Doctors and Staff 

 Columbia Eye Associates was founded by Karl Bodendorfer M.D. with the vision of creating an Ophthalmic medical practice that treats every patient with dignity and compassion in providing excellence in eye care.

The Eye Team of 
doctors, ophthalmic technicians, optical and office staff at Columbia Eye Associates are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many, visiting a doctor can be a stressful experience. Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate medical  professionals will ease your fears as we endeavor to meet your vision care needs.

 

Karl Bodendorfer, M.D.

General Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery

Dr Bodendorfer hails from Erie, Pennsylvania.  His undergraduate degree is from Penn State University and he obtained his medical degree from the  Penn State College of Medicine.  Dr Bodendorfer trained in ophthalmology at the University of Florida.  In 2000, he was hired to be the University of Florida's first Comprehensive Ophthalmologist.  His time was divided between the Lake City VA Hospital, where he organized and ran the Department of Ophthalmology's Lake City resident rotation, and Shands Teaching Hospital.  In addition, Dr Bodendorfer taught the second year medical student course in ophthalmology from 2001 to 2007.  During that time, he won the Ophthalmology Faculty of the Year award in 2001 and 2007, the College of Medicine's Exemplary Teacher award in 2004, and twice was awarded for Excellence in Patient Care by the VA Hospital. 

Later that year, Dr. Bodendorfer reduced his time at Shands Teaching Hospital to open a private practice, Columbia Eye Associates.  He spent half his time teaching for the University of Florida at the Lake City VA Hospital and the other half at his own practice.  Both of these endeavors thrived.  Dr. Bodendorfer left the VA Hospital in 2008 to work in his private practice full time and still maintains a University of Florida affiliation. 

Dr Bodendorfer maintains many  active memberships in the eye care field including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the Columbia County Medical Society.  These memberships help to keep him active in the eye care community and keep up with the latest developments in the field of ophthalmology.

Being a responsible citizen is important to Dr. Bodendorfer.  He has participated in the March of Dimes since 2002 and has been a member of the NASA Medical Support Team.  In June of 2007, he went with a University of Florida contingent on a medical mission to provide eye care in the Honduras.  

 

          

William Avonda, O.D.

Gene
ral Optometry

Dr. Avonda hails from Chappaqua, NY.  He obtained a business degree from Siena College in upstate New York.  After graduation, beginning a business career in sales helped him realize he wanted more personal fulfillment in his life's work.  During that time, he became increasingly interested in the field of optometry.  Dr. Avonda started working as an optician with his sights set on becoming an optometrist.  He learned all aspects of manufacturing and fitting of custom eyewear while he attended the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for his optometry prerequisite studies.

During his optometry training, Dr Avonda participated in two missions to Costa Rica to provide eye examinations and dispense eye glasses donated by the Lions Club.  Dr. Avonda obtained his optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in
2002.

After graduating optometry school, Dr. Avonda completed a residency in Primary Eye Care / Geriatric Optometry from the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts in 2003.  During this training, Dr. Avonda had the opportunity to provide eye care to special populations, including patients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, psychiatric illness, and homeless patients.  In the clinic, he was preceptor to 4th year optometry students.

Dr. Avonda is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society (BSK), the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Florida Optometric Association (FOA).

In August 2003 Dr. Avonda joined the Family Focus Eye Care practice.  When Family Focus merged with Columbia Eye Associates into a larger practice, he continued in the same position to provide excellent comprehensive eye care as a board-certified staff optometrist at Columbia Eye Associates.

 

Eric Boone, O.D.

General Optometry

Dr. Eric Boone grew up in Lake City, Florida and graduated from Columbia High School in 1992.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Tallahasee, Florida 1996.  He obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004.  Dr. Boone currently lives in Lake City with his wife and 2 children.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, boating, and following Florida State athletics.

While attending FSU in 1995, he got his first hands-on experience in the optometric field while working as an optometric technician with Dr. Mohr and Associates at VisionWorks for over 2 years.  In 1997 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was employed by Emory Vision Correction Center as a refractive surgical technician in the field of ophthalmology for 3 years.  He was chosen by staff and doctors to receive the Best Employee Award in 1998 for his hard work and dedication.


In 2000, he decided to further his education and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the Pennsylvania College of Optometry to earn his optometric degree.  He interned at the Pediatric and Binocular Clinic in The Eye Institute during the summer of 2003, where he gained knowledge and experience with pediatric examinations and visual therapy.  He also interned at the Feinbloom Low Vision Rehab Center in The Eye Institute, providing low vision evaluations and training with low vision devices.

Dr. Boone moved back to Lake City in the fall of 2003 and began his 6 month externship at the Lake City Veterans Medical Center's eye clinic.  He gained valuable experience with ocular disease and hospital based medicine at the VA. 

His last externship, at Family Focus Eye Care, gave him private practice experience.  Dr. Boone became a full-time employee at Family Focus Eye Care as a staff optometrist in August 2004, and continues in that same position today at Columbia Eye Associates, the successor to Family Focus.  He enjoys his patients and takes pride in offering the best, most efficient, comprehensive eye care to
solve his patient's eye care needs so necessary to their quality of life.

Dr. Boone has affiliations with the American Optometric Association and the Florida Optometric Association to stay informed and knowledgeable in the ever changing field of optometry.

 

Brenda Castro Bodendorfer, COMT, ROUB

Ophthalmic Technologist


Brenda Castro Bodendorfer is a highly skilled certified ophthalmic technologist who is originally from Puerto Rico.  Mrs. Bodendorfer initially trained for two years as a technologist at the University of Puerto Rico.  She then spent an additional two years training at the University of Florida.  She has been working with Dr. Bodendorfer since 2003.  During that time she became Florida's only registered ophthalmic ultrasound biometrist.  All told, she has over 13 years of experience as an ophthalmic technologist, which she now uses at Columbia Eye Associates.

Mrs. Bodendorfer has considerable expertise in intraocular lens calculations.  Some of her work was presented by Dr. Bodendorfer and Dr. Donald Downer at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting.  She developed intraocular lens nomograms to improve lens selection from cataract surgery.

As a native Puerto Rican, Mrs. Bodendorfer speaks Spanish fluently.


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