We opened our own private practice in our new home state of Arizona, to be a positive “light” to patients who want compassionate care and who want to be part of the fight against global blindness.
Our project in the Dominican Republic through the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix relies on volunteer faculty and first year medical students. We combine a humanitarian setting with the opportunity to learn ophthalmology and deliver eye care. The students also deliver primary care and make house calls–just like in the “days of yore.”
“See one, do one, teach one” has been the classic mantra in medicine and teaching new procedures and processes–we talk about having great mentors. I am now moving into that physician role of “mentor” telling students about rounding at the bedside with our peers and having discussion with the patient about “the differential” cause of […] → Continue Reading Teaching Ophthalmology in Arizona: “See one, do one, teach one”…
In 2017-2018, I was sponsored by World Learning and the US State Department in the Fulbright Specialist Program in Liberia. Wow–A lot of work but so well worth it. We worked with New Sight Eye Center in Paynesville to develop a retina curriculum as part of their certification for ophthalmic nurses. The former President of […] → Continue Reading Fulbright Specialist Program: Training Nurses in Liberia to become Ophthalmic Nurses
Thank you for supporting another venture https://redroverphotography.com that helps us gather funding for the much needed Virtual Reality Ophthalmology Simulators to advance training eye professionals in low income countries.
My first trip to Africa ten years ago was truly life changing. No one could possibly imagine all the obstacles to living in an underserved area. Homes were simple mud thatched cardboard box houses, and open sewage flowed between ditches but in the midst lived some amazing people. Broad smiles greeted me from people full […] → Continue Reading Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa
We welcome Robin Martini as our new Executive Director! She is new to the title, but not our organization. Robin has served as our Global Director and was the previous Director of Artisan Development at 7loaves since 2008. She is the perfect person to help us with our new funding initiatives in Scottsdale, Arizona. As […] → Continue Reading New Executive Director focuses on Sustainable Funding with an Artisan Twist
“Teach a woman to fish and she has fish for life”. Isn’t that the saying? We are teaching Liberian doctors how to use the indirect ophthalmoscope like most US eye doctors when you go for an eye exam. It is one of two key pieces of equipment. The other is the slit lamp. We are […] → Continue Reading Training Liberian Doctors In Ophthalmoscopy
As we ring in the New Year at Red Rover Ventures, we are very excited by our multiple projects underway to help fight avoidable blindness here in Michigan and abroad. Vision 2020 is an international commitment to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year, 2020, and we are really nervous since we are now one year […] → Continue Reading Looking ahead in 2016
Our goal with our non-profit has been to help patients with eye problems obtain their best vision and eliminate obstacles that prevent this. The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has gone through two national trials (1 and 2) over 15 years that showed that the key ingredients slow progression of the disease, age related […] → Continue Reading Macular Degeneration/AREDS2 Vitamins and a Leap of Faith