Our Staff

Our excellent staff welcomes you with open arms.  We ensure that your needs are our number one priority. Our office is comfortable and we can help you with most of your questions from scheduling to directions, insurance, as well as many other issues.

Please feel free to expand any of these tabs to learn more about each of the members on our staff. There, you can view their short bio. We aim for transparency and we want to ensure that you get the best care.


Dr. Mariel Brittis

A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Brittis is board certified in Ophthalmology. She did her fellowship training at Pacific University in San Francisco and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. She is an assistant professor at Cornell University in New York. She has a private retinal practice in Yonkers. Dr. Brittis is a member of the prestigious Retina Society. She is affiliated with numerous hospitals including Columbia, Cornell, St. John’s (in Yonkers) and St. Joseph’s(in Yonkers).


James Soque

One of our chief retinal imaging specialist, Mr. Soque is a Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA), Certified OCT technician (OCT-C)and a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA). He assists in retinal surgery. Mr. Soque serves on the Board of Education for the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society and is involved in lecturing on the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). He performs Fluorescein and ICG angiography, B-scans, Optomaps and OCTs. He was the study center coordinator for two clinical macular degeneration trials, and one diabetic macular edema trial. He is certified as a digital imaging specialist for the Fundus Photography Reading Center Wisconsin (FPRC-WI), and the Digital Angiography Reading Center of New York (DARC), and the Duke Reading Center. He is a lecturer for Genentech and he serves as an on-line editor for the American Society of Retina Specialists Retinal Image Bank.


Chery Behrendt

Chery Behrendt is our office supervisor, surgical coordinator and billing representative. She is also an Ophthalmic Assistant and was the Study Center Coordinator for ETROP.


Lorie Swain

Lorie Swain is a certified medical assistant and certified ophthalmic assistant. She is also the study center coordinator for all our studies!


Anne Marie Smykowski

Anne Marie Smykowski is our technician and photographer. She is a certified ophthalmic assistant with over 20 years experience. She is/was a certified Visual Acuity Tester for the following diabetic studies: Ampio, Allegro, RISE and RIDE; macular degeneration studies: L-Path, ECLIPSE, and phase 4 trial: the Harbor Study, CEDAR, Hawk, Paladin, Allegro DME 1 and 2 and PVD studies. She was the study center coordinator for a macular degeneration study sponsored by LPath.


Dinah Morgan

Dinah Morgan is our billing specialist.


Kristin Perron

Kristin Perron is our front desk coordinator, technician, and laser surgery assistant.

For more detailed information about how Island Retina can help you see a brighter future, call us at one of our 2 convenient locations: Commack, NY 631-486-6672 or Shirley, NY 631-924-4300. You can also reach us by email through our website’s secure contact page.

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