Our Doctors

Meet the Doctors of North Shore Eye Care

The LASIK and cataract surgeons of North Shore Eye Care - located on Long Island - are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to every patient they treat. Each of our surgeons is board certified and experienced in all aspects of eye care, including LASIK surgery and cataract surgery.


Lawrence Zweibel, MD, FACS

Dr. Lawrence ZweibelDr. Lawrence Zweibel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University before going on to receive his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York and served as chief resident in ophthalmology at the French and Polyclinic Medical Center.

Dr. Zweibel has been a partner of North Shore Eye Care for the past 25 years. He is a clinical instructor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is the former Chief of Ophthalmology at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital in Smithtown. He has been named in "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area" for the past ten years as published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Zweibel is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society, and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Paul A. Choinski, MD, FACS

Dr. Paul Choinski Dr. Paul Choinski is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has over 20 years of medical and surgical experience in private practice in Eastern Long Island. He practices general ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery, refractive surgery and treatment of glaucoma.

He was raised in Smithtown, Long Island where he completed his primary education. He attended college at Binghamton University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1982. He attended a language and culture program at the University of Wroclaw in Poland during the summer of 1980.

Dr. Choinski attended SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and obtained his M.D. degree in 1986. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in ophthalmology at SUNY Buffalo in 1990.

He joined Hampton Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. in July 1990. He became board certified in ophthalmology in 1991 and received his Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons in 1994.

Dr. Choinski is an attending physician at Southampton Hospital, Southampton, New York, and the Suffolk Surgery Center, in Shirley, New York.

Dr Choinski resides in Water Mill, New York with his wife and their two children.


Jeffrey L. Martin, MD, FACS

Dr. Jeff MartinDr. Jeffrey Martin was born and raised in Smithtown, New York.  He earned a biology degree summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to receive his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Martin completed his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and served as chief resident in ophthalmology at Nassau County Medical Center.  He joined his father at North Shore Eye Care in 1997.

Dr. Martin is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is chief of ophthalmology at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital. In addition, he devotes time to teaching resident ophthalmologists at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. For the last several years, Dr. Martin has been selected for inclusion in "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.  He has also been selected to receive  "Patient Choice" and "Compassionate Doctor" awards.

Dr. Martin is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Medical Society of the State Of New York, the Suffolk County Medical Society, and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Martin serves as Managing Partner of North Shore Eye Care.  He and his wife have three children.  In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, cycling, and spending time with his family.


David Immanuel, MD, PhD

Dr. David ImmanuelDr. David Immanuel is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained as a cornea specialist. His office is located on Hilton Avenue in Hempstead bordering Garden City (less than a mile south of the Garden City Hotel) where he has been in private practice for approximately 10 years (www.cornealeyedoc.com). Dr. Immanuel is very excited about his recent decision to join North Shore Eye Care along with Dr. William Kasper of Garden City. North Shore Eye Care is an expanding group of multispecialty ophthalmologists with several offices in Suffolk County. As a partner, North Shore Eye Care will provide improved administrative support to his practice including staffing, billing, management, and marketing.

Dr. Immanuel specializes in cataract and refractive surgery and has performed as many as 400 cataracts per year. His goal with cataract surgery is not just to treat the cataract, but also to provide his patients with spectacle free vision for both distance and near once the cataract has been removed. This is achieved by utilizing special intraocular lenses along with the precision of laser cataract surgery. Dr. Immanuel is very excited about offering this new technology to his patient because it makes cataract surgery both safer and more precise.


Lawrence M. Buono, MD

Dr. Buono was born in the Bronx and was raised in Yonkers. He completed his undergraduate degree at New York University (NYU) with a major in Philosophy and a minor in both Biology and Chemistry. He received an NYU scholarship for academic merit. He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. While in medical school he received both the Schulman and Barnes scholarships for academic merit.

After completion of a medical/surgical internship at the Presbyterian Hospital/ University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Buono retuned to New York for his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla. After residency, he completed an additional year of fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


John Mauro, DO

Dr. John MauroDr. John Mauro is the newest member of our team here at North Shore Eye Care. Previously a pharmacist, Dr. Mauro earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John's University, Queens, NY. He then completed his medical school training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA and his internship at Mercy Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center/Stony Brook University, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology.

Afterwards, he completed his fellowship training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye Research Surgery Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his fellowships, Dr. Mauro specialized in the treatment of uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases as well as cataract surgery; implantation of multi-focal, accommodating and astigmatism correcting intraocular lenses. He spent additional training at the Boston Eye Group, Massachusetts, where he learned the latest techniques in custom bladeless laser refractive surgery. Dr. Mauro has been active in ophthalmic research, co-authoring numerous book chapters, article publications and presentations; including the involvement in multiple prospective and experimental research trials.

Dr. Mauro is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is an attending ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he devotes time to teaching ophthalmologists in training. He is also an attending ophthalmologist at St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital. Dr. Mauro is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


William Kasper, MD, FACS

Dr. William KasperWilliam S. Kasper, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Emeritus Acting Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y., a position that he held for 15 years. He has been listed in the prestigious Castle and Connolly publication, "How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area," for the last 16 years, an honor bestowed by patients and colleagues. As past Presidents of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society, and the Ophthalmology Section of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, Dr. Kasper has contributed both to the scientific and educational information of its members. Nassau County Medical Center Ophthalmology Residency training has been a priority over the years, teaching the young physicians both the art and science of the specialty. Journal publications have included topics dealing with laser iridotomies, current concepts of cataract surgery and intraocular lenses, a toxic eye medication, corneal iron lines and edema, and rhinosporidiosis of the eyelid. Internet articles have dealt with eyelid lesions, toric lenses, diabetic nerve palsy, and insurance problems. Research projects in the past have been funded by Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical firm evaluating treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, and presently an ongoing clinical investigation exists for Amgen involving ocular evaluation associated with prostate cancer treatment.


Stephen Greenberg, MD

Dr. Stephen Greenberg Dr. Stephen Greenberg is a board certified ophthalmologist with 40 years of ophthalmology experience in Deer Park and Holbrook.  He is a graduate of The City College of New York and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing his internship at Montefiore Hospital, he served as a physician for two years in the U. S. Public Health Service, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. Returning to New York, he continued his training at the AlbertEinstein/ Montefiore Medical Center ophthalmology residency program and was selected as Chief Resident. He has been Board Certified since 1976 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Greenberg served as director of ophthalmic surgery at the Long Island Surgi-Center in Melville and is on the staff of Good Samaritan and Southside Hospitals. He was a consultant at Central Islip and Pilgrim State Hospitals for over 30 years, as well as Stony Brook Hospital and the Northport V.A., where he assisted residents in developing their surgical skills. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Long Island and Suffolk Ophthalmologic Societies. He is a founder and past president of Helping Hands, a charitable organization that helps the disadvantaged living on Long Island.


Grace M. O'Malley, MD, FACS

Dr. Grace O’Malley Dr. Grace O’Malley is a board-certified general ophthalmologist who treats cataracts, glaucoma, and external diseases of the eye. She also performs eyelid surgery, including the cosmetic procedures of blepharoplasty and Botox. She has over 25 years of medical and surgical experience in private practice.

Dr. O’Malley grew up in the Bronx, New York. She attended the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and was awarded the Bronx Chapter Alumnae Scholarship to the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology in 1977.

Dr. O’Malley attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and received her M.D. in 1981. She completed her internship at Nassau Hospital (now Winthrop University Hospital) and returned to New York Medical College for her residency in ophthalmology from 1982-1985.

In July 1985, Dr. O’Malley joined Hampton Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. in Southampton, New York. She became a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1987 and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1989. She has been listed in every edition of the Castle Connolly Guide to Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area and in Newsday’s Top Doctors on Long Island.


Andrew Bainnson, MD

Dr. Bainnson Dr. Bainnson is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in Glaucoma and General ophthalmology and has been in practice since 1994. Prior to joining North Shore Eye Care Dr Bainnson practiced in West Islip, NY.

Dr. Bainnson is a Long Island native having grown up in Plainview.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with honors with a degree in cellular and molecular biology followed by medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Dr. Bainnson’s clinical training started with a transitional year at Columbia affiliated Overlook Hospital in Summit New Jersey.  His ophthalmology residency was completed at New York Medical College where he served as Chief Resident during his final year.  After completing his residency he completed a fellowship in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment surgery at the Kellogg Eye Center of the University of Michigan.

Dr Bainnson is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, New York Ophthalmological Society and the Suffolk County Ophthalmological society.


Christine Speer Buono, MD

Christine Speer Buono, MDDr. Buono is a board-certified ophthalmologist with expertise in treatment and diagnosis of all medical disorders of the eye, including dry eye, glaucoma, allergic and herpetic eye diseases, eyelid problems, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. She performs eyelid procedures and laser surgery for glaucoma and after cataract surgery.

