Julie Poteet, OD, MS, CNS, FOWNS

Concurrent Speaker

Dr. Poteet graduated from The New England College of Optometry and then completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the VA Medical System in Boston. At the VA, Dr. Poteet became interested in why some veterans seemed to age so differently than their peers and began questioning what lifestyle factors have the greatest impact on health and vitality. She then went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. After earning her Master’s degree, she then completed the requirements to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Poteet served as Vice President of the Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society (OWNS) for six years under her mentor Dr. Stuart Richer. She then served as President of the Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society for three years.

She has written and lectured extensively on the microbiome and immune system dysfunction, macular degeneration, and ocular diseases of aging. She is the Clinical Editor of Nutrition for the Jobson/WebMD journal Presbyopia and the Aging Eye where she just published a wellness e-resource for doctors. She works in Atlanta, Ga. where her office is a Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence. She is a member of the American Nutrition Association and serves on their BCNS board. Dr. Poteet is passionate about carrying on the legacy of her mentor, Dr. Stuart Richer, whose mantra “repair the roof before it starts raining” is an excellent metaphor for using lifestyle and nutrition to mitigate the course of disease.