LASIK Eye Surgeons
Mark Walker, MD
Dr. Mark Walker’s unique blend of skill, experience, and refractive surgery training offers Restore Vision Centers (RVC) patients an unparalleled expertise in laser eye surgery. Dr. Walker is the only surgeon in the Pacific Northwest with the advanced academic accomplishment of a “Fellowship in Refractive Surgery” certification who is dedicated solely to LASIK surgery. This expertise is combined with over ten years of clinical directorship and the performance of more than 70,000 refractive surgery procedures.
Dr. Walker pursued his medical, ophthalmic, and specialized refractive surgery training when LASIK first revealed its fantastic promise. From that point on, this remarkable procedure has guided his professional career. In medical school at the University of Texas, he earned membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and achieved acceptance to ophthalmology residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he focused on cornea studies.
Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Walker made his next distinguished achievement when he was accepted for fellowship training in refractive surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. There, he practiced and studied exclusively in refractive surgery for one year. During this time, he was the lead investigator in several laser eye surgery studies, all dealing with prevention of complication and maximizing visual outcomes through refractive surgery. His work has been published in The Journal of Refractive Surgery and Cornea.
As a Fellow in Refractive Surgery with thousands of cases of experience, Dr. Walker is one of the very few specialists in the United States to have advanced expertise and training in laser eye surgery technique, and specialization in the physiology of the cornea, which is the part of the eye treated in a LASIK procedure. His expertise and confidence in LASIK is attested to by his having had the procedure himself, and having performed LASIK on his wife.
Dr. Walker has chosen the Pacific Northwest as his home so he can be close to his extended family, and share the many unique outdoor opportunities with his wife and daughters.
Get to Know Your Surgeon
Special Training: Fellowship-trained in Refractive Surgery at the University of Washington
Why did you choose to specialize in laser vision correction? I was fascinated by the newer LASIK techniques and cutting edge technology.
What is your favorite part about being an eye surgeon? The excitement a patient has at the post-care exams. I also like the cards and letters from patients telling me exactly how LASIK changed their lives.
When did you have LASIK: 2000
Favorite thing about having had the procedure: Swimming and Camping. Also the ability to relate to patients and anticipate their feelings, questions, and concerns.
Hobbies: Running, camping, biking, and trying to keep up with my two daughters.
Eugene Iwanyk, MD
Dr. Eugene Iwanyk is an accomplished, experienced, versatile LASIK laser eye surgeon who offers patients of Restore Vision Centers an unparalleled commitment to their vision. Choosing between many colleges such as Georgetown and the New York Medical College, Dr. Iwanyk decided to pursue his medical degree from the prestigious F. Edward Hébert Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, renowned for its affiliation with the National Institute of Health. Dr. Iwanyk is a former flight surgeon and medical researcher for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Dr. Iwanyk completed his ophthalmology residency at Walter Reed Hospital, where he was selected to start a pilot program to perform refractive surgery on U.S. Army special operations soldiers, and treat many of the world’s elite dignitaries. Since then, Dr. Iwanyk has performed more than 60,000 successful LASIK surgery procedures, using nearly all types of laser systems. He also has studied with some of the world’s best LASIK surgeons.
Dr. Iwanyk is married with two daughters and enjoys fitness activities and the outdoors. He donates much of his time to the community, including offering free medical services to Central American, South American, and Asian humanitarian efforts.
“It’s amazing how a 10 to 15 minute procedure can change your life forever.”Eugene Iwanyk, MD
Get to Know Your Surgeon
Background: Retired from Active Duty United States Army. Trained in Special Operations and Aviation. Medical Investigator in Altitude Medicine. Trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Why did you choose to specialize in laser vision correction? It was a dramatic improvement over older surgical techniques. The procedure enabled my patients to participate in a wide variety of activities without the burden of glasses or contact lenses.
Favorite thing about the procedure: I had LASIK in 2005 and I like being able to see while I am swimming.
Hobbies: Enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters. I am a Mariners Baseball Fan, and also like hiking and running.
Dennis Colson, OD
With 30 years of optometric experience, including thousands of cases of LASIK co-management, Dr. Colson is one of the Northwest’s most qualified laser eye surgery specialists. He has also had LASIK himself. Dr. Dennis Colson works at Restore Vision Centers Boise location.
Dr. Colson graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and proceeded to Pacific University College of Optometry, where he graduated “with distinction.” During his 26 years of private practice in the Boise area, Dr. Colson (Lieutenant Colonel) has served as the Officer in Charge of the optometry section of the 124th Medical Group in the Idaho Air National Guard.
Dr. Colson and his wife, Jennifer, enjoy flying, tennis, and golf, as well as spending time with their two young granddaughters. Dr. Colson has a quick wit and a sharp eye for detail, just two of the many reasons patients feel confident and comfortable in his care.
“Over the years, there are a couple of statements that I have heard over and over and over, that the surgery and recovery was a lot easier than they thought it would be and that they wish they had done it years ago.”Dennis Colson, OD
Jezzarae Hedlund, OD
Dr. Jezzarae Hedlund graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in General Medicine before attending optometry school in Forest Grove, Oregon. While in optometry school, she did a series of internships and externships to further her experience in the optometry field. She also enjoyed volunteering for vision screenings at the Portland Rescue Mission and Cornelius Elementary Vision Screening. She received her Doctorate from Pacific University of Oregon, College of Optometry in 2012.
Dr. Hedlund strives to be up-to-date on optometric medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Optometric Physicians of Washington, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Aside from her passion for optometry, she brings her friendly nature to Restore Vision Centers and enjoys helping every patient that comes to our LASIK Spokane Center.
Dr. Hedlund is from Spokane and enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
“My favorite thing about working with LASIK patients is that they always come back happy and I get to experience their happiness and excitement with them.”Jezzarae Hedlund, OD
Jennifer Magbitang, OD
Dr. Jennifer Magbitang was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science: Physiology and Metabolism.
She attended the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, and graduated with honors. While in school she was very active on campus. She has volunteered for many vision screenings for the youth, homeless, and those with special needs. She served as a teaching assistant for classes in contact lenses, optics, and binocular vision. In her last year of optometry school, she spent time in various clinical rotation settings to experience challenging and diverse patient encounters.
After graduating from optometry school, she pursued an additional year of training for her residency at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her residency was focused on primary eye care, and specialty contact lens fitting for irregular corneas, irregular astigmatism, cornea transplants, and traumatized eyes.
Dr. Magbitang is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and American Optometric Association. She has attended many optometry related meetings including Vision Expo, Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Optometry’s Meeting, and American Academy of Optometry annual meetings to stay current on her education, research, and practice.
Outside of optometry she enjoys hiking, traveling, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops.
“I am excited to be part of your journey in refractive surgery. I look forward to addressing your visual needs and providing you with quality eye care.” Jennifer Magbitang, OD
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