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  • Emilio Balius
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    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 doctors 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
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    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 with 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. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

  • Jessica Rodriguez
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    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
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    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 @

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

    • Board Certified Optometric Physiciant
    • Board Certified Nutrition Specialist
  • Lisbet Abrante,
    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
  • Laura Espinosa

    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

  • Patrisa Tare
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    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 

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