EDUCATION
Aarup Kubal, M.D.

Dr. Kubal attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He went on to earn his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, graduating at the top of his class. As a medical student, Dr. Aarup Kubal distinguished himself, receiving the Stephen J. Ryan, MD Prize, awarded to the most promising medical student entering the field of ophthalmology. He then completed a fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis, MN, one of the most prestigious cornea, glaucoma, and refractive surgery fellowships in the country. There, he learned from some of the most prominent national and world leaders in ophthalmology. In Minnesota, he learned from the true pioneers of laser vision correction, the innovators who helped develop the LASIK procedure, see it through FDA approval, and perform continued research and developments. He also received advanced surgical training on new, minimally invasive techniques for glaucoma surgery and corneal transplantation. He brings a new level of expertise to the greater Miami and Ft. Lauderdale community.

Anil Vedula, M.D.

Dr. Anil Vedula is a fellowship trained corneal surgeon who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery, medical and surgical treatments of corneal diseases, and general ophthalmology. He attended Duke University as an undergraduate, where he was awarded the prestigious A.B. Duke Memorial Scholarship to study mathematics and physics, given to only 15 graduating high school seniors nationally. While at Duke, he received the Faculty Scholar Award, the highest award given by the faculty, and graduated summa cum laude. He went on to earn his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, graduating at the top of his class. Dr. Anil Vedula completed his internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY, where he worked with Dr. David Abramson, studying ocular oncology. He then completed his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s top residency program, and eye hospital. He stayed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute completing a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery. While there, he performed novel research on nanoparticular technology and endothelial cell transplantation, studied several new laser vision correction platforms, and worked on advancing corneal transplantation techniques with novel injectors. He is currently a volunteer Assistant Professor at Bascom Palmer, where he teaches clinical and surgical ophthalmology to residents and fellows.Dr. Anil Vedula has several published articles in many medical journals and is a co-author of several book chapters. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), and the Cornea Society.

Beata Lewandowska, O.D.

Dr Beata Lewandowska earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and went to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She then completed a residency focused on diagnosis and management of ocular pathology at Aran Eye Associates in Coral Gables, FL.

Dr. Lewandowska has gained extensive experience in providing secondary and tertiary ophthalmic care to geriatric population. Her primary professional interests lie in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.

Dr. Lewandowska currently serves the College of Optometry at NOVA Southeastern University as an assistant professor. Her principal roles include being a clinical preceptor to the third and fourth-year students in the Primary Care services as well as an instructor to the first and second-year students in the Optometric Theory and Methods laboratories.

Dr. Lewandowska is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, Broward County Optometric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. In the past she has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Dr. Lewandowska is fluent in Polish, Spanish and French. In her spare time, she enjoys music, cooking and exploring the world.

Diana Shechtman, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Diana Shechtman is a board certified optometric physician. She completed her undergraduate studies with honors at University of Florida. She was awarded her Doctor of Optometry degree with honors by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. In 1999, she completed a residency focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease at Fox Medical Center in Miami, Florida.She then joined Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she was promoted to the ranking of Professor and served as a full-time faculty member for 18 years. In 2016, she completed a 6-months sabbatical focusing on the diagnosis and management of retinal diseases. She is currently a consultative optometric physician at Retina Macula Specialists of Miami.During her academic career, she was recognized with numerous awards for her excellence in teaching. Among her many roles, she served as the primary instructor of Optometric Theory & Methods, a clinician in the Eye Care Institute, as well as the coordinator of the Diabetes & Macula Service and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education.Dr. Shechtman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS), where she also serves as an Executive Board member. In addition, she continues to serve as a member of numerous professional committees. She is also on a number of Advisory Boards and Professional Speakers Bureau for various companies. Dr. Shechtman is on the Editorial Review Board of multiple professional journals. She co-authored the Research Review column and was the lead author for the Interdisciplinary Care column.Dr. Shechtman continues to publish numerous posters and peer reviewed articles focusing in the area of retinal disease. She also continues to participate in various research grants and projects. Dr. Shechtman has lectured extensively at a local, national as well as international level in the area of vitreoretinal disease. Dr. Shechtman is fluent in Spanish.

