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Tarpon Springs
43309 US Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: 727.938.2020
Toll Free: 800.282.9905

Tampa
13303 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 813.384.3838

Spring Hill
1180 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Phone: 352.684.6722

Bayonet Point
14030 US Hwy 19 N
Bayonet Point, FL 34667
Phone: 727.861.2020

St. Petersburg
9400 9th Street N (MLK)
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone: 727.328.7700

 

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Meet our Florida Eyecare Team – Doctors and Staff Practicing Near Tampa and Orlando

Cataract and Refractive Surgery
James Gills, MD
Pit Gills, MD
Jeffrey Wipfli, MD
Kimberly Ireland, MD
Cornea Diseases and Surgery
Brandon Rodriguez, MD
Plastic Surgery
Nicolas Villanustre, MD, FACS
Dermatology
David Sable, MD, PhD
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Bruce Kiskaddon, MD
Danielle Arcaro, MD
Gustavo Gamero, MD
M. B. Kayani, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)
Warren Hamilton, MD
Byron Holley, MD
Moira Burke, MD
Low Vision
Edward Huggett, OD
Vitreo-Retinal Diseases & Surgery
Brian Phillpotts, MD
Raymond Agia, MD
Byung-Joon Ahn, MD
Glaucoma
Gustavo Gamero, MD
Stephen Deppermann, MD
Optometry
Frank Dina, OD
Kenneth Murphy, OD
Rachael Streeter, OD
Maria Loulourgas, OD
Katherine Flynn, OD
Michael Causey, OD
Paul Glass, OD
Director of Hearing Services
Kristen Decelles, Au D
Physician's Assistant
Meridith Clark, PA-C
Robert Gritter, PA-C
James Marone, PA-C

Cataract and Refractive Surgery

James Gills, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Spring Hill
St. Petersburg
Bayonet Point
Tampa

James Gills, MD, is the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute. Board Certified since 1967, he was the first ophthalmologist in the United States to dedicate his practice to the treatment of cataracts via the use of intraocular lens implants (1974). Dr. Gills has performed more cataract and lens implant surgeries than anyone else in the world.

Learn more about world-renowned cataract surgeon James Gills, MD.

Pit Gills, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Spring Hill
St. Petersburg
Bayonet Point
Tampa

Pit Gills, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, LASIK and other refractive surgeries. Having already performed more than 40,000 surgical procedures, Dr. Gills is one of the most accomplished surgeons in his field. His training and experience with the many intraocular lenses and laser technologies available gives patients an important advantage. Dr. Gills can present options and perform the refractive procedures best suited to patients' vision and lifestyle needs, including, LASIK, PRK, ICL, CLEAR and the Visian ICL™.

In addition to treating current patients, Dr. Gills is engaged in developing new techniques that will benefit patients in the future. He has participated in multiple clinical studies and FDA trials of intraocular lenses and has published articles in key scientific journals and medical textbooks. Dr. Gills also shares his extensive surgical experience through presentations to colleagues at major scientific symposiums.

Dr. Gills continues to be inspired by the pioneering contributions of his father, worldrenowned cataract surgeon James Gills, MD, who founded St. Luke's and established its philosophy of excellence and patient-centered care. Its enduring reputation for innovation, caring and outstanding results has drawn patients to St. Luke's from more than 75 countries around the world.

A native Floridian, Dr. Gills completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Pre-Med at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his medical degree from Duke University Medical School in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Gills completed his medical internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his cornea fellowship at St. Luke's.

Dr. Gills gives his time and surgical talents to help those in need through organizations such as Lions Clubs International and the Florida Division of Blind Services. An avid athlete, he has completed numerous freediving competitions, marathons and IRONMAN triathlons. Dr. Gills and his wife, Joy, have three children.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Society for Excellence in Eye Care
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Pasco Medical Society

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • 2011: LenSx®
  • 2002: Visian ICL™
  • 2000: LASIK
  • 2000: PRK

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Jeffrey A Wipfli, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
St. Petersburg
Tampa

Jeffrey Wipfli, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery, LASIK and other refractive surgeries. As one of the most experienced eye surgeons in his field, Dr. Wipfli can advise patients on the full range of surgical and lens options available to best address their needs and accomplish their vision goals. Dr. Wipfli is consistently recognized by colleagues for his commitment to surgical excellence and praised by patients for his personal approach to their care. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and was a Graduate with Honors and Special Distinction as well as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Wipfli completed his residency training at the St. Louis University Eye Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received the Rabani Award for Excellence in Patient Care. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and was named Pre-Professional Student of the Year. Before joining St. Luke's, Dr. Wipfli spent nine years in private practice in Oklahoma. Dr. Wipfli has performed more than 40,000 ophthalmic surgeries, including more than 30,000 advanced cataract surgeries.

