Amit Chokshi, MD
A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Amit Chokshi is highly trained in laser vision correction and is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he began performing refractive eye surgery, Dr. Chokshi was awarded a fellowship with the Laser and Corneal Surgery Associates at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Here, he specialized in refractive and corneal surgery.
Dr. Chokshi went on to serve as the director of the University Of Florida Laser Eye Center. He also held the positions of assistant professor and director of the cornea and external disease division at the UF Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Chokshi is fellowship-trained in both cornea and cataracts and is a LASIK specialist with Florida Eye Specialists. Dr. Chokshi was also named Chief of Ophthalmology at Baptist Medical Center for 2015 and 2016.
Ashley Cowart, OD
Optometrist Dr. Ashley Cowart joined the Florida Eye Specialists team in 2017. After earning her undergraduate degree from Auburn University, she studied optometry at the University of Alabama Birmingham before completing her residency at Braverman Eye Center in south Florida where she specialized in ocular disease.
Dr. Cowart then joined the University of Florida Department of Optometry. Prior to coming to Florida Eye Specialists, she worked for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Georgia.
When a patient comes in with a problem, Dr. Cowart enjoys helping the patient in anyway she can and she loves being a part of improving her patient’s lives.
Dr. Cowart is originally from Savannah, Georgia. She was a competitive tennis player in high school and had to wear contact lenses. She became increasingly interested in the field of optometry with each visit to her optometrist and started asking him questions about becoming one herself. Dr. Cowart still loves playing tennis. She was even on the Auburn Tiger tennis team in college. She enjoys getting involved in charitable work and helping wherever she can. Dr. Cowart also has a dog and loves going to the beach.
Robert M. Easton Jr., OD, FAAO
Dr. Bob Easton has practiced in the greater Fort Lauderdale area since graduating from the University of Houston College Of Optometry (UHCO).
In 1986, Bob was elected Trustee of the Florida Optometric Association and eventually served as FOA’s President for 1993-94 term. During his tenure with the FOA, Bob began the Vision Care Section for the Florida Public Health Association and opened dialogue with the Florida Society of Ophthalmology to work on joint legislation to improve relations between the professions. While serving on the FOA Board, Bob served as the AOA-PAC Representative for Florida. Bob served as Florida’s AOA-PAC rep for 10 years.
In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Bob to the State Board of Optometry. Bob served as Chair of Probation, Examination, Continuing Education, and Unlicensed Activity Committees. He was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2003-2004 and was elected Chairman in 2005. In 2003, Bob was reappointed to the State Board of Optometry by Governor Jeb Bush to serve a second term till 2007.
In addition, Bob served as the ARBO Representative for the FOA and worked with other members of the Board to add COPE as one of the clearinghouses for continuing medical education for Florida Licensees. In 2006, University of Central Florida College of Sciences awarded Bob the prestigious Professional Achievement Award. Bob was appointed to the UCF College of Sciences Dean’s Executive Council in 2007.
In 2009 Dr. Easton was appointed by the provost of UCF as Faculty for the UCF College of Medicine.
Kathryn Freidl, MD
Dr. Freidl is a board certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. She trained at the prestigious Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, the largest glaucoma diagnosis and treatment center in the country.
Dr. Freidl is very experienced with glaucoma and cataract treatment, and was one of the first doctors in the region to perform laser cataract surgery.
Dr. Freidl is also involved in several research studies in glaucoma and is a frequent contributor to the literature on surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataract.
Compassionate, patient-centered care is very important to Dr. Freidl, and she is dedicated to not only providing superior care but also to patient education.
Susan M. Frick, OD
Dr. Susan Frick received her undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Tampa in 1987. Recognizing her passion was in the medical field Dr. Frick returned to school and earned her degree in Optometry with Honors from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in 1997.
Dr. Frick returned to Optometry after staying home full time to raise her children and has been working for Ted Brink & Associates since 2010. As a primary care Optometric Physician patient care is of the utmost priority.
Dr. Frick has been married for 26 years and has 4 children. Their eldest, David, graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is attending flight school. Michael is in his 2nd year at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Emily and Matthew are attending High School.
