PALM BAY — As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Marshall I. Gladnick has literally provided eye care all around the world.
In addition to working in the U.S., he’s repaired eyesight from England to India, visited more than 100 countries as a teacher for the International Eye Foundation (IEF), and made 11 trips to Italy.
The native New Yorker, who graduated in the top 10 of his class at New York Medical College, completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the NY University/Bellevue Hospital Medical Center.
Also a Vietnam War veteran, where he served as a flight surgeon, Gladnick has made Florida his home base for more than three decades.
After practicing ophthalmology in Delray Beach and Stuart, Gladnick now calls Brevard County home. He opened Glad Eyecare and Surgery Center in Palm Bay in 2004.
“I built this center using the best equipment in the world,” he says.
Now, he wants to serve more people in Brevard’s Hispanic community.
“My goal is to take care of the Hispanic people because in New York, I took care of the Hispanic people. In Miami, I took care of the Hispanic people. I took care of Hispanic people all over the place,” he says, adding that 60 percent of his office staff is Hispanic.
“I would love to be able to take good care of everybody, especially Hispanics. That would be great if I could do that.”
His office, located at 2061 Palm Bay Road in Suite 100, recently expanded its services to provide glasses, opticals, and cosmetic procedures.
Glad Eyecare and Surgery Center accepts most insurances as well as Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.
In addition to Gladnick, patients also see Chris Quintero, the optical manager with more than 13 years of experience in the optical industry.
“My front desk is managed by Angie Torres, who is originally from Ecuador,” Gladnick says.
Gladnick has been in private practice as an ophthalmologist since 1971. In addition to helping patients, he has taught and worked in various schools around the world as a member of the IEF, an organization that seeks to prevent blindness by sending teaching physicians to developing nations.
Gladnick’s travels have sent him to England, Scotland, Germany, Egypt, Italy and South Africa.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City, Gladnick volunteered to work in India and Dubai.
“I had the opportunity to perform cataract and glaucoma surgery in Dubai, and Chennai and Nagpur. Unfortunately, nutritional cataracts are a continuing problem in India,” he says.
With the opportunity to help even more people with their eye problems, Gladnick doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon.
“I have a wonderful staff of great people working for me. We are committed to caring for each patient as if they were a family member,” he says.
For more information, patients can visit www.gladeyecarecenter.com or call 321-733-0074 and 321-733-5080.
By Javier Molinares
Al Día Today