Dr. Wipfli currently lives in Tampa with his wife Allison and their daughters Aubrey and Grace. He enjoys sporting events, playing basketball and spending time with his family.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

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Kimberly Ireland, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

The Villages

Kimberly Ireland, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in advanced cataract surgery. She also performs LASIK, oculoplastic surgery, provides care for glaucoma detection and treatment, and treats retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Dr. Ireland received her B.S. in Biology with High Honors from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College; graduating as an Honor Alumna. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina..

Following her training, Dr. Ireland spent ten years in private practice before being recruited to lead as Department Chair for a large multispecialty group in Wisconsin. During her tenure, she oversaw tremendous expansion, including a new hospital, clinic, and the renovation of a surgery center. She distinguished herself as a progressive cataract surgeon who brought state of the art cataract techniques to her practice.

For Dr. Ireland, practicing ophthalmology offers her the opportunity to improve the lives of her patients, which she considers an honor and a privilege. She is committed to supporting community programs and serving those less fortunate. Dr. Ireland developed glaucoma screening programs and worked with local free clinics to provide ophthalmic care to those in need in the Milwaukee area. Dr. Ireland enjoys teaching and supports the education of ophthalmic technicians and optometrists. She teaches residents and her peers on advanced cataract surgical techniques.

Dr. Ireland's commitment to excellence is pervasive throughout her practice. She was recognized for achieving the highest patient satisfaction scores in a national survey. This honor came directly from the patients she serves.

Moving to Florida was a natural progression in Dr. Ireland's career. She has long admired the Gills' commitment to exceptional patient care and has a natural connection to the community since her parents reside in The Villages.

Dr. Ireland resides in Lady Lake with her three children: Joey, Meg, and Rory. Dr. Ireland enjoys playing with her children, traveling, reading, and gardening. She is also an avid SCUBA diver, and loves to fly helicopters.

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Cornea Diseases and Surgery


Brandon Rodriguez, MD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs office

Brandon Rodriguez, MD, is an award-winning ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of corneal & external diseases, as well as performing cataract & refractive surgery. Dr. Rodriguez brings to St. Luke's a wealth of innovative techniques based on his extensive surgical and research experience developed here in the United States and while abroad serving in the US Navy. His training and experience in cataract surgery, LASIK, pterygium surgery and in cutting-edge treatments for dry eye syndrome and ocular surface diseases such as corneal dystrophies are important additions to the care available to patients at St. Luke's. He is widely published in medical journals and a frequent guest speaker at key medical meetings on cataract surgery and medical and surgical options for corneal diseases.

Professional Affiliations

  • • Fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • • Chief Resident in Ophthalmology, State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center
  • • Residency in Ophthalmology, State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center
  • • Doctor of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • First surgeon in Tampa (Hillsborough County) to perform Femtosecond Laser Assisted Corneal Transplantation
  • Awarded Who's Who Among Healthcare Professionals & Executives in America for excellence in patient care
  • Awarded the Hy Berman Memorial Award in Ophthalmology for excellence in patient care and research
  • Awarded the Mellinger Medical Award for excellence in research
  • Dr. Rodriguez continues to achieve corrected vision for his post-operative LASIK and PRK patients of 20/20 or better, consistently higher than the national average, according to studies conducted by SurgiVision, LLC.
  • 2000: PRK

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Plastic Surgery

Nicolas Villanustre, MD, FACS

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Tampa
Spring Hill
St. Petersburg

Nicolas Villanustre, MD, FACS is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery with specializations in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face.

Dr. Villanustre's extensive training and background gives him the experience and perspective to help patients achieve their goals with a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Villanustre has become known for his experience, skills and cutting edge techniques with procedures such as breast augmentations, Brazilian breast lifts and breast reductions, rhinoplasty, male cosmetic enhancements including gynecomastia (male breast reduction), body contouring such as Brazilian buttlift (buttocks augmentation), tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, nose and chin reshaping, and facial rejuvenation including eye, brow, face and neck lifts along with non-surgical anti-aging treatments such as BOTOX®, Dysport® and dermal fillers .

