Meet Our Speakers
Meet the Speakers of Distinctive Strategies & Leadership
Our speakers have a combined 30 years in the optical world.
Dr. April Jasper
Dr. Jasper practices at her private practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a 1994 graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Vision Science. She earned her doctorate of Optometry degree in 1995 from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry where she graduated with highest honors. She completed a residency program in Boston, during which she received specialized training in primary care, contact lenses, and ocular disease. While a resident in Boston, Dr. Jasper held a position as an adjunct professor at NEWENCO University where she taught primary care and ocular disease to optometry students and ophthalmology residents.
In 1996 she moved to Tallahassee, Florida where she held two retail contracts for six years. While in Tallahassee, she was President of the Northwest Florida Optometric Association for two years. In 2002, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where she bought an existing private practice. Since buying her private practice, she has expanded her office with a new location and expanded technology. She has also increased practice revenue by 300%. She is currently President of the Florida Optometric Association’s Board of Trustees and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry serving as a member of it’s communications committee. Dr. Jasper has also served as Benedict Professor of Practice Management at University of Houston’s College of Optometry.
Dr. Jasper is the Co-Professional editor of Women in Optometry magazine and serves on several advisory boards. She is also a consultant to several companies within the Optometric field. She lectures around the country and has been recognized with several awards including Vision Monday’s Business Innovator, Vision Monday’s 2014 Most Influential Women in Optometry and Vision Source’s New Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Jasper is married to David Jasper and has two children. She enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Dr. Katie Gilbert-Spear
Dr. Gilbert-Spear graduated with honors from Auburn University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She obtained her Masters degree in Public Health Epidemiology from UAB School of Public Health and her Doctorate in Optometry from UAB. She is currently finishing up her law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law concentrating on a specialty in Health Law.
She moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2004 where she helped grow one practice into three private practices and one Ophthalmology office which she managed for twelve years. She is also the founder and director of The Visual Performance Center, which has conducted numerous research studies, over the course of ten years, in contact lenses, solutions, dry eye and visual performance. She is a consultant and speaker with various eyecare companies and Co-Editor of Women in Optometry magazine. Dr. Gilbert-Spear was recently nominated in 2014 as one of the ‘most influential women in optical’ by VisionMonday. Dr. Gilbert-Spear also serves on the Florida Optometric Association’s Board of Trustees and is the Student Liaison for the Managed Care and Insurance Interest Group of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section.
Dr. Gilbert-Spear is married to Dr. Carl Spear. They have five children and two dogs. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.