Rikki Gilligan, Orthoptist

OrthoptistSarasota Retina Institute proudly employees a certified orthoptist, Rikki Gilligan, one of only about 400 in the entire USA. She studied and became   certified in Muenster, Germany. After her school she worked in a pediatric ophthalmology practice in Germany. Her patients ranged from babies with lazy eye ( Amblyopia) or misaligned eyes ( Strabismus) to teenagers. She also had adults during that time. Wanting to explore her world Rikki moved to the United States. She felt her calling was more in the adult world of orthoptics. Rikki joined Sarasota Retina Institute in 1992 and has been working closely with our neuro-Ophthalmologists Dr. Marc Levy, Dr. Thomas Spoor, and Dr. Jody Abrams to take care of our adult patients, which she really enjoys very much. . We are lucky to have her here as few orthoptist work outside the pediatric world leaving many adult practices to fend for themselves. Rikki is married and lives with her husband Frank in beautiful Sarasota. They enjoy the wonderful beaches, bike riding, cooking gourmet meals, and traveling back to Germany to see family and friends.