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Lorna Taylor, President and CEO of Premier Eye Care

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Lorna Taylor is the President and CEO of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in national managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from routine vision exams to complex ocular surgical procedures.

Taylor is an accomplished leader, both in directing fast-growing Premier and in making an impact in the community. Premier, named one of Florida’s “Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years by Florida Trend magazine, is a leading business partner of major health plans, managing the routine vision and medical eye care of over 4 million insured persons through a national network of contracted physicians and facilities.

The company was also ranked as one of top 75 companies nationally by the Center for Generational Kinetics in 2015 as the “Best Places to Work for Millennials” and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2015 and 2016 “Fast 50” and “Florida’s Fast 100”, which ranks the fastest-growing companies in the Tampa Bay and the state of Florida.

Taylor, one of the top business leaders in Florida, was the winner in the Health & Wellness category of the 2013 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year awards, while also receiving Angie’s Award, given to the finalist who best exemplifies commitment to community service. The award reflected Premier Eye Care’s far-reaching community involvement, which ranges from supporting arts and culture to the prevention of domestic violence.

A past Chair of The Spring of Tampa Bay, Taylor was honored with the organization’s Angel Award, and was also named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida 2013. In 2014, she received the Light of Sight award from the Lion’s Eye Institute Foundation, and the Jan Roberts Sustainability Leadership Award from the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay.  The Business Observer named her as one of 2015’s top entrepreneurs of the year.

Taylor was honored in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Ethics Award from the University of Tampa Center for Ethics for her business approach that integrates a commitment to “people, planet and profit” as a proven business strategy for sustainability and success.

Personally, Taylor is involved in a wide variety of community and charitable causes. She serves on the Board of Trustees for The Dalí Museum, and on the Medical Board of Directors for Moffitt Cancer Center, Preserve Vision Florida (Vice Chair), Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation (Chair), and Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts. She also serves on the University of Tampa Board of Trustees.

Taylor is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity, concentrating in Social Ethics. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she enjoys her rescue pups, travel, art, and the vibrant cultural life of Tampa Bay.

Michael Hecht, O.D., Chief Medical Officer

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Michael A. Hecht, O.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Premier Eye Care, a leading third party administrator of eye care benefits for health plans. For more than 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their members receive high-quality, cost-effective care.

Dr. Hecht began his career with Premier Eye Care in 1993. After graduating from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Biology in 1976, he entered the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he earned a degree in Visual Sciences in 1977 and Doctor of Optometry in 1980. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Hecht returned to Florida to practice within a large multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Palm Beach County. At that time, Dr. Hecht was the first optometrist in Palm Beach County to practice together with ophthalmologists.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Hecht’s efforts resulted in an integration of primary care optometry and general ophthalmology, fostering an environment of cooperation and communication between the two eye care professions in South Florida. Well recognized for his expertise in developing ophthalmic provider networks and in the clinical aspects of ophthalmic practices, he was invited to join and assist in the establishment of Premier Eye Care.

In addition to his role as Chief Medical Officer of Premier Eye Care, Dr. Hecht was a member of the Palm Beach County Optometric Society and served as President from 1986-1987. He was also the Chairman of the Palm Beach Winter Seminar, serving from 1990-1999.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Hecht resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife.  He and his wife have two children; a married daughter who lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two sons, and a son who is an attorney in West Palm Beach.  In his free time, Dr. Hecht enjoys his family time, gardening, jogging and spending as much time as possible with his wife and family traveling to Maine.

Jason Panos, Chief Operating Officer

Photography by: ©Michael B. LloydJason Panos is the Chief Operating Officer of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high-quality, cost-effective care.

Panos began his career with Premier Eye Care in 1997. After graduating from Lynn University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1995, he continued on to Florida Atlantic University. He graduated from FAU in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on management information systems.

Panos specializes in HealthCare Operations Technology. As data needs continue to grow and healthcare systems become ever more complex, he has developed systems that allow enormous amounts of data to be accessed, yet are simple enough that Premier can use and apply this data to everyday operation needs.

This integration of technology, healthcare and business helps keep the Premier Eye Care team ahead of the curve by leveraging health care data in the most effective manner possible.

In addition to his role as COO of Premier Eye Care, Panos was a tenured professor at Broward College for 8 years. His expertise centers on computer networking systems with a focus on Microsoft and Cisco systems. Panos’ certifications have included Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Cisco Certified Networking Associate and Cisco Certified Academic Instructor.

Originally from Michigan, Panos now resides in South Florida with his wife, two daughters and one son. In his free time, he enjoys his family, traveling, and participating in triathlons.

C. Haas Gómez, Vice President of Network Management

GomezC. Haas Gómez is Vice President of Business Development for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from Routine Vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures.   Since 1994, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.

 

 

 

Shari Basye, Vice President of Operations

Photography by: ©Michael B. LloydShari Basye is the Vice President of Operations of Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care – providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high-quality, cost-effective care.

 

 

 

Anna Pinera, Vice President of National Network Management

pineraAnna Pinera is the Vice President of National Network Management for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures.  For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.

 

 

 

Afrouz Motedaeiny, OD, Associate Medical Director

MotedaeinyAfrouz Motedaeiny, O.D. is the Associate Medical Director of Premier Eye Care, a leading third party administrator of eye care benefit for health plans.   For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while insuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.

 

 

 

 

Moira Burke, M.D., Medical Director

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Moira Burke, M.D. is a Medical Director for Premier for Premier Eye Care, a leading expert in managed eye care providing services and administration of everything from routine vision services to complex ocular surgical procedures. Dr. Burke provides clinical guidance, supervision, oversight and evaluation for the company’s Utilization Management and Credentialing programs. For 20 years, Premier has helped health plan partners manage risks while ensuring that their customers get high quality, cost effective care.