DJ Haeussler, Jr., MS, DVM, DACVO
The Animal Eye Institute
Dr. DJ Haeussler grew up in the Cincinnati area as the son of Dr. David Haeussler, a small animal general practitioner. Dr. DJ always wanted to be a veterinarian as he always heard the stories his father would tell when he got home from work. He finished his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and then received his doctorate in 2006. He then went to New Jersey where he finished two internships at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and then returned to his alma mater, The Ohio State University to complete his residency. While at Ohio State University for his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree and earned the top award for professional student research at Ohio State as well as the top resident award for professional research at the annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in 2010.
Dr. DJ has been published in Veterinary Ophthalmology as well as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His publications have been referenced in the gold standard textbook, Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. DJ has also published a photographic atlas to help better help veterinarians and veterinary technicians identify ophthalmic disease in dogs and is entitled Recognition of Canine Ocular Disease: A Photo Atlas, Volume 1. Dr. Haeussler has also served as a part-time ophthalmology consultant and clinician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Dr. Haeussler is a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).
Dr. DJ’s interests include cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation, blepharoplastics, various surgical methods of corneal repair, management of equine ocular disease, and veterinary education. Dr. DJ Haeussler is married to Dr. Jayme Haeussler, a veterinarian in the Cincinnati area. Outside of his career, he is an avid sports fan and enjoys following the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He loves to spend time with his wife, Jayme, their two sons, Trey and Dane, and their dog, Vegas. Dr. Haeussler's other hobbies include scuba diving, photography (even underwater!), business management, and marketing.
Ronald Spatola, MS, DVM, DACVO
The Animal Eye Institute
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Spatola attended Elder High School and soon realized his passion for medicine shortly after graduating from New York University in 2003, ultimately deciding on veterinary medicine as the best fit for his personality and career goals. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees. His master’s research focused on canine corneal cells and topical drug toxicity. Following Dr. Spatola’s graduation from OSU, he decided to further his education through a one-year rotating small animal internship in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Carolina Veterinary Specialists. After a year in Charlotte, he took a one-year ophthalmology internship with Animal Eye Care Associates in Chesapeake, Virginia, where Dr. Spatola was fortunate enough to be offered a comparative ophthalmology residency position in 2013.
In July of 2016, Dr. Spatola completed his residency, passed the ophthalmology board examination, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). He then spent one year in Hampton Roads, Virginia practicing as an associate ophthalmologist with Animal Eye Care of Chesapeake. He finds both the joys and challenges of veterinary ophthalmology extremely satisfying, and feels very fortunate to be with such a progressive and diverse practice here in Cincinnati. His clinical interests are cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, blepharoplasty and autoimmune diseases of the eye. In his spare time, Dr. Spatola enjoys staying active outdoors fishing and camping, exercising, spending time with family, and photography. He is beyond excited to be back home in the Cincinnati area, and looks forward to providing the community with the best in ophthalmic pet care for many years to come.
Patricia Mundy, VetMB, BA, MA, MRCVS, DACVO
Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists
Patricia Mundy received her Masters in Geography and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cambridge University in England in 2005. She then went on to complete a rotating small animal internship at The Royal Veterinary College in London, England in 2006. Dr. Mundy pursued her interest in ophthalmology by completing a prestigious Fellowship in Comparative Ophthalmic Pathology at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary / Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin in 2008. Dr. Mundy completed a Comparative Ophthalmology Residency at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in July, 2012.
Dr. Mundy's interests include clinical, surgical & comparative ophthalmology as well as ocular neoplastic and inflammatory processes. She has been awarded research grants both from the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists to pursue these interests.
Matt Fife, DVM, DACVO
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Veterinary Ophthalmology Center
Dr. Fife, who is originally from Salt Lake City Utah, began his career in veterinary medicine in high school, working as a technician in a veterinary specialty practice. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Utah, and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
Dr. Fife had a special interest in ophthalmology during veterinary school and had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in the department of ophthalmology at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, studying wound healing following glaucoma filtration surgery. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Tech University, and went on to a residency in comparative ophthalmology at Eye Care for Animals in Tustin CA, the largest residency training program in the United States. Dr. Fife completed his residency and obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2008.
After practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada and Southern California for several years, Dr. Fife returned to Florida in 2010. He was an associate ophthalmologist with the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic in Melbourne prior to establishing the Veterinary Ophthalmology Center in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Fife has had his research published in journals including Veterinary Ophthalmology; Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; and the Journal of Experimental Biology. He has also presented research at meetings of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Christina Korb, BS, DVM
The Animal Eye Institute
Dr. Korb grew up in the Southeast, in Georgia and South Carolina. Her love for animals was found early on as her childhood was always full of family dogs, many hamsters, and even ferrets. She attended College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After completing business school, she decided to change career paths and become a veterinarian. Before veterinary school, Dr. Korb worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 years while preparing for veterinary school at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University where she tracked small animal and acquired a love for veterinary ophthalmology in all species. She was awarded the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award. She then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at The University of Missouri. She joined the team at The Animal Eye Institute to expand her knowledge and love for veterinary ophthalmology. Her goal is to obtain a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and become a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Her current interests include retinal disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.
Dr. Korb’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include her two Maltese Poodles (Charlie and Tucker), SEC football, pilates, international travel, cooking, reading, boating, and snow skiing.