Keith is a born and raised Alaskan. He grew up in Eagle River and graduated from Chugiak High School. Keith’s family owned and operated the Eagle River Pharmacy, which was an Eagle River institution since the late 1960’s. Keith attended the University of Iowa, first completing a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology, and then a 2-year post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Orthoptics.
Keith has worked professionally in the U.S. and abroad at such notable ophthalmic institutions as King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Saudi Arabia, St. John’s Eye Hospital (SJEH) in Jerusalem, and
Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai (MEHD) in the United Arab Emirates. After returning to Alaska from working overseas Keith joined Dr. Kevin Winkle at the Alaska Native Medical Center in February 2013. Keith will serve in Saudi Arabia through 2015 and then return to Alaska. He enjoys hockey, skiing, and halibut fishing.
What is an orthoptist?
Orthoptics is an ophthalmic field pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of patients with disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision and eye movements. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in diagnostic techniques.Orthoptics is a versatile field with opportunities and responsibilities in a variety of clinical settings. Orthoptists may serve their communities in private ophthalmology practices. Others may work in hospital or medical university settings with involvement in patient care, academics and clinical research. Orthoptists may serve as directors or advisors of state and local vision screening programs.