Colorado State Board of Optometry

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Welcome to the Optometry Homepage

The State Board of Optometry regulates the practice of optometry in Colorado.The Board does not regulate eye clinics or opticians. Board activities include licensing optometrists, investigating complaints against optometrists and the unlicensed practice of optometry, and enforcing disciplinary actions against violators of the Optometric Practice Act and Board Rules. The Board is made up of seven members: five licensed optometrists and two public members.

Program Information

Board Members

Karen Phelan, Program Director

  • Donna Ellinger, O.D., President
    Optometrist Member | Term Expires: April 15, 2024

  • Lewis Cutter, O.D. Vice President
    Optometrist Member Term Expires: April 15, 2022

  • Kerry Jarvis, O.D., 
    Optometrist Member | Term Expires: April 15, 2024

  • Tuesday Nicole Hennessy, O.D.
    Optometrist Member | Term Expires: April 15, 2021

  • Kyle Treick, O.D.
    Optometrist Member Term Expires: April 15, 2021

  • Heather Zambrano, Public Member
    Public Member | Term Expires: April 15, 2021

  • Carmen Beery, Public Member
    Public Member | Term Expires:  April 15, 2024

Public Notices

The State Board of Optometry will hold a virtual Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to consider adopting a new rule to implement Colorado Senate Bill 20-102 (Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct).

  • A copy of the Notice, SB20-102, and the Draft Rule is available for download
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 9:00 A.M. (MDT)
  • Watch/listen to the webinar recording of the Stakeholder Meeting held on September 22, 2020.


Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 1, 2020

The Board of Chiropractic Examiners, State Board of Optometry, Colorado Podiatry Board, State Physical Therapy Board, and State Board of Veterinarian Medicine (Boards) held a VIRTUAL Joint Stakeholder Meeting for the Boards to receive feedback on the adoption of the Emergency Licensing Rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 038.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 9:00 A.M. (MDT)
  • Copies of the Notice and each Board's Emergency Rules that were adopted pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 038 are available for download.
  • Listen/Watch the webinar recording.
Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

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