San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) is proud to announce that employee Vanessa Martinelli has been named the Texas Optometric Association 2016 Optometric Staff Member of the Year.

Martinelli was nominated because of her outstanding dedication to her position at the Rosenberg School of Optometry where she serves as the clinic support manager. In that role, Martinelli provides direct oversight and supervision of all administrative operations at five geographically-separated clinics with 27 staff employees. She oversees billing, coding, third-party reimbursements, scheduling, electronic medical records, HIPAA, budget and marketing. Martinelli is also involved in compliance, risk management, quality assurance, credentialing and privileging and infection control.

“Vanessa is an outstanding leader and manager and her organizational skills have been a contributing factor for the clinic network’s tremendous growth and success,” said UIWRSO Dean Dr. Timothy Wingert. “She represents the University of the Incarnate Word’s Mission at heart and is a major part of why the Rosenberg School of Optometry is a wonderful place to work.”

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CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu