Team

For 15 years the Heidelberg Engineering Academy has set high standards to provide quality training, courses and continuing education for Heidelberg Engineering products worldwide.

Meet our team in...

German Flag Germany

UK Flag United Kingdom

USA Flag United States of America

Australia Flag Australia

Swiss Flag Switzerland

Head of Academy

Stephan Schulz

Stephan Schulz

Dr.-Ing. Electrical Engineering, focus on biomed. technology

  • Studied at the TU Karlsruhe and the University of Heidelberg
  • Diploma and PhD at the Institute of Experimental Cardiac Surgery Heidelberg and the Institute of Industrial Information Technology in Karlsruhe
  • Fellow of IEEE Summer School in Main (USA) and Siena (Italy)
  • Founder of the Heidelberg Engineering Academy and the International SPECTRALIS Symposium (ISS)

Team Germany

Our Trainers

Matthias Befurt
Kontakt

Matthias Befurt

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) ophthalmic optics

Head of Clinical Trainers


  • Optician apprenticeship
  • Optometry studies at the FH Jena with degree Dipl.-Ing. (FH) 2008
  • Clinical trainer at Heidelberg Engineering since 2008
  • Head of clinical trainers at Heidelberg Engineering since 2016

João Brás
Kontakt

João Brás

M.Sc. Optometry / Vision Science

  • B.Sc. Applied Physics / Optoelectronics (UBI - Covilhã, Portugal) and M.Sc. Optometry / Vision Science (main focus: Ophthalmotechnology) in Jena
  • Internships in various optometry centers in Portugal, Spain and Andorra
  • Activities in research for optical biometrics and product management in ultrasound & laser
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 2017

Roland Dosch
Kontakt

Roland Dosch

Certified technician, specialising in medical technology

  • 24 years of experience in ophthalmology
  • Has built up the department of technical support and has been leading operator courses since 2005
  • Entered the Academy 2008, since then technical and clinical trainer
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 2003

Claudia Holzhey
Kontakt

Claudia Holzhey

M.Sc. Optometry / Vision Science

  • Optician apprenticeship, B.Sc. Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry and 2012 M.Sc. Optometry / Vision Science (focus: optometry / ophthalmic technology) in Jena
  • Development and management of an ophthalmic project at the Eye Unit of Brikama Health Centres, Gambia, West Africa, since 2008
  • Clinical trainer at Heidelberg Engineering since 2012

Andreas Kasper
Kontakt

Andreas Kasper

M.Sc. Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry

  • Optician apprenticeship
  • Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry studies at the Beuth University of Engineering in Berlin with degrees in B.Sc. and M.Sc.
  • Four-month internship semester at an optometry practice in South Carolina, USA
  • Clinical trainer at Heidelberg Engineering since 2014

Oliver Kirsch
Kontakt

Oliver Kirsch

Computer scientist for game and multimedia development

  • Several years of experience in the multimedia sector
  • More than 10 years of experience in support and projects, in the field of DICOM
  • Since 2016 working at MedicalCommunications as support specialist
  • Technical trainer at Heidelberg Engineering since 2018
  • Establishment and continuation of HEYEX 2 support training courses

Alexandra Kniele
Kontakt

Alexandra Kniele

B.Sc. Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry

  • Optician apprenticeship
  • Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry studies in Jena
  • Internships in various eye clinics, including the Eye Unit of Brikama Health Centers in Gambia, West Africa
  • Clinical trainer at Heidelberg Engineering since 2013

Susann Kohse
Kontakt

Susann Kohse

M.Sc. Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry

  • Optician apprenticeship
  • Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry studies at the Beuth University of Engineering in Berlin with degrees in B.Sc. and M.Sc.
  • Research assistant at the University Hospital and Medical Faculty of Leipzig (LIFE Research Center for Civilization Diseases)
  • Several years experience in clinical optometry
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 2017

