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  • Emilio Balius,
    O.D.
    Clinic Director

    Emilio Balius, O.D. is a board-certified optometrist and is the clinic director at Aran Eye Associates. Dr. Balius completed his bachelor’s degree in Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas with his doctor's degree in optometry. Dr. Balius completed his residency in hospital-based optometry at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been practicing at Aran Eye Associates since 1993 and previously practiced at Bascom Eye Institute as a staff optometrist. He is a licensed optometrist for the state of Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

    Languages:

    • Dr. Balius speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Aura Zambrano,
    O.D.

    Dr. Aura Zambrano earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Thomas University in 2007 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the St. Thomas University Award in Science for her work in a project in conjunction with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She received her optometric training at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry with honors in 2012 and was awarded the Southern Council of Optometry Award for Clinical Excellence.
    Following graduation, Dr. Zambrano successfully completed a one-year optometric residency program in ocular disease at Aran Eye Associates. She is currently a full-time Optometric physician at Aran Eye Associates. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society as well as the Dade County, Florida and American Optometric Associations. Dr. Zambrano was born and raised in Ecuador.

    Languages:

    Fluent in Spanish and English.

  • Jessica Rodriguez,
    O.D.
    Optometrist
    Dr. Jessica E. Rodriguez was born and raised in Miami, FL. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She then pursued her Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois, where she graduated with honors in 2013. Dr. Rodriguez completed clinical rotations at the Illinois Eye Institute, the Chicago Lighthouse, the Hickam Air Force in Oahu, Hawaii, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Following Optometry school she completed a one year Optometric residency in Ocular Disease at Aran Eye Associates. After completion of her residency she joined the staff of AEA as a full-time Optometrist. Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the American Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity, and the Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association.

  • Steven M Newman,
    O.D.
    Optometric physician

    Dr. Steve Newman combines his knowledge as an optometric physician, certified personal trainer and board-certified nutrition specialist to educate his patients and the public on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. With more than twenty five years in the health profession, Dr. Newman has advised and guided thousands of patients with information needed to make the right choices when it comes to health, medicine, surgery, nutrition, supplements and overall well being. 


    A graduate from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Dr. Newman completed an ocular pathology externship at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute then followed with his post-graduate residency at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

    Dr. Newman is well known on the professional lecture circuit as his seminars continue to get rave reviews from the doctors and lay people that attend. His latest book, FEEL MORE ALIVE NOW, is available @ amazon.com.

    Practicing what he preaches, Dr. Newman is an avid cyclist, often participating in charity rides throughout the country. 

    Specialties:

    • Board Certified Optometrist Physician & Board Certified Nutrition Specialist
  • Lisbet Abrante,
    O.D.

    Lisbet Abrante, O.D. attained her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Biology at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and went to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, NSUCO, in Davie, Florida where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science. She graduated with optometric training at Nova Southeastern University College in 2013 and completed a residency with emphasis in ocular Disease at NSUCO in 2014.
    Dr. Abrante has done volunteer work in Ecuador where she assisted in performing comprehensive exams on over 800 patients. She also volunteered in the Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where she coordinated activities for the child patients, supervised the children throughout their activities and translated documents for Spanish speaking families.

    Honors and Awards:

    • NSUCO Aran Eye Associates Excellence in Ocular Disease Award may 2013
    • Student fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

    Languages:

    • Dr. Abrante speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Anieka Williams,
    O.D.

    Anieka Williams, O.D. received her Bachelor of Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl where she also completed a Mini MBA for optometrist and graduated with her doctoral degree in optometry. She also completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Tampa. Dr. Williams has practiced at many private and commercial optometric physician offices and joined Aran Eye Associates in 2016.



    Honors and Awards:

    • Presidential Scholarship, The University of Tampa
    • National Dean’s List, The University of Tampa
    • Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society, The University of Tampa
    • Omicron Delta Kappa National leadership Honors Society, The University of Tampa

    Languages:

    • Dr. Williams speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Arturo Ramos,
    O.D.

    Dr. Arturo Ramos, O.D., M.D., M.S. is a board certified optometrist in the United States. Dr. Ramos received his doctor of optometry degree from New England College of Optometry in Boston Massachusetts. Prior to graduating from Optometry he completed a residency training as a specialist in ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology San Carlos Hospital, University of Madrid, Madrid Spain. Dr. Ramos received his medical surgeon degree from CENTRAL University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. He attained a master degree in anterior Pole Disease and surgery at Instituto Barraquer, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Ramos is also the inventor of the design of Hyperbolic Toroidal mirror for ophthalmic applications. He practiced as an ophthalmologist in Venezuela and moved to the United States where he has practiced as an optometrist in various private practices. Dr. Ramos practices at Leon medical Center as a contracted doctor at Aran Eye Associates.

    Languages:

    • Dr. Ramos speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Cynthia Hardy
    O.D.

    Dr. Cynthia Hardy, O. D. completed her bachelor of arts degree at The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO and went to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, in Davie, Florida where she graduated with her doctoral degree in optometric training. Dr. Hardy completed a residency in Ocular Disease at Aran Eye Associates where she later practiced for a year. Later Dr. Hardy practiced at different private Optometrist office and returned to practice at Aran Eye Associates in 2016.



