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. 

Our team is committed to provide unsurpassed service

to our patients


Juliet has served as practice administrator for Florida retina specialists since its Inception in 2014. 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. She is a member of the American Society of ophthalmic Administrators and American Society of Retina Specialists for administrators. Her previous experience was with nephrology, as South Florida Regional director for the National Kidney Foundation. She and Dr. Venzara have been married for over 17 years 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.

Juliet Venzara

Practice Administrator

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Shelly Crisafulli

Assistant Administrator

Shelly brought her impressive work-ethic and passion for serving patients in the medical field. 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 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

Medical Receptionist

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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Hannah Blando

Medical Receptionist

Hannah is originally from South Carolina but has lived in Florida for most of her life. She enjoys living close to the beaches but visits the Carolinas as often as possible for the rural countryside and beautiful mountains. She loves to travel and spend time outside with family and friends. Hannah enjoys the work she does, serving others and helping the community. Giving and bringing joy to others is something she greatly enjoys. 



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 comes from North Carolina. She started her career in Optometry and transitioned into Retina several years ago.  She committed to study and obtain her Certified Ophthalmic Assistant 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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Tom Markle

Opthalmic Technician

Born and raised in Florida a true Floridian, just a couple hours south of here in Pompano Beach, Tom moved to Brevard county in 1997. He attended culinary school to become a certified culinarian at Keiser University, and although he chose not to pursue that as a career he still enjoys cooking for family and friends. He got into the eye field when he was going to school at 18 years old, starting out making lenses for eyeglasses and worked through all aspects of the field including ophthalmology. It brings him so much joy to be able to help give the gift of sight to those in need. 

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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. She is married and has three children. In her spare time she enjoys repurposing furniture, painting with different mediums, & gardening. 


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 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.


Marshae Sanders

Ophthalmic Technician

Originally from Rockledge, Florida. She enjoys reading, watching science 

documentaries and being with family. She was home-schooled for high school and enjoys working with patients, especially ones with great stories to tell.  

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Taylor Smith

Ophthalmic Technician

Originally born and raised in Deland, FL. Taylor attended Deland High School and is currently attending Seminole State, where he is finishing his Bachelors in Health Science. He has a beautiful four-year-old and they enjoy going to Disney all the time. Taylor enjoys ophthalmology because of the complexity of the eye, and takes great pride in being able to help patients keep their vision!