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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Dr. Matthew Hammond told me the best job he ever had was serving the military in Germany, which involved taking care of our troops. With his impressive educational background — he attended school at George Washington Medical School and completed an ophthalmology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center — he went to Germany to be an ophthalmologist for injured soldiers.
To help you understand why Dr. Hammond's educational background is so significant, George Washington's medical school is the 11th oldest in the country and has long been one of the leaders in progressive medical education. I'm sure this was great preparation for his work with the army and, later, starting Wasatch Eye Specialists in Logan, Utah.
He told me there were days he would take care of as many as 90 of the severely injured men and women serving our country. After his service was over, he had offers to work overseas, but he decided he wanted to come home to Cache Valley where he was born and raised. He opened his clinic only a year ago.
At Wasatch Eye Specialists, Dr. Hammond is treating anything that has to do with the eye and the area surrounding it. He is also doing elective procedures like eyelid lifts, Lasik and skin care.
He feels the importance of serving his customers and offering one-stop medical service related to his areas of expertise. He carries top-of-the-line facial products and performs chemical peels.
Dr. Hammond has also brought on Dr. John Feistmann, a retina specialist, who can treat retina detachment. He is the only specialist in Cache Valley, and it's important because immediate attention is critical to save someone's eye.
Doctors expect to see three million people with age-related macular degeneration by the year 2020. In Utah, we have an even higher likelihood of getting it because of our Scandinavian heritage and the prevalence of blue eyes. So, bringing Dr. Feistmann on board just adds to the appeal of the already successful Wasatch Eye Specialists in Logan.
For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.