Elise Kramer, O.D. FAAO FSLS

Dr. Elise Kramer is a residency-trained optometrist in Miami FL who specializes in ocular health and disease, ocular surface disease and regular and specialty contact lens fitting.Her Doctorate degree was awarded in Optometry from the Université de Montréal in 2012 where she received a grant from the Scholarship Program of the Québec Ministry of Education for short-term university studies outside of Québec. Receipt of this scholarship award is based on academic performance. In the summer of her second year, she participated in a humanitarian mission in Laayoune, Morocco where she helped hundreds of impoverished people by giving them free eye examinations and glasses corresponding as closely as possible to their prescription.During her fourth year, she completed a specialty contact lens training seminar course at the Vision Care Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. Later, in her fourth year, she helped teach a course on slit-lamp use and ocular foreign body extraction to family medicine residents in Montreal. She then completed her internship in ocular disease at the Eye Centers of South Florida, where she worked with Dr. Dan and Dr. Hoffman and went on to complete her residency at the Miami VA Medical Center. Her time there included training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s top eye hospital. After her residency, Dr. Kramer became a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Kramer is a member of the American Optometric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She strives to assist each patient with quality and advanced eye care whether he or she requires a basic eye exam or specialized eye or vision care.

Gary Shienbaum, M.D.

Dr. Gary Shienbaum is a South Florida native and a Phi Kappa Phi and Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree Summa Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He performed his medical internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center and his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He then completed a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Fla.Dr. Shienbaum is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Miami Ophthalmological Society, and the American Medical Association.Dr. Shienbaum’s clinical interests include advanced treatments for diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, macular hole, macular pucker, retinal vascular disease, retinal detachment, complications of cataract surgery, and ocular infection and inflammation. He has authored numerous scientific peer-reviewed publications on vitreoretinal diseases and has presented his research at both local and national meetings.Dr. Shienbaum is fluent in Spanish and is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate patient care.

Ian Benjamin Gaddie, OD, FAAO

Dr. Ben Gaddie earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Gaddie then completed a Residency in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University College of Optometry at the Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute in Tulsa, OK. Currently he is the owner and director of the Gaddie Eye Centers, a multi-location full service practice in Louisville that was started by his father over 40 years ago. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS). Dr. Gaddie is currently the Co-Chairman of the International Vision Expo Meetings, the largest provider of continuing education for eye doctors. He is also a Past President of the Kentucky Optometric Association.

Having published extensively in the ophthalmic literature, Dr. Gaddie serves on the editorial boards of Review of Optometry, Optometric Management, Primary Care Optometry News and Optometry Times. In 2011, Dr. Gaddie was inducted into the Oklahoma Pioneers in Optometry Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was selected as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the last 50 Years by the industry publication Optometric Management and was awarded the Kentucky Optometric Association Optometrist of The Year Award.

James H. Howitt, M.D.

Dr. James Howitt is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. During his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he trained in diseases and surgery of the eye and developed expertise in diabetic eye disease.

Dr. Howitt has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Edward W.D. Norton Award and the University of Miami School of Medicine Summer Scholarship Award. He conducts research and has published several articles regarding the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Howitt is on staff at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Jackson North Medical Center, North Shore Medical Center, and North Miami Beach Surgical Center.

Jeffry Gerson O.D.

Dr. Jeffry Gerson graduated from Indiana University school of optometry in 1997. He then went on to complete a residency at the VA medical center in Kansas City concentrating on ocular disease and low vision. Immediately after leaving the VA, he became faculty at the University of Kansas school of medicine in the department of ophthalmology. Dr. Gerson was responsible for staffing clinics as well as some resident education and development of a low vision clinic.Before entering private practice, he was in several different settings, including 2 ½ years in a retinal referral center where he had access to numerous diagnostic technologies as well as participation in numerous clinical trials.Dr. Gerson has authored several articles in journals such as “Review of Optometry” and “Optometric Management”, and continues to do so. He also lectures frequently on the topics of retinal disease and systemic disease both here in the US and abroad. He is on numerous advisory boards which often times allows him early access to technology. He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Kansas optometric association which named him their 2008 Young OD of the Year. He is a fellow of both the Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society.

