2019 Award Recipients

2019 OPW Award Winners

Optometrist of the Year

Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen


Young OD of the Year

Rachel Horrocks

Rachel Horrocks, O.D. graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2008. She has lived in Vancouver, WA throughout school and since graduation with her husband (and high school sweetheart) Chrisand their two children Cade and Emerson.  She volunteers for Compassion Vancouver and Project Homeless Connect, also donating exams and glasses to the local homeless population in Vancouver.Dr. Horrocks and her mother continually raise their own funds throughout the year so that when the need arises (which it always does) at the community outreach events, they are able to donate their own money to give apatient glasses. Dr. Horrocks also does Free Clinic events quarterly at Evergreen Eye Care. The office works in conjunction with the Vancouver Free Clinic to coordinate exams for people who are uninsured. Dr. Horrocks and the office also see Free Clinic patients for eye health emergencies and glaucoma checkups and more.Rachel Horrocks is a smart, kind, friendly, and graceful practitioner. She brings so much to the optometry table and we are lucky to her her in our profession.

Presidents Award

Phil Williams

Philip Williams

Lifetime Acheivement Award 

Brett Bence

Brett's contributions are almost too numerous to list. Not only has he contributed as a gifted clinician and educator, but has lead at all levels of organized optometry. Notably, as a clinician (not academician), he has held the highest office in the Academy of Optometry. All this while being a great friend, husband, dad and community member. 

  • Graduated Magna cum Laude from University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Adjunct Professor at Pacific University, University of Houston, and Southern California College of Optometry
  • Residency Program Coordinator with Souther California College of Optometry
  • Fellow and Past President of American Academy of Optometry
  • Presidents Distinguished Award, WAOP 1997
  • Optometrist of the Year, WAOP 1997
  • Volunteer for Big Brothers of San Diego County and King County, Millionaire's Club, Snoqualmie Ski Instructor, and Whatcom and Skagit Project Homeless Connection
  • Accomplished and published lecturer, researcher, and presenter.