Eye Health Partners – Nashville, Tennessee
Eye Health Partners
Anterior Segment Surgeon
Cataract & Refractive Specialist
Dr. Daniel Bregman is an accomplished eye surgeon, specializing in no-stitch micro-incision cataract surgery, refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery (ReLACS), and corneal refractive procedures such as LASIK. Formerly the Chief of Ophthalmology at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY, he has been a member of our practice since 1993. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Bregman has achieved outstanding results in the course of performing 30,000 LASIK procedures and 30,000 cataract procedures thus far in his career. His experience and expertise extends to include medical and surgical treatment for a variety of other ocular conditions, including glaucoma, surgical treatment of pterygium, and the management of dry eye syndrome.
Refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery or ReLACS is a state-of-the-art procedure that helps to reduce dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. The laser used during cataract surgery can reduce pre-existing astigmatism, and treat presbyopia—the need for reading glasses—with laser guided precision that is often combined with toric and multifocal intraocular lens implants.
Cataract Surgery & Comprehensive Ophthalmology:
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Dr. Daniel Bustos provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide range of eye disorders including glaucoma, cataracts, and neuro-ophthalmic disease. His bedrock principal, inherited from his father who was a cardiothoracic surgeon, is to treat each patient with dignity, compassion, respect, and a personal attention to detail, which he believes every human being deserves. “…I strive to make sure my patients understand, on at least a basic level, what is wrong with their eyes, what we can do together to fix it, and what they can expect in the future, so they leave my exam room feeling better about the future of their eyes.”
Following his medical education and internship from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Bustos completed his Ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. Since that time Dr. Bustos has utilized his expertise in nearly a thousand cases to advance the sight of his cataract patients. Of these, many were referred to him through Optometrists whose patients appreciated the quality of care they received, and many were friends and family members of previous cataract patients who recommended Dr. Bustos’ thorough and compassionate care. In addition to cataract surgery, he has extensive experience diagnosing and treating corneal/anterior segment diseases, neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and glaucoma.
One of Dr. Bustos’ deepest desires has been the opportunity to practice and become an integral part of the Nashville community that he and his family grew to love during his residency. He and his family are excited to become part of the fabric of Middle Tennessee on a permanent basis and to build relationships of trust and partnership that will last indefinitely.
Dr. Bustos rotates his schedule between the Murfreesboro and Nashville clinic locations of Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
Assistant Center Director
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Sachie H. Craig grew up in Snellville, Georgia. After graduating cum laude with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she worked as an assistant in cardiovascular and renal research at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Craig received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, again graduating cum laude. While in optometry school, she was a recipient of the school’s Merit Scholarship and she was recognized as a “Top 5 Student” by her professors following optometric training in the clinical evaluation of the visual system. Dr. Craig was actively involved in various organizations, taking on leadership positions in the National Optometric Student Association, Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and the American Optometric Student Association. She also volunteered with the Remote Area Medical program and traveled to Honduras to provide eye care to underserved patients.
After completing externships in Chicago, Athens, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Dr. Craig extended her clinical experience by completing a highly regarded residency with Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta. During her time at Woolfson, she was presented with a travel grant by the American Academy of Optometry’s Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies section.
Dr. Craig currently resides in Nashville, TN, and is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, the American Optometric Association, and the Middle Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. She is fluent in both English and Japanese.
Medical & Surgical Retina Specialist
Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Disease
Frequently described as a “great doctor” with “wonderful chair-side manner,” Dr. Kostamaa is skilled and knowledgeable in all disorders and diseases of the retina, including macular degeneration, macular holes, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and epiretinal membranes. Always at the forefront of new retinal management advancements, he has participated in multiple clinical trials, all so that he can provide the best care possible to his patients.
Dr. Kostamaa received his medical degree and specialized ophthalmic training at the University of California in Irvine, where he served as Chief Resident. He also completed an additional two-year Fellowship in vitreorentinal disease. His commitment to his practice includes staying on the leading edge of advancements in medical and surgical treatments in retinal diseases and injuries, while also developing long-term relationships with his patients. He believes that teamwork is the key to delivering optimal eye care and that Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, Inc. is ideally suited to provide this type of care.
Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Irene H. Ludwig earned her M.D. degree from the Cornell University Medical College in 1979. She performed her internship in general surgery at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She then served as a resident in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinical Foundation in Cleveland. Following two years of research at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, she then took a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
In 1986, she joined the staff of Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, where she was appointed to the position of clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Albany Medical College of Union University. In 1992, she joined the faculty at LSU Eye Center in New Orleans, where she was an associate professor, performing research and teaching new surgical techniques.
Dr. Irene Ludwig is widely known for her innovative new technologies in adult and children’s eye surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the Costenbader Society and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her accomplishments in the field of pediatric ophthalmology include lecturing at scientific meetings and publishing a number of ophthalmological papers.
Dr. Ludwig has other areas of research interest, including the connection between strabismus and sinus disease, improved surgical techniques of superior oblique palsy and a new repair of diplopia caused by facial trauma.
Neuro-Ophthalmology & Oculoplastic Surgeon
Michelle Nguyen, M.D. (pronounced “Win”), is Eye Health Partners of Middle TN, Inc.’s specialist for ophthalmic plastic surgery, reconstructive eyelid surgery, orbital surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Nguyen has completed extensive post-residency training and research focusing on plastic and reconstructive surgery on the periorbital and facial tissues for the preservation and improvement of vision and improved facial cosmetic results. Neuro-ophthalmology is a sub-specialty dealing with visual problems related to disorders of the brain. Dr. Nguyen is fellowship trained in both oculoplastic surgery and neuro-ophthalmology.
Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate education and medical training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology with multiple honors including College Honors, Dean’s List, induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, and Summa Cum Laude. She completed her internal medicine internship in Los Angeles, CA at Kaiser Permanente. She then moved to New York where she completed her ophthalmology residency at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After her residency, Dr. Nguyen completed a combined Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas under the direction of Dr. Nick Hogan, Dr. Freddie Jones, Dr. Kamel Itani and Dr. Ronald Mancini. She is a published researcher and member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Nguyen’s scope of practice includes eyelid malformations and malignancies, tear drainage problems, dry eye syndrome, orbital inflammation (such as thyroid eye disease), orbital tumors and fractures, optic nerve diseases, pseudotumor cerebri, and chronic headaches. She is experienced in cosmetic procedures including botulinum toxin (BOTOX and Xeomin) injections, fillers (i.e. Restalyne), ptosis (droopy eyelids), and other facial rejuvenation techniques.