In 2013, after years of planning and development, Pinnacle Eye Center opened. Located in Pinnacle Eye Center, Pinnacle Surgery Center is an ambulatory surgery center designed specifically to provide all areas of ophthalmic surgery to our community. Using the newest technology, Pinnacle Surgery Center provides patients with leading edge surgical techniques to maximize outcomes, minimize complications and reduce surgical times. We offer 20 surgeries covering the spectrum of eye care including, cataract, glaucoma, oculo-plastics, cornea, and retina surgical care. We are confident that no other surgical facility in this region will offer patients a better experience for undergoing ophthalmic surgery.
Dr. Aveen Banich was born in Chicago. Her father was a family doctor and some of her earliest memories are accompanying him on house calls to see patients on weekends. These early encounters sparked a desire in her to pursue medicine from the ripe age of 8.
Currently, Dr. Banich also volunteers to teach third year Medical students at the University of Colorado Medical School. This program is entitled “the Hidden Curriculum” and it focuses on balance, healing and the process of medical students growing into becoming compassionate physicians.
Dr. Banich has four children. Life is full and she is grateful for it. Her other interests include meditation, music, yoga, and hiking.
Dr. Barad is a comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care. He enjoys interacting with patients of all ages and is committed to the development of a strong doctor-patient relationship. He is a great listener and very effective communicator. The amount of time he spends with each patient is based on individual need rather than a rigid schedule.
His clinical practice includes comprehensive eye exams, medical and surgical treatment of eyelid disorders, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Dr. Barad is an experienced surgeon who has performed thousands of surgical procedures.
Dr. Barad is married and has 5 children. He is an active member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and serves as a volunteer ophthalmologist at Peak Vista Community Health Center. In his free time, he enjoys fine wood and metal working, amateur radio and electronics, engine building and repair, vegetable gardening, and vintage tractors.
Dean Carlson, MD is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma from the University of Iowa. He has practiced in Colorado Springs for 25 years following service in the Air Force as an ophthalmologist. He has over 30 years of surgical experience, and while no longer performing intraocular surgeries, he continues to treat glaucoma patients with complicated glaucoma utilizing medications and laser treatments, including Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) and Diode Laser Photocoagulation.
Dr. Carlson is honored to have been selected by his medical peers to Colorado Springs Top Doctors 6 times, and continuously from year 2016 through year 2020. He was instrumental in combining many eye surgical specialists into one location at Pinnacle Eye Center in 2013 and forming Pinnacle Surgery Center within that same building. Today, over 10,000 laser and surgical eye procedures are performed yearly at Pinnacle Surgery Center.
Dr. Carlson grew up in Minnesota and came to Colorado to enroll at the Air Force Academy. He returned to Minnesota to attend Mayo Medical School but knew he would someday call Colorado home, which he did in 1994. He has been married to Debbie since 1982 and has three grown children and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid golfer and skier and loves the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. He has volunteered on several medical mission trips to Mexico, Honduras and Peru. He is a past 6-year volunteer school board member for Atlas Preparatory School, a Charter School in Colorado Springs District 2 that offers a rigorous academic program, character development and community involvement to its lower-income students in grades K-12.
Dr. Dewey’s accomplishments in the field of ophthalmology are recognized internationally for improving the safety and efficiency of cataract surgery. He is perhaps best known for developing the safest cataract surgery needle, the “Dewey Radius Tip.” This patented device is manufactured by MicroSurgical Technology of Redmond, WA, and is specifically rounded at its edges to improve the safety of the needle for cataract surgery. This is in stark contrast to the razor-sharp, and often burred, edges of standard needles for cataract surgery. “This is just like wearing a seat belt while driving or a helmet while on a bicycle,” Dr. Dewey said. “We don’t like to have issues arise during cataract surgery from accidental contact of the needle with the delicate contents of the eye, but this will happen on occasion. Using the Dewey Radius Tip has been proven to reduce potential damage as a result of accidental contact that could otherwise jeopardize a patient’s surgical outcome.”
In addition to the Dewey Radius Tip, Dr. Dewey has prepared videos and given podium presentations on original techniques for cataract surgery here and abroad. He has been an invited speaker for meetings in the United States, Europe, Canada, South America and Asia. The innovative nature of his techniques at improving the safety of cataract surgery, and thus improving the outcome for the patient, has garnished him several awards at national and international meetings. One of his most personally rewarding recognitions was election into the International Intraocular Implant Club in 2010.