Dr. Villanustre received a Medical Doctorate from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. He completed his training in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Indiana University and furthered his training in cosmetic surgery during an international fellowship with Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in Brazil. He was a full time faculty member of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he achieved the status of Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Villanustre's exceptional training, clinical experience and his special relationship with patients have fostered many tributes and awards. He has achieved the Patient's Choice Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and a Compassionate Doctor Award in 2010.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

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Dermatology

David Sable, MD, PhD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Spring Hill
Tampa

David Sable MD, PhD is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, specializing in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction. Mohs surgery is a specialized microscopically guided technique for removal of skin cancers providing the highest cure rate possible while minimizing loss of normal tissue providing superior cosmetic results. Dr. Sable is one of the few fellowship trained surgeons in the area providing this technique having completed over 1200 cases during his fellowship. He also provides general dermatological services, and cosmetic services including skin peels, dermabrasion, scar revision, as well as Botox®, Restylane®, Juvaderm™, Radiesse®, and other fillers.

Dr. Sable received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts and completed a PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his medical degree in 1996 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. After completing internships in both pathology and internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Faulkner Hospital, both Harvard teaching hospitals; he completed a dermatology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. While in residency, he served as chief resident there from 2001 to 2002. From 2003 to 2004 he was a fellow in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the birthplace of the technique.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Mohs Surgery
  • Fellow, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Board of Dermatology

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Bruce Kiskaddon, MD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs location

Bruce Kiskaddon, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been an experienced member of St. Luke's surgical staff since 1980. Dr. Kiskaddon's specialty interests include plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids with a focus on eyelid malpositions, blepharoplasty, and ptosis repair for droopy eyelids.

Dr. Kiskaddon's practice includes the management of glaucoma patients and glaucoma laser surgery. Dr. Kiskaddon also performs yag laser capsulotomy procedures for the restoration of sight after cataract surgery.

Dr. Kiskaddon received his undergraduate degree with major studies in chemistry from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree in 1975 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. After serving an internship at the Medical College of Virginia, he completed his ophthalmology specialty training at the distinguished Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Kiskaddon and his wife Arlene live in Tarpon Springs with their five children Keith, Amy Lynn, Eric, Lindsey Mae, and Kathryn.

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomat; American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomat; National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Member; American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Pasco County Medical Society

Danielle Arcaro, MD

Serving you at our Spring Hill location

Danielle Arcaro, MD completed her residency in ophthalmology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is board-certified and is practicing general ophthalmology.

Dr. Arcaro received her Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She completed her medical studies at the George Washington University Medical Center, where she remained to serve her internal medicine internship.

Dr. Arcaro lives in Pinellas County with her husband Anthony Arcaro and their daughters Alexandra Helen and Juliana Angela. Activities that she enjoys include weight lifting, jogging, reading, and playing with her children.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology
  • Florida Medical Association

Gustavo Gamero, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Spring Hill
Tarpon Springs

Gustavo Gamero, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist who practices in the areas of comprehensive ophthalmology and glaucoma, including various types of anterior segment laser surgery.

Dr. Gamero received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Peru, South America in 1981.  He came to the United States in 1986 to obtain multiple sub-specialty training at the University of Texas and Duke University.  Dr. Gamero later received a second residency in ophthalmology at the Catholic Medical Center in New York City.  He went on to complete an 18 month fellowship in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma at the University of Louisville, where he stayed as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology for five years.  Dr. Gamero then moved to Florida serving as Assistant Professor and Director of the Glaucoma Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, before joining St. Luke's.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Gamero has lectured at national scientific events and in South America. He has produced original work in the area of glaucoma including papers, book chapters, and monographs. He speaks fluent English and Spanish. Dr. Gamero and his wife Margaret have two sons, David and Daniel

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Active Member of the American Glaucoma Society
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Pasco County Medical Society

M. B. Kayani, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)

Serving you at our Bayonet Point location

M. B. Kayani, MD is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who is both American and Canadian board certified. His areas of interest are diseases of the anterior segment, dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and retinal problems including macular degeneration. He performs in-office selective laser trabeculoplasy (SLT) for open angle glaucoma and he uses YAG laser to do posterior capsulotomy for after – cataract and peripheral iridotomy for “narrow angle glaucoma.” He received his medical degree with distinction from prestigious King Edward Medical School, the oldest institute in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Dr. Kayani moved to the United States in 1969, and after finishing his internship at St. Vincent Medical Center in New York, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Downstate University Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, under renowned Professor Richard C. Troutman.

