Our Providers

Michael
Gilbert, MD

Dr. Gilbert is a nationally recognized, board-certified leader in the ophthalmic community. He is a trustee of the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a leader on medical, ophthalmic and quality improvement committees at both state and national level. He is committed to advancing technology and patient education to unique levels. A noted instructor of refractive surgical techniques, he has represented our specialty on numerous occasions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the World Health Organization, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and Eyecare Technology. He has performed thousands of laser-eye surgeries over the past decade for LASIK and PRK, as well as cataracts, corneal transplants and other advanced refractive surgical care.

Dr. Gilbert has been recognized in several national publications, including Seattle Magazine Top Docs 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2009.


Stephanie
Kitamura, OD

After completing her training at the New England College of Optometry, Stephanie Kitamura OD joined us in 2001 to support our practice in the rapidly growing and increasingly complex field of contact lens design and fitting.

Over the years she has developed a strong practice of devoted, successful contact lens patients that have come to appreciate her attention to detail and determination to help he patients achieve the highest possible refraction while negotiating the often complex world of technological choices relating to contact lenses. Dr. Kitamura maintains a fully stocked inventory of the latest and most technologically advanced lenses available in the industry today.

Her practice has expanded to include full service, comprehensive vision
examinations, medical management and co-management and postoperative follow up care for our refractive surgery patients. Our keratoconus patients benefit from both her vast experience and state of the art diagnostic equipment available at Northwest Vision Institute to help achieve the successes we are so well known for. She is a highly valued member of our professional team and we welcome the opportunity to have you meet her.


Jing
Wickenburg, OD

Dr. Jing Wickenburg is Northwest Vision Institute’s newest optometrist. She takes a personable and individualized approach so that her patients are receiving the best vision and eye care for their unique lifestyles.Dr. Wickenburg graduated with honors from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed externships with the Indian Health Service and the Puget Sound VA Medical Center, where she first fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She continued her training with a residency in ocular disease and primary care at the San Francisco VA hospital. Before joining our team, Dr. Wickenburg worked in private practice and served as clinical faculty for the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

In her spare time, Dr. Wickenburg can be found cooking up new recipes or hiking the trails with her husband and pup.


Carl
Ekman, OD

Dr. Carl Ekman is a proud native of Western Washington. He received his Bachelors degree in Communication from Brigham Young University – Idaho and his doctorate degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Ekman completed externships in several different modes of practice; most notably with Wills Eye Hospital, where he focused on low vision and difficult refractions. Dr. Ekman also works well with children. He enjoys his patients, and loves to educate them about their eyes so they can play an active role in their own eye care.

Dr. Ekman loves to travel and to serve others, having lived in Italy and done optometry work in Haiti. In his spare time, Dr. Ekman reads and writes fiction, enjoys the outdoors, and spends all the time he can with his wife and four children. ​


Ryan
Hayes, OD

**Dr Hayes returned to Salt Lake City, Utah in March of 2017. **

Among practicing to the fullest scope of optometry, Dr. Hayes is sincere and genuine in taking an active role in his patients’ care. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Utah Valley University and went on to earn his doctorate of optometry from Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hayes received clinical honors during his fourth year of externships and was the recipient of the Eschenbach Award for low vision.

Dr. Hayes loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, particularly volleyball, and spending time outdoors. ​

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