MEET OUR VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

Debra Friedman

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Veterinary Degree (DVM): New York State College of Veterinary Medicine – Cornell
Internship: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
Residency: Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
Board Certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Dr. Friedman opened Animal Eye Care in 1990 in Milwaukee, then relocated to the
Bay Area in 1994 and opened AEC in Fremont. In 2010, she purchased Dr. Duane
Flemming’s practice in Pleasant Hill, providing a second location for AEC patients.
She sold the practice to Dr. Holly Hamilton and partners in 2014. Dr. Friedman enjoys reading, writing poetry, hiking, genealogy, and spending time with her family and Shepherd-mix Zeus.

Patty Smith

DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVO

Veterinary Degree (DVM): University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical School
Master of Science: Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Florida
Internship: North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
PhD/Residency: Comparative Ophthalmology, Univ. of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Board Certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Dr. Smith joined Animal Eye Care in 1997. She has extensive experience in small
and large animal ophthalmology and has a strong interest in the pathogenesis and
treatment of retinal detachments. She is one of the pioneers in surgical treatment
of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. Dr. Smith enjoys running, biking, camping,
boating, and hiking with her husband and her dog, Terra.

Holly Hamilton

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO

Veterinary Degree (DVM): University of Wisconsin
Master of Science: Veterinary Ophthalmology, Auburn University
Internship: Washington State University
Residency: Ophthalmology, Auburn University
Board Certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Dr. Hamilton and her partners purchased Animal Eye Care from Dr. Friedman in 2014. Her kind and gentle approach to care has helped her earn a wonderful reputation within the industry. Dr. Hamilton has published several articles and book chapters in both small animal and equine ophthalmology. She shares her home with her husband, two sons, a Miniature Poodle, and a Terrier Mix.

Tomo Wiggans

DVM, MEng, Diplomate ACVO

Veterinary Degree (DVM): School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California - Davis
Master of Engineering : School of Engineering, Cornell University
Internship: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Colorado State University
Residency: Comparative Ophthalmology, University of California - Davis
Board Certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Dr. Wiggans, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, joined Animal Eye Care in 2015 after completing his ophthalmology residency at UC Davis. His current interests include ocular manifestations of systemic disease, ocular neoplasia, and intraocular surgery. He has special interest in ocular emergencies and has contributed a book chapter on the subject. Dr. Wiggans enjoys hiking, photography, and cooking of all kinds. At home, he has two cats, two dogs, and three chickens.