Dr. Kayani started his comprehensive ophthalmology practice in upstate New York and in 1979, he attended a course on a new technique, "Extracapsular Cataract Extraction with Intraocular Lens Implant," given by our own James Gills, MD, founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute. After receiving training by Dr. Gills, Dr. Kayani became the first ophthalmologist in upstate New York to perform extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implant. He also introduced to the area the Argon Laser for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He served as Chief, Department of Ophthalmology at Mercy and House of the Good Samaritan hospitals, Watertown, New York for ten years. He started laser refractive surgery, “PRK,” in upstate New York and Syracuse in 1996. Dr. Kayani served as clinical instructor at SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Ophthalmology and taught medical students and residents.

Dr. Kayani has donated his time and skills to both international and domestic medical missions to Honduras, Pakistan, and throughout the Southeastern United States. He participated in relief efforts for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia, earthquake victims in Pakistan and most recently post hurricane Katrina expedition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Affiliations and Honors

  • Fellow of American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellow of International College of Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Society Pasco County Medical Society
  • Volunteer Member of EyeCare America's International Volunteer Registry, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Byron Holley, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tampa

Byron Holley, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist who practices in the areas of comprehensive ophthalmology and glaucoma. He attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa. Dr. Holley received his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine. He served a rotating internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Holley completed his residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went on to complete a clinical fellowship in the diseases and surgery of the retina in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Holley served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at USF Medical College for ten years.

Dr. Holley is a decorated military veteran and published author of two books on his medical experiences in Vietnam. He lives in Brandon with his wife Sondra Dobbs Holley and has three grown children. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, Brandon, Florida. He enjoys boating, oil painting, reading and tarpon fishing with his family.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society
  • American Medical Association

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Moira Burke, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tampa

Clearwater

Moira Burke, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who conducts eye exams and treats all types of eye problems and diseases, including performing laser surgery for patients with post-cataract film. She is board certified in Quality Assurance, helping to establish national standards for monitoring and evaluating quality outcomes that are directly related to the licensure of a medical facility. Dr. Burke is committed to sharing her knowledge and experience in the development of national programs that will improve the overall quality and appropriateness of care for patients everywhere.

Prior to her arrival at St Luke's, Dr. Burke was a practicing ophthalmologist in Tampa for more than 36 years, performing cataract surgery and minor lid and muscle procedures. She spent her last six years in Tampa as a staff ophthalmologic surgeon at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, teaching cataract surgery for more than six years. Fittingly, the award for excellence in surgical teaching was renamed the Moira J. Burke Award for Excellence in Surgical Teaching in her honor. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her medical training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her internship at Lankenau Hospital and her residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital, both in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Dr. Burke is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.
Dr. Burke enjoys an active home life, with a family that includes six sons and nine grandchildren. Her hobbies include knitting, water color painting and playing the piano. She served on active duty during Operation: Desert Storm and now is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve Medical Corps. She is proud to have been honored by the Girl Scouts of America as Woman of Distinction.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Past president of the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society

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Low Vision

Edward Huggett, OD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs

Edward Huggett, OD is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in low vision.

Dr. Huggett received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. While there, he received training at the Lighthouse for the Blind in low vision and low vision rehabilitation. While attending the University of Houston, he taught physiologic optics, 1987-89. Dr. Huggett completed an externship at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Huggett developed the Low Vision Clinic at the James Haley VA Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in New Port Richey, Florida, in 1990. He was the team eye physician for Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays in 1994, serving team needs and providing sports vision training. He developed cognitive and vision exercises for the improvement of visual-motor integration, which are being used by patients, students and athletes, both professional and amateur. He served for many years as a board member of the Pinellas County Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (PCALD). He participates annually in the Great American Teach-in sponsored for Pinellas County, Florida students. He volunteered his services as the vice president of ophthalmic services for the non-profit medical missionary organization Wings of Morning, Inc. in the Republic of Honduras. He is the Founder and Director of The House of Paul, Inc., a public charity, where he volunteers and serves the visual needs for the homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence in Florida at no cost to the patients. This work is supported by the local Lion's Clubs, Pinellas County Mobile Medical Unit and Religious Community Services (RCS). He is co-presenter of the National Low Vision Support Group monthly Internet teleconference sponsored by the National Eye Institute and Genentec, Inc., and on the Medical Advisory Board of MedOp Inc.

