Get to know new medical director with soft spot for ECPs and LPs
Dr. Wende is not your average Joe.
Meet Joe Wende, OD. He’s EyeMed’s new sr. director of medical, reporting to Mike Austin, vice president, provider relations. Dr. Wende’s top-notch experience in the eye care space spans 3 decades and all sectors of the eye care industry from eye care professional (ECP) to industry relations. As the voice of the ECP, he’ll be focusing on our relationships with members of the provider network. He’s most excited about joining a vision care industry leader that demonstrates commitment to continuous growth.
Dr. Wende enjoys working and interacting with patients, practitioners and colleagues alike in both the corporate and clinical practice spaces. He’s eager to learn a new perspective on managed vision care in his new role but also to share his expertise in provider network management, optometry, ophthalmic lenses and labs, credentialing, quality assurance and industry relations. In short, he’s committed to the improvement of ECP lives.
Dr. Wende joins EyeMed from Carl Zeiss Vision, where he was vice president, managed vision care. Previously he held leadership positions at Davis Vision and has served as past first vice president of the National Associate of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP), a trade organization for the managed vision care industry. He was also a Pearle Vision affiliated optometrist and licensed operator.
Dr. Wende holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Wende is not your average Joe. His passion doesn’t stop with ophthalmic lenses and labs but spills over into the world of music. He has a soft spot for vinyl records, a collection of about 3,000 LPs from the likes of The Beach Boys, The Clash, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lyle Lovett, Bob Marley, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa and much more – just too many to list. In addition to his love of LPs, he cherishes time spent with family and friends at the beach, baseball games or traveling.
Welcome to the fastest growing vision care company in the nation, Dr. Wende!
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