Instructors

Experts on both didactic and clinical training.

  • Christopher Wolfe, OD, FAAO, Dip. ABO

    Founder/Instructor

    Christopher Wolfe, OD, FAAO, Dip. ABO

    Dr. Christopher Wolfe is a graduate of Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. While in school, he served as president of the American Optometric Student Association, where he represented over 6,000 members. He is currently the Chair of the American Optometric Association’s State Government Relations Committee and the Legislative Chair for the Nebraska Optometric Association. In 2013 and 2015 he was awarded Young Optometrist of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association. In 2016 he was awarded the Optometrist of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association and the Young Optometrist of the Year for the American Optometric Association. In 2014 he was awarded Political Keyperson of the Year for the Nebraska Optometric Association and Alumni of the Year from Skutt Catholic High School. Dr. Wolfe has a passion for education. He is a co-founder of KMK Board Certification Review Services, a company specializing in preparing Doctors of Optometry to take the American Board of Optometry examination. He is the founder of EyeCode Education, a company specializing in the clinical and billing education. Dr. Wolfe is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He also has special interests in therapeutic scleral contact lenses to correct visual distortions in patients with corneal diseases. Dr. Wolfe is an avid runner and most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jaime, daughters Ryan, Paityn, Camryn, Logan, Maisyn and sons Lincoln, Deacon, and Benton.
  • Lindsey Behrendt, OD, FAAO

    Instructor/Orthokeratologist

    Lindsey Behrendt, OD, FAAO

    Dr. Lindsey Behrendt completed her Doctorate of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Her clinical externship training included an ocular disease-focused rotation at the Robert Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas and a contact lens and primary care rotation at a private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. During her time at SCO, she was an active member of Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) and took part in mission trips to Mexico and Belize. Dr. Behrendt has continued her involvement in these trips as a member of Nebraska VOSH. She was born and raised in Oakley, Kansas and attended Kansas State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences with minors in Biology and Gerontology. Dr. Behrendt practices primary eye care for patients of all ages. She has specific interest in contact lenses, family vision, and pediatrics. She holds membership in the American Optometric Association, the Nebraska Optometric Association and a graduate of the NOA Leadership Institute. Personally Dr. Behrendt enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her husband John, cheering on the Kansas State Wildcats, and traveling.
  • Richard Castillo, OD, DO

    Ophthalmologist/Assistant Dean for Surgical Training and Education

    Richard Castillo, OD, DO

    Richard Castillo, O.D., D.O., is a graduate of the Oklahoma College of Optometry and the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He completed a medical/surgical residency in Comprehensive Ophthalmology/Ophthalmic Surgery at Oklahoma State University, and is a past director of the OSU Ophthalmology service. He has been NSU-OCO’s principle surgeon, and a clinical professor of Optometry since 1998. He has a subspecialty interest in anterior segment microsurgery and oculoplastics. As Professor, Assistant Dean for Surgical Training and Education, and Chief of the NSU-OCO Surgery Service, he is responsible for overseeing all facets of NSU-OCO’s surgical program, a program he helped pioneer going back to 1996. He introduced office-based radiosurgery to NSU and the profession in 1998, a treatment modality which has become commonplace in all states with Optometric Advanced Practice and Surgical Legislation. For the past two decades, Dr. Castillo has remained a strong and aggressive proponent of optometric CME, holding workshops on Advanced Office Procedures, minor surgery, lasers, and office-based anesthesia both nationally and internationally. Dr. Castillo is the author of several textbook chapters, including the iconic Rosenbloom’s Vision & Aging, where he co-authored the text’s introductory chapter, and the equally iconic Pfenninger & Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care, which has been included in the list of the 100 most influential texts in medicine. He is the chair and commissioner of the National Commission on Vision and Health. He has served on numerous committees for the National Board of Examiner’s in Optometry. Dr. Castillo was recently honored with a Special Citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Surgical Optometric Care in the State of Oklahoma. He was honored with a similar award from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiner’s in Optometry in the winter of 2015.
  • Jenna Lighthizer, OD

    Associate Professor

    Jenna Lighthizer, OD

    Dr. Jenna Lighthizer received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR in 2008. Following her education, she completed a residency in Primary Eye Care at the American Lakes VA Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Lighthizer joined the faculty at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in August of 2009, where she currently serves as a full-time Associate Professor in the areas of Ocular Pharmacology, Optometric Methodology, and Clinical Education.