meet our doctors

dedicated and board certified

 

A personal approach to your healthcare with decades of experience, a caring support staff and the most advanced medical technology available

 

 

KEVIN DORSETT, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGIST

 

Dr. Dorsett performs the latest cataract surgeries, including Femtosecond® Laser Cataract surgery, the greatest advancement in cataract surgery in over 40 years and also offers specialty IOL options for his patients offering improved vision across the spectrum from far to near. Many patients will find they no longer need to wear glasses after their cataract surgery.

 

A graduate of the University of South Florida School of Medicine where he did his ophthalmology residency, he entered practice with Lakeland Eye Clinic over fifteen years ago. Dr. Dorsett supports many local community activities to include seeing patients for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. He is willing to speak to local groups regarding both Eye Care for Seniors and Advances in Eye Care.

 

Having grown up in Florida, Dr. Dorsett enjoys sailing, fishing and time spent both on the water and camping in our area’s beautiful Everglades. He especially enjoys spending time with his two daughters and their families. Both daughters and their husbands reside in Florida with his grandchildren.

 

 

 

MONTE REID SICHELMAN, M.D

BOARD CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGIST

 

Dr Sichelman, one of the area’s leading Board Certified Ophthalmologists is one of the only Lakeland eye surgeons to perform the latest, proven BLADELESS LASIK surgery. While many advances have been made in LASIK technology over the years, the most recent breakthrough with Bladeless LASIK is revolutionary. Bladeless LASIK now offers patients who were not previously candidates for LASIK the opportunity to see clearly, near or far, without glasses or contacts.

 

As a Corneal subspecialist, he provides complete care for Corneal diseases and transplants. Dr Sichelman received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of South Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida, College of Business, with a Masters of Business Administration. He graduated from Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics Degree. Dr. Sichelman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society.

 

Dr. Sichelman completed his fellowship training and is a corneal sub-specialist having performed numerous corneal transplants. He assists patients in improving their visual acuity using the blade-less laser system to provide refractive surgery.

 

He enjoys all sports, especially tennis and golf, as well as collecting baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards. He and his family reside in Lakeland.

 

 

 

AHMAD TARABISHY, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGIST

 

Dr. Tarabishy’s clinical expertise include uveitis and systemic inflammatory diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and surgical treatments of various retinal diseases including complex diabetic and rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.  He is passionate about retina surgery and employs the latest cutting-edge surgical techniques. He has published over 15 articles in major, peer-review scientific journals and is a co-author for 2 book chapters in major ophthalmology textbooks.

 

Ahmad Bakir Tarabishy grew up in Brooksville, FL and graduated with highest honors from Central High School in 1997. He completed a combined 6-year undergraduate and medical school program and received his medical degree from the University of Jordan Medical College. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.  After residency, Dr. Tarabishy worked as a Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University where his research helped describe important inflammatory pathways in ocular infections.

 

Dr. Tarabishy then worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, as a clinical and research fellow in rheumatology before continuing on to complete his ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, learning from some of the most prominent figures in ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery.  After his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Tarabishy completed a 2 year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the Havener Eye Institute of The Ohio State University.

 

Dr. Tarabishy is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship trained retina specialist. He is a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society, and the American Medical Association.  He is also board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 

Dr. Tarabishy’s clinical interests include uveitis and systemic inflammatory diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and surgical treatments of various retinal diseases including complex diabetic and rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.  He is passionate about retina surgery and employs the latest cutting-edge surgical techniques. His surgical videos have been selected as featured video of the month on the American Society of Retina Specialists website as part of the “Innovative Surgical Video Forum”. He has published over 15 articles in major, peer-review scientific journals and is a co-author for 2 book chapters in major ophthalmology textbooks.  He is a peer reviewer for Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology and has been a contributor to Encyclopedia of the Eye.

 

 

 

STEPHEN M. BUTLER, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED surgeon

 

Stephen M. Butler, M.D., is a board-certified surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital since 1992, is a past president of the hospital medical staff and has served on every major medical staff committee.

 

Dr. Butler practices general and vascular surgery with a special interest in laparoscopic surgery; hernia and aneurysm repairs; and colorectal, carotid, breast and thyroid surgery. In addition, he performs endoscopy, peripheral vascular surgery and sentinel lymph node evaluation for breast cancer. Dr. Butler is nationally recognized in hernia repairs and teaches physicians the latest techniques in hernia repair and endoscopic suturing for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

 

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Butler completed his residency training in surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. He received further training in his field through an endoscopy fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to moving to the Plant City area, Dr. Butler was in private practice in Missouri.

 

Dr. Butler supports numerous local charitable causes, including the Spring, the Rainbow Ball, South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation and St. Leo's College.

 

 

 

ROBERT APPLEBAUM, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGIST

 

Dr. Applebaum specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face in both adults and children. These surgeries include upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyebrow lifts, and repair after skin cancer removal among many others. Dr. Applebaum also specializes in cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Kybella. Dr. Applebaum uses these and other aesthetic techniques to provide comprehensive patient care.

 

Dr. Applebaum grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, FL. He attended high school at Berkeley Preparatory School. He then spent his freshman year at Georgetown University in Washington, DC before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a specialization in Health Policy. He completed a combined MD and MBA program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, graduating in the top 1/3 of his medical school class and receiving the award for highest business school GPA. After medical school, Dr. Applebaum completed a one-year Transitional internship at the Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine. He spent three years at the University of South Florida, where he completed his Ophthalmology residency (in June 2015). He then completed an additional year of fellowship training in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the J. Justin Older Eyelid Institute.

 

As a native Floridian, Dr. Applebaum enjoys year-round golf and tennis, which he plays frequently with his father. During the winter months, he prefers to don his skis and hit the slopes as often as possible (which is never often enough). Dr. Applebaum enjoys collecting and tasting wines from around the world (ask him about his “dissertation email” on Napa Valley). He also enjoys cooking, eating, and listening to live music. He is susceptible to flattery and enjoys being called a renaissance man by both peers and complete strangers.

 

Dr. Applebaum specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face in both adults and children. These surgeries include upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyebrow lifts, and repair after skin cancer removal among many others. Dr. Applebaum also specializes in cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Kybella. Dr. Applebaum uses these and other aesthetic techniques to provide comprehensive patient care.

MARLEN LEON, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGIST

 

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