History of Spokane Eye Clinic Pediatric Ophthalmology

Posted on April 23, 2017

History of Spokane Eye Clinic Pediatric Ophthalmology

We are thrilled to be able to continue on the legacy of the longest serving pediatric ophthalmology department in the region. Here is a list of highlights from our history:

1955 - The Spokane Eye Clinic (SEC) is founded as Dr. Maher and Dr. Gates join their individual practices together.

1966 - Ms. Marilyn Westerman, orthoptist, begins work at the SEC working with kids and doing eye muscle measurements.

1978 - Dr. Jeff Snow finishes his fellowship training at Oregon Health Sciences University. He joins the Valley Mission Eye Clinic and becomes the first fellowship trained pediatric ophthalmologist in Spokane.

1981 - Dr. Stephen Maher (son of the founding partner) completes his fellowship training at Indiana University and joins the SEC as its first fellowship trained pediatric ophthalmologist.

1990 - Dr. Snow joins the SEC when the Valley Mission Eye Clinic merges with the SEC.

2010 - Dr. Jeffrey Colburn arrives at the SEC to start the next generation of pediatric ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship training at Indiana University as did Dr. Maher.

2011 - Dr. Jeff Snow retires from clinical practice after 33 years in Spokane.

2013 - Dr. Stephen Maher retires from the SEC after 32 years in clinical practice.

2014 - Ms. Marilyn Westerman retires from clinical practice after nearly 40 years working as our orthoptist at SEC!

2016 - Dr. Matt Weed completes his fellowship training at the University of Iowa and arrives at the SEC to join Dr. Colburn as our pediatric department continues to grow.

2017 - Ms. Felicia Korpi will join the SEC to fill the role of orthoptist assisting Drs. Colburn & Weed with advanced eye muscle measurements and treatment of amblyopia & strabismus.

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