Team

The Heidelberg Engineering Academy has set high standards to provide quality training, courses and continuing education for Heidelberg Engineering products worldwide. It is our pleasure to offer high-quality educational seminars that provide the comprehensive knowledge necessary to fully utilize your Heidelberg Engineering instrument in your clinical practice.

Meet our team!

Clinical Affairs Manager

Academy Member

Brian Fernandez

Clinical Affairs: Medical Science Liaison – Glaucoma and Neuro Ophthalmology

  • M.D. General Medicine and Minor Surgery – Universidad International de las Americas, Costa Rica
  • Extensive work in research and ocular imaging – Neurology and Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2009

Academy Member

Steve Thomas

Clinical Affairs: Clinical Market Development Manager

  • A.S. Health Care Management – Florida Atlantic University
  • CRA certified through OPS
  • Active member of OPS
  • Lectured over 500+ events in ophthalmic photography, image management, etc.
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 1995

Academy Member

Heather Oakes

Clinical Trials Manager

  • B.S. Communications Media, Photography – Fitchburg State University
  • CRA and OCT-C certified through OPS
  • Active member of OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2016

Application Specialists

Academy Member

Cindy Armstrong

Clinical Application Specialist

  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant - Pima Medical Institute, Seattle, WA
  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Certified Clinical Study Coordinator
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2021

Academy Member

Bridget P. Farrell

Clinical Application Specialist

  • MBA – Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • BA History – University of Illinois, Champaign, ILCRA and OCT-C Certified through OPS
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician through JCAHPO
  • Certified Clinical Study Coordinator
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2021

Academy Member

Heshaum Gari

Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.S. Biology – Colorado State University
  • OCT-C Certified
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2021

Academy Member

Joshua Gutierrez

Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Emphasis in Medical Biology
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician
  • Retinal Angiographer
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2021

Academy Member

Allen Katz

Senior Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.F.A. Photography – Arizona State University
  • CRA and OCT-C certified through OPS
  • COT certified through JCAHPO
  • Fellow of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society
  • Board of Directors member at OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2010

Academy Member

Don Kuitula

Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.S. Biomedical Photographic Communications - Rochester Institute of Technology
  • CRA and OCT-C Certified through OPS
  • Board of Education Member at OPS
  • Fellow of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2019

Academy Member

Hillary LaNifa

Clinical Application and Support Specialist

  • B.S. – Eastern Michigan University (Expected 2017)
  • CRA and OCT-C certified through OPS
  • Active member of OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2016

Academy Member

Karen McHugh

Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.A. – Colby Sawyer College
  • CRA certified through the OPS
  • Active member of the OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017

Academy Member

Chris Wong

Manager, Clinical Applications

  • B.S. Biomedical Photographic Communications – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • CRA certified through OPS
  • Active member of OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2008
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