About Us

 Your vision is our primary concern

 It is such a pleasure to serve you here at Florida Retina Specialists. We are a  medical practice that provides world-class comprehensive medical and surgical  retinal eye care. Our goal is to provide the highest quality retina care to our  patients. We strive to maintain a humble servant attitude as we meet the eye  needs of those in our community.

 

 Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Our doctor  is available for emergencies after hours and on weekends as well. 

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Our team is committed to provide unsurpassed service

to our patients

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Samantha Paquette
Practice Administrator

 

Samantha is from Beckley, West Virginia but relocated to Florida several years ago. She has a Master’s in Business Administration and is currently working toward a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Forensics degree at Florida Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and has enjoyed working in the healthcare field for eight fulfilling years. She spends most of her free time with her husband, friends, family, and pets. She also likes to read books, travel, and spend time  hiking in the outdoors.

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Shelly Crisafulli

Assistant Administrator

Shelly brought her impressive work-ethic and passion for serving patients in the medical field. She has excellent customer service skills and great attention to detail.  Shelly is a Florida native born to a large Italian family who immigrated to Merritt Island over 100 years ago. 

She likes spending time outdoors boating and fishing, and especially spending quality time with her daughter, fiancé, and family. 

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Pamela Copely

Billing Manager

Pamela brings over 25 years of Medical billing experience and has served our 

office here at FRS for over 4 years. Prior to coming here Pam lived in the Detroit area where she gained experience and education in the health care field of Medical billing. She brings passion, kindness and professionalism to our FRS TEAM.  She enjoys the outdoors, the beach weather here in Florida and thoroughly enjoys the community here in Brevard County. 

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Ashley Owen
Billing Associate

Ashley is from Wallingford, Connecticut and relocated to Florida several years ago. She served as an LPN over the last 13 years in various healthcare specialties. In her free time, she enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children. Ashley takes pride in her position at the front desk because she is the first impression when new patients arrive to our office.  She likes to make it a pleasant and enjoyable experience for the patient and their family members.

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Kendall Petty

Medical Receptionist

Born and raised in Cocoa, Florida. She graduated from Rockledge High in 2009 and worked at Hobby Lobby for 8 years before moving into the medical field. Kendall loves helping patients, being there to help them get the assistance they need and seeing the joy and appreciation of patients when their vision is repaired. When not working, she enjoys spending time in her ministry and with any downtime she enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

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Juliet Venzara
Director of Business Development

Juliet served as practice administrator for Florida retina specialists from its Inception in 2014 and has recently transitioned into this new role. She is a graduate of Merritt Island High School and University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish. Her previous experience was with nephrology, as South Florida Regional director for the National Kidney Foundation. She and Dr. Venzara have been married for almost 2 decades and have four beautiful children. In her free time she likes working out at the gym, Bible study, dancing, fishing, boating and doing a variety of water sports.

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Karen Perez

Medical Receptionist

Karen is originally from Guatemala and came to the U.S. as a young child.  She learned her strong work ethic from her mother as they worked hard to support themselves after immigrating to the U.S. She has a very close-nit family who takes good care of eachother.  Karen treats our patients like her own family, with her sweet and gentle spirit, she makes you feel at home. And she is our in-house Spanish translator!   She is a wife, and a mother of two young children. She loves to help others, guide, and serve! 

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Casey Edinger

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Casey is originally from North Carolina. She started her career in Optometry and transitioned into Retina six years ago.  She studied and obtained her Certified Ophthalmic Assistant certificate and Scribe certificate to further her value to the practice. Casey is full of knowledge and always willing to learn more to best serve her community. She is always up for a challenge and makes her patients smile. Casey can be found spending time with her husband and four children or behind a camera working on her photography skills!

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Donna Thomson

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

 

Donna, our purveyor of all things Greek, has extensive ophthalmic knowledge, not only working in the field for 25 years but has also obtained the rank of certified ophthalmic technician. Donna is a Space Coast local, born and raised in Merritt Island and has strong connections with the local Greek community. Donna has never met a stranger and is the embodiment of the FRS motto: we treat you like family. Opa!

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Richard Aviles
Ophthalmic Technician

Richard has a passion for serving patients and brings joy and a great attitude to our work environment! He is a graduate of Merritt Island High School, and is currently pursuing his bachelors degree at Eastern Florida State College in Biology in hopes to pursue a career in nursing.  In his free time he likes to play tennis and spend time with his family.

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Samantha Hart

Ophthalmic Technician

Samantha is a lifelong resident in the small town of Titusville, Florida where most of her family still lives. For the last few years Samantha has called FRS home.  She has been in the eye care industry since 2016 and loves that she works with a team that she can learn from and that pushes her to make new and challenging opportunities. She finds coming to work so enjoyable working alongside Dr. Venzara and the rest of the FRS staff.  She loves spending her free time with her husband and their daughter. And enjoys spending time outdoors, being with friends & family, and attending The Grove Church.

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Kaidy Harris

Ophthalmic Technician

Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, Kaidy moved to Florida in May 2015. Watching the rocket launches hold a special place in her heart because the first time she saw one was when her grandparents brought her and a couple of her cousins here on vacation to watch the shuttle Columbia launch in June 1991. This is one of the most rewarding jobs she says she has ever worked because she is part of a team of great people, who are helping others by making a difference in their sight.

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Bilynda Muldoon

Ophthalmic Technician

Bilynda is a native Floridian who started her career as a licensed optician. Originally from Cocoa Beach, she is married into a large family and has three children of her own. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, repurposing furniture, painting with different mediums, & gardening. Bilynda brings her great sense of humor and lightheartedness to the work environment, always giving us a good laugh!

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Dana Simon

Ophthalmic Technician

Raised right here in Brevard county, Dana has lived here 22 years. In her free time she loves spending time with her fiancé and two children at the beach or parks. She enjoys working in the medical field because she loves helping people and caring for those in need. She loves working in ophthalmology and finds the uniqueness of people’s eyes to be absolutely fascinating.

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Marshae Sanders

Ophthalmic Technician

Originally from Rockledge, Florida. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and in addition to working in the Retina Clinic Mon-Fri, she also works home-health on the weekends. She enjoys reading, watching science documentaries, traveling and being with her family. She was home-schooled for high school and recently moved back to Florida from Texas.  Shae enjoys working with patients, especially ones with great stories to tell.  

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Christina Morley
Ophthalmic Technician

Christina is a Merritt Island local, who has 3 years experience as a state-certified pharmacy technician. She is a graduate of Merritt Island High School and is pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Applied Sciences at Eastern Florida State College. Chrissy loves connecting with patients, ensuring that they have a positive experience. as well as helping her whole healthcare team on a daily basis. In her free time she loves spending quality time with her family.