckland New Zealand, graduating in Optometry in 1967 and again in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics. In 1998 he was elected as an inaugural fellow of the New Zealand Society of Contact Lens Practitioners (NZSCLP) and served on the council for a period of 10 years including a term as President. Paul was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the CCLSNZ in 2003 and honorary life membership in 2011. Paul was also named as the first-ever recipient of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Industry Award in 2014 recognising the entrepreneurial work being carried out by individuals in contact lens science, research and technology. In 2017, he was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his contributions to the field of Ophthalmology and Optometry.

Paul is the designer of the ROSE K family of lenses for the irregular cornea. The ROSE K family of lenses are now fitted in over 90 countries and the ROSE K brand is currently one of the most prescribed brands for the irregular cornea in the world. Paul retired from active practice in 2011 after specializing in rigid contact lenses for the irregular cornea for over 40 years, however Paul continues to do research, advises on fits and develops new ROSE K products today.

Jennifer D. Choo, OD, PhD, FAAO, FOAA

Dr. Choo obtained her BSc from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, her OD from Pacific University in Portland, USA and her PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has been involved with specialty lenses her entire career having worked in Corneal Implant, Orthokeratology and Myopia Control research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) in Sydney, Australia.

In 2011, she joined Menicon Co. Ltd and currently serves as Global Director for Menicon’s Specialty Lens Division. She has presented extensively overseas and is a recipient of several research awards including the prestigious American Academy of Optometry William C. Ezell Fellowship. Dr. Choo is also an Adjunct Professor of Optometry at Pacific University as well as a past Advisory Board Member for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Patricia Flores DO, MSc, PhD, FSLS

Dr. Patricia Flores is from Santiago, Chile and currently works in Global Professional Services for the Specialty Lens Division at Menicon. She has an extensive background in vision science having earned a Diploma, a Masters degree and a PhD all in Optics, Optometry & Vision at the University of Madrid (Spain).

Dr. Flores currently also runs her own specialty lens clinic in Valparaíso, Chile specializing in complex contact lens fits for diseases of the ocular surface. She is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, member of IACLE, Board member for GLOW (Global Ophthalmic Women) and a Board member for the Latin American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (ALOCM). She is an accomplished researcher and educator having lectured extensively in Latin America and around the world.

Josie Barlow SMC (Tech) FBDO CL MBCLA

Josie is a qualified Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician. She has been in Optics for over 30 years and has worked in both Independent and Multiple Practice. For the last 20 years she has worked for contact lens manufacturers and has developed and delivered CET/CPD, training, and other lectures and workshops on a wide range of subjects covering contact lens corrections both generic and product specific. She specialises in complex lens fitting and advising peers in this area.

Josie has conducted lectures/training to Optometrists, CLOs, DOs and practice team members at various industry meetings and events and facilitated CET accredited workshops for optometric groups at industry meetings and at manufacturer facilities and is a former council member of the BCLA. Working for Menicon Ltd Josie is involved in product training both theoretical and practical on all Menicon devices, she is involved in product development and works closely with education providers training the next generation of eye care practitioners, as well as assisting in regulatory and R&D projects.

Michaël Guez, MSc (Optom)

Michaël Guez is an experienced optometrist and has specialized in advanced contact lens fittings his entire career. He joined Menicon in 1999 and currently serves as the Scientific and Training Director at Menicon in Paris, France. Michaël previously developed and managed the French Professional Services Team to provide extensive education, training and technical assistance for all types of contact lens fits to professionals across France and the EMEA. His knowledge and experience helped him lead the development of campusmenicon, a comprehensive Contact Lens Training Centre for French eye care professionals. Michaël continues to stay on the cutting edge of contact lenses and is a well-respected educator who has lectured at numerous international congresses and meetings.

Norma Cárdenas. BOpt, MSc, FIACLE

Norma Cárdenas joined Menicon in 2020 and currently serves as a Professional Educator for Menicon in Latin America. She is based in Bogota, Colombia and trained as an optometrist specializing in the Anterior Segment and Contact Lenses at the Universidad Santo Tomás de Bucaramanga, Colombia. Norma also obtained her Masters in Advanced Contact Lens Adaptations from the University of Valencia, Spain.

Norma has more than 15 years of experience fitting the irregular cornea and is passionate about contact lens education. She is a fellow of IACLE and she is also a Professor in the area of specialised contact lenses and special exams at the Universidad Santo Tomás. Norma currently also has her own specialty lens practice in Bogota where she helps patients directly with advanced lens fits.

Claudia Wagner, B. Professional Optom, Optometrist, Contact lens-Specialist (FH)

Claudia worked for 10 years as an optometrist and contact lens specialist in the practice and specialised in the treatment of irregular corneas and keratoplasty as well as Dry Eye Management.

She has been a member of the Professional Service team at Menicon DACH since 2016, where her responsibilities include the speciality lens division and the Menicon Bloom TM myopia control management system.

Claudia is a qualified trainer, and her motto is: Turning heads, not pages!

Jess Ooi Yuin Wen, BSc Optometry

Jess Ooi is an optometrist who graduated from the National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (NIOS) in 2012 and currently works in Menicon as Regional Professional Affair Manager.

With 10 years of experience in optometry spanning clinical and corporate environments in Malaysia, she initially joined Vista Eye Specialist in 2012 as a clinical optometrist. Here, she honed her skills in primary eye care, including pediatric eye care. Transitioning to Oculus in 2016, Jess assumed the role of a professional service specialist, focusing on gas permeable (GP) contact lens fitting consultations and technical support, which included orthokeratology and Rose K2 lens fitting. She also excelled as a product trainer, delivering seminars, workshops, and lectures to universities.

In Menicon, Jess oversees the Southeast Asian market, delivering training to eye care practitioners and providing assistance in case troubleshooting.