He has served as a committee member of the Cataract Clinical Committee for both the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. In that role, he evaluated the latest technology and techniques, and assisted in assembling the educational curriculum for both societies’ annual meetings.
Dr. Dewey’s practice encompasses a broad expertise in ophthalmology, from treating glaucoma and diabetic eye disease to his current emphasis-cataract surgery. “My staff and I will take care of quite a few patients for cataract surgery in a given year,” Dr. Dewey states. “Our intent is to personalize the experience for the patient as much as possible, and balance this with the best level of efficiency we can attain. While some practices employ surgical counselors or use videotapes, I feel these are much too impersonal. I do all of my own counseling regarding the surgery. This way, I can be certain I’ve answered all of the patients’ questions in general and identified to them how we can apply our best technologies to their individual situation.”
Dr. Steven Dewey was born in Kansas City and raised in Independence, Missouri. There he graduated valedictorian from Truman High School and received numerous local, state and national awards for his efforts in journalism and forensics/debate.
After high school, he spent the next nine years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, first graduating Phi Beta Kappa with General Honors in 1983 with a BA in Biology. He remained there to graduate Cum Laude with his degree in medicine in 1987, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as well. He spent the next year as an intern at the University Hospital. He married during medical school and moved to Oklahoma City for his residency at the prestigious Dean A. McGee Eye Institute.
Dr. Dewey has four children, all born in Colorado Springs. An Eagle Scout himself, Dr. Dewey mentored his two sons to the rank of Eagle. While the family is now grown, they still enjoy biking, hiking, skiing and swimming.
Dr. Clayton Falknor, MD is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the eye. Originally from Houston, Texas, he worked as a chemical engineer for semiconductor producer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in Austin before entering the medical profession in 2001. He has been with Eye Associates of Colorado Springs since 2014. Dr. Falknor believes in providing advanced and compassionate medical care in an educational and collaborative manner to all of his patients.
In addition to providing the most up-to-date comprehensive eye care, Dr. Falknor performs traditional and laser cataract surgery utilizing the CATALYS® Precision Laser System, and implants monofocal, toric, and multifocal intraocular lens implants. In addition, he specializes in the treatment and surgery of corneal diseases including corneal transplantation and pterygium surgery.
Dr. Falknor is married with three sons and a Golden Retriever. He is a member of the major national ophthalmology societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the Cornea Society, in addition to the El Paso County Medical Society and Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He is accepting new patients daily.
Dr. Scott Jones is an eyelid, orbit and lacrimal surgeon. He specializes in blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, lacrimal surgery, eyelid malpositions, orbital surgery, blepharospasm and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. He takes time to customize each patients surgical plan to assure long lasting and natural results.
Dr. James Luu is a native of Southern California. He attended undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He received the Dean’s Grant and graduated with AOA honors from the New York Medical College. After medical school, Dr. Luu returned to California for his internship at UCLA, then completed his Ophthalmology residency training at the Stanford University. Following his residency, he completed fellowship training in medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment of retinal diseases at the National Retina Institute in Baltimore, MD.
Upon completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Luu joined the National Retina Institute as director of fellowship training and participated in Ophthalmology resident training at the George Washington University. He has published research in peer review journals, participated in several clinical trials and has given numerous ACCME lectures to Optometrists and Ophthalmologists at national meetings. Dr. Luu came to Colorado Springs and joined Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado in 2003. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreous and retinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, uveitis, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, retinal detachment, and retinal vascular diseases.
Dr. Marshall practices personalized ophthalmology—she believes it is important to listen to patients and takes the time to match their vision goals to their individual needs. She is a comprehensive ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) and dry eye specialist, welcoming patients of all ages. She has performed ocular surgery since 2000, including laser treatments for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and secondary cataracts (YAG capsulotomy). She performs cataract surgery using traditional methods as well as the CATALYS® Precision Laser System and uses today's modern aspheric, toric and multifocal IOLs.
In addition to performing multiple surgeries, she also provides comprehensive eye examinations. These services include measuring for glasses, as well as screening and treatment for problems such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, allergies, dry eyes, infections, strabismus (lazy eye), amblyopia, red eyes, and injuries.
Dr. Marshall lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, two children born in 2004 and 2006, and two dogs. She is actively involved in her church, her son's Boy Scout Troop, and is a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Colorado Springs.
