Eye Health Partners of Nashville, TN
28 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 327-2001
Our Nashville Eye Doctors
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.
Sachie H. Craig, O.D.
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.
Matthew Hartman, M.D.
Anterior Segment Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist.
Dr. Matthew Hartman specializes in cataract, cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery, as well as advanced lens technology to correct astigmatism and presbyopia with cataract surgery. He also has experience performing cornea transplantation surgery, including DSEK/DMEK, and ocular surface reconstruction.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A in Chemistry from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga TN, he completed his M.D. degree at Loma Linda University in California, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in recognition for excellence achieved as a medical student. Following medical school, he completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He went on to complete subspecialty training in cornea and external disease at the University of Colorado in Denver. Originally from Nashville, TN, Dr. Hartman is excited to return with his family to middle Tennessee to continue his wonderful career with The Sees Group.
Dr. Hartman is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has spent time abroad, including a year of humanitarian work in Peru, as well as time performing corneal transplants for underserved patients in the Dominican Republic. He loves spending time with his wife, Elisabeth, and their son, Maxwell.
“In medical school, I chose to be an eye surgeon because I wanted to work with my hands and have a direct impact on a patient’s quality of life. As a cornea and cataract specialist, there are so many new technologies and procedures at my disposal to help improve sight, and I am so grateful to work each day with patients who allow me to help preserve and restore their vision.”
Southern Adventist University – Chattanooga, TN
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, 2011
Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA
Doctor of Medicine, 2015
University of Tennessee – Hamilton Eye Institute – Memphis, TN
University of Colorado – Denver, CO
Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery, 2020
Jessica LeSueur, O.D.
Jessica LeSueur, O.D. graduated from the University of Louisville prior to earning a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. LeSueur completed a 13-month post-doctoral residency program specializing in ocular disease management at the Cincinnati Eye Institute in affiliation with The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Here she received extensive training in the management of ocular disease, including specialized training in cornea and anterior segment, vitreoretinal disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, and uveitis.
Dr. LeSueur joined Eye Health Partners of Middle TN, Inc. (EHP) in mid-2017 as a consultative optometrist at our EHP clinic locations. Her duties include medical and minor surgical management of eye diseases, injuries, and disorders, in addition to pre- and post-operative eye care for numerous surgical conditions. She spent the past few years prior to 2017 working as an independent optometrist in around the Nashville area, and brings a well-rounded optometric background to her position with EHP.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, the Middle Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society, and is a candidate for fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. Career awards and honors include Allergan Eye Care Resident Travel Grant, 2013, UABSO Jess Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award, 2013, Dean’s List with Honors, Jan 2010 – May 2013, Wells Scholarship, Aug 2009 – May 2013, Kentucky Contract Seat Recipient, Aug 2009 – May 2013, and the Dr. Lester Caplan/CIBA Vision Corporation Scholarship, 2012.
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.
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.
In 2016, Dr. Ludwig was named the recipient of the David S. Friendly Honor Award by the Costenbader Society, Inc. Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to children, society, science, and ophthalmology.
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.
Dr. Michelle Nguyen, M.D. (pronounced “Win”) is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship-trained in ophthalmic plastic surgery and specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, brows, forehead, and tear drainage system.
Dr. Nguyen was born and raised in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology and earned her medical degree at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. As a medical student, she was drawn to the field of ophthalmology for its focus on improving vision. During ophthalmology residency, her mentors noted that she had a keen eye for aesthetics and encouraged her to pursue fellowship training in ophthalmic plastic surgery. Through ophthalmic plastic surgery, she has been able to combine her passion for helping patients improve their vision while also helping them look and feel their best. Dr. Nguyen’s surgical talent is led by her soft and gentle approach, communicating with each patient to help create a customized aesthetic goal. She believes that the key to a successful surgical result is through improving and enhancing each patient’s individual beauty rather than changing it. Dr. Nguyen’s meticulous attention to detail combined with her patient-centered approach allows her to provide each patient the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.
Dr. Nguyen specializes in upper and lower lid blepharoplasty (removing excess skin and fat from the upper and lower lids), ptosis repair (lifting droopy eyelids), brow lifts, and Mohs eyelid surgical reconstruction (eyelid reconstruction after skin cancer removal). She performs minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and Xeomin injections (for improvement and prevention of wrinkles and to treat hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, and migraines) and filler injections (Restylane). Dr. Nguyen also treats common eyelid conditions such as dry eyes/blepharitis and removal of chalazion/stye, skin tags, cysts, and bumps on the eyelids.
Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Medical Association. She is proud to now call Tennessee home and continue serving the growing communities in Middle Tennessee.
Visit our treatments page to learn more about the complete list of oculoplastic procedures performed by Dr. Nguyen.
Eye Health Partners is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Karen Shelton to the Nashville area. Dr. Shelton joins Eye Health Partners after serving our VisionAmerica centers in Birmingham, AL. With over 20-years of experience in ophthalmology, Dr. Shelton specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery and will be a huge asset to our team! Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Shelton attended Howard University where she finished with a degree in Chemical Engineering. It was at Howard University where she met her husband, who was studying mechanical engineering. After graduating from college, they got married, and relocated to Michigan for his job with Ford Motor Company. After moving to Michigan, Dr. Shelton decided to go to medical school and
completed her degree at University of Michigan and finished her internship at Henry Ford Hospital. She went on to finish her residency at Harlem Hospital in New York and her Glaucoma Fellowship in Baltimore, Maryland.
After practicing for several years in Virginia within a multi-specialty group, they decided to gravitate south to be closer to family, thus allowing her the opportunity to join VisionAmerica. Primarily practicing glaucoma and cataract surgery, she has performed multiple glaucoma procedures including: Trabeculectomies, Ahmed Valves, Baerveldt Aqueous Drainage Devices, iStents, and the now recently discontinued Cypass stents.She has also been performing Cataract surgery using the Femtosecond Laser (LenSx), Multifocal/Accommodating IOLs, and Toric IOLs.