Meet The Team

  • Dr. Ricardo Akstein
    Principal Ophthalmologist MD, FACS, FICS
    Dr. Ricardo Akstein
    Principal Ophthalmologist MD, FACS, FICS

    A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he received his Medical Degree from the State University of Rio de Janeiro School of Medicine. He did his internship at the Washington Hospital Center, an affiliated hospital to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was then involved for one year in General and Ophthalmic Pathology at the University of Mississippi medical Center. At Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, he received his Residency Training in Ophthalmology and further pursued a Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous. He was then granted a Research Fellowship sponsored by the Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation, to advance his interest in the field of the Retina and Vitreous. Dr. Akstein studied with Dr. Charles Casebeer, a pioneer in the surgical correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism, and he has performed numerous microscopic refractive surgical procedures.

    Dr. Akstein has also had special training in the field of lasers (YAG, Argon, Diode, CO2, Erbium and Excimer), treating diseases of the retina, glaucoma, cataracts and performing cosmetic and refractive surgery.

    He is a clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Akstein is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Akstein enjoys membership is several professional national and international organizations, some limited only to trained specialists in the field of Ophthalmology. He is licensed to practice medicine in Brazil and in the United States (Georgia and New Mexico).

  • Cristina R. Lopes
    Office Administrator
    Cristina R. Lopes
    Office Administrator
  • Spring Register
    Surgical Coordinator
    Spring Register
    Surgical Coordinator
  • Joey Lacey
    Lead Ophthalmic Technician/ Surgical Technician
    Joey Lacey
    Lead Ophthalmic Technician/ Surgical Technician
  • Kim Fowler
    Patient Discharge Coordinator
    Kim Fowler
    Patient Discharge Coordinator
  • Annie Stephens
    Front Desk
    Annie Stephens
    Front Desk
  • Jacqueline Melara
    Front Desk
    Jacqueline Melara
    Front Desk
  • Marian Powers
    Patient Account Representative
    Marian Powers
    Patient Account Representative
  • Tonianne Cappozzola
    Ophthalmic Technician
    Tonianne Cappozzola
    Ophthalmic Technician