Department Faculty

Blair Wong

Assistant Professor Blair Wong, Chair, M. Ed., ABOM, LDO, HFOAA, FNAO, NCLC, CRO, BS, AAS
Professor Wong is a MA Licensed Optician, a Master in Ophthalmic Optics and a 1980 graduate of the Optical Institute at Newbury College. With over thirty years of experience, Professor Wong is the founding Chair of the Eye Health Technology Department in 2007. An active member of the optical profession, Professor Wong has served on many national committees and association boards, including Executive Director of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts (OAM) since 2000, as well as being an OAM Past-President. Professor Wong is truly dedicated to the advancement of opticianry and has recently been recognized as the Massachusetts Optician of the Year (2011) and the Opticians Association of America President's Service Award (2013). Professor Wong is a nationally recognized lecturer on Ophthalmic Optics, and is also an Assistant Professor of Optics at the New England College of Optometry. Helping students to be successful in the world, is Professor Wong’s mission in teaching.
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Office: Union Building, Room 310

Kathryn Plante

Kathryn Plante, Adjunct Professor, AS, BS, ABOC, NCLC earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Roger Williams College and her Associate of Science degree in Opticianry from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. She completed her Ophthalmic Assisting Training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2011. She currently teaches at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and is a clinical Optician. Professor Plante also is Associate Director of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts.
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George Bourque

George Bourque, Adjunct Professor
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Professor Ellen R. Adams, MBA, COMT, Certified Ophthalmic Coding Specialist. Professor Adams has 16 years of experience as a certified ophthalmic technologist. She has been a compliance committee member for Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston for ten years. In 1988, Professor Adams began surgical assisting for retinal and anterior segment cases and became has experience performing retinoscopy, refractometry, Fluoroscein angiography, among other skills. Professor Adams is an avid traveler and instrument rated private pilot.
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Professor John S. Bell, MBA, COE, CMPE. Professor Bell earned his Artium Baccalaureatus (AB) from Dartmouth College in Mathematics and his MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. With over twenty-five years of experience in corporate America, Professor Bell has spent twenty of them in Medical practice management at five different Ophthalmology practices. Professor Bell is also a board member-at-large of the American Society of Opthalmic Administrators.
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Professor Karen Murphy, COT, ROUB. Professor Murphy has been teaching at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology for over two years. She is also a supervisor of Visual Services at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates She is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician and Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the Ophthalmic field.
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Professor Carolyn Shea, COMT, graduated from Boston University Medical Center Ophthalmic Technician training program in 1979. Professor Shea has worked in various practices, both private and academic in the field of Ophthalmology. She has published and taught Ophthalmic Medical Personnel at both a local and national level. Currently, she is the Manager of Glaucoma Service at Mass Eye and Ear infirmary and the program director of the OMP training program at Mass Eye and Ear for past four years.
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Professor Sharon Weihrausch, AS, BS, COMT, has been working in the Ophthalmic field for 30 years. Professor Weihrausch began her career as an apprentice Optician and is currently the main Surgical Technologist for the Oculoplastics team of doctors at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where she has worked for 21 years. Over the course of her career, Professor Weihrausch has worked in all aspects of Ophthalmic specialties including Glaucoma, Cornea, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, and Neuro-Ophthalmology. She has published articles in in Journal of Ophthalmic Nursing and Technology and spoken at continuing education courses throughout the years. Professor Wihrausch is also part of the team of Eye Care specialists who test the New England Patriots annually for their routine eye health.
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