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Martin Whitaker, M.D.

Martin Whitaker, M.D.

Martin Whitaker, M.D. is the Founder and Medical Director of Riverside Eye Center in Norway and Auburn, Maine. Dr. Whitaker is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist eye doctor who provides eye care for patients with cataracts, medical and laser treatment of glaucoma, medical and laser treatment of diabetic retinopathy, management of macular degeneration as well as routine eye examinations. As an engineer by training, he has a special interest in the application of new technology to diagnosis and treatment of eye problems and diseases and has incorporated many high technology testing instruments and treatment methods at Riverside Eye Center. These include diagnostic tools such as Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) and retina treatments such as Avastin, Macugen and Lucentis Injections for macular degeneration.

Prior to providing eye care in Maine, Dr. Whitaker received his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Whitaker is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Maine Medical Association. He is an active staff member at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital in Norway, serving as President of Medical Staff for 2009, and at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. He is on courtesy staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, Maine.

In addition to his role as an eye physician and surgeon in Maine, Dr. Whitaker enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his two children. When time permits he is an instrument rated pilot who has a great interest in flying airplanes and helicopters.

Rachel Sugal, O.D.

Rachel Sugal, O.D.

Rachel Sugal, O.D. is an Optometrist eye doctor at Riverside Eye Center in Maine. Dr. Sugal serves patients in need of routine eye care and examinations for eyeglasses and contact lenses as well as assisting Dr. Whitaker in the pre and post operative care of patients who have had various types of eye surgery such as cataract and intraocular lens implant (IOL) surgery. In addition Dr. Sugal works with Dr. Whitaker in the care of patients with diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma. As part of her training, Dr. Sugal completed clinical externships on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana where while working at the Blackfeet Indian Hospital she cared for an underserved population and dealt with many serious systemic and ocular diseases as well as managed diabetic retinopathy and other posterior segment diseases.

Dr. Sugal attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where she studied Genetics, Biochemistry and Physiology and earned a B.S. in Biology with Honors and a M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts followed by a Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. During her education Dr. Sugal was elected to the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and the Gold Key Honor Society for outstanding scholarship in her field.

Dr. Sugal enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, running, skiing, and playing tennis. She is an avid fan of visiting National Parks and is always looking for her next adventure.

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