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History

Dr. Dan Finklestein Diabetic Eye Clinic

The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts Pro Bono Clinic was founded in 2007 by Physical Therapists, Alexa Stevens and Katie Drummond, who were dedicated to providing service and healing to those who otherwise may go without it. The diabetic eye clinic was also started at the same time by Dr. Dan Finkelstein of the Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins and Sister Deirdre Byrne, POSC.

Physical Therapy

Alexa Stevens and Katie Drummond along with Physical Therapist Stephanie Coleman, Physical Therapist Therese Rodda, and Sister Deirdre Byrne served on the original clinic board and were integral in the development of the clinic into what it is today.

Alexa Stevens received her Master's of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University and has a passion for working in the outpatient orthopedic clinical setting, though she also has experience in pediatrics and home care. Katie Drummond received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Virginia Commonwealth University, and continued on to work in the pediatric realm of physical therapy. Stephanie Coleman graduated from The George Washington University with a Master's in Physical Therapy, and then more recently received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Montana. Her specialty is treating patients with spinal and pelvic dysfunction in the outpatient orthopedic clinical setting. Therese Rodda received her physical therapy degree from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, and home care. The breadth of her experience allows her to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions.  Therese also designed and implemented the electronic platform for making, storing, and archiving patient records for the clinic. Presently, both George Washington University and Howard University physical therapy students are committed to serving patients that visit the clinic.

 

Ophthalmology 

Sister Deirdre Byrne is an active missionary sister and superior of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts in DC, and is a board-certified family practitioner, and general surgeon who does annual medical missions in Haiti. The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts community in DC charism involves providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. She currently works as a volunteer of the Catholic Charities Clinic in DC which serves the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. 

The Daniel Finkelstein MD Charity Eye Clinic is dedicated in the spirit of Saints Lucy and Saint Odilia to maladies of the eye for the poor and indigent or those without health insurance.  We focus on diabetic eye care as part of our collaboration with the Spanish Catholic Center and the Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic.  The clinic is dedicated to Daniel Finkelstein MD who was a Wilmer Eye Institute Ophthalmologist and co-founder of the diabetic eye clinic here in DC, now dedicated to him. He spent many years teaching the ophthalmology residents in Baltimore, and taught many medical students from Georgetown University. The Daniel Finkelstein Eye Clinic has become an official PGY-1 rotation for the medical students at Georgetown University. The clinic is devotedly staffed by Keith J. Wroblewski MD, a retired US Army Ophthalmologist and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the George Washington University.

 

Sonia Francone MD, a PGY-1 Ophthalmology Resident at Georgetown University had been the medical student coordinator this past year.  Other medical students that assist are Sinan Akosman, GWU, Jason Dossantos, GWU and Alison Hong GWU, and Sasha Narain GWU.