Grit Leuner
Kontakt

Grit Leuner

M.Sc. Optometry / Vision Science

  • Ophthalmic Optics / Optometry studies in Jena with degrees in B.Sc. and M.Sc.
  • Several years‘ experience as an optometrist at the eye hospital
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 2018

Martin Long
Kontakt

Martin Long

Master in Business Administration (MBA)

  • About 40 years experience in Ophthalmic Diagnostic & Surgical instruments
  • Working experience at Keeler (Topcon distributor), Allergan-Humphrey, Zeiss, Haag-Streit, and Heidelberg Engineering in Sales, Marketing and General Management
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 1993
  • Special interest in Glaucoma

Henry MacLeod
Kontakt

Henry MacLeod

Certified technician, specialising in medical technology

  • Expert support technician: International service experience (USA, Canada, India, GB and Europe)
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering since 2011 (departments Endtest and Support)
  • Has been with Heidelberg Engineering as technical trainer since 2018

Jennifer Sakai
Kontakt

Jennifer Sakai

Application Trainer

  • Completed vocational training in medical sector
  • Several years of experience in preparation, planning and performance of training courses
  • Application specialist for radiological and ophthalmological software at MedicalCommunications since 2015
  • Application specialist at Heidelberg Engineering since 2019
  • Establishment and continuation of HEYEX 2 application trainings

Our Team in Heidelberg

Anja Schiemer, Monika Krieger, Anastasia Schiavo

Anja Schiemer, Monika Krieger & Anastasia Schiavo

Our team in Heidelberg is available to assist with all matters relating to the Heidelberg Engineering Academy training portfolio. We take care of the professional performance of our Academy courses and events!

The team is looking forward to your registrations and further inquiries about Academy courses and events. We are glad to welcome you at the Heidelberger Kompetenztage Auge and the International SPECTRALIS Symposium (ISS) and ensure you are having a great time at our events.

You can contact the team in Heidelberg via email (Academy@HeidelbergEngineering.com) or call 0049 6221 6463-303 , -306 or -319 (from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm).

Our E-learning team in Heidelberg

Chris Ann-Kathrin Fischer
Kontakt

Chris Fischer

M.A. E-learning and Media Education

  • Master's degree study in "E-learning and Media Education" in Heidelberg
  • During the studies various internships in big companies and agencies in departments of Personnel Development, Learning Solutions, Corporate Media, Public Relations and Corporate Communication
  • Setting-up of the Academy learning platform
  • Manager E-learning at Heidelberg Engineering since 2014

Sandrine Rousseau
Kontakt

Sandrine Rousseau

M.A. E-learning and Media Education

  • Master’s degree study in E-learning and Media Education in Heidelberg
  • During the studies working student in the fields of event organisation and marketing
  • Various internships in the fields of marketing, public relations, corporate communications and at the public service broadcasting
  • Instructional Design Assistant at Heidelberg Engineering since 2018






Team United Kingdom

Director of Clinical Affairs

Christopher Mody

Christopher Mody

FdSc FOIA

  • Chris in an ophthalmic science and technology graduate with more than thirty years’ experience working in the field of ophthalmology.
  • His main area of activity is in the field of medical education & training, supporting clinicians and healthcare professionals in practice.
  • He has been Director of Clinical Services for Heidelberg Engineering Ltd. since 2015.

Application Specialists

Ken Binns

Ken Binns

Field Application Specialist

  • Ken is a multidiscipline imaging specialist with background in commercial photography, multimedia development and project delivery. A former aircraft engineer who has now over 20 years involvement in the ophthalmic industry in clinical imaging plus capital equipment roles.
  • Fully accredited member of Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
  • Application Specialist from early 2014, then involved in the Clinical Implementation Manager program for the southern half of England and Wales until early 2017, moved into a national training role when the company expanded due to successful growth.
  • As Field Application Specialist and Trainer his primary focus is helping clients make the SPECTRALIS a success in their clinics through education and training.

