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Ann Wonderling OD, FCOVD

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Residency trained in Pediatric Optometry, Dr. Wonderling joined the optometric practice of her father, Dr. Richard Foss, on July 12, 2004.

Dr. Wonderling was elected to be the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) beginning in 2018. Dr. Wonderling has held various positions on the WOA Board since 2004. The WOA is a nonprofit affiliation of licensed doctors of optometry and associated businesses dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the vision welfare of the people of Wisconsin. The vision of the WOA is to be the recognized authority on vision and eye health care in Wisconsin while serving as the primary advocate for the profession of optometry throughout the state

In January of 2014, Dr. Wonderling became a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry. By becoming an ABO Diplomate, Dr. Wonderling voluntarily demonstrated her knowledge, skills, abilities and commitment to lifelong learning for the benefit of her patients. By attaining American Board of Optometry Board Certification and enrolling in the Maintenance of Certification program, Diplomates declare their lifelong commitment to quality patient care.

Dr. Wonderling was named “Young Optometrist of the Year” in Wisconsin in 2007 by the Wisconsin Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. This award is presented to one outstanding doctor each year that has been in practice for less than ten years. The award recognizes the doctor’s exceptional service to optometry, dedication to the visual welfare of the public and service to the community.

One of only four optometrists in the state of Wisconsin who have completed a residency in vision therapy and pediatric optometry, and one of only seven optometrists in Wisconsin to be a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Dr. Wonderling sees patients at Family Vision Center for routine eye and vision exams and owns Vision Therapy Academy.

Vision Therapy Academy is an externship site for fourth-year optometry students to gain hands on experience and increase their knowledge of vision therapy and pediatric optometry. Participating students come from the Illinois College of Optometry, UAB School of Optometry, or St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Wonderling obtained her BS at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO). In 2003, she received her Doctorate of Optometry. While attending UABSO, she received the Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award, which is chosen by the faculty to honor the student who excelled in all subspecialties of optometry. Her rotations included the Veteran’s Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, nursing homes, the office of Dr. Sharon Snider (one of Alabama’s leading pediatric vision specialists), and the pediatric, contact lens, ocular disease, low vision and primary care clinics at UABSCO.

In 2003–2004 Dr. Wonderling was selected to be the pediatric resident at UAB. The residency included seeing patients at the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary clinic caring for low birth weight babies. She also cared for patients at the Sparks Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary facility that cares for patients with academic and developmental delays. Dr. Wonderling examined patients at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Helen Keller School. She also saw patients at the Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, and at the office of one of the leading pediatric ophthalmologists in the Southeast. Dr. Wonderling also enjoyed spending time in the occupational therapy department at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Dr. Wonderling was a masked examiner for ATS3 and ATS5 and was involved in several research projects at UABSO. She enjoyed being the supervising doctor for the vision therapy department for fourth year optometry interns working with adults and children with binocular vision problems.

Dr. Wonderling has volunteered her time and expertise providing eye care at the Special Olympics, the Cahaba Valley Health Initiative, and Camp Seale Harris for children with diabetes. She has enjoyed mission trips with VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) to Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Wonderling is also a volunteer of Walker’s Point Community Clinic in Milwaukee and at the Rich Coaty Memorial Eye Clinic in La Crosse.

Currently, she is accepting new patients at Family Vision Center—doing both routine eye and vision exams and pediatric eye and vision exams. She also sees patients on a referral basis at Vision Therapy Academy.