Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates
One in five people are at risk for vision loss. Twenty-five percent of school-aged children are affected by vision problems. Five percent of preschoolers have vision problems that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.
Educating the community about the benefits of regular eye care has been one of the priorities of Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates since opening its doors in Harford County in 1998. The other is meticulous patient care.
Seidenberg Protzko serves patients at three offices throughout Harford and Cecil counties: Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Elkton. On an average day, the team of nine doctors and 15 assisting staff members sees approximately 200 patients across all three offices, according to Susan Taylor, patient services coordinator for the practice.
“For us, it’s all about quality of care and the patient experience,” Taylor says. “We make the patients feel comfortable when they walk in the door, we treat them with respect, and we are organized and ready for them.” Seidenberg Protzko’s medical team performs surgeries at the Mid-Atlantic Surgery Pavilion in Aberdeen and at the Upper Bay Surgery Pavilion in Elkton. The doctors are on-call for Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Memorial Hospital. They offer 24-hour urgent care service, as well. “If patients have an eye emergency, they can call the office number and a doctor can be reached any time of day or night,” Taylor says. “We are the only eye care practice in the area that does this.”
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While the largest portion of its business is medical and disease-related for the eyes, Seidenberg Protzko’s services also include cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. The practice has diversified to provide aesthetic treatments such as BOTOX and Latisse, along with skin-tightening treatments such as Pelleve. Seidenberg Protzko has also focused efforts on pediatric eye care, a segment that continues to grow, as families are educated about the need for early eye care intervention. In fact, they recently hired Dr. Kimberly Neutze, a new fellowship-trained, board-certified, pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Neutze, a Bel Air native, began working at the practice as a teenager, and continued throughout her college career. The practice inspired her to attend medical school, and she was able to take advantage of the education and job opportunities at Seidenberg Protzko throughout her years of study. “She believed in the way we do things here, so we were thrilled to welcome her as a board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist,” Taylor says.
Seidenberg Protzko is an accredited teaching facility that offers an optometric residency program for graduated students, as well as a six-month externship rotation for students in four-year programs. In addition, the entire staff is educated in advanced technology and maintains their credentials with credit courses and continuing education. Over 50 percent of the staff technicians are certified ophthalmic assistants.
The Seidenberg Protzko team continues to educate the community about the importance of vision care. “The health aspect of vision care is critical,” Taylor says. “Most eye diseases, including glaucoma, have no symptoms until advanced stages. An eye exam can detect cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.” She notes that attendance at health fairs, expos and screenings are all part of the practice’s community outreach program.
The practice’s namesakes, Dr. Jonathan Seidenberg, president, and Dr. Eugene Protzko, vice president, are well known in both the medical community and the community-at-large. Dr. Seidenberg is Chief of Ophthalmology at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Memorial Hospital. Few people know that he also holds a private pilot’s license. Dr. Protzko, a board-certified ophthalmologist and a diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is an avid physical fitness advocate, and regularly participates in bike challenges. Their colleagues, Drs. Richard Chiu, Candice Giordano, David Reed, James Stottlemyer, Scott Smearman, Nicole Kershner and Kimberly Neutze, are equally involved in the medical community and support the importance of eye health at every age. I95
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