Jo Ann Hensel, M.D. is a native of Beaumont having graduated from Forrest Park High School in the 1970`s. She had a strong motivation to enter the field of ophthalmology as both her grandmother and later her mother lost their eyesight to age related macular degeneration. Dr. Hensel enjoys visiting with her patients and helping them to understand their eye problems. The more information that a patient has, the better able they are to provide feedback and to participate in their own care. Dr Hensel is a general ophthalmologist whose main surgical work involves cataract and lens implant surgeries as well as refractive procedures such as LASIK and PRK. With the new accommodating I0Ls, multifocal implants, as well as Torics, many people are able to decrease their dependency on glasses to a large extent.
Dr. Hensel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas in Austin. She attended Texas Tech University of Medicine in Lubbock. She did her internship and residency in ophthalmology at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, serving as chief resident her senior year. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been a diplomat of the Board since 1984. After completing her residency and after being in private practice for two years, she had the opportunity to volunteer her services to helping the poor at Kasturba Medical School in Manipal, India. She participated in several peripheral eye camps. Their team would travel for several hours away from Manipal to remote locales In Southwestern India. Literally hundreds of local people would have pre operative testing and surgery within a three day period. "The surgical techniques were crude compared to the state-of-the-art technologies we have available to us in the United States "she said, "but the results were quite good and the rate of infections surprisingly low. Ten weeks afterwards the team would return, examine the patients, and give them each a pair of glasses. She said, "it was exciting to see the joy of these people having had their eyesight restored to them. Some of them had not been able to see for years and they were thrilled.”
Dr. Hensel returned to Southeast Texas in 1986 and joined the College street location of our practice. She along with Jerry S. Lehmann, M.D., Albert Diaz, M.D., Mitch Ren, M.D., and John Miller, M.D., offer the highest quality medical and surgical care for their patients. Dr. Hensel is on the staff of both Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital and Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She is a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Texas Ophthalmological Association. She is also an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and has served on committees there. Her main interests outside of ophthalmology are traveling and watching the University of Texas Longhorns play football.
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Albert Diaz-Saldana, M. D. joined the College Street location of Eye Centers of Southeast Texas in 1987. Dr. Diaz provides comprehensive eye care with specialties in cataract surgery, glaucoma, and general ophthalmology. For the past 23 years the people of Southeast Texas have trusted their vision care to Dr. Diaz. He treats a wide range of medical eye diseases and specializes in no stitch cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens immplants, including the new technology of toric and multifocal implants. Dr. Diaz continues to set the standard for optimum eye care in Southeast Texas. He strives to provide a caring and convenient setting for patients and their families.
Dr Diaz graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico in 1975 and was a member of the Honor Medical Society of the University of Puerto Rico Medical School in 1979. He served his internship at San Juan
City Hospital and his residency at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and affiliated hospitals. He was the Chief of Ophthalmology Services at Baynes Jones Army Hospital and Chief of Ophthalmology Services at Fort Hood, Texas where he was a Major in the Medical Corps. In 1987 he relocated to Beaumont and joined Eye Centers of Southeast Texas.
Dr Diaz is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Jefferson County Medical Societyand the Beaumont Academy of Medicine. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Ophthalmological Society.
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Min Ren, M.D., joined our practice in 2007. Lured by the warm weather of Texas, Dr. Ren immediately fell in love with the Beaumont community. He is dedicated to serve his community in the area of general Ophthalmology.
Dr. Ren focuses on comprehensive eye care, including the latest techniques in cataract surgery as well as management of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases. As cataract surgery technique and instruments have been modified and perfected in the last decades, he was trained with the newest technology, and is performing stitchless and optional needleless cataract surgery. With the introduction of new surgical implants in recent years, patients undergoing cataract surgery also have the option of choosing traditional, multifocal or toric implants. Dr. Ren firmly believes in providing all the treatment options to the patient and forming a partnership with them to determine the best course of treatment for that individual patient.
Part of Dr. Ren`s practice is the pediatric population, including amblyopia treatment and strabismus surgery. Children with "crossed eyes" or "lazy eyes" never develop good depth perception, and may lose vision in that eye permanently. Through medical and surgical treatment, the goal is to prevent vision loss and have a positive impact on the patient`s self image, school performance, and employment opportunities.
Dr. Ren is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist since 2008. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Iowa. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine with honors, he did his residency at Tulane University in New Orleans and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He received numerous awards and had multiple publications during his training. However, the one that he is most proud of is the Humanism Award he received during medical school, elected by fellow classmates. Dr. Ren is a diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Either in the operating room or in the clinic, Dr,. Ren and his staff holds patient care to a high standard. They work hard to make sure there is high quality patient care in a busy practice. Dr. Ren strives to answer any question that may arise during the visit and places an emphasis on educating patients about their eye care.
Dr. Ren is happily married with a lovely daughter. He enjoys spending time working on his yard and reading.
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