About the Doctors

Kirk L. Smick, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Kirk L. Smick, O.D.

Dr. Kirk Smick is Chief of Optometry Services at Clayton Eye Center and an owner of the facility. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry and was drafted in the first Doctor’s draft by the US Army. After serving five years of active duty, Dr. Smick began the Clayton Eye Center in 1974 and continued to serve in the Air National Guard, retiring at the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Smick is a highly recognized optometrist in the United States. He has been awarded the "Optometrist of the Year" award for the state of Georgia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has also served as President of the Georgia Optometric Association, the Georgia State Board of Examiners in Optometry and the Southern Council of Optometrists. He is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad and currently serves as Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Smick also serves as a technical advisor to many companies in the ophthalmic industry and has helped pioneer several visual advances, including bifocal contact lenses.

Dr. Smick has been highly active in community affairs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, a prestigious one-year community service program.

Joon Y. Kim, M.D., P.C.

Joon Y. Kim, M.D.

Dr. Joon Kim is the Medical Director and President of Clayton Eye Center. He received his B.S. from Brown University, and obtained his M.D. from the University of Alabama, where he also completed his Ophthalmology Residency.

Dr. Kim has pioneered a new type of cataract surgery that avoids anesthetic injections. Most ophthalmologists today begin cataract surgery with an anesthetic injection that involves inserting a 1.5 inch needle below the eye into the eye socket, which could damage the eyeball or optic nerve. These injections create one of cataract surgery's greater risks.

Dr. Kim also helped pioneer small incision cataract surgery some years ago and soon after began doing one-stitch cataract surgery. Finally, Dr. Kim began no-stitch cataract surgery and continues to be on the forefront in the world among cataract surgeons.

Dr. Kim is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and the Korean Medical Association of Georgia.

Harvey DuBiner, M.D.

Harvey DuBiner, M.D.

Dr. Harvey DuBiner received his B.S. from Syracuse University and obtained his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed an Ophthalmology Residency at Louisiana State University and an Ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Louisville. Dr. DuBiner has been with Clayton Eye Center since 1988. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His area of specialty is Glaucoma: surgical, medical and research.

Dr. DuBiner is a nationally recognized clinical researcher in Glaucoma. He has been involved in over 30 studies over the past six years and has worked with the following companies: Merck, Otsuka, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Pharmacia & Upjohn and Alcon. For those patients interested in a clinical study, please contact Clayton Eye Center at (770) 968-8888.

David d’Heurle, M.D.

David d'HeurleDr. David d'Heurle has been with Clayton Eye Center since 1987. He received his B.A. from Manhattanville College and obtained his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Virginia Hospital and a Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

A published author and lecturer, Dr. d’Heurle is a member of the American Medical Association, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and the Vitreous Society.

 

Myong S. Lee, O.D., M.S.

Myong S. Lee

Dr. Myong Lee received her B.S. from Wellesley College and received her medical degree with honors from the University of Alabama School of Optometry. She has a master's degree in Physiological Optics and has extensively researched the retinal ganglion cells. Dr. Lee is a staff optometrist at the Clayton Eye Center, where she has been practicing since 1987.

 

 

 

Lorie Pryor Weikers, O.D.

Lorie Weikers, O.D.

Dr. Lorie Prior Weikers received her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors.  She obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating as Salutatorian of her class. Dr. Weikers completed internships in Maryland and Tennessee as well as a Pediatric Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Weikers has been an optometrist at Clayton Eye Center since 1993. She provides full-scope eye care, including: contact lens evaluations, refractive surgery/LASIK evaluations, primary medical eye care and comprehensive family eye care. She is involved in clinical research and lecturing, and has published articles with several eye care journals.

Dr. Weikers is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association and the Greater Atlanta Optometric Association.

 

Charles Ficco, O.D.

Charles Ficco O.D.

Dr. Charles Ficco has been with Clayton Eye Center since 1997. He received his B.S. degree from Colorado College and his optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Ficco spent two years at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami before joining Clayton Eye Center, where he serves as the Clinical Director, Residency Supervisor and Externship Coordinatior. Dr. Ficco lectures nationally to to other doctors on ocular disease topics and has written numerous journal articles. He is a member of the Georgia Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

He is the proud father of two beautiful children, Brooke and Jack.

Daniel Strait, O.D.

Daniel Strait O.D.

Dr. Daniel Strait received his B.S. from Auburn University and his Optometry degree from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Strait joined the Clayton Eye Center in 1998, and is a Board certified Optometrist who has been in practice since 1977. His area of interests include dry eye, contact lenses and sport vision.

Dr. Strait participated in investigations with Bausch & Lomb and American Hydron Contact Lenses and Solutions. He was a clinical consultant to OmniEye Services. He continued his education by passing the International Association of Board of Examiners in Optometry.

He has been active in the American Optometric Association, Southern Council of Optometry and the Fifth District Optometric Association.

Dr. Strait is married with two children. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing tennis and hunting.

James New, O.D.

James New, O.D.

Dr. James New received his B.S. from Valdosta State University, and he received his medical degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. New has been in practice since 1995 and joined Clayton Eye Center in 2000. He provides a full range of eye care services including dry eye problems, contact lens fitting, refractive surgery evaluation and treatment of ocular diseases. Dr. New is a member of the Georgia Optometric Association, American Optometric Association and the Southern Council of Optometrists. Dr. New and his wife have two young sons. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and landscape architecture.

Peter Chen, O.D.,PhD

Qiang Chen, O.D.

Dr. Peter Chen earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Medical College of Georgia and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the SUNY College of Optometry. He has also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Diseases. Dr. Chen is Board Certified and has numerous articles published. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association and the American Biochemistry Society.

Dr. Chen enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and dog, and enjoys swimming and home improvement.

 

Ronald S. Weber M.D.  

Ronald S. Weber M.D.

Dr. Ronald Weber is a board-certified ophthalmologist who cares for patients on Atlanta's south side. His areas of expertise include cataract and LASIK surgery, as well as medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He also has a special interest in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery.

Dr. Weber graduated Duke University Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He attended Emory University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors.

His medical career began with an Internship at Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He then moved to San Diego, California where he completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of California. 

Upon completing his residency, Dr. Weber practiced as a Staff Ophthalmologist with Florida Health Care Plan in Holly Hill, Florida. In 1996, Dr. Weber returned to Atlanta where he practiced ophthalmology in a private practice. Dr. Weber founded Weber Eye Group in 1999 in Stockbridge, and a second office was added in Newnan in 2001.   As of spring 2009, Dr. Weber now practices at Clayton Eye Center in Morrow.

Dr. Weber underwent laser vision correction in 1998, and was certified in LASIK soon thereafter. His experiences as a patient instilled enthusiasm for performing refractive surgery, but also respect for the importance of the differing vision needs of each individual patient.

Dr. Weber's hobbies include fitness, camping, travel, and nature. He enjoys hunting wild edible mushrooms. He and his wife, Neta, have traveled extensively. They plan to travel more when their sons are old enough to come along.

 

  
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