Meet Our Newest
Fort Myers, Fla. Board-certified ophthalmologist Richard Mauer and board-certified optometrist Karen Ottenheimer have joined Eye Centers of Florida, the largest and most experienced eye care practice in Southwest Florida.
“Drs. Mauer and Ottenheimer bring outstanding experience, compassion, and passion for high-quality eye care,” said David C. Brown, MD, FACS, Founder, Medical Director and President/CEO of Eye Centers of Florida. “Adding two new providers allows us to better serve the comprehensive eye health needs of the rapidly growing Southwest Florida population.”
Dr. Richard Mauer
Richard Mauer, MD recently moved to Southwest Florida from Waterloo, Iowa where he successfully operated a private practice for over 30 years that focused on cataract surgery, refractive eye surgery, and retinal disease. In 2006 he launched a cosmetic business with wine-themed products that grew to international sales and in 2008 he opened a world-class medspa.
Dr. Mauer is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa, completed an internal medicine internship and medical doctorate at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and completed an ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mauer has participated in numerous clinical studies and published articles in several healthcare journals.
Dr. Mauer is looking forward to spending his first winter in beautiful Southwest Florida! He will see patients at Eye Center of Florida’s main clinic in Fort Myers as well as the Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs offices. He will conduct surgery at Eye Centers of Florida’s accredited SurgiCare surgery center in Fort Myers.
Dr. Karen Ottenheimer
Karen Ottenheimer, OD most recently practiced in Atlanta, Georgia after completing numerous clinical externships in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, including Aran Eye Associates, Nova Southeastern University Eye Care Institute, and Vision Unlimited Eye Care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Florida International University, a bachelor’s degree in visual science at Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University. Throughout her education she worked as an optician and optometric technician.
Dr. Ottenheimer speaks fluent Spanish and will practice full-time at Eye Center of Florida’s North Fort Myers office.