Adam Martidis, M.D. attended Duke University for his undergraduate studies, majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Following graduation, he completed a residency at Indiana University where he served as chief resident in his final year. During his residency, he earned the Grayson Leadership Award, an honor given to only three prior graduating residents in the history of the training program. He was then awarded a vitreo-retinal fellowship at the New England Eye Center in Boston. Upon completion of this two-year fellowship program, he accepted an academic position at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, an internationally recognized eye institution. Here, Dr. Martidis trained numerous residents and retina fellows in surgical and medical retinal diseases in one of the largest and most highly regarded programs in the nation. He has participated in multiple research studies, including personal projects and national clinical trials.
Dr. Martidis is a pioneer in managing macular edema using an injection of corticosteroid medication into the vitreous cavity. He published the first article on the use of this technique in the management of diabetic macular edema as a complication of diabetic retinopathy. He also has broad expertise in the management of other medical retinal conditions (macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, central serous retinopathy) and vitreo-retinal surgery (retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular hole).
In his spare time, Dr. Martidis enjoys playing guitar, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Dr. Matthew Miller is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist with expertise in medical, laser, and surgical treatments for glaucoma as well as routine and complex cataract surgery. He performs both traditional glaucoma surgeries and more recently developed minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. In addition to standard cataract surgery with monofocal intraocular lenses, Dr. Miller offers advanced technologies including toric, extended depth of focus, and multifocal intraocular lenses to reduce or eliminate patients’ dependency on glasses and contact lenses. He has extensive training in comprehensive eye care and manages patients with a wide variety of eye conditions.
As a native of Utah, Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Utah, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for his outstanding academic performance as a medical student. He then completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training at the University of Iowa, perennially ranked as one of the top 10 ophthalmology training programs in the country. During his fellowship, he was selected by the University of Iowa medical students as the recipient of the Fellow Teaching Award. He has authored multiple publications on the genetics of glaucoma. He is committed to reducing the burden of unnecessary blindness around the world and has traveled to Haiti to perform cataract and glaucoma surgeries and train local eye surgeons. Dr. Miller is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Miller is excited to provide exceptional eye care to the people of Colorado.
Dr. Angela Mortland was born and raised in Iowa. Dr. Mortland retired from the Air Force in 2019 after 20 years of service. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and provides services to include evaluation for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy. She also performs comprehensive eye exams as well as laser treatments for glaucoma and secondary cataracts (YAG capsulotomy).
Dr. Mortland and her husband have two children and are happy to call Colorado Springs their home.
Dr. Pelton specializes in oculofacial plastic surgery, a subspecialty of ophthalmology. He sees patients with all types of facial trauma, skin cancer, tearing issues, dog bites, facial fractures and many other common eyelid problems. His expertise has been honed over 20 + years of oculoplastic work and he and his office staff pride themselves on the personal care they provide to his patients. All patients leave Dr. Pelton's office with his cell phone number.
Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Ryan M. Rich, M.D. received a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. He completed medical school and residency Saint Louis University where he served as Chief Resident. He completed subspecialty training in vitreoretinal disease and surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
He has published articles on a broad range of adult and pediatric retinal conditions. He also participated in ground-breaking research on the use of Avastin in patients with macular degeneration and other disorders. He has presented at several national and local meetings for both general ophthalmologists and retinal specialists.
Dr. Rich specializes in all medical and surgical retinal diseases including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vascular diseases of the retina, uveitis, vitreoretinal interface abnormalities such as epiretinal membrane and macular hole, retinal detachment, ocular trauma, and complications of anterior segment surgery.
Dr. Cecinio (Nikko) Ronquillo, Jr grew up in Manila, Philippines. He completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Utah and received his PhD in Neuroscience under the tutelage of Professor Wolfgang Baehr developing an animal model for a rare inherited retinal disease. For his work, he received a National Institute of Health grant to support his ideas and research work. During his medical school, he also co-founded a nanomaterials company, Navillum Nanotechnologies.
Dr. Ronquillo then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. During residency, he was selected as an ARCS scholar continuing his research on macular telangiectasia (MacTel) and other inherited retinal diseases. He was Chief Resident in his final year of residency. He then remained at the Moran Eye Center as a vitreoretinal surgery fellow and was selected as one of the Heed Fellows in the country. Dr. Ronquillo then joined the Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado after fellowship – joining an already distinguished group of retina specialists.
