2019 Contact Lens Symposium Faculty

Todd Hasselius, ABOC

Todd Hasselius has been in the eye care industry almost 30 years.  He has an extensive technical background in Optics including product development, marketing and sales.  He loves to teach and work with experienced and new eye care professionals.  Todd is the Business Development Representative with Carl Zeiss Vision and covers Minnesota and North Dakota.




Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Messer received her doctor of optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry, and subsequently went on to specialize in Cornea and Specialty Contact Lenses by completing a one year residency. She is highly trained in fitting

specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, post surgical corneas, and other corneal diseases, as well as multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology contact lenses for myopia control and pediatric contact lenses.

Dr. Messer has authored articles for publications such as Contact Lens Spectrum and Review of Optometry, and enjoys teaching other doctors complex contact lens fitting techniques in classroom and clinical settings. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society and the Contact Lens Society of America.

Outside the office, Dr. Messer loves to golf, hike and visit family back in her hometown of Dickinson, North Dakota.


Karen Michaelson, ABOC

Karen will celebrate 40 years in the eye care industry in 2020.  She is a graduate of the Optical Technology program from Anoka Technical College and is ABO certified.   

Her diverse career includes 21 years in private practice, lab operations, customer experience, independent consulting, national speaker, mentor and advisor.

Karen is married and lives in Wyoming, MN and has 4 children which includes 2 very spoiled felines), 3 of the cutest grand children which includes a grand yorkie.   She loves to garden, spend time on the lake, travel and continue to learn and love the eye care industry.


Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FSLS

Dr. Morrison received her Doctorate, Masters in Vision Science, and Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens from Pacific University College of Optometry. She practices at Mission Eye Care Center for Dry Eye and Corneal Disease in Calgary, where she is also a clinical rotation site instructor for the University of Waterloo College of Optometry. She has special interest in her lectures and teaching in the areas of comprehensive ocular surface topography, medically necessary contact lenses, and myopia management. She is a board member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the CAO.


Thomas Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Quinn established a group practice in Athens, Ohio in 1983. He has served as chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council; he is a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry; an advisor to the Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI); is past chair of the EastWest Eye Conference; and is a co-administrator for Vision Source with his wife, Dr. Susan Quinn.  In addition to private practice, Dr. Quinn served as Associate Professor of Clinical Practice for The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Clinical Assistant Professor for The Ohio University College of Medicine.


Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA, FSLS

After a long and distinguished career at Emory University, Buddy left academia to accept a position at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta. In addition to patient care, Buddy is involved in teaching, product development and validation. He has been certified by J.C.A.H.P.O. since 1986 and is a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist. Buddy is a Fellow member of the Scleral Lens Society and the Contact Lens Society of America. He lectures frequently at national and international meetings on contact lens related topics. Buddy has written articles for various publications, two chapters for CLSA’s advanced training manual and is a peer reviewer for the Cornea and the Eye and Contact Lens journals and also serves on the editorial board for the Contact Lens Science and Research publication. Buddy is a member of the GPLI advisory board and on the board of directors for CLSA. He is also a contributing editor for CLSA’s Eyewitness journal. Buddy served as the National Contact Lens coordinator for the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. His most recent accomplishments include being awarded with the Joseph Soper Award for excellence in education and co-authoring a chapter on managing refractive errors in children in Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus textbook.


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