Dr. Abdallah Jeroudi
Dr. Jeroudi has been committed to advancing vision research throughout his clinical training. His research interests include uveitis/ocular inflammation, complex retinal detachment, and novel vitreoretinal surgical techniques/instrumentation.
Doctor Jeroudi has given podium presentations at National Meetings including the Ocular Imaging Conference, the American Uveitis Society, and the American Society of Retina Specialists meetings.
Dr. Jeroudi enjoys spending quality time with his family especially outdoors and at the beach. He also enjoys good food, working out, scuba-diving, and traveling in the US and abroad.
Dr. Kenzo Koike
Dr. Kenzo J. Koike is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who welcomes the opportunity to take care of patients with a wide array of general eye conditions. In addition, he is specialized in the medical and surgical management of complex cataracts and glaucoma, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).
Dr. Koike graduated with a degree in biology from Davidson College, and then continued his education at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. During medical school, he was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina, where he served as Chief Resident, and received the Program Director’s Award, given to the resident who most exemplifies the qualities of a great physician. He then completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Cullen Eye Institute of Baylor College of Medicine.
Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Koike has come to know and love the southeast coastline after marrying his wife, a Florida native. Together, they enjoy spending time outdoors and frequenting the beaches with their two young boys. He also particularly enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and hiking.
Mark Swanson, OD, MSPH, FAAO
Mark Swanson is a graduate of The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry. He completed a residency in hospital based optometry at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. In 2003, Swanson completed his Master’s of Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health.
He is the current Coursemaster for the Diseases of the Posterior Segment and Neuro-optometry courses at UAB. Additionally, he has extensive lecture experience including guest lectures to Internal Medicine residents and Geriatric Medicine fellows. Dr. Swanson’s training and research has a concentration in care of geriatric populations.
He was principle author/editor of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Manual outlining the standards and guidelines for care of nursing home residents. He serves as a scientist for the UAB Center for Aging and is a board member of Older Alabamians System of Information and Services with the State of Alabama Department of Education.
In addition to his teaching and researching contributions to the field of optometry, he has served on multiple international medical mission trips with student and professional organizations.
Dr. Don Teig
Dr. Teig is the true “guru” in the exciting field of Visual Neuro-Cognitive Motor Training! He is the Founder & Executive Director of “The A Team
– High Performance Vision Associates. He is the past chairman of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association where he
received Sports Vision Specialist of the Year honors.
Dr. Teig is the author of the book “High Performance Vision – An
Athlete’s Guide To Keeping Your Eyes On The Ball!” and has served as the Vision Consultant to 15 Major League Baseball Teams, 3 NFL Teams, 3 NBA Teams, 3 NHL Teams, several U.S. Olympic Teams, The Joffrey Ballet, The PGA, Senior PGA & LPGA Golf tours, NASCAR Hendricks Motor Sports, Major League Soccer (see attached credentials list).
Dr. Teig is the Co-Founder of Visual Cognitive technologies, LLC (the developers of “The A.M.P. System) and is the Co-Partners of Big Fish, Big Pond Capital, a Mutual Fund for investment in Intellectual Properties in
the world of Broadway and Motion Pictures.
Dr. Teig also serves on the Campaign Committee of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL Dr. Teig’s other passions include playing golf and singing and strumming his guitar. He is currently the concept developer of the new rock ‘n roll Musical, “Personality” (The Lloyd Price Story) as well as a technical consultant to “The Wanderer” The Dion DiMucci Musical.
Dr. Ben Thomas
Doctor Thomas holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the Presbyterian College and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and an ophthalmology residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Following residency training, Dr. Thomas completed an international ophthalmology fellowship at John A. Moran Eye Center, at the University of Utah and a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship and associated retinal consultants at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Thomas was a voluntary assistant professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Dr. Thomas’ involvement in international missions has always grown from a love of travel that has carried to almost 60 countries. Whether skiing, scuba-diving, or surfing, travel and time outdoors have always been his favorite means of exploring the world.
Dr. Thomas has been involved in numerous research projects at every stage of his medical training, with a strong focus on surgical and medical retina. Additionally, he has participated in multiple international research projects from Nepal to Ethiopia, and continues to devote time to advancing care in the developing world through education and research.