Friday, October 12, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY– Governor Mary Fallin today announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Elliott of Broken Arrow to the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Elliott is a pediatric optometrist in Tulsa. She is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern State University (NSU) college of Optometry in Tahlequah.
“Dr. Elliott has impeccable credentials and years of experience that make her an ideal appointee,” Fallin said. “The state of Oklahoma will benefit from her service.”
Elliott is the first female doctor to be appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry. Her father, Dr. George Foster, previously served on the board for 12 years and was first appointed by former Governor George Nigh and then reappointed by former Governors Henry Bellmon and David Walters. This makes them the first father-daughter combination to serve on the board.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve on the optometry board for Governor Fallin,” Elliott said. “Being on the same board my father served on makes this honor even better.”
Elliott is a member in the American Optometric Association, Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, the American Academy of optometry as well as being a past president of Northeastern Oklahoma Optometric Society. She also participates in medical mission trips to India and Mexico. Elliott will serve a five year term and is replacing Dr. Gary Ford.