Alumni & Friends Spotlights

Aaron McNulty

O.D.'11

Dr. Aaron McNulty (O.D.’11) is an IU School of Optometry alumnus and donor. Dr. McNulty currently practices with Elliott Rosengarten, OD, in Louisville, KY, is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma College of Optometry, and is a clinical preceptor for Kentucky ODs earning laser privileges. His areas of interest include treatment of eye disease and specialty contact lenses, such as scleral lenses; and he frequently lectures on ocular disease, laser surgery, and optometric surgical procedures. In his spare time, Dr. McNulty enjoys spending time outdoors with wife, Leslie, and young daughter, Alice.

Q&A

Where did you grow up?

“Owensboro, KY”

Where did you get your BA? What was your major?

“Agricultural Biotechnology at University of Kentucky”

How did you become interested in Optometry as a career?

“I was attracted by the opportunity to help others in a profound way. I also enjoy business management and the possibility of owning a practice was appealing.”

Who was your favorite instructor during your time at IUSO? Why?

“Dr. Pence left a lasting impact through his clinical education and practice management course. He brought a practical, ‘hands-on’ approach to optometric education which was very effective.”

 What is your favorite IUSO memory? 

“The scavenger hunt during third year was a great way to bond with classmates and see interesting parts of Bloomington which we didn’t usually get to see.”

 What was your first job in Optometry? 

“I worked for Dr. Elliott Rosengarten in Louisville the summer after my first year of optometry school. It was a great learning experience, both clinically and in terms of real world practice management.”

 What have been your career milestones? 

“I did a residency at the Oklahoma College of Optometry, which was a great experience. I also earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2013.”

 What is the most rewarding aspect of your career? 

“Offering specialty contact lens services has been a very rewarding investment. I enjoy being able to help those patients who have been unable to find help from other offices. It’s been a great professional experience.”

 What are some of the major organized professional activities in which you have participated? 

“I’m active with the Kentucky Optometric Association and the AOA. I’m currently a Trustee for the KOA and am active with education planning for Kentucky extended therapeutic procedures (lasers and surgical procedures). I had the chance to travel to Washington D.C. a few times for the AOA-PAC Congressional Advocacy Conference, which was a very interesting experience.”

Have you received awards or honors for your career accomplishments?  If so, please share those.

“I was named 2014 Young Optometrist of the Year in Kentucky”

What do you wish someone would have told you when you graduated from IUSO?

“Strongly consider doing a residency. I didn’t plan on doing a residency until late in my education, and I’m very glad I did. The advanced training was a great complement to the IUSO curriculum. Also, read books and educate yourself on staff management. This will make up a good part of your daily challenges, and you should prepare yourself now to handle this task.”

 What advice would you offer to new Optometry grads?

“Get active with your state association. The association has tons to offer you, and they have helped countless young ODs in your position. They know what you’re going through in terms of joining insurance panels, joining a practice, and a thousand other challenges you face.”