Dawn R. Burgess is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician and the Surgical Coordinator for the Bermuda International Institute of Ophthalmology. Dawn started in Ophthalmology as an Administrative Assistant in 1997. Through years of training with Dr. Teye-Botchway , as well as practices overseas, she obtained her Ophthalmic Technician Certification. Dawn is passionate about vision preservation and most enjoys working as the lead Biometrist, measuring and educating patients for cataract surgery. She also acts as a Clinical Coordinator maintaining both physician and employee schedules for the practice. Dawn works closely with Age Concern as well assisting with senior health fairs. She has been employed, in total,11 years by Dr. Teye-Botchway. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Dawn’s Family relocated to Bermuda when she was age 14. She has been married to her husband, Shawn for 24 years and together they have 2 children.
Sherelle Campbell (COA, OSC) entered the Ophthalmology field, at the age of 18, as a student fresh out of high school. She was first hired to assist in the medical records department and then eventually began assisting on the front desk. 2019 marks her tenth year in the field.
A few years later, she sat the COA written exam in Boston. Her next goal is to obtain the COT certification. In addition to her normal duties, Sherelle also coordinates overseas referrals and GP reports.
Although she is a huge introvert, working with people has brought her “out of her shell” as she looks forward to the daily interactions with all of her patients. Outside of Ophthalmology Sherelle enjoys travelling and keeping fit. She is an avid attendee at her gym but enjoys all outside adventures, including camping, cycling, walking and swimming.
Jenny Faries is a Certified Orthoptist who trained at Dalhousie University, receiving her graduate diploma in orthoptics and ophthalmic medical technology in 2016. As an Orthoptist, she diagnoses and treats vision problems and eye abnormalities of patients of all ages, especially those involving eye muscles and nerves, strabismus or “lazy eye”, and decreased vision in children. Jenny is also a certified ophthalmic medical technologist (COMT). She is a Bermudian and has enjoyed being a part of BIIO since September 2016.
Rebecca is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She completed a BSc undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Psychology. After, she completed her Orthoptic and Ophthalmic Medical Technology training at the IWK Children’s Health Centre, VG Hospital, and undertaking an externship at the Stanton Eye Clinic in Yellowknife, NTW. Following her certifications, Rebecca began working at the IWK Children’s Health Centre while finishing her Masters Thesis in Clinical Vision Science at Dalhousie with a focus on pediatric and adult ocular muscle and nerve disorders.
Stephen Kwame Boakye
Stephen Kwame Boakye is a JCAHPO board certified with over 10 years work experience.
Stephen was introduced into the ophthalmic practice by an uncle who was a director/proprietor of a medical practice (Welfare Medical Services) in Nigeria, right after his secondary education.
After a brief period with the uncle, Stephen returned home to Ghana and received some background and preparatory studies in optometry and ophthalmic practice at a private college, then Premier College of Optometry in Kumasi-Ghana.
Stephen then proceeded to the US, did additional studies personally and sat for the JCAHPO board exams in the year 2006 and been in practicing as an ophthalmic technician ever since and currently practicing full time at the Virginia Eye Institute in Richmond, Virginia.
Stephen who is an Associate Technician with BIEI also practiced full time here at the Eye Institute from 2009 to 2012 with high level of professionalism exceptional work quality.
Sonja R. McCottry COA, OSA (certified ophthalmic assistant / ophthalmic surgical assistant) is a graduate with certification thru JCAHPO. She has trained in Ophthalmology at the Bermuda International Eye Institute and has been in the field since 2006. Her surgical and clinical experience comes with true interest and love for this field, Sonja has worked in all the ophthalmic specialties over the last 12 years of her career – practices, from Retina to Cornea and has spend the last 2 years in USF Eye Institute as the Lead Technician for Retina and Oculoplasty clinical and surgical area. Sonja’s motto is: “Patient is the reason why we are here”.
Jobet Roy Rodelas
Jobet is an Ophthalmic Nurse and a Technician at the same time. He works under the direction and supervision of ophthalmologists, who diagnose and treat patients with disorders and diseases in the eye. Jobet also provides care for patients before, during, and after eye surgery. He takes medical histories and provides care to patients in recovering from treatment. He educates patients and their families on how to take care and do the home treatment for eye disorders and diseases.