Bethesda Vision Care 
Drs. Berenhaus, Katchuk, Levy, Weitz, and Cheng  
 
 
Professional Staff
Dr. Michael A. Berenhaus
 

 

EDUCATION AND HONORS/AWARDS

O.D., Pennsylvania College of Optometry,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Multidisciplinary Externship,  received Honors;
Contact Lens Externship, : received Honors.

Masters, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA.
Area of Concentration: Health Care Services and Administration.

B.S. Zoology/Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Graduated with Honors;
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Private practice optometrist in Bethesda, Maryland;
Quality Assurance at Clifton-Perkins Hospital (peer reviewer of optometric records).

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

1997 - 1999: President, Maryland Optometric Association;

RELATED ACTIVITIES

2006: test site for new astigmatic one-day disposable contact lens.
2006: test site for new contact lens for those just starting to need bifocal correction.
2006: participated in comparative contact lens study of major brands of astigmatic soft contact lenses for large pharmaceutical.

2006: performed contact lens study for new bifocal astigmatic soft contact lens.
2004: appeared on talk show on Montgomery County television discussing the latest innovations in laser vision correction, contact lenses, and eyeglass lenses.
2004: lectured to military optometrists and ophthalmologists on the benefits and use of silicon hydrogel lenses.
2003: lectured to optometric colleagues on multifocal soft contact lenses for two hours of continuing education.
2002: launched Public Service Announcement campaign for bifocal soft lenses on number 1 radio station in Washington – WASH-FM.
2000: appeared on Channel 7 reviewing laser vision correction and bifocal contact lenses.
1999: published in Health Section of The Washington Post on laser vision correction.
1998: appeared on Channel 7 discussing new techniques to combat computer eyestrain. This story was picked up by three national ABC affiliates.
1998: testified before the state senate for a consumer bill for contact lens user rights.
1997: became a test site for a new design in corneal topography developed by Euclid Systems.
1997: appeared on Channel 21 on a talk show discussing all aspects of eyecare.
1997: testified before the state house of representatives to increase optometric scope of practice.
1997: appeared on Channel 9 and Channel 7 warning viewers about watching a solar eclipse.
1996: quoted in the Health Section of The Washington Post regarding contact lenses and sports.
1996: appeared on national television in The Consumer Reports TV segment relating to quality of care in different modes of practice.
1996: appeared on national television in The Consumer Reports TV segment relating to ultra-violet protection in sunglasses.

1996: co-founded first laser vision correction company in Maryland.
1995: performed research for FDA approval of new types of contact lenses. From this research, multi-media coverage ensued: front page of The Washington Business Journal, coverage in all local newspapers, and coverage by the Health Reporter on Channel 9.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2004 - present: board member of Low Vision Information Center.
1995 - present: member and Past-President, Bethesda Lions Club.
1995 - present: performer, Potomac Community Theatre.
1995 - present: supplied eye exams and eyeglasses to immigrants and homeless.

 
Dr. Gregory Katchuk

 

Dr. Gregory Katchuk joined Bethesda Vision Care in May, 2001. He is residency-trained in ocular disease, an achievement fewer than 5% of optometrists nationwide have completed. His skills span primary eye care, specialty contact lenses, pre- and post-operative LASIK care, management of surgical patients, as well as co-management of glaucoma and retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Katchuk attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is originally from Elmira, New York.

 
Dr. Marc Levy
Dr. Marc Levy recently joined Bethesda Vision Care in March, 2011 after practicing for twelve years in downtown Silver Spring, MD. He has been practicing Optometry since his graduation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1989.  Dr. Levy enjoys all aspects of Optometry especially Contact Lenses, Lasik, and Neuro-Optometry. Dr. Levy enjoys private practice immensely - his single favorite part of practicing is watching families grow through the years and getting to know and genuinely care for them.
 
Dr. Michael J. Weitz














Dr. Weitz has a lifetime interest in alternative health care and personal experience in homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, ayurvedic medicine, acupressure, energy work, chiropractic and body work. He has been doing yoga and meditation for over thirty five years. He brings this holistic view to the practice of Optometry. Dr. Weitz is past president of the Central Maryland Optometric Society and past chairman of the Optometric Council of the National Capital. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio discussing the latest developments in contact lenses. He is a member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology, the American Optometric Association, the Maryland Optometric Association and the Central Maryland Optometric Society. He was  named a fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology . He is listed in the "Guide to America's Top Optometrists."
 
Dr. Jiyon Cheng


















Dr. Cheng joins Bethesda Vision Care after practicing the last four years in College Park, MD.  She received her B.S from George Washington University and her doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern in 2001. Dr. Cheng enjoys all aspects of primary care optometry especially pediatrics. Dr. Cheng has tremendous experience when it comes to children but loves patients of all ages!
 
Lindsay Wegert
Practice Coordinator

 
Gary Shpritz
Washington Checkbook recognized Optician
 
Katrina Wells-Swick
Optician
 
David Pelipesky
Optician
 
 
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