Dr. David W. Nelson graduated from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 1985 and has practiced in the Madison, Wisconsin area for twenty-two years.He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Business with a diversified Masters in Business Administration in 1991.Dr. Nelson served in 2001-02 as President of the American Optometric Association (AOA), a 33,000 member organization of optometrists, following his eight years of service on the Board of Trustees. His involvement while on the Board of Trustees included resolving a nationwide, eight year, anti-trust defense against the association leveled by the state's attorney generals, increasing the association assets nearly 40 fold while defending the lawsuit, initiating the AOA Ophthalmic Council and increasing the annual meeting attendancemore than three fold. He served on the personnel, building, finance, and pension fund committees in addition to his year as Secretary-Treasurer of the organization. For five years following his term as President of the AOA, Dr. Nelson served on the Judicial Council according to the by-laws of the organization.
He currently serves as Chair of the Primary Eyecare Council for Optos, PLCand is on Signet Armorlite’s Education Board, manufacturer of Kodak Brand Spectacle and Progressive Lenses.Dr. Nelson gives educational lectures across the United States for optometric colleagues in newly advancing areas of panoramic retinal imaging for Optos, PLC, and nutrition lectures for Nordic Naturals – a leading manufacturer of high quality fish oils. He has also provided consulting services for Silhouette Optical in addition to Optos, Nordic Naturals and Signet Armorlite.