Benjamin Smith, OD Joins Farmington Clinic

Eye Associates of New Mexico is pleased to welcome Benjamin D. Smith, O.D. to our Farmington practice. Dr. Smith received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed a post-graduate residency program at Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina. He is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Smith has joined Duane Wiggins, M.D., General Ophthalmologist and Fellowship trained LASIK Surgeon, Julie Kleva, O.D., and Drs. Mi-Kyoung Song and Ashok Reddy, Fellowship trained Retinal Specialists, at our clinic located at 622 W. Maple.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 325-4003. Eye Associates offers routine eye examines, comprehensive and surgical eye care, LASIK, urgent visits, contact lenses, retinal disease and full Optical Shop services. Eye Associates has been serving the Four Corners area for over 20 years and accepts new patients to the practice. With the addition of Dr. Smith, we look forward to continuing exceptional service to all of our valued patients.

Rebekah Allen, MD Joining Eye Associates in October

Rebekah Allen, MD will be joining Eye Associates in October. Dr. Allen is from Albuquerque, attending college and graduate school at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. She received her MD and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico, and is currently completing her ophthalmology residency at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland.

Dr. Allen, her husband two young children will be relocating back to Albuquerque this fall and will begin seeing patients at our Northside Clinic.

Technician Excellence Continues at EANM

We are proud to include Michael Gurule to the long list of our qualified and service oriented technical staff here at Eye Associates of New Mexico.  We congratulate Mike on passing the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant examination taken through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.  Mike primarily works in our Cornea Department at the Northside Clinic in Albuquerque. 

Also in line for congratulations is Michelle Tenorio who passed the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant examination and Kayla McDuffie who passed the Certified Ophthalmic Technician exam.   Michelle is a technician working in our Gallup Clinic and Kayla is a tech in our Northern New Mexico Clinics.

Kelly Cyr, OD Joins Eye Associates

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Cyr, OD has joined Eye Associates of New Mexico. Dr. Cyr received a Doctor of Optometry in 2009 from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine where she was Class Valedictorian in 2005.

Dr. Cyr became familiar with Eye Associates when she was receiving residency training at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in 2008, pursuing her interest in ocular disease and primary care. Dr. Cyr will reside in Santa Fe, working both in Northern New Mexico and in Albuquerque. Among her many interests, Dr. Cyr is a competitive marathoner and outdoor enthusiast.

Employees Participate in Medical Spanish Classes

Beginning in late September and ending in mid-November 30 Eye Associates employees attended a medical Spanish class on a weekly basis. Two levels of medical Spanish was offered, Beginning and Intermediate. This program was elective and employees attended the classes on their own time from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for an 8-week period. The class instruction focused on the Spanish language specifically interpreting medical terminology.
A number of the employees expressed great praise for the interactive class and felt they learned a lot, coming away with information to review to improve their Spanish. One employee has since made index cards labeling everything in her home so that her daughter could pick up on the language as well. More importantly, the material covered areas to instruct the employees on how to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and what words should be used – a real asset for Eye Associates and just another example of our employees’ dedication to patient care.
The employees unanimously praised the instructor Maria Nilsson-Whitaker, owner and operator of Poco Loco here in Albuquerque.

Dr. Watterberg Discusses Cataracts, Glaucoma and Retina Issues

Tina Watterberg, MD discussed what signs to look for if there is suspected cataract, glaucoma or retina issues and presented new technology available for treatment of these conditions.
Dr. Watterberg attended medical school at the University of South Florida and attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate education. She did an internship, as well as a residency in Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Watterberg has been with Eye Associates October, 1987 and specializes in No-Stitch Cataract Surgery and General Ophthalmology.

Opticians attend Optometric Associates of New Mexico Annual Conference

Several Eye Associates’ opticians attended the Optometric Association of NM Annual Conference in Albuquerque to earn ABO/NCLE credits for continuing education. In addition, they participated in a competition testing their skills as opticians. Kevin Gensinger took second place to the Precision Optical Lab Manager, Eric Garcia. Congratulations Kevin!