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Nebraska Optometric Association Honors
Heartland Eye Consultants Doctors for Serving Our Profession

At the recent Nebraska Optometric Association Fall Convention in Kearney, Dr. Will Ferguson, Dr. Holly Ternus, and Dr. Marie Bolin were all recognized for their service to the profession.

Dr. Will Ferguson was presented the Dr. Charles Seeger “Young OD of the Year” by Dr. Vicky Vandervort on behalf of the NOA at the Fall Conference last month.  This award recognizes leadership skills and contributions to the profession by an optometrist licensed 10 years or less. Dr. Will is on the Board of Directors of the NOA as well as the Board for the Nebraska Foundation for Children’s Vision. He also chairs the NOA project team addressing children’s vision policy enhancements. Dr. Will is a past graduate of the NOA Leadership Institute, and is an active state legislative keyperson and PAC contributor. He is a member of COVD and NORA, and has been a regular lecturer for paraoptometric education at the NOA Convention. Dr. Will has donated his time and services for multiple in-service presentations and vision screening for businesses, organizations, and educational institutions throughout the Omaha Metro Area. His dedication to the profession and to his patients at Heartland Eye Consultants continues to be an inspiration to us all.

In addition, Dr. Holly Ternus was honored at the convention with a special Presidential Citation for her work as chair the NOA’s Scope of Practice Committee. She has helped coordinate and lead the effort for our recent legislative efforts and volunteered to testify in place of Dr. Amy Devries if Dr. Devries was unable to get to Lincoln for the hearing due to flooding around Fremont. Dr. Devries made it, but Dr. Ternus’ willingness to cover, in a tense and needed situation with little chance to prepare for the testimony, was very much appreciated by  all in the NOA.

Also, Dr. Marie Bolin was recognized for graduating from the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Leadership Institute. This program prepares optometrists to serve our profession in a variety of leadership roles. Dr. Will Ferguson and Dr. Holly Ternus are past graduates of the  Leadership Institute as well. We congratulate Dr. Bolin on this accomplishment and look forward to her future contributions.

Written by Dr. Holly Ternus

Dr. Holly Ternus is originally from Torrington, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in biological sciences. She graduated with Honors from The New England College of Optometry and completed internships with Honors at South Boston Community Health Center with an emphasis in glaucoma and narrow-angle glaucoma, Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center with an emphasis in ocular disease, Lifetime Eyecare in Houston fitting specialty contact lenses, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Ternus practiced with ophthalmology in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, specializing in ocular disease, dry eye disease, and emergency care. She then transitioned into primary care, fitting specialty contacts for keratoconus, post-RK, corneal ectasia, and irregular corneas.

Dr. Ternus is an active member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, American Optometry Association, and American Academy of Optometry. She received her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2018 and is a graduate of the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Leadership Institute. She also received her fellowship in the Scleral Lens Education Society and is the first in Nebraska to have completed this honor.

Outside of work, Dr. Ternus enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, snowboarding, skiing, water sports, watching Husker football, and everything that involves being outdoors.

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