Meet Your optometrist Serving North Wales, and the entire Philadelphia area
The eye doctors at Dr. Brewer and Associates ensure quality eye care services for our patients by constantly staying updated on the latest and very best developments in the optometric industry. Find out more about our eye doctors below:
Dr. Gretchen Brewer, originally from the Pittsburgh area, graduated with honors from Washington & Jefferson College in 1995. She received a B.S. and Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and graduated in 1999. After completing school, she started her career in the Washington, D.C. area but returned to Philadelphia where she has been practicing for the last 15 years.
Dr. Brewer is therapeutically trained and is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. She also fits contact lenses and works with specialty lenses such as rigid gas permeables, bifocals and astigmatism lenses.
Dr. Brewer also works with patients of all ages and participates in the Infant See Program. She is currently a member of the PCOS, AOA, POA, and Alldocs organizations. Dr. Brewer has also been an active participant in the Gift of Sight program and been on two international missions. Dr. Brewer currently resides in Abington, Pa. with her husband and children.
Dr. Gdovin graduated from Wilkes University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She graduated from Wilkes Barre General Hospital school of Medical Technology in 1987. From 1987 to 1990 she was a clinical toxicologist for SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Bryn Mawr Hospital in Suburban, Philadelphia,. She then returned to graduate school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1994.
During her optometric training she completed internships at the Feinbloom Low Vision Clinic in Philadelphia, the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Center of The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Clompus and Reto Vision Associates in West Chester, PA and the Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA. These clinical rotations included study and practice of optometry in its various disciplines under several prestigious eye physicians including Richard L. Brilliant, O.D. FAAO, Dr. James Carty, M.D., and Stephen Reto , O.D. FAAO.
Dr. Gdovin is nationally board certified and licensed in Pennsylvania in the treatment and management of ocular disease. She practices full scope optometry including, but not limited to, the treatment of glaucoma, dry eye, various infections of the eye, ocular allergies and corneal abrasions as well as the detection of ocular conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and other systemically derived ocular diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Dr. Gdovin practices complete family eye care from as young as 4 years of age to seniors. She specializes in contact lens care, including more specialized fittings such as toric lenses for astigmatism, multifocal lenses for trouble with vision at near and contact lenses for dry eye patients.
Since 1994 she has been in private practice in several offices in Suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.In 1998, she became a staff optometrist at Suburban Eye Associates and worked with Alan Dorfman, M.D., a glaucoma specialist until 2010. In 2008, she became a staff optometrist at Huntingdon Valley Eye Care Consultants, LLC in Huntingdon Valley, PA, an office of three ophthalmologists and two optometrists, where she practiced for seven years.
In 2014 she became a staff optometrist of Brewer Eye Associates, where she currently practices full time. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association and Montgomery County Optometric Society.
Dr. Gdovin lives in Horsham with her twin children and dachshund.
Dr. Marissa Soisson joined Brewer Eye Associates in November of 2016. During her time at the practice, she has enjoyed integrating herself into the community and developing a rapport with both patients and staff.
Dr. Soisson was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the neighboring suburbs. Since her early high school years, she had planned on working in the medical field. In 2008, she began her studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she majored in Biology. During her undergraduate work, Dr. Soisson was an active member of the Duquesne student radio program, where she co-hosted a weekly show. She additionally participated in a local chapter of a human rights coalition and volunteered with a city clean-up group.
In 2012, Dr. Soisson formally began her optometric studies at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. At Salus University, she gained clinical experience through internships in a variety of settings, including three private practices, the Altoona VA Hospital, and The Eye Institute of Philadelphia. At The Eye Institute, she was able to foster her interest in low vision diagnosis and treatment by studying in the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Soisson obtained her Doctor of Optometry Degree in 2016.
Dr. Soisson takes a great deal of pride in providing a high quality and personal eye exam for every patient. She has been told that she has a friendly and caring personality, and she works to ensure that patients leave the office feeling satisfied and happy with their experience. She enjoys meeting specific vision needs through the prescription of glasses and contacts, and she also cares for the health of the eye by screening for ocular disease, making any applicable diagnosis, and helping to initiate a treatment plan.
In her spare time, Dr. Soisson enjoys reading on a variety of subjects and likes to compose poems and short stories. She also has an interest in photography and film. During breaks from work, she finds it very important to visit her friends and family, many of whom are scattered throughout the state and country. She is also a big fan of animals and hopes to rescue a dog or cat in the near future.
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