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Education & Expertise

Drs. Brett Rhode, Daniel Ferguson, Daniel Paskowitz, Michael Raciti, David Scheidt, and our staff are committed to providing the highest standards of professional and personal attention. We are proud to have a team with respected credentials in all areas of ophthalmology. Their exceptional training, affiliations, achievements and expertise are summarized below.

Professional Memberships
(past & present)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • American College of Eye Surgeons

  • American Diabetes Association

  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

  • Aurora Health Network—Eye Care Planning & Diabetes Care Committees

  • Milwaukee County Medical Society—Needs of the Aging Committee

  • Milwaukee Ophthalmological Society

  • Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society

  • Research to Prevent Blindness Inc.—Medical Advisory Committee

  • Society of Geriatric Ophthalmology

  • Wisconsin State Medical Society

  • Wisconsin State Ophthalmological Society

Hospital & Medical Organization Affiliations

Eye Care Specialists' physicians are members of numerous HMOs, IPAs and PPOs in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and have surgical privileges at the following institutions:

  • Eye Surgery & Laser Center of Wisconsin

  • Envision Surgery Center

  • Aurora Sinai Medical Center

  • Aurora West Allis Medical Center

  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — Elmbrook Memorial

  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — St. Joseph


Eye Care Specialists' doctors have extended their training in a number of areas, including:

  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Sub-Specialty: American Board of Eye Surgery (Cataract/Implant Surgery)

  • Fellowship: Cornea

  • Mini-Fellowship: Lamellar Refractive Surgery & C-LASIK

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Special Achievements
  • Provide comprehensive medical, surgical and laser coverage of virtually every ophthalmic condition, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration (AMD), pediatric-related concerns, corneal transplants, dry eyes, retinal tears and ocular infections.

  • Respected pioneers in cataract surgery. Practice founders were first eye surgeons in Wisconsin to perform phacoemulsification (ultrasonic) cataract removal and to implant foldable artificial lenses. Leaders in "no-stitch" and "no-injection" techniques to enhance patient comfort and recovery. Offer monofocal and advanced-capability multifocal and toric (astigmatism-correcting) lens implants.

  • Leaders in medication injection therapy (Avastin, Eylea, Lucentis and Vabysmo) to treat macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disorders.

  • One of the first practices in Wisconsin to utilize OCT laser scanning technology to detect, track and treat glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal disorders—often prior to vision loss.

  • Selected to serve as U.S. Investigators in FDA-related studies on the safety and effectiveness of laser vision correction.

  • Featured information source for TV, newspaper and magazine eye-related stories.

  • Authors of surgery technique and other articles for professional publications, including Ophthalmology Times, The American Journal of Ophthalmology and Ocular Surgery News.

  • Lecturers for public and professional organizations.

  • Provide free community service eye screenings for church, civic and older adult organizations throughout Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

  • One of the only practices in the country to write, publish and distribute more than one million free educational eye care booklets, newsletters and handouts.

  • Featured columnists and contributors for older adult and community publications, including 50-Plus, Your Life!, Modern Health and Living (MHL), Freeman Brookfield/Elm Grove, Milwaukee Courier, and The Milwaukee Times.

  • Recognized and respected for conducting one of the largest continuing education programs in the U.S. for optometrists, including twice-yearly conferences for 125+ doctors from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

  • Conduct seminars and in-services and publish informational updates for primary care physicians and nursing staffs.

  • Provide one-on-one operating room instruction to doctors from across the U.S.

  • Named "TOP DOCTORS" by Milwaukee and MKE Lifestyle Magazines.

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