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Phelps Booked With 'The Science Guy'

By Logan Hall

Ojai’s own Dr. Roger Phelps is no stranger to the public eye. The local optometrist, who has had his practice in Ojai for 40 years and is an expert in diabetes and eye care, has spoken at seminars around the country, moonlights as a mobile disc jockey and, most recently, is co-starring on a web-based show "VSP Eye Files," hosted by celebrity scientist, Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”
The show is a four-part series that airs online on the blog site of the nation’s largest provider of eye care coverage, VSP. Geared around teaching about vision and promoting eye care, the show will touch on four different topics through the four episodes: 3-D movies and their link to motion sickness, carrots and their link to eyesight, diabetes and the eye, and general eye care. The first episode, on 3-D movies and motion sickness, has already aired and is fast-paced, informative, and full of stimulating visuals and dialogue between Phelps and Nye. "To keep up with Bill Nye," said Phelps, "you’ve got to be animated. The directors were working with me to be more animated like him. It was a lot of fun."
The show’s producers spared no expense in the filming and production of the series. The show seems to be very well put together, and was produced using top-notch, professional equipment, along with a team of experts who helped it fall into place. "We filmed for two days in CBS Studio 10, where they filmed ‘Gilligan’s Island,’" said Phelps. "The camera company was big time. I believe they had just finished filming the ‘X-Games’ before doing this."
Focusing on being informative and entertaining, the show appears to revolve around Nye’s eccentric, captivating personality. He seems to really put his all into trying to connect with young viewers and sending a positive message about health care and science.
Nye gained popularity in the mid-’90s as the host of the Disney TV show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy," Airing 100 episodes, the entertaining and informative show took him to celebrity status in the four years that it ran. Nye continues to give the impression of being entertaining, coupled with having informative content in the show with Phelps. "I was very pleased with Bill," said Phelps. "He really cares about things. He wants to get true science out there. It was really nice working with him."
Phelps was chosen by VSP to star in the series because of his extensive work in the field of diabetes and eye care, his long-standing relationship with VSP, and his ability to work in front of lights and cameras. "Dr. Phelps is a VSP member and a certified diabetes educator," said VSP’s spokesman Liz Baidoo. "We were looking for a doctor with a robust personality that could match Bill Nye on an energy level. Dr. Phelps was the first one we thought of."
Because of his background in performance and public speaking, Phelps seems to fit right in with Nye on screen. The two obviously enjoy what they do, and work well together doing it. "One of the reasons I was asked to do this was that I had spoken at the American Diabetes Association exposition in Atlanta, and the same thing in Phoenix," said Phelps. "I was also on the ADA’s ‘Ask the Doctor’ forum where people submitted questions and I submitted answers."
Phelps will speak about diabetes and the eye in September at Soule Park Banquet Room, sponsored by the Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and he will also be the master of ceremonies for the Oak View Memorial Day parade.
To view Phelps and Nye in their online show, go to vspblog.com and look for “VSP EyeFiles.”

Ojai’s own Dr. Roger Phelps is no stranger to the public eye. The local optometrist, who has had his practice in Ojai for 40 years and is an expert in diabetes and eye care, has spoken at seminars around the country, moonlights as a mobile disc jockey and, most recently, is co-starring on a web-based show "VSP Eye Files," hosted by celebrity scientist, Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” The show is a four-part series that airs online on the blog site of the nation’s largest provider of eye care coverage, VSP. Geared around teaching about vision

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