Dr. Huggett has been providing low vision services in the Palm Harbor, Florida area since 1986 in a solo practice prior to providing low vision services at St. Luke's. He enjoys giving presentations and interactive lectures on low vision.

Dr. Huggett resides in Holiday and enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing and gardening.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Florida Optometric Association
  • College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
  • Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP)

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Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery

Brian Phillpotts, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Spring Hill

Brian Phillpotts, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. "Expertise combined with humility" characterizes Dr. Phillpotts' informative, straightforward and compassionate style of patient care. His area of concentration includes medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, epi-retinal membranes and other vitreo-retinal disorders such as retinal vascular occlusion and sickle cell retinopathy. Dr. Phillpotts is dedicated to educating patients about their conditions and treatment options, equipping them to make informed and confident decisions.

Dr. Phillpotts' research has been published in key scientific journals, including: the 2nd International Conference on Retinopathy of Prematurity; Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Ophthalmology; RETINA; and, the Journal of the National Medical Association. He also is published in eMedicine.com, a subsidiary of WebMD.com, the world's largest online, peer reviewed, medical textbook.

Dr. Phillpotts graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Phillpotts interned in Illinois at Hinsdale Hospital, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed a two-year clinical fellowship in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomat
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Association For Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology, Former Associate Member
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa, Board of Directors
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomat

Raymond Agia, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
St. Petersburg

Raymond Agia, MD, is an ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. His specialties include medical and surgical management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular holes, and other vitreo-retinal disorders.

Dr. Agia's education includes an ophthalmology residency as well as a retina fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, NY. He has been an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida since 1972. Dr. Agia has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for over 36 years.

Dr. Agia lives in Tampa with his wife Susan. They have three adult children, Lisa, Monique, and Jeffery. His hobbies include biking and swimming.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Hillsborough County Medical Association

Byung-Joon Ahn, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
St. Petersburg
Tampa

Byung-Joon Ahn, MD is an ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the vitreous and retina. His area of expertise includes treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease and other vitreo-retinal disorders.

Dr. Ahn grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended college at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He subsequently attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree. He practiced as an optometrist for four years and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry prior to changing careers and deciding to go to medical school. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont. His internship was completed at the New York Hospital of Queens, Cornell Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College serving as the Chief Resident during his final year. He completed his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also has a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in health care management from New York University.

Dr. Ahn has lectured and presented papers on diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration at national meetings including the American Diabetes Association and American Public Health Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Pinellas Medical Society

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Glaucoma

Stephen Deppermann, MD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
Bayonet Point

Stephen Deppermann, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in adult glaucoma management, utilizing both laser and surgical therapies. Dr. Deppermann's approach to treating patients is customized to each individual as glaucoma can be a long-term condition. To provide the most effective care, he establishes close relationships with his patients and their families. He believes in the importance of constant education and his pursuit of the latest scientific findings better equips him to stay on the leading edge of new treatments. Dr. Deppermann's experience treating glaucoma has evolved from an "intellectual adventure exploring the central nervous system" to an "integrated approach that emphasizes science combined with personalized care."

After graduating from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Deppermann completed his internship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. He completed a neurology residency at the Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical Unit, and a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Prior to joining St. Luke's in 2003, he was a member of a multi-specialty group based in Lake Worth, Florida.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomat, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Alumni Society
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Pasco County Medical Society
  • The Chandler-Grant Society
  • New England Ophthalmology Society
  • Palm Beach Ophthalmology Society
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Imaging the Eye

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Optometry

Frank Dina, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs office

Frank Dina, OD is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in cataract preoperative and postoperative examinations for James Gills, MD and Pit Gills, MD. He also performs visual exams for refractive problems and diplopia (double vision) and co-manages surgery patients.

Dr. Dina received his A.A.S. degree from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York in 1970 and his doctor of optometry degree in Memphis, Tennessee in 1976. He has been a member of the St. Luke's staff since 1977.

Dr. Dina participates in cataract and glaucoma screenings at St. Luke's and within the community. He is also involved with Lions Vision Care of Upper Pinellas County.