Suzanne Brice

Suzanne Brice

Clinical Application Specialist

  • Suzanne has worked in the field of Ophthalmic imaging for over 11 years.
  • Her experience has been based in the hospital eye service. Throughout her time she has gained a range of imaging and investigative skills. During her time in her last role she managed the imaging department, leading and training a team of photographers.
  • She was also practitioner lead for the Wet AMD service. Where she assessed referrals from local Optometrist & GP’s for patients to gain access to the correct clinic in a timely manner in accordance to NICE guidance.
  • She joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017.

Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Clinical Market Development Manager

  • Tim has over 16 years experience in ophthalmology, beginning as an ophthalmic photographer at the Manchester royal eye hospital before transferring to Blackpool Victoria.
  • He left the NHS in 2011 to join the clinical team at Topcon eventually becoming the OCT product manager and part of the European swept source OCTA research team.
  • Tim joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017 as the clinical market development manager for the SPECTRALIS.

Nick Timms

Nick Timms

Field Application Specialist

  • Nick joined the new Heidelberg Engineering UK team in 2012 bringing a broad commercial & engineering background from the Electronics Industry. Initially drawn to the technology within Spectralis and the vision of the management team, he quickly realised the huge potential to improve patient outcomes.
  • As Technical Support and Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland he quickly developed a broad and deep understanding of Spectralis and its customers having sold, installed, provided training and ongoing support to NHS, private ophthalmology and Optometry.
  • As Field Application Specialist and Trainer his primary focus is helping clients make the SPECTRALIS a success in their clinics through education and training.




Team United States of America

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

Academy Member

Amanda Bye

Senior Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.S. Biomedical Photographic Communications – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • CRA certified through OPS
  • Active member of OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2009

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

Kathryn (Trina) Toyama

Senior Clinical Application Specialist

  • B.F.A Painting – California Institute of Arts
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2008

Academy Member

Rich Cornwell

Senior Clinical Application Specialist

  • CRA and OCT-C certified through OPS
  • COA certified through JCAHPO
  • Active member of OPS
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2013

Academy Member

Hillary Bernard

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

Tom Reeves

Clinical Application Specialist

  • A.A.S. Ophthalmic Medical Technology – Portland Community College
  • Member, Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society
  • CRA certified through OPS
  • COT certified through JCAHPO
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017

Academy Member

Julia Jolly

Clinical Application Support Specialist

  • B.S. Communications Media, Photography – Fitchburg
    State University
  • COA certified through JCAHPO
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017

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

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

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

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

Academy Member

Christopher Lee, MBA

Clinical Application Specialist

  • MBA in Management – Johns Hopkins University
  • MS Healthcare Management—Johns Hopkins University (Expected 2020)
  • B.A. – Southern New Hampshire University
  • COA certified through JCAHPO
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2017

Academy Member

Joy Banks

Clinical Applications Specialist

  • M.Ed., Masters of Education – University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
  • B.S., Ophthalmic Medical Technologies – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
  • COMT certified through JCAHPO
  • Member, Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2018

Academy Member

Patricia Manalastas

Medical Science Liaison – Glaucoma and Clinical Applications

  • Glaucoma Research Fellowship – Hamilton Glaucoma Center, Shiley Eye Institute, University of California San Diego
  • DPBO, Diplomate, Philippine Board of Ophthalmology – Philippines
  • Ophthalmology residency – University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Hospital, Philippines
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine – University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines

Academy Member

Valerie M. Leung

Clinical Trials Manager

  • BOptom and BS (Vision Science) - University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Registered Optometrist (Non-Practicing) with AHPRA - Australia
  • ACRP Member, New York Metropolitan Chapter
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2018




Team Switzerland

Sebastian Lukas

Sebastian Lukas

Manager of Clinical Market Development and Clinical Training

  • Dipl. Ing Medical Engineering – University of Applied Science Furtwangen
  • Work in research and ocular imaging – Neurology and Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Research fellow University Hospital Zuerich Department of Neurology
  • Joined Heidelberg Engineering in 2010


Last modified: Friday, 15 March 2019, 9:48 AM