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Dr. Nicholas Colatrella, is the medical director and owner of PineCone Vision Center in Sartell, MN. Dr. Colatrella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and his Doctor of Optometry with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He completed his residency in ocular disease at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Colatrella is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, past Chair of its disease section and a founding chair of the Anterior Segment Section. He was also the first of two Diplomates in Anterior Segment Disease, of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Past President of the Minnesota Optometric Association, and currently serves on the AOA Third Party Committee. He has been published several times and lectures nationally on various topics including LASIK, cataracts, pharmacology, dry eye and corneal diseases. He is an adjunct professor for several Colleges of Optometry, and routinely mentors optometry student externs.


Dr. James Deom attended The Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he received several honors. He was the national president of the American Optometric Student Association, recipient of several scholarships, and received highest academic average in the Health Sciences for MPH curriculum as well as highest honors for the OD program.

Dr. Deom did rotations at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Center in Philadelphia, Nittany Eye Associates in State College Pennsylvania, The White River Junction Veterans Medical Center in Vermont, and The Blackfeet Tribe Indian Health Service in Browning, Montana.

Dr. Deom founded the Scleral Lens Institute at Hazleton Eye Specialists, which focuses on providing scleral lens treatment to individuals with corneal conditions such as Keratoconus, corneal transplants, and post lasik ectasia. Dr Deom also regularly works with corneal surgeon Dr. Frank Bucci to provide Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for individuals with these conditions. Patients have traveled many distances to receive the care that is now conveniently being offered at both Hazleton and Stroudsburg Eye Specialists through the sub clinic of the Scleral Lens Institute.

Dr. Deom also enjoys taking care of individuals who have had brain injury and children with learning disabilities. Dr. Deom is very involved in the Pennsylvania Optometric Association where he serves on several committees to bring quality eye care to Pennsylvanians. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Northeastern Pennsylvanain Optometric Society. Dr. Deom is also very passionate about those with Low vision or whom are blind in our area. As such he is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Community Services for Sight serving three counties in northeastern PA.

Dr. Deom is an avid runner and triathalete. He has competed in dozens of running races including 10 marathons and 2 full distance ironmans. Dr. Deom is happily married to his loving wife, Jillian who is a Neuro Certified Brain injury Physical Therapist in the Hazleton, PA Area.

Johnson Dr. Spencer Johnson received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University, and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is currently an associate professor at the Oklahoma College of Optometry where he teaches courses in neuroscience, healthcare systems, and epidemiology. Dr. Johnson is a principal investigator in the NIH funded RAPID study to evaluate the efficacy of povidone iodine in the treatment of viral conjunctivitis. He has lectured at national, regional, and state association meetings throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Johnson worked in the refractive surgery industry, and owned a private practice.
Richman Dr. Maria Santullo Richman practices exclusively as a Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Optometrist. Her office is in Manasquan, New Jersey and she has been there for almost 25 years.

A graduate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, she trained in a low vision externship at Philadelphia's Scheie Eye Institute. She is the founder and Chairperson of the Low Vision Committee of NJ Optometric Physicians. In 1999, she received the Special Recognition Award from over 1200 of her peers for her Low Vision Work. The credentials of Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry were granted to Dr. Maria Richman for completing research and practice in Low Vision.

She initially practiced in the Jersey shore area as a pediatric optometrist, then joined Allegheny General Hospital's Low Vision practice, offering her services to children and adults with visual impairments. She was consultant to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind and the Harmarville Rehabilitation Center. Since 1996, Dr. Richman has practiced in New Jersey at Doctors Choice for Low Vision and Shore Family Eyecare.

Dr. Maria Richman has presented research and lectured to many Optometric, Educational and Rehabilitation conferences. She is currently providing services as a vision consultant through the N.J. Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Dr. Maria Richman was selected one of the Top 50 Women in the Optical Industry for 2006.  She was elected to President of NJ Society of Optometric Physicians for 2013-2014 and was recognized as Optometrist of the Year in 2015. Dr. Richman has also served Chairperson of the American Optometry Association Vision Rehabilitation Section in 2014-2015 and she is currently serving on the American Optometric Association Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force.

Kinzley Dr. Kathleen Kinzley grew up at the Jersey Shore in Forked River. She attended The College of New Jersey where she received a Bachelors in Biology. She then went to Salus University and got her doctorate in Optometry in 2013. She now practices at Shore Family Eyecare in Manasquan, NJ where she specializes in ocular disease and primary care.
Friedman Dr. Kimberly Kester Friedman is one of the founders of Moorestown Eye Associates (est 1992) and the Director of the Dry Eye Clinic, located in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Dr. Friedman is a past president of the NJSOP, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She works hard to educate the general public about eye and vision care topics, as well as the importance of an annual, comprehensive eye exam with an optometric physician. She has appeared on multiple television programs including the Rachael Ray Show, and in magazines including New Jersey Family Magazine.

Dr. Friedman was named among the “Top 40 under 40” professionals in the eye care field and has received multiple awards including the New Jersey OD of the Year Award, the Young OD of the Year Award, the NJSOP Special Purpose Award, the NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, and the NJSOP Communication Award.

Outside of the office, Dr. Friedman has served as clinical director for the Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program. Dr. Friedman also works as a part-time instructor for anatomy and physiology and is a certified yoga teacher.

Dr. Friedman currently splits her time between patient care at Moorestown Eye and teaching other eye doctors throughout the country about new products and pharmaceuticals in eye care.

Varanelli Dr. Jeffrey Varanelli is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and currently an associate at Simone Eye Center, where he specializes in comprehensive eye care with an emphasis on the medical and surgical co-management of eye disease.

Dr. Varanelli is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry, as well as the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Chair of its Anterior Segment Section. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association and is a Course Reviewer for the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education. He is a published author and has lectured extensively to the optometric profession and to other health care workers and organizations. He is sought after to lecture on topics related to refractive surgery, anterior segment pathology, dry eye, pharmacology, and other eye care topics.
Petrosyan Dr. Tamara Petrosyan graduated with honors from SUNY College of Optometry in 2009 and went on to do a residency in vision rehabilitation, head trauma, low vision, and ocular disease at the Northport VA Medical Center. In 2011, she joined the faculty of SUNY Optometry in the Primary Care, Pediatrics, and Vision Rehabilitation departments and was promoted to an associate clinical professor in 2017. She also works at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center where she supervises interns and residents in primary care and ocular disease.

Dr. Petrosyan lectures nationally and internationally and has published articles and book chapters on various topics. In Armenia, Dr. Petrosyan helped organize, train doctors, and implement free pediatric comprehensive vision evaluations through the Armenian Eyecare Project. She has developed vision rehabilitation workbooks published through Bernell Corporation to be used for vision therapy, head trauma, and perceptual therapy.

Dr. Petrosyan is currently on the board of directors for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and is the chair of both the vision therapy and infant vision clinical care committees of NJSOP. Dr. Petrosyan is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, 2013 NJSOP Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014 NJSOP Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 AOA Young O.D. of the Year Award, 2015 NJSOP Optometric Journalism Award, 2018 SUNY Optometry Merit Award, and 2018 NJSOP President’s Recognition Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

  Dr. Nidhi Rana

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