Dr. Dina and his wife Vickie have two children.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • American Optometric Foundation
  • Better Vision Institute
  • Central Suncoast Optometric Society
  • Florida Optometric Association

Kenneth Murphy, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs location

Dr. Kenneth Murphy is a board certified optometric physician specializing in primary medical Eyecare. He examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases of the eyes and visual systems. He diagnoses vascular, cardiac, neurological, and other systematic conditions related to the eyes. His services include routine eye exams, medical emergency eye exams, evaluations for dry and wet eyes, cataracts, flashes of light, floaters, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and other primary retinal problems. He has a special interest in the diagnosing and pharmaceutical management of glaucoma.

Dr. Murphy served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Engineering Officer and in the Naval Air Program. After earning his degree in optometry, he completed an additional 22 years in the Naval Reserves Program as an optometrist and has been practicing optometry since 1969.

Dr. Murphy and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Tarpon Springs. They have two adult children, Tara and Tim, and precious grandchildren.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Florida Optometric Association
  • Southern Council of Optometry
  • Central Suncoast Optometric Association

Rachael Streeter, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs office

Dr. Rachael  Streeter is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in primary Eyecare.

She received her bachelor's degree in vision science and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society for four years.

Dr. Streeter completed an externship at Triad Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While there, she received training in primary Eyecare with emphasis on pre and postoperative care of cataract and LASIK patients, eye infections, and all aspects of ocular disease.

Before joining the staff at St. Luke's, Dr. Streeter practiced at Redbird Indian Health Clinic in Salisaw, Oklahoma. She provided primary Eyecare including refractions, diagnosis and treatment of eye infections, eye emergencies, and ocular disease.

Dr. Streeter enjoys reading and outside activities such as swimming
and rollerblading. She resides in Clearwater with her husband James
and daughter Sophia.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Florida Optometric Association
  • Pinellas Optometric Association

Maria Loulourgas, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs location

Dr. Maria Loulourgas is a residency-trained, board-certified, optometric physician specializing in primary medical Eyecare.  She diagnoses and treats diseases of the eye, visual system and eye-related systemic conditions.  Her services include:  general Eyecare, treatment of infection and injury, cataract and vitreo-retinal evaluations, glaucoma evaluations and treatment, and LASIK co-management. Dr. Loulourgas also specializes in contacts with an emphasis on multifocal and toric lenses for patients with astigmatism and presbyopia.

Dr. Loulourgas studied biology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale.  She completed an externship in primary care at Bascolm Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, and an ocular disease residency in Philadelphia at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  Prior to joining the St. Luke's team, Dr. Loulourgas practiced in a multi-specialty eye center.  

An accomplished pianist, Dr. Loulourgas also enjoys singing, jogging and water sports.  She enjoys children and participates in the annual "Great American Teach In" each year.

Dr. Loulourgas speaks fluent Greek and medical Spanish, and resides with her husband Philip and sons Demetre and Paul, in Palm Harbor.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Florida Optometric Association
  • Pinellas Optometric Association

Katherine Flynn, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs office

Katherine Flynn, OD, is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in primary medical Eyecare.

Dr. Flynn is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. She provides examinations for diagnosis, treatment and management of the visual system, specializing in primary medical Eyecare and co-management of cataract and refractive surgery.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Pre-Medical studies receiving her bachelor of arts at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Flynn received her bachelor's degree in vision science and her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.

She completed externships emphasizing medical Eyecare and surgical co-management at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Visual Health & Surgical Center in Lake Worth, FL. She also completed a private externship in primary Eyecare in Columbia, SC.

Prior to joining the St. Luke's family of Eyecare, Dr. Flynn practiced primary optometry specializing in complete family Eyecare and contact lenses in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

She participated in an optometric mission to the El Peten region of Guatemala. Dr. Flynn and her husband Brian reside in Tampa and are active members in Tampa Bay area sport and social clubs.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Florida Optometric Association
  • Southern Council of Optometry
  • Pinellas Optometric Association

Michael Causey, OD

Serving you at our Tarpon Springs office

Dr. Michael Causey, is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in primary medical Eyecare.

He examines, diagnoses, treats, and manages diseases of the eyes, the visual system, and eye related systemic conditions. These services include annual routine eye exams and evaluations for cataracts, glaucoma, light flashes, and floaters. Other services include treatment for eye infections, abrasions, and foreign bodies.

Dr. Causey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida (USF) in 1986.

