Optometric Care

 

Nancy P. Wiggins, OD, FAAO
Dr. Nancy P. Wiggins graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her Doctorate of Optometry, with honors, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

As a fellow of the esteemed American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Wiggins served on the Academy’s Admission Committee for ten years. The letters FAAO (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for fellowship have been met. She is also a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honorary Fraternity and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Wiggins is also active in optometric education as a preceptor and adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She has presented numerous lectures and research papers at national and local optometric conferences. Locally, Dr. Wiggins is on staff at several area nursing homes and enjoys working with the geriatric population.

The readers of the Beaver County Times voted Dr. Wiggins “Best Eye Care Provider” in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Actively participating in various civic organizations, Dr. Wiggins has served as president for local Lions International and Rotary clubs and has also been member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Boys and Girls Club. She was awarded the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Beaver County Big Couple Award in 2003. Dr. Wiggins also teaches Sunday school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sewickley, Pa.

During her free time, Dr. Wiggins enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and twins, Nina and Noah. As a family, the Wiggins' are very active and enjoy skiing, sailing, mountain biking, swimming, and traveling.
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Devin G. Depner, OD
Dr. Depner attended Pacific University College of Optometry where he graduated with distinction in 1996. Following graduation, he completed a residency program in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at the State University of New York College of Optometry where he received advanced training in children’s and infant’s vision, the diagnosis and treatment of learning- related visual disorders as well as the non-surgical treatment of strabismus (eye turns) and amblyopia (lazy eye).

Dr. Depner lectures frequently to parents, teachers, school psychologists and other professionals on vision and visually-related learning problems. He is the head of the Foundations for Learning Center at Optometric Care. Foundations for Learning is a diagnostic and treatment center for children who suffer from visual problems that can cause reading and learning difficulties.

Dr. Depner is the recipient of the Tole Greenstein Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy and is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. This is an organization dedicated to bettering our understanding and treatment of childhood visual problems. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. In addition, he is on staff at several area nursing homes.

Dr. Depner lives with his wife Christie and their four children in Moon Township. Dr. Depner grew up in Portland, Oregon, and his wife is a native of Pittsburgh. Dr. Depner thinks Pittsburgh is a beautiful place, much like Portland, and that Christie was right when she said this city is a great place to live and raise a family.
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Arnold R. Eger, OD, FAAO
Dr. Arnold Eger graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1969. That was the same year he joined his father, Dr. Milton Eger, in the continued delivery of Quality Eye Care services to residents of Beaver County for over 50 years. During his first two years in practice, Dr. Eger attended Duquesne University and graduated with a master's degree in Education. Dr. Eger attained Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 1972. In 1976 he earned diplomate status in the Cornea and Contact Lens section of the Academy. Only some 250 optometrists throughout the world hold this distinction. His colleagues recognized Dr. Eger as Pennsylvania Optometrist of the Year in 1986. In both 1980 and 2002, he received the George Gottschalk Award from the Pennsylvania Optometric Association for outstanding contributions on behalf of the membership.

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Laura A. Pallan, MD
Laura A. Pallan, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, joined Optometric Care in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree, with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. Her research in molecular biology took her to the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Institute in New York to further study breast cancer. She enrolled in medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and received her Doctorate of Medicine in 1989.

After a two-year residency in Internal Medicine, Dr. Pallan chose ophthalmology as a career and completed a residency at The Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburgh. She has participated in numerous research projects concentrating on diabetes. She practiced general ophthalmology and refractive surgery in western New York before returning to Pittsburgh in 1995.

Dr. Pallan has several specialties, including diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Her surgical skills include cataract, oculoplastic and refractive surgery. Dr. Pallan is also on staff at Sewickley Hospital, and UPMC's Presbyterian and Shadyside facilities. She frequently attends international meetings to broaden her education and bring advances in eye care to her patients.

Dr. Pallan is originally from and currently resides in Sewickley. She enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling and cooking.

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Kevin D. Clark, MD
Kevin D. Clark, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist who has been consulting with Optometric Care for the past several years. Dr. Clark specializes in bifocal and toric implants. He also has a great deal of expertise in corneal and refractive surgeries, laser retinal treatments and glaucoma laser treatments.

Dr. Clark graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, where his educational emphasis was in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and French. Dr. Clark earned his medical degree in 1989 from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

After completing an internship at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Clark entered his ophthalmology residency at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Clark has also served as an assistant clinical instructor in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Among his many achievements, Dr. Clark has earned special certifications in many specialized procedures, including custom LASIK, Intralase, PRK, Intacs, and premium implants including ICL, Verisyse, Acrysof Toric, Crystalens, ReSTOR and Rezoom.

In his free time, Dr. Clark enjoys playing music with several local bands and has written music for several local orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, McKeesport Symphony, Edgewood Symphony and Wheeling Symphony.

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Brian A. Moore, OD
Dr. Brian A. Moore graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Cell/Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Science. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Dr. Moore has been practicing in the Greater Pittsburgh area for the past 5 years at a large multidisciplinary ophthalmology practice where he was the Director of Optometric Services. He provided primary care optometry with an emphasis in pre and post cataract care, glaucoma, and medical retina. He was also a staff optometrist at the Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling WV. Dr. Moore participated in numerous clinical trials and was active in optometric education as a preceptor for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Moore is also member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.

When not in the office, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his wife, Betsy and his daughter, Madilyn. He also enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, traveling, and attending sporting events.

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Robert C. Arffa, MD
Dr. Arffa joined the Optometric Care team in the beginning of 2012 specializing in cataract & cornea surgery. Dr. Arffa is a corneal specialist in private practice, Medical Director at TLC Pittsburgh Laser Center and Medical Director for Eyes at the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (C.O.R.E.). He has been a specialist in cornea, cataract extraction and refractive surgery for 25 years.

Dr. Arffa graduated cum laude from Cornell University and received his medical degree from The University of Connecticut. After an ophthalmology residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, he undertook a two-year fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery with pioneers in corneal and refractive surgery at Louisiana University Eye Center in New Orleans. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and frequently serves as an examiner for the Board.

Dr. Arffa has written many research articles on cornea and refractive surgery and authored an internationally used textbook on diseases of the cornea. Dr. Arffa is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, from which he received the Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award.

He was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in 1997 and has been included in every edition of “Best Doctors” since. He was also selected as one of the “Top Doctors in America” in 2006 and 2009 and as a VISX Star Surgeon in 2000.

Learn more about Dr. Arffa at www.DrArffa.com

 
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