Loomis files for AOA VPApril 22, 2013
“The AOA, along with our affiliates, is the ONLY organization that advocates exclusively for our member doctors and the patients they serve. Advocating for our members is the AOA’s singular agenda and it most certainly will always be my focus,” said Dr. Loomis. “No other group or organization has accomplished for our profession what the AOA has accomplished, and no other group or organization will.”
Dr. Loomis currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of the AOA and is a past chair of the AOA State Government Relations Center (SGRC), Oversight Board, AOA Health Care Legislative Committee (HCLC) and the Resolutions and the Legal Defense Fund Oversight committees.
He serves as an observer for the Affiliate Relations and Membership Group Executive Committee, Affiliate Partner Membership Committee, Faculty Relations Committee, and Student and New Graduate Committee.
He has previously served as liaison trustee to the Advocacy Group Executive Committee, Community Health Center Committee, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Legislative Action Response Committee, Professional Relations Committee, State Government Relations Center Executive Committee, Professional Relations Committee, Paraoptometric Group Executive Committee, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and Paraoptometric Section and as a member of the Legislative Action Response Team and Optometry Awareness and Public Affairs Committee.
Dr. Loomis attended Montana State University and received his optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry.
Shortly after graduation, he began practicing with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. After 19 months at Kaiser, he opened a private practice in Littleton, Colo., now known as Mountain Vista EyeCare where he continues to practice today with his two partners, Kent Yount, O.D., and Tara Peterson, O.D., and with associate Mark Kruchen, O.D.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Since entering optometry, Dr. Loomis has been an active volunteer. He has worked on numerous committees within the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and served as secretary-treasurer and president of the COA. He served as legislative chair, testifying on optometry’s behalf and negotiating with ophthalmology during scope expansion. He chaired the Children’s Vision Task Force, which developed the goals for children’s vision programs in Colorado.
In 1994, Dr. Loomis was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Council of Optometry and later became president of the Southwest Council.
He has been awarded both Optometrist of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award by the COA.
He is a past president and board member of the Denver Southwest Rotary Club and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1990. He was elected to the Board of Elders for Southern Gables Church and has been chair of its board for six years.
Dr. Loomis and his wife of 36 years, Kathy, have three adult children and three grandchildren. They live in Roxborough Park, Colo.