    Honors and Awards:

    • Diplomate, America Board of Optometry
    • Granted Membership in Beta Sigma Kappa, international optometric honor society
    • Welch-Allyn Award of Excellence for exceptional performance for all optometric courses
    • Dean’s list for semesters.

    Languages:

    • Dr. Hardy speaks fluent English and sufficient Spanish to conduct eye examinations
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  • Teresita Bollar,
    O.D.

    Teresita Bollar, O. D. received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and was a member of honors college. She attended Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, in Davie, Florida where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science. She graduated with her doctoral degree in optometric training at Nova Southeastern University College in 2009



    Honors and Awards:

    • Recipient of the Excellence in Ocular Disease Award, 2008
    • Aran Eye Associates
    • Florida Optometric Association Young O.D. of the Year 2013

    Languages:

    • Dr. Bollar speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Noemi Zubizarreta,
    O.D.

    Noemi Zubizarreta, O. D. received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology/Behavioral Medicine from The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and went to The New England College of Optometry, in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated with her doctoral degree in optometric training in 2005 and later completed a residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Zubizarreta practice at South Florida Eye Associates for five years and joined Aran Eye Associates in 2014 as a contracted doctor to practice at Leon Medical Center.



    Honors and Awards:

    • Phi Beta Kappa , The University of Miami , Coral Gables, Florida
    • Aran Eye Associates
    • 2001-2005 Dean’s, The University of Miami
    • 2001-2005 Provost’s and/or President’s Honor Role, University of Miami
    • 2001-2005 General Honors and Academic Distinction, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Beta Sigma Kappa (Optometric Honor Society) The New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts
    • The Alumni Scholarship, The New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Clinical Honors, South Boston Community Health Center(2003), Whittier Street Health Center (Spring 2004), Bascom Palmer Eye Institute ( Summer- Fall 2004), Whittier Street Health Center (Spring 2004-2005)

    Languages:

    • Dr. Zubizarreta speaks fluent English, Spanish and understands and Speaks some French
  • Jessica C. Hayward
    O.D.

    Jessica C. Hayward O.D. attained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Hayward went to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Davie, Florida where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science and attained her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2008. Dr. Hayward has practiced at various private primary eye care and Ophthalmology practices and has extensive experience in primary & tertiary eye care and ocular disease diagnosis.



    Professional Membership/Affiliations:

    • Florida Optometric Association (FOA)
    • Miami-Dade Optometric Physicians Association
    • American Optometric Association (AOA)- Cornea and Contact Lens section

    Languages:

    • Dr. Hayward speaks Fluent English and Spanish
  • Laura Espinosa,
    O.D.

    Laura Espinosa, O.D. completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She graduated with her doctoral degree inOptometric training at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science University.
    Dr. Espinosa has practiced in Newington and South Windsor Connecticut in two different primary care practices. Dr. Espinosa performed comprehensive medical eye exams managing multitudes of contact lens cases, along with various types of ocular disease cases.



    Specialties:

    • The diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease.

    Languages:

    • Dr. Espinosa speaks fluent English and Spanish
  • Candice N. Mansito
    O.D.

    Candice N. Mansito, OD earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida International University. She then went on to earn another Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and her Doctorate in Optometry from NOVA Southeastern University. She graduated with honors in the top 10% of her class. Dr. Mansito completed externships in a multitude of specialties. She studied at the Broward Health Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It was there that she gained an understanding of ocular disease and treatment. She participated in complex cases, performed thorough comprehensive exams and learned to perform and interpret the latest diagnostic medical testing. Dr. Mansito also completed externships at Aran Eye Associates and Braverman Eye Center, where she gained valuable experience in eye disease pertaining to overall systemic health and pre and post operative care. She then excelled in an exclusive Autism clinic with vision therapy at NOVA Southeastern and was awarded the Coopervision excellence award in Corneal health and Contact lenses during her Internship. After her extensive education, Dr. Mansito decided to add on another year of learning by pursuing a residency in Ocular Disease. Her residency training in Neurology took place at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute with Operative care and Disease management training at Aran Eye Associates. Today, Dr. Mansito performs comprehensive eye examinations, with special emphasis in Ocular Disease. Dr. Mansito diagnoses, monitors and treats diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, cataracts, diseases linked to auto immune disorders, macular degeneration, uveitis, and many other ocular and systemic pathologies.

  • Patrisa Tare,
    O.D.

    Patrisa Tare, O.D. completed her undergraduate education at Florida international University in Miami, Florida and earned her Bachelor of Visions Science from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida were she graduated with her doctorate degree in optometry in 2007. She later completed a residency with emphasis in Ocular Disease at Beraja Medical Institute.



    Professional Membership/Affiliations:

    • Florida Optometric Association (FOA)
    • American Optometric Association (AOA)

    Languages:

    • Dr. Tare speaks Fluent English, Spanish, Italian and Albanian

Aran Eye Associates

Regular Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

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Sunday:

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