Opticians Association of Massachusetts

Your OAM Board of Directors

About Me


Tom Lavin is the most senior optician on the board of directors and has served as Treasurer for several years. After graduating in the 3rd class of ophthalmic dispensing at Worcester Industrial Technical Institute, he went to work for Irving B. Smith in Worcester, and soon became assistant treasurer to our organization, which was then known as MARDO. Tom had to wait 18 months after graduation to become old enough to hold his optician license. Tom eventually bought the I.B. Smith practice, and has been on the OAM board continuously since he graduated. His longevity in the optical industry allows him to serve as advisor to the optical history committee on the board. He lives in Worcester and has two grown children and three grandchildren

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OAM - Our History

The Opticians Association of Massachusetts was founded as an association of independent opticians in 1936 under the name of the Massachusetts Association of Retail Dispensing Opticians, otherwise known as MARDO.

The association adopted a slightly different name in the 1970s when larger optical companies began to flourish and the membership represented both, independent opticians as well as opticians who were employed by optical conglomerate businesses. The new association name involved changing the word "Retail" to "Registered", thus allowing the MARDO acronym to remain unchanged.

In 2000, the association voted to place the emphasis of the association name upon the word "Optician" rather than "Massachusetts" and approved a name change to our current association name - Opticians Association of Massachusetts. At the time, the association developed a stronger alliance with the national association (Opticians Association of America) and as a demonstration of national unity, changed the association name to better reflect the profession as the focus, and not the individual state. The landmark vote, taken at the 2000 Annual Meeting, was unaminously approved by the membership and the original MARDO acronym became OAM.

  • The Opticians Association of Massachusetts

    Bringing your professional career into focus

    The OAM supports and believes in having close ties to our national leaders in Opticianry. The OAM is an affiliate member of the Opticians Association of America. $25 of each member's dues go towards the OAA affiliate membership and an OAA Individual Membership for each of our members. It has been through this relationship over the years that the OAM has prospered and grown in all areas due to the sharing of ideas and resources with the OAA and other OAA affiliated states throughout the country.

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    Opticians Association of Massachusetts
    PO Box 419
    Medway, MA 02053

    Phone: 508.533.1419
    Fax: 508.533.3060
    eMail Address: OpticianMA@aol.com

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