Kristen Fry, OD, MS, ACRP-CP
Dr. Kristen Fry serves as the Director of the Clinical Vision Research Center (CVRC) at the SUNY College of Optometry and oversees the research staff, and manages the relationships with faculty researchers and industry sponsors. Dr. Fry is a graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry where she also received a Master’s Degree in Vision Science. She has extensive experience in investigator-initiated, NIH-funded, industry-sponsored, and multi-center device and drug clinical trials. Dr. Fry also holds the position of Human Research Compliance Officer at the College. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Association of Certified Research Professionals (ACRP) and maintains certification as a Certified Clinical Research Professional.
Wayne Spencer, CCRC
Mr. L. Wayne Spencer is the Associate Director of the CVRC at the SUNY College of Optometry where he functions in quality oversight, quality assurance and control for all clinical research run through the CVRC. Mr. Spencer received his Bachelor’s degree from City University of New York through the Baccalaureate For Unique And Interdisciplinary Studies program (CUNY BA) and his Associates in Applied Science in Vision Care Technology from the New York City College of Technology. He has been a member of ACRP for over 15 years and maintains certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. He has extensive clinical research experience with a history of over 250 clinical research studies in both pediatric and adult populations.
Melissa Lee-Kung, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Melissa Le-Kung is a Senior Clinical Research Associate and Principal Investigator in the CVRC at the SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Lee-Kung received her Doctor of Optometry degree as well as her Masters in Vision Science from the College and she went on to complete a residency in Cornea and Specialty Contact Lenses at SUNY as well. Dr. Lee-Kung served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the College for 11 years and was a consultant for NY’s prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary – Specialty Contact Lens Department. She has worked in optometric private practice for over 14 years where she also worked as a Sub-Investigator for clinical trials involving contact lens research. She practiced at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, where she supervised optometric residents and helped create the contact lens clinic, and recently, practiced as a Clinical Instructor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Dept of Ophthalmology.
Josianne Manasse, OD
Dr. Josianne Manasse is a Clinical Research Associate and Sub-Investigator in the CVRC at the SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Manasse received her Optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry. Prior to working in the CVRC, she was an Associate optometrist at a family practice, providing comprehensive eye care to the general population. She continues to teach Contact Lens lecture and lab as well as Anatomy to aspiring students in the opticianry program at the Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.
Daphne Ambrose, OD
Dr. Daphne Ambrose is a Clinical Research Associate and Sub-Investigator in the CVRC at the SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Ambrose obtained her Optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry. Her background is in direct patient care with a focus on dry eye management, most recently serving patients in Connecticut and New York.