Optometrist Shannon Farr joins SEARHC eye clinic

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007

JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces optometrist Shannon Farr, O.D., has joined the permanent staff at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center Eye Clinic in Juneau.

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Farr will oversee the SEARHC Eye Clinic in Juneau, which recently moved to a new, larger space on the first floor of the Ethel Lund Medical Center and has gone through a technology upgrade. The clinic provides auxiliary testing for the diagnosis and management of eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. It also has an expansive optical display that can accommodate 300 new frames, and the clinic has implemented a new electronic tracking system that allows staff members to verify and order glasses online. Farr said the new system allows for faster service and gives staff the ability to tell a patient the status of their eyeglass order with the click of a button.

"It is quite exciting," Farr said. "(Pam) Steffes, in Sitka, and (Tim) Strand, who recently retired, have done so much work to develop an eye program in Juneau. I'm just following in their footsteps."

Farr comes to Juneau after spending six years in Nome with the Norton Sound Health Corp. and four years in Bethel with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. Before that she did a residency with the Navajo Nation in Winslow, Ariz.

Farr earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, and holds special certifications for infant vision and aviation vision. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and she holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Over the years, Farr has won various U.S. Public Health Service awards, including an achievement medal, unit commendations, hazardous duty and isolated hardship awards.

Her medical interest is in ocular disease, such as common inflamations known as "iritis." In her person time, Farr enjoys shooting billiards/pool and volunteering in the community. Her husband, Mark Hunt, is a registered nurse for SEARHC.

In addition to Farr, the SEARHC Eye Clinic in Juneau recently hired nationally certified optician Josephine Sangster, who also is a nationally certified ophthalmic technician who has practiced at the Stanford University Hospital ophthamology clinic. Sangster has an undergraduate degree in optometry from the Phillipines and has work experience in Toronto, Ontario, and in the Middle East. Her husband's family is from Ketchikan.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced eye care practitioner," Farr said.

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