Florida Board of Opticianry

About the Board Members


Florida Board of Opticianry

The Board of Opticianry operates within the Florida Department of Health. The seven member board, appointed by the governor, monitors the professional conduct, education and licensure of Florida opticians. The board also works to enforce the laws and rules that govern the profession.

More information on licensing of opticians in Florida is available at the Board of Opticianry website.

Board of Opticianry Office
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
(850)245-4474

            info@floridasopticianry.gov



Organizational Structure of the Board


The Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Unless filling a vacancy, members of the Board generally serve two four-year terms. Despite the expiration of a term, Board members can continue to serve until they have been either replaced or reappointed or serve the maximum of ten years as governed by s. 457.103, F.S. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.


Important Notice

All correspondence and inquiries should be directed to the Board of Opticianry Staff at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258 and not the individual board members.

Since this Board serves as a "quasi judicial" entity on licensure issues, contact with the members may cause the members to recuse themselves from administrative proceedings. Staff will direct inquiries, when appropriate to the full Board for review.


Optician Board Members



      B. Dale Shannon, Board Chair

      Licensed Optician
      Ocala, FL
      Term:  7/23/13 - 10/31/19

  

 





John B. Girdler III   Board Vice Chair

Licensed Optician
Tallahassee, FL
Term: 3/5/15 - 10/31/18


 






Margaret “Peggy” Slattery

Licensed Optician
O'Brien, FL
Term: 9/18/14 - 10/31/17
 

 





Paul Wilford

Licensed Optician
Tallahassee, FL
Term 3/5/15 - 10/31/17
 

 





Richard Williams

Licensed Optician
Panama City
Term: 9/18/14 - 10/31/19

 

 


 

Consumer Board Members



David Calvo

Consumer Member
Miami, FL
2nd Term: 7/23/13 - 10/31/16

 

 




Irene Stavros, RDH

Consumer Member
Miami, FL
2nd Term: 7/23/13 - 10/31/14

 

 



Board Administrative Staff:

 

Jennifer Wenhold
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Administrative officer for the Board of Opticianry, oversees licensing. Responsibilities also include implementation of new legislation, budget, setting up Board meetings, training of new Board members 

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C 

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

 

 

Michael Dean
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: prepares meeting agendas, answers specific questions regarding the laws and rules, responsible for board policy
Email: Board Staff


Melesia Thomas

Regulation Specialist II

Responsibilities: processes applications, prepares board materials, and answers correspondence.

Email: Board Staff

 

Board Counsel

Tom Barnhart
Assistant Attorney General, Board Counsel

Christopher Dierlam
Assistant General Counsel, Prosecutor



Information about the National Practical Exam

For the latest information about the State Practical Exam please visit; National Practical Exam

CLICK HERE For Additional Details on Renewing your Florida Opticians License

How to Renew your FL License before the December 31, 2016 Deadline

November 30, 2016 10:46 AM | Anonymous

The Florida Department of Health has a new Online Portal Service for MQA

When you use the MQA Online Services Portal for the first time, you will be required to register for a new user account using a valid, active email address, and add your license to your account.  On this page we  walk you through the Steps needed to setup an account  and renew your license.


Step 1 >> Register for a New User Account

Visit www.FLHealthSource.gov/mqa-services, select No and click Register to begin the registration process.


Step 2 >> Log into your New Account

Check your email INBOX, JUNK, SPAM, CLUTTER and TRASH folders to locate your new account user ID and temporary password. Using your temporary password and user ID provided via email, log into your account. You will be prompted to create a new password for your account.


Step 3 >> Add your License/Application or Apply for a License

After you Sign In with your new user ID and password, you will then be prompted to add your license to your account before you can renew. If you are a new applicant, follow the instructions to apply for a license. If you have a current license or pending application, you will need three (3) items:

1.  Your social security number

2.  Your date of birth

3.  Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health (Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your renewal postcard or your physical license)

Once you have successfully added your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your dashboard. From your dashboard, you can;

    • renew your license
    • add additional licenses or applications
    • request a name or status change
    • update your address and add a secondary practice location
    • upload your documents
    • start a new application
    • complete an application you have already started
  • The deadline for this renewal period is midnight on  December 31, 2016 renewing to after that time may cost you additional $150 


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