Dr. Ronquillo specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreous and retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, retinal vascular diseases, uveitis and inherited retinal diseases. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters and has presented his research work in national and international meetings.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Sarrafizadeh attended Northwestern University Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program where he obtained his M.D. degree as well as a Ph.D. in Physiology. He remained at Northwestern University Medical Center for an Internship in Internal Medicine followed by residency training in Ophthalmology. Dr. Sarrafizadeh completed fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan before moving to northern Michigan where he practiced for 13 years establishing a retina service that serves the upper half of the state. He joined Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado in November of 2014.
Dr. Sarrafizadeh specializes in the management of a variety of medical, surgical, and inflammatory retinal conditions. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his findings at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of a number of awards for clinical and basic science research excellence.
Dr. Sbarbaro is a fellowship trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery specialist. He treats a wide variety of common eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, pterygium, dry eyes, diabetes, and macular degeneration, but also subspecializes in severe conditions associated with the front portion of the eye including keratoconus, Fuchs’ Dystrophy, corneal scarring, recurrent pterygium, and keratitis sicca. Dr. Sbarbaro performs most common ophthalmic procedures such as cataract surgery, pterygium removal with tissue grafting, and eyelid procedures, but also has specialized training and experience in LASIK surgery, refractive cataract surgery, and corneal transplantation.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois where his father was completing his cardiology training, but he grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. His parents still live there today. In his youth, he grew up snow skiing with his family and loves to ski with his 4 year old son Jim and 6 year old daughter Ella. However, his 2 year old son, Ted, refuses to even put on snow pants. He loves the typical Colorado outdoors stuff, such as biking and hiking. He also likes computers, electronics, and baking bread. He’s been married to his wife, Elissa, for almost 7 years.
Dr. Smetana has been voted multiple years (including each of the past 3 years) one of Colorado Spring's Top Ophthalmologists by his physician peers in the El Paso County Medical Society.
A native of Western Kansas, Dr. Smetana graduated with highest distinction in undergraduate and medical school at the University of Kansas. After completing an internship at Presbyterian/St. Luke's in Denver, he completed his 3-year ophthalmology training at the Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute at St. Louis University. He was chosen most outstanding resident and chief resident during his final year in St. Louis.
Dr. Smetana has been board certified and practiced in Colorado Springs since 2004. He also travels to a monthly satellite in Buena Vista. His surgical experience includes laser cataract surgery and oculoplastic surgery. He also performs comprehensive and medical eye exams.
Scott and his wife Penny, who is a local Anesthesiologist, have loved calling Colorado Springs home since 2004. They have two very active and adventurous children. He is active with the local medical community and is a member of First Presbyterian Church and the AdAmAn hiking club. He is also an avid Broncos and Kansas Jayhawks fan.
Dr. Smetana is currently accepting new patients daily.
Stanford C. Taylor, M.D. is originally from Oregon and attended college at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physiology. Thereafter, Dr. Taylor enrolled in medical school at Oregon Health and Science University, where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Taylor then moved to St. Louis for his training in ophthalmology through the Department of Visual Sciences at Washington University. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Taylor further specialized in ophthalmology through a vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Oregon Health and Science University Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Taylor then moved to Colorado where he joined Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado.
Dr. Taylor’s practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal vascular disease, and intraocular inflammatory disease.
In addition to his many clinical interests, Dr. Taylor has been an advocate for ophthalmology on a national level. He is well published and has presented the results of collaborative research projects on various topics including intraocular infections, the importance of transparency with physician-industry relationships, and surgical outcomes in patients with various vitreoretinal diseases. He has also been part of many clinical trials to surgically deliver gene therapies to individuals with inherited retinal diseases.
Dr. George Ulrich, MD is a medical doctor/ophthalmologist who specializes in diseases and surgery of the eye. He grew up in Colorado Springs and completed medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver. Following medical school Dr. Ulrich was a Navy physician. His military experience included service as a medical officer in the Submarine Force followed by specialty training in ophthalmology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and fellowship training in glaucoma at Duke University. Dr. Ulrich completed a career in the US Navy and moved back to Colorado Springs in 2010.
Dr. Ulrich has been the lead ophthalmologist at CSHP/DaVita/Optum in Colorado Springs since 2010. His practice has a special emphasis on comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery in the management of glaucoma. He is a well-known and respected physician in our community and has served as president of the Colorado state professional society for ophthalmology. Dr. Ulrich is co-author of the definitive textbook on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.
Dr. Ulrich is married. He has adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, skiing, golf, cycling and music.