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Meet Our Physicians




Dr. Amita Bhatt



Amita Bhatt, M.D., senior partner at NWEA, serves as our pediatric ophthalmologist. She is available to treat all types of visual impairments that affect children, and strives to tailor her exam to each individual child’s needs.  Her area of interest includes pediatric and adult strabismus for the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of misaligned eyes. She graduated Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Chatham College and Alpha Omega Alpha from Yale University School of Medicine.  She completed her ophthalmology residency at Tufts New England Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. Her fellowship training was completed at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Boston Magazine has recognized her in 2002 and 2003 as one of Boston’s leading ophthalmologists in her specialty.  In 2011, she was awarded by Castle Connelly with Best Doctors in America and by Boston Super Doctors as a Top Boston Physician. Dr. Bhatt also remains active in the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Jill Smith

Jill Smith, M.D., partner at NWEA and Chief of Ophthalmology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, is a glaucoma specialist and cataract surgeon. She tailors the management of each glaucoma patient, using the most advanced diagnostic tools.   Her surgical expertise includes small-incision cataract surgery, glaucoma filtration surgery, and glaucoma/post-cataract laser procedures. She graduated Summa cum laude from Canisius College and received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.  She completed both her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusettes Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she was awarded Fellow of the Year by the residents for her outstanding dedication and contribution to resident education. Dr. Smith has been a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and continues to teach Tufts medical students at NWH.  Dr. Smith has been an editor for the online database Healthwise Inc., and is the ophthalmology editor for The Language of Medicine. In 2011, she was recognized by Boston Super Doctors as a top Boston physician.



Dr. Christine Ament

Christine Ament, M.D. joined NWEA in 2011 as one of our general ophthalmologists.  Along with comprehensive ophthalmology, Dr. Ament’s areas of interest include cataract surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma lasers, and medical management of glaucoma.  Dr. Ament graduated Magna cum laude from Harvard College. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and from the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She completed a cornea fellowship at Boston Medical Center then joined the ophthalmology faculty at Boston University School of Medicine. She continues to serve as volunteer faculty at Boston University and Boston Medical Center. She also serves on the faculty of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Skills Course on Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery and Anterior Segment Reconstruction. She has published over twenty-five original articles, presentations, and abstracts and edited a textbook on cataract surgery.


Dr. Jill Carmody

Jill Carmody, M.D., is the newest physician to join NWEA as one of our general ophthalmologists. Her areas of interest include cataract and anterior segment surgery, anterior segment lasers, medical management of glaucoma, diabetic eye exams, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She recently graduated from New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center where she was awarded the Charles J Preefer Award for outstanding resident research. She is a graduate of Connecticut College where she was a recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Award for Excellence in Biochemistry. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from Jefferson Medical College. As a medical student, she was finance co-director of Jeff HOPE, a student run organization devoted to providing high quality free medical care at Philadelphia homeless shelters. She was also co-founder of her medical school's chapter of Unite for Sight, an organization that strives to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness both locally and worldwide.


Dr. Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein, M.D., M.M., our cornea and anterior segment specialist, is available for consultation in medical and surgical management of cornea and external disease. His special interests include laser correction of refractive errors, cataract surgery, cornea transplants, and wound healing.  He is co-director of the cornea service and assistant professor at New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center.  He is a graduate of Williams College and Northwestern Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston University Medical Center followed by fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute. He received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr. Goldstein has authored 8 textbook chapters and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He has given over 50 presentations across the United States and internationally.  He currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physician and Surgeons and President of CLAO.  Dr. Goldstein has served as Team Ophthalmologist for the Boston Celtics for the past 5 years and was recently named Team Ophalmologist for the Boston Breakers. Dr. Goldstein also consults to the biotechnology sector in the development of new drugs and devices.


Dr. Caroline Baumal

Caroline Baumal, M.D., our retina specialist, is available for consultation in all areas of medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases. Her surgical interests include management of complicated retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity and ocular trauma. She has a special interest in macular degeneration, diabetes, uveitis, ocular manifestations of systemic disorders, ocular imaging, retinovascular diseases and pediatric retinal disorders. She is assistant professor of ophthalmology at New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School, where she also completed her ophthalmology residency. Her fellowship training was completed at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, after which she conducted laser research at New England Eye Center. She is an investigator in several multi-center studies evaluating new therapies for macular degeneration and macular edema.


Dr. Pascale Perusse

Dr. Pascale Perusse, M.D., our oculoplastics surgeon, is available for consultation in all disorders of the eyelids, orbit, and tear drainage system. Her primary areas of interest include reconstruction of the eyelids, both functional and cosmetic, removal of tumors, and treatment of tear duct disorders. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in evaluating and surgically managing oculoplastics disorders in both children and adults. She is clinical instructor at U Mass Memorial Medical Center and is clinical instructor at Tufts Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada followed by a residency in ophthalmology from the University of Montreal. There, she received the Percy Hennant Award for the best resident in the program. Her fellowship training was completed at McGill University of Montreal. Additional fellowship training was done at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she stayed on as clinical assistant. She remains an active member in the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Meet Our Optometrists





Dr. Diane Ah Kine


Diane Ah Kine, O.D., F.A.A.O. practices both general and pediatric optometry.  Along with providing routine eye care, refractions and contact lens fittings, Dr. Ah Kine, specializes in the treatment of amblyopia.  In addition, she provides vision therapy for children referred for deficits in convergence, tracking, scanning, and fixation.  She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the New England College of Optometry. In 2010 she completed a residency in pediatric optometry and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  She also teaches optometry students through the New England Eye On Sight program, a mobile clinic that provides eye care for the underserved in the Greater Boston Area. Her commitment to providing eye care for the poor extends beyond America’s borders, with an annual trip to El Salvador with Friends of ASAPROSAR, the Salvadoran Association for Rural Health.  During the ten-day mission she is a member of an eye team that provides complete eye care to roughly 2,000 underserved patients.



Dr. Anne Person

Anne Person, O.D. practices general optometry. She brings a wealth of experience, having practiced at Newton-Wellesley Eye Associates for over twenty-five years. She is available for routine eye examinations and refractions. She has extensive experience in fitting a wide variety of contact lenses, including daily disposables, toric lenses for astigmatism, multifocal lenses for presbyopia, rigid gas permeable lenses and other specialty lenses for keratoconus. She also provides low vision evaluations for our visually impaired patients. After graduating from Simmons College, Dr. Person worked in the tissue-typing lab for transplant patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She then went on to obtain her optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and Massachusetts Society of Optometry.