Eye Care Specialist SC

Mark Freedman, MD

"I can't say enough about the sense of satisfaction I feel from performing medical, surgical and laser procedures. I get just as excited as the patients when they experience improvement in their vision. It's wonderful to see that, often in just minutes, you can brighten someone's outlook on life."

Mark I. Freedman, MD, graduated as Valedictorian of his class at the University of Wisconsin—Madison before proceeding to medical school at Stanford University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee and held a residency and associateship at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Picture of Dr. Mark I. Freedman Since joining Eye Care Specialists in 1988, Dr. Freedman has performed nearly every ophthalmic procedure, including cataract, retinal, strabismus (crossed eyes), ophthalmic plastic, and laser vision correction (LASIK & PRK) surgery. He is a leader in laser and medication injection therapy for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Dr. Freedman frequently lectures to fellow physicians and has been a Milwaukee Magazine “Top Doctor.” He is often quoted as an expert source in local publications. Dr. Freedman spends what free time he does have sharing in the achievements and activities of his three daughters and enjoying traveling, tennis, skiing and scuba diving with his wife.

Brett Rhode, MD

"I feel privileged to be entrusted to care for something as important as people's vision."

Brett W. Rhode, MD, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, interned at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison, and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. During his studies, he conducted DNA research and a study on low vision reading devices.

Picture of Dr. Brett W. Rhode Dr. Rhode joined Eye Care Specialists in 1996 to handle all ophthalmic conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, crossed & lazy eyes, and ocular infections. Dr. Rhode has a special aptitude and interest in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, including the use of laser therapy and eye injections to stabilize (and sometimes even improve) vision. Dr. Rhode’s reputation as a highly skilled surgeon with a relaxed and friendly manner makes him a popular speaker for public and professional groups and earned him a “Top Doctor” listing with M Magazine. In addition to working at Eye Care Specialists, Dr. Rhode is the Head of Ophthalmology for Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Whenever his busy schedule and the weather allow, he enjoys biking, canoeing, fishing and being outdoors with his wife, two children, and their dogs.

Daniel Ferguson, MD

"I became an ophthalmologist because it combines two of the things I enjoy most— helping people and technology. The ability to use the latest medical, laser and surgical techniques to improve the vision and quality of life for my patients is what makes my work so rewarding."

Daniel K. Ferguson, MD, spent several years putting his University of Wisconsin—Madison Engineering degree to use on everything from FDA environmental reports to steel mill technology before having a new vision for his future.

Picture of Dr. Daniel K. FergusonHe returned to UW-Madison and applied the same determination to becoming an ophthalmologist. Upon completion of a residency at the highly prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Dr. Ferguson joined Eye Care Specialists in 2005. He stays abreast of the latest techniques and has specialized training in minimally invasive medical and surgical procedures for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and corneal disease, including no-shot, no-stitch cataract surgery and intraocular injections for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Outside of the office and operating room, Dr. Ferguson, a Milwaukee native, enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, friends and extended family. His interests include golf, bicycling, hiking, fishing and reading.

Daniel Paskowitz, MD, PhD

"Nothing makes me happier than restoring my patients' vision. I enjoy getting to know patients on a personal level, and always ask myself, 'What would I do if this patient was a member of my own family?'"

Daniel M. Paskowitz, MD, PhD, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University before obtaining his MD and PhD at the University of California, San Francisco. He pursued his residency training at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, remaining at Wilmer for a Heed Fellowship specializing in corneal surgery.

Picture of Dr. Daniel M. Paskowitz As a physician-scientist, Dr. Paskowitz has conducted award-winning research on diseases of the cornea and retina, including the use of gene therapy and new medications. Dr. Paskowitz joined Eye Care Specialists in 2012 to care for patients with all eye conditions, including cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He has a special interest in complex cataract cases, laser vision correction, and advanced techniques for corneal transplantation. He has presented scientific work at national conferences and published research in top journals, focusing on retinal degeneration. He believes in mastering a wide variety of surgical techniques that can be tailored to the individual needs of patients. When he is not in the office or operating room, Dr. Paskowitz enjoys spending time with his wife and little daughter, cooking, hiking, reading history, traveling, and learning foreign languages.

Michael Raciti, MD

"Delivering successful visual outcomes to patients is very rewarding, whether it is restoring sight or reducing dependence on glasses. I enjoy building relationships with patients and maintain a high level of respect for each person's needs and opinions."

Michael W. Raciti, MD, graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, with a double major in biology and biochemistry. He earned his medical degree with Honors in Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he pursued an interest in the mechanisms of debilitating eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Raciti completed his ophthalmology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where he was Chief Resident.

Picture of Dr. Michael W. RacitiHe then joined Eye Care Specialists in 2013 to provide comprehensive services for all ages and conditions, including amblyopia (lazy eye), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Raciti has an interest and expertise in lens implantation for special case situations (including post-LASIK cataract surgery) and the treatment of eyelid inflammation and infections. Dedicated to delivering the best possible care, Dr. Raciti regularly attends and presents at local and national professional meetings to stay up-to-date on the latest medical and surgical standards. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Raciti enjoys woodworking, water skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, camping, and spending time with his wife and family.

David Scheidt, OD

"Eye care is a field where you can really make an impact on your patients' lives. Few things are as precious as our eyesight. Our practice philosophy reflects this belief. Through teamwork and individual dedication, we strive to provide each and every patient with compassionate quality care using the most advanced technology available."

David A. Scheidt, OD, is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and conducted clinical internships at the Illinois Visually Handicapped Institute and West Side V.A. Hospital in Chicago.

Picture of Dr. David Scheidt He joined Eye Care Specialists in 1992 to practice medical optometry as well as manage pre- and post-surgical care of cataract, glaucoma and laser vision correction patients. Dr. Scheidt was a founding member of the Wisconsin Diabetes Advisory Group and co-author of its diabetic eye care guidelines for physicians. Dr. Scheidt is well respected among his peers for his service as a past president of the Milwaukee Optometric Society and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Optometric Association. Each year, he researches, prepares and conducts presentations for bi-annual continuing medical education conferences offered by Eye Care Specialists for 100+ area optometrists. In addition to enjoying time with his wife and three children, Dr. Scheidt takes pleasure in fishing, gardening, cooking and scuba diving.

(Co-Founders, Retired)

Norman E. Cohen, MD, and Robert A. Sucher, MD, joined their skills and expertise to establish Eye Care Specialists in 1985. They were the first surgeons in Wisconsin to perform phacoemulsification (ultrasonic) removal of cataracts and to use foldable silicone implants for cataract surgery through a tiny incision. They were also among a very limited number of ophthalmologists certified by the prestigious American Board of Eye Surgeons. In addition to cataract surgery, they grew their practice to include a specialization in the medical, surgical and laser treatment of diabetes and glaucoma as well as to provide comprehensive services for most all other ophthalmic conditions, infections and diseases. They developed one of the largest privately run free continuing medical education programs in the country for fellow eye, health and senior care providers. And, they became one of the only ophthalmology groups in the country to write and publish their own series of in-depth, color, large-print educational booklets on common eye conditions.
Picture of Dr. Robert A. Sucher Picture of Dr. Norman E. Cohen
What started as a two-man practice has grown to a team of six doctors, 50+ front desk, technical and professional staff members, three locations, and a database of more than 130,000 patients. Eye Care Specialists is proud to carry on our founders’ legacy of working to ensure that all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to see life to the fullest—now and in the future.