Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FAAO and Elizabeth Knighton OD, FAAO
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. :)Dr. Knighton received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She completed a Pediatric Optometry residency at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she was trained in pediatric eye disease and working with patients who have special needs. She joined the faculty at University of Houston College of Optometry and enjoyed working with students and residents in the pediatric clinics. While in Houston, Dr. Knighton treated patients at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), a rehabilitation hospital for patients with severe brain injuries. In 2012, Dr. Knighton earned her fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Knighton grew up in Clearwater and currently lives in Oldsmar with her husband, Jacob, and their two labradors. She enjoys cycling, sailing and scuba diving.