He received his Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the honor society. Dr. Causey is also certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry. He completed externships at St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute and at the Eye Foundation in Orlando.

New Port Richey is Dr. Causey's hometown, and he resides there with his wife, Sherry, and their three children, Steven, Matthew and Mia. Dr. Causey and his wife are active in their local church and also are involved in youth soccer where Dr. Causey has helped by coaching. 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Central Suncoast Optometric Society
  • Florida Optometric Association

Paul Glass, OD

Serving you at the following locations:

Tarpon Springs
St. Petersburg
Tampa

Paul Glass, OD is a board-certified optometric physician specializing in medical eyecare and surgical co-management. He examines, diagnoses and treats diseases of the eyes and visual systems. His services include yearly diabetic eye exams, evaluations for dry eyes, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and ocular allergies. Dr. Glass has a keen interest in co-managing cataract and refractive surgery (LASIK and PRK) with our renowned surgeons. Dr. Glass is fully versed in co-managing femtosecond laser guided cataract surgery including the innovative lifestyle lens implants: Toric, Crystalens®, Restor® and Tecnis® Multifocal.

Dr. Glass is originally from Miami, Florida. There, he completed part of his undergraduate pre-optometry coursework at the University of Miami before transferring on an accelerated path to Nova Southeastern University's College of Optometry in 1998 and earned a Bachelor of Vision Science (B.S.) degree in 2000 and his Doctorate of Optometry (OD) degree in 2002.

Dr. Glass and his wife, Natalee, live in New Tampa. They have two children, A.J. and Abby. Dr. Glass enjoys cooking, sports, and spending time with his family. As a family, they are proud supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Optometric Association
  • Hillsborough Society of Optometrists
  • Florida Optometric Association

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Director of Hearing Services

Kristen Decelles, Au D

Kristen Decelles, AuD, is a board certified Doctor of Audiology, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing-related-disorders. She has special expertise in educating patients and the public about conditions that predispose people to hearing loss, such as: diabetes and cardiovascular disease so they can receive diagnosis and treatment earlier. Dr. Decelles is an advocate and educator on the prevention of hearing loss.

Dr. Decelles completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She then attended the University of South Florida, Tampa, and earned her Doctorate in Audiology. Her doctoral project was titled, "Feasibility of Using the N1-P2 Complex to Assess Temporal Resolution in Older Adults", which prepared her to better understand the small changes which occur in the aging auditory system, enabling her to provide better quality of care to the growing adult population. She completed her residency in audiology at the Miami (FL) VA Healthcare System.

Dr. Decelles was featured as one of the top audiologists in the US in 2012 by The Hearing Review, and she and her team earned a Gold Medal as "Best of 2013" for Hearing Services in the Tampa Tribune Readers' Choice Awards. Dr. Decelles is regularly sought out for her expertize at hearing health related events. She is featured in several articles in the Tampa Bay media including: the Clearwater Gazette, Florida Health Care News and Healthy Cells Magazine. She contributed the forward for the book 4 Ears 4 Eyes by Cynthia Dixon.

Dr. Decelles has been a practicing audiologist in Tampa Bay since 2005, with specialized experience in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for both adults and children, performing vestibular (balance) testing and in the management and treatment of hearing loss through amplification. She now leads the Hearing Services Department at St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in adults.

Dr. Decelles resides in Tampa with her husband Scott and two children.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Audiology
  • American Board of Audiology
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology

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Physician’s Assistant

Meridith Clark, PA-C

Meridith Clark is a Physicians' Assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is presently working in General Ophthalmology with Danielle Arcaro, MD. Prior to joining Dr. Arcaro at the Spring Hill office, she was a part of the Retina Department at St. Luke's for several years.

She graduated from Asbury College, in Wilmore , Kentucky , Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She received her Masters of Physician Assistant studies at the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Along with ophthalmology, Mrs. Clark has experience in cardiology, previously working side-by-side with an interventional cardiologist in Tampa , Florida .

Meridith Clark, P.A.-C. lives in New Port Richey with her husband, Chad Clark, and their son, Channing Everett and daughter, Faith Elizabeth. She is very active in SonRise Community Church, and has a keen interest in helping underprivileged children. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching sports, and being on the water.

Professional Affiliations

  • Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • National Academy of Physician Assistants

Robert Gritter, PA-C

James Marone, PA-C

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