Atwal Eye Care

Meet Our Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

Amar Atwal, M.D.

Dr. Amar Atwal is the Founder and Medical Director of Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates and Buffalo Ambulatory Surgery Center, a New York State and Medicare approved Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Dr. Atwal specializes in Laser Eye Surgery including LASIK and PRK. Dr. Atwal began refractive procedures in 1986 when he performed his first R.K. procedure. In 1996, after the approval of the Excimer Laser in the United States, Dr. Atwal opened an Excimer Laser facility at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY. He has performed over 75,000  cataract and refractive surgery procedures. Dr. Atwal also specializes in “no stitch” incision cataract surgery with premium multi-focal intraocular lenses, glaucoma treatment and surgery, and other laser procedures.

Dr. Atwal received his doctorate from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. He served as an intern at Mercy Hospital. He opened his practice in Western New York in 1980.

Medical Director, Eye and Tissue Services
Ephraim Atwal M.D.

Ephraim Atwal M.D. specializes in Laser Vision Correction including LASIK and PRK, “Laser Assisted” small incision cataract surgery with premium multi-focal intraocular lenses, functional and cosmetic lid surgery, glaucoma treatment and surgery, corneal transplants, medical retina and other laser procedures.

He is the Director of the Atwal Laser Vision Correction and Aesthetic facility at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Dr. Atwal received his doctorate from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. He completed a Fellowship with world renowned researcher, Dr. Herbert Kaufman at L.S.U. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, and his Ophthalmology Residency at the Ochsner, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Ophthalmology Program. Dr. Atwal is the Medical Director of Eye and Tissue services of Untys.,

anthoneKenneth D. Anthone, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone has been in practice in the Buffalo area since 1984. He is a graduate of Case Western University and the State University of New York at Buffalo where he received his Medical Degree. Dr. Anthone completed his internship and his Ophthalmology residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital. Dr. Anthone is a Fellow the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgeons. He practices at 2211 Sheridan Drive and 170 Maple Road. He was the Founder of Eyes on America , a non-profit organization providing cataract surgery for the low income and uninsured.

Michael L. Vilardo, M.D.

Dr. Michael L. Vilardo has been in private practice in Western New York since 2002. He graduated from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Vilardo completed his Ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Fellowship in Glaucoma, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison under Paul Kaufman, M.D. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor/Glaucoma at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Vilardo currently practices at the 4800 N. French Road office in East Amherst, NY.

Sara R. Sirkin. M.D.

Dr. Sara Sirkin has been in practice in the Buffalo area since 1972. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where she received her Medical Degree. Dr. Sirkin completed her internship at Millard Fillmore Hospital and her Ophthalmology residency at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Sirkin also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Ophthalmology. She is a Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Sirkin currently practices at the 2441 Sheridan Drive office in Tonawanda, NY.

schaeferDaniel P. Schaefer, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Daniel Schaefer has been in practice in the Buffalo area since 1986.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School.  Dr. Schaefer completed his internship in the University Program at SUNY at Buffalo, and his Ophthalmology residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.  He also completed a Fellowship in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Reconstructive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital and Jefferson University in Philadelphia under Joseph C. Flanagan, M.D.

Dr. Schaefer serves as Clinical Professor and Director of Oculoplastic, Orbital, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at SUNYAB.  Dr. Schaefer specializes in Oculoplastics (Eye Lid Procedures) and currently practices at the 4590 Main Street office in Snyder, NY.

Katherine Gibbons, O.D.

Dr. Gibbons graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University in 2004. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008.

Dr. Gibbons joined Atwal Eye Care in 2008 and practices at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Michael Howard, O.D.

Dr. Howard received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Michigan State University in 1984 and his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1989.

Dr. Howard joined Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates in 1996 and practices at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY and the 4800 North French Road, East Amherst, NY.

Robert Joba, O.D.

Dr. Joba attended the pre-med program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was granted early acceptance into the Optometry program and went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993.

Dr. Joba joined Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates in 2006 and works at the 3040 Amsdell Road office in the Brierwood Medical Center in Hamburg, NY as well as the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Michael Krieger, O.D.

Dr. Krieger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1997 from SUNY Geneseo College near Rochester, New York. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2001.

Dr. Krieger joined Atwal Eye Care in 2001 and practices at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Calogera Mendola, O.D.

Dr. Mendola graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Canisius College in 1997. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2001.

Dr. Mendola joined Atwal Eye Care in 2011 and practices at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY as well as the 2441 Sheridan Drive office in Tonawanda, NY and the 1900 Ridge Road office in West Seneca, NY.

Melanie Metsa, O.D.

Dr. Metsa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1991 from Buffalo State College, and her Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996.

Dr. Metsa joined Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates in 1997 and practices at the  2441 Sheridan Drive office in Tonawanda, NY and the 3040 Amsdell Road office in the Brierwood Medical Center in Hamburg, NY.

Steven Milella, O.D.

Dr. Milella received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1985 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1989.

Dr. Milella joined Atwal Eye Care in 2003 and practices in our Laser Vision Correction Center at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Peter J. Freitag, O.D.

Dr. Freitag received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2008. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry with High Honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2012.

Dr. Freitag joined Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates in 2013 and practices at the 1900 Ridge Road office in West Seneca, NY, as well as the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY.

Jenna Leber, O.D.

Dr. Leber received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and her Doctor of Optometry from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2012.

Dr. Leber joined Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Eye Care Associates in 2013 and practices at the 3095 Harlem Road office in Cheektowaga, NY and the 4800 North French Road, East Amherst, NY.