Dr. Lori Lebow Appears on the Weekly Check-Up Atlanta

Gainesville Eye Associates’ Dr. Lori Lebow on “The Weekly Check-Up Atlanta”

On Sunday, October 27, Dr. Lori Lebow appeared alongside host Dr. Bruce Feinberg and fellow ophthalmologist Dr. Benjamin Strauss of Georgia Eye Associates on WSB radio’s popular medical show, “The Weekly Check-Up.” Dr. Lebow and Dr. Strauss discussed topics including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal diseases, and more with Dr. Feinberg. The Weekly Check-Up, which airs Sundays from 3-5 P.M. on 95.5 FM WSB, covers a wide range of important healthcare topics and news every week.

Listen to the full show here.

Lori C. Lebow, M.D., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed her internship at the University of Virginia and then performed her ophthalmology residency at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation/LSU in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Lebow has done research for both the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Institute. She has performed foreign studies at the Universidad DeValladolid in Spain and received the Barry Freeman Scholarship for the study of medicine in developing nations in Merida, Venezuela. In 2019, she was named a Top Doctor in Atlanta by Castle Connolly.

Dr. Lebow enjoys spending time with her three children and participating in their extracurricular activities. In her spare time, she likes to read a good book, cook meals for her family, practice yoga and travel as much as possible to learn about different cultures.

Dr. Balest Receives Board Certification

Gainesville Eye Associates’ Dr. Zach Balest Receives Board Certification

Gainesville Eye Associates’ ophthalmologist Dr. Zach Balest recently received board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO).

A graduate of the University of North Georgia, Balest earned his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, Ga. He then completed his transitional internship at Baptist Health Systems and his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Balest is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology. His professional interests include cataract surgery with premium lens options, medical and surgical management of glaucoma, diabetic eye care and eyelid rejuvenation.

According to the ABO, ophthalmologists who achieve board certification voluntarily complete a rigorous evaluation of their knowledge, skills and experience. Board certificates are valid for a period of 10 years, then must be renewed through participation in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville; Braselton; and Cornelia; with consulting offices in Blairsville; Clayton; Hiawassee, Ga.; and Hayesville and Franklin, N.C. Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser cataract surgery, cataract eye surgery, ReSTOR Lens, TECNIS®, cataract education, eyelid plastic surgery, Botox, eye conditions, dry eye, and contact lenses. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact their office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on their website at www.gainesvilleeye.com or by following them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gainesvilleeye), Twitter (@GainesvilleEye), Instagram (gainesville_eye_associates) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/GainesvilleEyetube).

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Jack M. Chapman, Jr., M.D., 2019 Atlanta Magazine Top Doc

Here at Gainesville Eye Associates, our group of physicians are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care. Our Physician Spotlights showcase these awesome team members and help you get to know your trusted physicians. Continue reading to get to know Dr. Jack M. Chapman!

We’d like to give a huge congratulations to Dr. Chapman, who was ranked among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors and was included in Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Atlanta magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York, to assist in its annual effort. This year, the publication honors 860 physicians. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process open to licensed physicians in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale counties. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers then select the Top Doctors through a rigorous screening process that includes an evaluation of educational and professional experience. 

Dr. Chapman also serves as the President of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation (MAG Foundation), a non-profit group which enables physicians to support medical science and public health projects that enhance the quality of life in the state.

Jack M. Chapman, M.D. is a highly respected, board-certified ophthalmologist who has practiced in Gainesville and Northeast Georgia since 1992. His primary areas of focus are cataract refractive surgery, laser cataract surgery, and treatment for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, astigmatism, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. His refractive cataract practice includes all varieties of Intraocular lens technology including premium multifocal and toric lenses coupled with femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Southern College of Optometry and the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Chapman trained in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics. He is the first cataract surgeon to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery in Georgia. Dr. Chapman has presented at numerous eye meetings both nationally and internationally, and he also participates in clinical eye research. He serves on the Physician Advisory Board for EyeSouth Partners, an eye services management organization based in Atlanta, and was named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Atlanta in 2019.

In addition to practicing in Gainesville and Cornelia, Dr. Chapman has surgical consultation locations in Hiawassee and Clayton, Georgia and Hayesville, North Carolina.

