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Cataract Center of East Texas

Our Surgeons

Virginia B. Beall, M.D., F.A.C.S.

 

Virginia BeallSpecialty: Plastics

Dr. Beall graduated Magna cum Laude with a BS from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX in May 1984. From there, she earned her M.D. from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX in June of 1988.
Dr. Beall took her Internal Medicine Internship at the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in June 1989. She took her residency at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in July 1989. She continued on the faculty teaching oculoplastics and pediatric ophthalmology to residents. Dr. Beall received additional training in strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric ophthalmology and eyelid plastic surgery. Dr. Beall is a board certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Texas Ophthalmological Association and the Smith County Medical Society. She served as Secretary for the Phi Beta Pi Fraternity in 1985. Dr. Beall is currently serving on the board of Prevent Blindness and donates time for screening of children in the Head Start Program.

Thomas W. Bochow, M.D., M.P.H.

 

Thomas W. BochowSpecialty: Retina

Dr. Bochow graduated with a BA in Chemistry with Honors from Baylor University in1983. He subsequently earned both a Masters of Public Health and a Medical Doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bochow completed his Internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital. He took his residency at The Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Hospital. Following residency, Dr. Bochow worked as a staff ophthalmologist with Orbis International - a charitable flying eye hospital. He worked throughout Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, training other ophthalmologists. Dr. Bochow is a retina specialist and he completed a vitreoretina fellowship at the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. His practice is limited to the medical and surgical treatment of retina disorders. Dr. Bochow is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Leo W. Mack, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

 

Leo W. MackSpecialty: Ophthalmology

Graduating as valedictorian from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin in1962 earned Dr. Mack entrance into the accelerated medical school acceptance program at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. Entrance to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois was achieved after three years of college with graduation from this medical school on June 8, 1969. A straight medical internship followed at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas with a class of 52 interns. Internship was completed in June, 1970, with Dr. Mack receiving the award as the outstanding intern of the class of 1969-70. After serving one year as a flight surgeon in New Hampshire, Dr. Mack began his residency in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall Medical Center in July, 1971, completing his training in June, 1974. During his training, Dr. Mack served as a research student of Dr. J. Lawton Smith at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. After completing two years of military service at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mack moved to Tyler, Texas and opened his private practice of ophthalmology in 1976. In 1985, he founded The Cataract Center of East Texas, which was the first free-standing ambulatory surgical facility in East Texas. Together with five partners, he founded The Eye Care Associates of East Texas in 1995. While practicing general ophthalmology, Dr. Mack has specialized in cataract surgery for the past 20 years.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Texas Ophthalmology Association, the Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Eye Surgeons. He is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and certified in cataract surgery by the American College of Eye Surgeons, being one of the first 100 candidates certified in the United States.

Gregory D. Kiblinger, M.D.

 

Gregory D. KiblingerSpecialty: Ophthalmology

Dr. Kiblinger graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas as Austin in 1995 with a BBA in Accounting. After working at a mission hospital in Zaire, Africa for a year he began medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, graduating in 2000 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He then completed an Internship and Residency at UT-Southwestern in Internal Medicine and remained on staff at the Dallas VA Medical Center for a year. This was followed by an ophthalmology residency at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Kiblinger moved to Tyler the summer of 2007 and joined alongside the current physicians of EyeCare in providing the highest level of ophthalmic care to the people of East Texas. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology, caring for medical and surgical disorders of the eye.

C. Jeffrey Pennell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

 

C. Jeffrey PennellSpecialty: Ophthalmology

Dr. Pennell received his BS in Biology from Baylor University. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University Medical Center, in Shreveport, LA and later interned there in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Pennell continued his training at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, completing his residency there. Subsequent to residency, Dr. Pennell underwent specialized training and certification in laser refractive surgery, with a special interest in LASIK. Dr. Pennell was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1996. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The American College of Physicians, Texas Medical Association, and The American Medical Association. Dr. Pennell practices general ophthalmology emphasizing Lasik and small incision cataract surgery.

Jon T. Schreiber, M.D., F.A.C.S.

 

Jon T. SchreiberSpecialty: Ophthalmology

Dr. Schreiber graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Zoology. He received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and completed an internship at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. He completed residency training in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Schreiber also worked as an emergency physician in the Houston area and in Amarillo for a year and a half, gaining extensive trauma experience. Tyler has been the Schreiber home since 1979. During this time, Dr. Schreiber has been engaged in solo private practice until becoming a founding member of Eye Care Associates of East Texas in 1995. Dr. Schreiber is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the Smith County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, the Texas Ophthalmology Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served as vice president of the Smith County Medical Society, and is currently treasurer of the Texas Ophthalmology Association. He has served on the board of Prevent Blindness and is currently serving as vice president.

Dr. Schreiber has stayed abreast of new developments in ophthalmology by taking numerous courses in cataract, laser, glaucoma, oculoplastic and refractive surgery. He has also made several mission trips to Central America to treat the poor of this region. Currently, Dr. Schreiber is doing general ophthalmology with emphasis on cataract and LASIK surgery procedures.

Jeffrey P. Wick, M.D., M.S.

 

Jeffrey P. WickSpecialty: Ophthalmology

No stranger to the Tyler area, Dr. Wick was born and raised in Tyler and graduated from Robert E. Lee in 1986. He is the son of a Tyler physician, Dr. Paul Wick, and civic leader, D'anna Wick. Jeff is a 1989 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1993, he graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was inducted in the Honor Society for Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his Medicine Internship at PSL Hospital in Denver, and then completed his ophthalmology Residency at The University of Colorado Medical School in Denver.

His love of mountains and the outdoors took him to Laramie, Wyoming for two years of private practice. In 1999, a grant by the National Institutes of Health took him to the University of Utah to do a fellowship in medical informatics and research on glaucoma imaging and outcomes. He next joined the teaching faculty of the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was an instructor of ophthalmology and optometry residents and students. His principle responsibility for these two years was the design and implementation of a surgical curriculum for teaching cataract and glaucoma surgery to new residents.
Dr. Wick met his future wife, Melanie Power, at Southwestern, and they married in 1993 prior to leaving for Colorado. Although they had never met prior to medical school, ironically, Melanie also grew up in Tyler and graduated from T.K. Gorman. She will practice Pediatrics part-time with the Trinity Clinic.

Dr. Wick enjoys working with computers and writing software, and particularly likes implementing new technology into the practice of medicine. Other hobbies include hiking, fishing, and raising marine fish and invertebrates. His greatest joy—and greatest time commitment—is raising his young twin sons, Benjamin and Alexander. We are excited that Jeff has chosen to join our flagship institution, EyeCare Associates of East Texas, and look forward to his welcome home.