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Dori M. Carlson, OD, FAAO

AOA President, 2011

Dr. Carlson is a 1989 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. She then completed a residency in Hospital-based Rehabilitative Optometry at the American Lake and Seattle VA. In 1990 she opened Heartland Eye Care. Dr. Carlson is active in the North Dakota Optometric Association (having served as the first female President in 1998), the American Optometric Association and the American Public Health Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Other Achievements:

  • 2004 - Elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees.
  • 2010 - Elected to the position of President Elect and became the Association’s first female President in June 2011.
  • 1995 - Honored as the North Dakota Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year in 2003.
  • 2001 - Recognized along with her husband, Dr. Mark Helgeson, as the Walsh County Entrepreneurs of the Year.

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