When he is not at work, Dr. Chapman enjoys time with family, travel and his volunteer efforts.

Gainesville Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Whisenant

Dr. Jody Whisenant Joins Gainesville Eye Associates

Dr. Jody Whisenant, a well-respected north Georgia optometrist, has joined Gainesville Eye Associates, which includes Jack M. Chapman, Jr., M.D., Clayton G. Blehm, M.D., Lori C. Lebow, M.D., Zach R. Balest, M.D., Stephen S. Ellison, O.D., and Elizabeth F. Ellison, O.D.

Whisenant, whose EyeCare Associates practice recently merged with Gainesville Eye, is a long-time member of the American Optometric Association, Southern Council of Optometrists, and Georgia Optometric Association. He has earned several awards including Young Optometrist of the Year 1988, Presidential Citation, Optometrist of the year 1999 and the Distinguished Service Award.

An Albany, Ga. native, Whisenant graduated with honors from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has also been a member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Gainesville and Gainesville Jaycees.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Gainesville Eye Associates Ophthalmologists Named Top Doctors

Gainesville Eye Associates ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Chapman, Dr. Clayton Blehm, and Dr. Lori Lebow have been ranked among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in Atlanta. Chapman and Blehm were also recognized for the honor in the July Top Doctors issue of Atlanta magazine. 

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research company based in New York, has been identifying top doctors since 1991. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process open to licensed physicians in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale counties.  

Top Doctors are nominated by their peers. Physicians can nominate those other doctors whom they feel are the most outstanding in their medical specialties. The Castle Connolly physician-led research team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician being considered for inclusion. 

The high-level of care and expertise that Chapman, Blehm, and Lebow provide their patients and the respect their colleagues have for their work are the reasons for their inclusion on the list. 

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770.532.4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

Gainesville Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Zach Balest

Gainesville Native Dr. Zach Balest Joins Gainesville Eye Associates

Gainesville Eye Associates announces the addition of ophthalmologist Dr. Zach Balest to its staff.

The Gainesville native recently completed his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Earlier, he served a transitional internship at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala. Balest is a 2014 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.

At Gainesville Eye, Balest plans to focus on assisting patients with cataract and refractive surgery, medical and surgical management of glaucoma and diabetic eye care.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Georgia, he is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.

Balest enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, spending time outdoors and watching UGA football.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770.532.4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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GEA Optometrists Featured in Eclipse Article

The Times interviewed GEA eye doctors/optometrists/laser cataract surgeons Dr. Stephen Ellison and Dr. Elizabeth Ellison for an article on the proper way to view the eclipse.

Link: Don’t eclipse your eyesight; take precautions to view celestial event.

Gainesville Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Stephen Ellison

Dr. Stephen Ellison Joins Gainesville Eye Associates Staff

Gainesville Eye Associates has added Dr. Stephen Ellison to its optometry staff.

Ellison earned his doctorate at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology. He completed internships that provided training in treatment and management of various ocular diseases including retina, cornea, and glaucoma. His areas of interest include treating patients with dry eye and corneal diseases.

He also has experience fitting specialty contact lenses, which can greatly enhance vision in conditions that vision is not correctable with standard glasses.

He joins his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Ellison, on Gainesville Eye Associates’ optometry staff. She joined the practice a year ago.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Dr. Chapman Authors Article in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today

Opthalmologist Cataract Surgeon and Eye Doctor Dr. Jack Chapman, wrote an article for Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today on incision precision with the LenSx laser.

Article Link: Incision Prescision With the LenSx Laser

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Chapman Interviewed While Participating in Health IT Leadership Summit

Gainesville Eye Associates’ Dr. Jack Chapman participated in the Health IT Leadership Summit earlier this month in Atlanta. He was interviewed by Trade Show Radio at a VIP Cocktail Party on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Rooftop regarding “Technology’s Role in Revolutionizing Healthcare” — the theme for the summit, reflecting the integral part healthcare IT is playing in transforming healthcare access, efficiencies, costs, and quality outcomes. 

Interview link: Trade Show Radio Broadcasts LIVE from the Metro Chamber Health IT Summit

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770.532.4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.