Dr. Bissell started Tri-State Low Vision a division of Bissell Eye Care in Bakerstown, PA in April 2010. He grew up in Natrona Heights and after graduating from the University of Pitt-Johnstown, he got his optometric degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004. After graduation he did his residency in primary care and ocular disease specializing in disease management. He worked side by side with both ophthalmologists and optometrists specialized in neuro-ophthalmology, ocular-plastics, glaucoma, retina-vitreous, low vision and vision therapy. He is one of the few doctors in the country who has received advanced training in using specially designed telescopic glasses for the treatment of significantly decreased vision due to numerous ocular conditions. In 2003, Dr. Bissell went on a 10 day mission trip to Mexico to perform eye examinations and dispense eye glasses to some of the poorest people in the world. Hundreds of people benefited from this mission!
Dr. Bissell is married to his wife, Brooke, and has two daughters, Amelia and Victoria. Dr. Bissell is a member of the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society. He has begun working with an organization that that supplies optometric care to nursing homes all over western Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is active in his community and is an active member of the Lion’s Club. He is an avid runner and enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Dr. Rath completed a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England and her ophthalmology residency was with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rath comes to us after four years as Assistant Professor in the Retina Vitreous Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. During that time she was Director of the Ocular Oncology Program with special expertise in radiation plaquing for malignant melanoma of the choroid and treatment of retinoblastoma. She was also director of the electrophysiology laboratory at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision, the International Ocular Oncology Society and ARVO and has lectured extensively on inherited retinal diseases, electrophysiology, intraocular tumors and retinoblastoma.
Dr. Viki Christopoulos, M.D.
Dr. Christopoulos is a double-fellowship trained ophthalmologist who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She specializes in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery (LASIK & PRK).
Previously an Associate Professor and Cornea/Refractive Surgery Fellowship Director at UPMC, she now brings her clinical and academic experience to her own practice. Research interests include investigating new technologies (f. ERG and OCT) to improve the diagnosis of eye disease.