PHILBROOK S. MASON, JR. O.D., CAPT / MSC/USN
Dr. Mason is a native of Easton, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater State College, where graduated Magna Cum Lade in 1983. He earned his doctorate of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry where he graduated with honors in 1987.
Dr. Mason served on active duty in the Navy from 1992 to 1999, holding Department Head positions in Optometry Clinics in Newport, RI and Portsmouth, NH. During his service at both commands he also served as the director of clinical externship for two optometry programs. He founded the program in Portsmouth, being named as an Adjunct Professor to the New England College of Optometry and the Illinois College of Optometry for his efforts. Dr. Mason is also a 1994 graduate of the Naval War College non-resident program.
Dr. Mason entered the Navy Reserve in 2001 and served as Assistant Officer-In-Charge for Detachment C, Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU), Bethesda, during Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. From 2007 to 2009 he served as the Officer in Charge of DET V, OHSU Portsmouth. From 2009 to 2011 he served as Officer in Charge for DET M, OHSU Portsmouth. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Director for Administration for the 18 detachments and 600+ sailors of OHSU Jacksonville in 2013-2014. He subsequently served a tour as the Director for Administration for the 16 detachments and 600+ sailors of Expeditionary Medical Facility, Great Lakes One, in 2015. He presently serves as an Administration Officer for EMF Bethesda.
Dr. Mason maintains membership in the Reserve Officer’s Association and in the Armed Forces Optometric Society. His military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of four awards), Navy Achievement Award, two Meritorious Unit Awards, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Navy Reserve Medal. He lives in Bridgewater with his wife Teresa and his two daughters. He enjoys running and traveling with his family.