Dr. Buono is originally from Stuttgart, Arkansas, "the rice and duck capital of the world". Graduating as valedictorian from high school, she received the Arkansas Junior Miss scholarship and the Robert C. Byrd scholarship. For her undergraduate education, she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. In 1995, she graduated magna cum laude with dual majors in Chemistry and Spanish and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.


Faye Knoll, MD

Dr. Faye Knoll Dr. Faye Knoll is North Shore Eye Care’s cornea and external disease specialist.  As an undergraduate, she attended SUNY Binghamton where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish.  At Binghamton she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Following the completion of her B.A., Dr. Knoll attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated Cum Laude.  Subsequently, she completed a transitional intern year at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY followed by an ophthalmology residency at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, NY where she also served as chief resident in ophthalmology.  

After completing her residency, Dr. Knoll went on to complete a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.  Dr. Knoll’s special interests include penetrating keratoplasty, Descemet’s Automated Endothelial Stripping Keratoplasty (DSAEK), cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, sutured intraocular lenses, and refractive surgery.

Dr. Knoll has been active in ophthalmic research and has presented at multiple national meetings.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


Samuel Baharestani, MD

Dr. Samuel Baharestani Dr. Baharestani is an Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), and a Member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Raised on Long Island, Dr. Baharestani is a graduate of Roslyn High School where he was a four year scholar athlete in volleyball and graduated with distinction in the top 2% of his class. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University's College of Arts and Science, Dr. Baharestani earned his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Biology, including minors in Chemistry and Economics. At NYU, he was honored as a Presidential Honors Scholar, named to the Dean's Advisory Council, and received the Harry A. Charipper Medal for outstanding contributions to the science of biology.


Robyn Shapiro, Au.D.

Dr. Robyn Shapiro, Au.D.Dr. Shapiro's background includes; specialized training and research in a wide variety of audiological services for pediatric, adult, geriatric and "difficult to test" populations.  Dr. Shapiro, Au.D., belongs to several professional organizations including; American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and holds professional certifications and licenses including; ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, New York State-Audiology License and the New York State-Hearing Aid Dispensing License.

Dr. Shapiro's audiology practice is located in Smithtown; Long Island, New York. Audiological Services include; comprehensive audiological evaluations serving all ages; pediatric early identification of hearing loss; hearing aid evaluation; assistive listening devices, auditory processing evaluations, swim-molds; hearing conservation; tinnitus evaluations; and contractual services.

Dr. Robyn Shapiro Au.D., goal is to offer the best quality services and products so that others can enjoy all the wonderful sounds life has to offer.  "I do not want anyone missing out on precious opportunities....chances to share conversations with loved ones, to laugh at stories or to hear whispered secrets from cherished grandchildren".


Theresa Dempsey, Au.D.

Dr. Theresa DempseyDr. Theresa Dempsey, Au.D., is a New York State Licensed Audiologist. She has practiced audiology in clinical settings for 10 years and is particularly interested in aural rehabilitation and counseling of the hearing impaired and their families. Dr. Dempsey has extensive experience in diagnostic testing of pediatric, adult, geriatric and difficult to test populations. She specializes in dispensing and counseling patients in the use of advanced digital hearing aid technology, balance testing and electrophysiological testing.

Dr. Dempsey’s credentials include: Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from St. Joseph’s College, Master’s degree in Audiology from Hofstra University, Doctoral degree in Audiology from Salus University. Dr. Dempsey belongs to many professional organizations including: the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and holds professional certifications and licenses, including; ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, a New York State Audiology license and a New York State Hearing aid Dispensing License.


Amy Cavallo, MA/CCC-A

Dr. Amy CavalloAmy Cavallo MA/CCC-A is a NY State licensed audiologist. She has extensive clinical experience in providing audiological services and research for adult, geriatric, pediatric, and special needs populations.

She has served as a Professor Assistant at St. John's University in post-graduate studies, Research Audiologist at Lexington School for the Deaf, and Educational Audiologist at Nassau BOCES School. Dr. Cavallo is also affiliated with several professional organizations including the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Long Island Speech and Hearing Association (LISHA), and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Mrs. Cavallo also attains current professional certifications including the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology and NY State Hearing Aid Dispensing Licensure.


If you are interested in finding out more about our LASIK and cataract surgeons, contact us at our Riverhead or Smithtown, NY offices today. We proudly serve patients throughout Long Island.

 

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