Meet our Doctors
Dr. Weston, a board certified eye physician and surgeon, received his Doctorate of Medicine and eye surgery training at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He was named Associate Professor and Residency Training Coordinator there and for six years taught and researched in areas related to lens implants for cataract surgery and laser applications in eye care.
Dr. Weston founded Vision Surgery & Laser Center and the Oregon Laser Eye Center (OLEC). He introduced the now standard No Needle, No Stitch Cataract procedure to Southern Oregon. At OLEC he performed the first laser vision correction procedures and as Medical Director, taught this technique to many other surgeons in our region. He was the first in the Northwest to use endoscopic laser for glaucoma and multi-focal lens implants. He continues to offer the broadest array of options for vision correction.
He is a Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Weston is one of the few certified cataract surgeons in the Northwest and the only one in Douglas County. This certification is by the American Board of Eye Surgeons. He is past President of the Douglas County Medical Society and has received the Helen Keller Benefactors award and Melvin Jones Fellowship as part of his efforts to restore vision through Lions Club International.
Dr. Steven F. Tronnes received his undergraduate training from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He then entered Pacific University where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1975. From there he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea and Hawaii. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1996 as a Lt. Col.
In 1981 Dr. Tronnes went to John Day part time, taking over from Dr. Robert E. Lee. In 1990 he and his family moved to John Day full time and in 1992 the practice was moved to its present location. Dr. Tronnes first started co-managing patients with Dr. Weston in 1992 in John Day. In 2001 he joined Dr. Weston in Roseburg.
Dr. Tronnes and his family are very active in community activities. He is a member of the Roseburg Lions Club, and is active with the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing. Dr. Tronnes has a special interest in Low Vision Evaluations and treatment.
He is an avid runner and has competed in the Hood to Coast run as well as competing in other running events throughout the year. He is also a pilot, receiving his private pilot's license in 1997.
He has received numerous professional and civic awards, including; Oregon Optometrist of the Year 1986, Who's Who among executives and professionals 1994, Grant County Volunteer of the Year 1997, Mayor's Fitness Leadership Award 1996.
He has been appointed to or served in several volunteer positions, including; President of the Oregon Optometric Association 1990-1991, President of the Eastern Oregon Optometric Society 1982, President John Day Canyon City Lions Club 1992, President John Day Swim Team 1991, President-Elect Roseburg Family YMCA board of directors 2007, and President Roseburg Family YMCA board of directors in 2008.
Dr. Hunts grew up in the Southwest. He graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Hunts then obtained his medical and doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. During this time he was awarded the Monbusho-Japanese scholarship for cancer biology training at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He was also elected to Alpha-Omega-Alpha, the national medical honor society for top medical graduates. Dr. Hunts completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine. He next completed a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Hunts has spoken nationally and internationally. He has also published extensively in medical journals and books and is an award-winning artist.
Dr. Hunts is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The field of aesthetic surgery is rapidly evolving to offer you more than ever before. The procedures and techniques now used are safer with less down time for healing. Treatments for the skin range from cosmaceuticals and peels to intense pulsed light and laser treatments. These techniques help enhance and renew the quality of the skin by removing unwanted facial pigment, spider veins and wrinkles. Botox can be used to soften one's appearance and, if started early, help prevent the development of permanent frown lines. Excess folds of skin, such as puffy eyelids or jowls, often require tightening or laser procedures. These procedures can be performed alone or together, depending on the desired goals.
Dr. Hunts and his staff, through careful consultation, will help develop a personalized program to help you achieve your goals of a more youthful and healthy appearance. Dr. Hunts is committed to blending surgical skills, scientific knowledge and artistic talent.
Dr. Champer grew up in the northeast and received his MD, and Ph.D. (molecular biology) degrees at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Champer continued in research at Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University until beginning postgraduate medical education in 1989.
Dr. Champer completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Long Island campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Vitreoretinal fellowship training in the University of Washington was completed in 1995. Dr. Champer has gained extensive experience in all types of vitreoretinal pathology over the last six years, including: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, CMV retinitis, retinopathy of prematuity, and uveitis.
Most recently, Dr. Champer was an assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University Medical School Department of Surgery. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Champer set up a comprehensive vitreoretinal service at the University and affiliated V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Champer has published extensively in areas ranging from developmental molecular biology to retinal biochemistry. In addition, he has give presentations on all aspects of vitreoretinal disease to both health professionals and the general public.
Ever since childhood Dr. Champer has dreamed of making his home in the Pacific Northwest. He now looks forward to that reality with his wife Debra and four children, Jackson, Samuel, Miriam, and Melissa.
Dr. Karth is originally from Illinois, and received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Karth completed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Rochester in New York.
Dr. Karth completed Vitreoretinal fellowship training at the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital in 2007, where he also participated in research for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, and various retinal and optic nerve pathologies.
Dr. Karth has engaged in research in genetic and progressive retinopathies, and published in areas such as the role of angiogenic factors in disease, as well as participating in the education of medical students and residents.
Dr Karth lives in Eugene. His primary focus is his patients and providing exceptional care. He enjoys the outdoors and photography, and spending time with his wife.