Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FAAO and Suzanne Birnbaum, OD
Dr. Bonilla-Warford received his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry, located in Chicago, Illinois, in 2004. The following year he completed a residency program specializing in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry. During his Optometric Internships, he studied developmental vision in Denver, Colorado and contact lenses and ocular disease in Chicago, Illinois.
Owing to his passion for improving the vision of children, Dr. Bonilla-Warford has published articles on such topics as the use of vision therapy to improve reading skills and has lectured to Optometry students and paraprofessionals as well as the general public on visual care of children, the importance of vision in personal development, and options for controlling nearsightedness.
Dr. Bonilla-Warford is very active in professional organizations and is a member of the American Optometric Association. He is Past President of the Hillsborough Society of Optometry and is chair of the Children's Vision Committee of the Florida Optometric Association. Additionally, he is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), an organization dedicated to pediatric vision and vision therapy, and has earned the title of Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an organization dedicated to vision research and education.
Not only does Dr. Bonilla-Warford care for the patients that come to his practice, but to all those in need. He has volunteered his time at the Special Olympics, Junior Olympics, and numerous school and community vision screenings. He traveled to Diriamba, Nicaragua as a member of Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity and helped examine and distribute glasses to over 2,000 people.
Dr. Bonilla-Warford is involved in the social media community as well. He uses platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and G+ to connect with people both locally and internationally. He is the past Chair of the Social Media committee for COVD and is dedicated to raising the awareness of children's visual problems via social media.
Dr. Bonilla-Warford's interest in the diversity of people is due in part to the varied locations he has called home. Born in Kentucky, he spent his boyhood in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. He then moved to Ocala, Florida for high school and completed a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he met his wife Cristina. They spent time in Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois before returning to Florida. They enjoy hiking, camping, and music making. You can read Dr. Bonilla-Warford's Curriculum Vitae here.
Dr. Nate loves to trade Lego mini-figs so bring one to your exam to trade!
Suzanne Birnbaum, OD. is an Optometric Physician who specializes in primary eye care services including prescribing eye glasses, fitting contact lenses, providing pre/post operative care for cataract surgery and Lasik procedures, and diagnosing/treating ocular conditions. She has been practicing in Tampa Bay since 2009 after relocating from the east coast of Florida. Dr. Birnbaum joined Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in May 2013.
As a Florida native, Dr. Birnbaum earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida in 2000. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007. In addition to training at the Illinois Eye Institute, she worked at various externship locations with emphasis on pediatrics, contact lenses, ocular disease, and primary eye care including: Child and Family Optometry (Wichita, Kansas), Southeast Eye Specialists (Tallahassee, Florida), West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Maryville Academy (Des Plaines, Illinois), and the Victor C. Neumann Association (Chicago, Illinois).Dr. Birnbaum is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Florida Optometric Association. She is currently the Vice President of the Hillsborough Society of Optometrists and is the Chairperson for Women In Optometry – Tampa Bay. Dr. Birnbaum's personal philosophy is that an Optometrist must be open-minded, caring, and sensitive to the needs of patients in order to understand the seriousness of the profession. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and newborn son.