Meet the Team

Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO

Dr. Richard Shuldiner’s purpose is to teach, train and coach optometrists to be low vision doctors. He is the founder of both Shuldiner Low Vision Training Institute and The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, and he has enjoyed a low vision only practice in Southern California for over 20 years.

As a young low vision doctor in the 1980s, Dr. Shuldiner found himself under the wing of the Father of Low Vision Care, Dr. William Feinbloom, OD, PhD. – the inventor of bioptic telescope glasses for driving, microscope lenses for reading and various contact lenses. Dr. Shuldiner was also fortunate to work under Dr. Eleanor Faye, MD, the Medical Director of the New York Lighthouse, and Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, OD, FAAO, Chief of Low Vision Services for The Lighthouse. The New York Lighthouse, later Lighthouse International and now part of The Guild-Lighthouse, was the largest and most advanced low vision service in the world. These opportunities shaped Dr. Shuldiner and he invented the Richard Shuldiner, OD/William Feinbloom, OD Philosophy & Methods for Providing Low Vision Care™ that is part of his four-day low vision intensive training course curriculum used to train over 70 private practice optometrists.

Dr. Shuldiner is very accomplished and a highly sought out low vision expert. He was the Chief Clinical Editor of Managing Low Vision (2018-2022), Founder and Clinical Director of the upstate New York Lighthouse, President of the Rialto Lions Club, member of the board of directors of the San Bernardino Lighthouse, and a member of the Eye Health Committee of the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Shuldiner has lectured and led continuing education and workshops on low vision in Russia, China, Africa, Israel and throughout the United States, and he has been interviewed on various television and radio programs over his impressive career.


Susan Ackerson, MS

Susan is driven and passionate about helping optometrists to create businesses they love. She completed her Master of Science in Education at California State University at Fullerton and has utilized the research and analytical skills gained there throughout her career. With a background routed in education, and success in pharmaceutical sales, entrepreneurship, business consulting, marketing and optometric practice management, Susan now leads Shuldiner Low Vision Training Institute into the future. She enjoys the challenges and nuances of practice management and long-term business strategy, as she helped grow a specialty optometric practice in Michigan to gross over $3 million and facilitate its sale. When not at her desk, Susan enjoys adventures in traveling, cooking and boating with her family and friends.



Peter DeGraziano, OD, FAAO

Dr. DeGraziano is a dedicated and seasoned low vision practitioner, lifelong learner, and passionate educator. His journey in optometry began with the receipt of numerous scholarships, including a prestigious full academic scholarship, culminating in the attainment of his Doctorate in Optometry in 2001, where he graduated with Academic Honors. Following graduation, he proudly served as an officer and doctor in the United States Navy.

Dr. DeGraziano was trained in Low Vision care by the founder and president of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) and is honored to continue the legacy of exceptional low vision care by becoming a Certified Trainer. Dr. DeGraziano has shared his expertise in clinical optics through multiple COPE approved lectures to Low Vision optometrists on topics such as ‘Vergence Amplification in Telescopic Systems’. In addition to his clinical and educational pursuits, Dr. DeGraziano serves as the Director of Program Development for a charitable organization dedicated to serving the visually impaired. He continues to advance his skills as he pursues Low Vision Diplomate status through the prestigious American Academy of Optometry.