Jesse Pelletier, M.D.

Jesse Pelletier MD, FACS completed his ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and fellowship training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He currently remains affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology with responsibilities that include surgical training of residents, clinic supervision, and clinical research within the general ophthalmology and cornea divisions. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS is also the founder of Ocean Ophthalmology Group, a private multispecialty practice in Miami, FL. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS has experience treating many types of ocular moribidities including including cataracts, refractive disorders, corneal infection and inflammation, uveitis, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, dry eye disease and cancerous or pre-malignant lesions of the cornea and conjunctiva. Moreover, he performs a variety of specialized surgeries including femtosecond laser cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implantation, ocular surface reconstruction, pterygium excision, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS has expertise in endothelial keratoplasty (also known as DSAEK), a form of transplantation in which only the deepest portion of the cornea is transplanted. This novel technique has revolutionized corneal surgery allowing for faster healing and more stable postoperative ocular integrity. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS serves as the Director of the Laser Vision Correction service at the Ocean Ophthalmology Group. He utilizes the most advanced vision correction techniques including LASIK, LASEK, Advanced Surface Treatments, and PRK to ensure precise treatments and is certified on various excimer and femtosecond platforms. Dr. Pelletier performs his refractive procedures at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute with the latest refractive technologies including Intralase and Allegretto lasers. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS has written and spoken extensively on infections of the ocular surface, epidemiology of eye infections and ocular microbiology. Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS is an active member in the national and local ophthalmologic community. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as past president of the Miami Ophthalmological Society and remains an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Cornea Society. He is also affiliated with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. Along with his passion for ophthalmology, Dr. Pelletier enjoys fluency in several languages, international travel, literature, and advanced fitness training. He currently practices at the Ocean Ophthalmology Group located in North Miami Beach and is on staff at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, North Miami Beach Surgery Center, and Memorial Outpatient Surgery Center.

Marco Gonzalez, M.D.

Dr. Marco Alejandro Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami, graduating class valedictorian from Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School. He attended Duke University where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Economics and minors in Spanish Literature and Chemistry. He subsequently attended the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, graduating with honors as an M.D. with Distinction.Dr. Gonzalez performed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was awarded Intern of the Year. He went on to complete both his ophthalmology residency and two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.Dr. Gonzalez has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and has presented his work at international meetings. His research interests encompass age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, retinal detachment repair, diabetic vitrectomy, epiretinal membrane surgery and macular hole repair.Dr. Gonzalez is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is fluent in Spanish and is an avid Miami sports fan and golf enthusiast.

Melanie Crandall O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O.

Dr Melanie A. Crandall graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1977. Following graduation she completed a one- year residency at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital. Dr. Crandall spent the next twenty years in a large MD/OD private practice in Kansas City. After earning an MBA from Nova Southeastern University she became a full time faculty member in 2002. Dr Crandall currently holds the rank of Associate Professor.Dr Crandall spearheaded the Accreditation Self Study of 2012 and spent several years in preparation for the process. Dr Crandall created vibrant and well attended Continuing Education programs while Director of Continuing Education. She currently serves in an advisory capacity.Dr Crandall has taught didactic courses for the first and second year Optometric program. She has been in the contact lens clinic and primary care clinic in Davie. From 2013-2017 she served as Module Chief in the Dave Primary Care Clinic. In 2017 Dr Crandall became Chief of Primary Care at the KID clinic in Wilton Manors.

Dr Melanie A. Crandall graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1977. Following graduation she completed a one- year residency at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital. Dr. Crandall spent the next twenty years in a large MD/OD private practice in Kansas City, MO.

In 1998 Dr Crandall returned to her native Florida. After earning an MBA from Nova Southeastern University she became a full time faculty member in 2002. Dr Crandall currently holds the rank of Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (NSUCO).

During her tenure at NSUCO Dr Crandall has taught a number of labs and didactic classes. Dr Crandall is currently chief at the KID Eye Care Clinic in Wilton Manors.

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