The Noble Experts

Mitchell A. Jackson, M.D.

Dr. Mitchell Jackson Mitchell A. Jackson, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgery. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed his internship at Columbus Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at University of Chicago Hospitals. Currently, Dr. Jackson is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals and is on staff at many area hospitals.Dr. Jackson has extensive experience in laser vision correction, performing surgery since its FDA approval for use in 1995. He is involved in the use of a new form of treatment for Keratoconus with the use of Intacs®; Dr. Jackson’s practice was recently selected as one of the FDA phase 3 study sites for the PresView™ surgical reduction of presbyopia.


  • Assisted in the design and was the first U.S. surgeon to use the Moria microkeratome system currently used in the LASIK procedure
  • Trained over 700 refractive surgeons worldwide on the use of the Moria Microkeratome system
  • Selected as one of the international “Refractive Excellence (REX)” faculty by Alcon, manufacturer of the FDA-approved LADARVision® excimer laser system and the LADARWave® CustomCornea® system
  • Serving as consultant specialist for Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix custom wavefront excimer laser system
  • Speaks at numerous symposiums on refractive surgery and technique
  • Certified Proctor for surgeons using the LADARVision laser and LADARWave® procedure
  • Named “Top Doctor” in Chicago – Chicago Metro Area 2002 and 2003 – by Castle Connolly Medical, LTD
  • Serves on Editorial Boards of two ophthalmic journals – Ophthalmology Management and Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today
  • Selected as one of 65 ground breaking doctors by Chicago Magazine, 2004
  • Team ophthalmologist for the Chicago Rush Arena Football Team – 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006
  • Served as a course instructor for treatment of Keratoconus with use of Intacs



    • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
    • Illinois Association of Ophthalmology (IAO)
    • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
    • Chicago Ophthalmology Society (COS)

Dr. Jackson is in demand as a lecturer and has served as a paper panelist on LASIK at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the International Society of Refractive Surgery symposiums.

Dr. Paul Karpecki, O.D.

Dr. Paul Karpecki

Dr. Paul M. Karpecki earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University in 1994, and he completed his Fellowship in Anterior Segment, Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Hunkeler Eye Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania College of Ophthalmology and Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Kansas.Dr. Karpecki served as Director of Research for the Moyes Eye Center in Kansas City, while running one of the largest eye clinics in the Midwest dedicated to dry eye syndrome. He is also the President and Founding Partner of Visionary Consultants Inc., a company that provides research consulting, marketing and education services to several major ophthalmic companies and industries.

Dr. Karpecki has given lectures at over three hundred symposia on four continents, and he was the first optometrist to be invited to join the Delphi International Society at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, a society that includes some of the top dry eye experts in the world. He also participated in the State-of-the-Art Management of Chronic Dry Eye Scientific Roundtable presented by The National Eye Institute of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, helping to better understand and treat dry eye disease in women.

Dr. Karpecki is Chair of the Refractive Surgery Advisory Committee to the American Optometric Association, President of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology and is a Senior Advisor of Education and Review for the Optometry Journal. As a noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki also currently serves on the editorial boards for seven professional journals. He recently joined the staff of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, and will continue to work in cornea and external disease research with Dr. Edward J. Holland in Edgewood, Kentucky.

Robert E. Kellan, M.D.

Dr. Robert E. Kellan is board-certified in cataract/implant surgery. Dr. Kellan graduated from Boston College, and has been part of the senior staff at Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Kellan has made numerous innovative contributions to the field of ophthalmology, designing several instruments manufactured by the American Surgical Instrument Corporation, Storz Instrument Company, Visitec Company, Medical Sterile Products and Optical Micro Systems. Dr Kellan is the inventor of the Tetraflex Accommodative IOL, the Tetraform Phakic IOL and the Omnifocal Accommodative IOL.

Dr. Kellan has written several articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed articles to several industry magazines such as Ophthalmology Times, Review of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Times Weekly, Eye World, El Hospital and Ocular Surgery News. He also serves on the editorial board of Cataract and Lens Surgery Today. Dr. Kellan was selected as one of Boston’s Top Doctors by Boston Magazine in February of 2006, and was named as one of”The Best Doctors in America” that same year.

Paul S. Koch, M.D.

Dr. Paul Koch

Dr. Paul S. Koch is the co-founder and Medical Director of Koch Eye Associates. Dr. Koch is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, lens implantation and refractive surgery, and was named one of America’s Top 100 Ophthalmologists in North America by Ophthalmology Times in 1996. He has been cited in each issue of Doctors in America, and Dr. Paul S. Koch has won many awards including the Mericos H. Whittier Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, the David Kelman Foundation Golden Hands Award, the Irish-America Ophthalmology Top-Gun Phaco Award, the Hoffer Award (twice), and the International Film Festival of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Award (four times).

Dr. Paul S. Koch has written several textbooks on cataract eye surgery, many of which have become standard reading material for residency programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Paul S. Koch has also written many journal articles, book chapters, and specialty editorials, and he is the Chief Medical Editor Emeritus for Ophthalmology Management, a monthly publication for the ophthalmic community. Dr. Paul S. Koch has helped to promote many advances in cataract surgery, including techniques for pain-free and short vision recovery time cataract surgeries.

J.E. “Jay” McDonald, M.D.

Dr. McDonald completed his medical degree at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Little Rock.  After completing a medical/pediatric internship with the University of Alabama, he returned to the University of Arkansas School of Medicine to complete a four-year residency in ophthalmology.

In 1976, Dr. McDonald returned to his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and began his private practice.  Over the past two decades, he has emerged as a leader in ophthalmology and a true pioneer of vision correction surgery. A recipient of numerous ophthalmologic awards and honors, he has developed and implemented multiple new vision correction procedures.  Recognized within the ophthalmic community as a premiere surgeon, Dr. McDonald was the first eye surgeon in Arkansas to perform LASIK (1996) and has been chosen to be an investigator for numerous ophthalmic devices including Intacs, the excellus keratome, number intraocular lenses and presbyopic devices.  Dr. McDonald is recognized world-wide for the discovery and development of CLAPIKS and his discovery and description of the scotopic ability of Alphagan to limit low light dilation.

Dr. McDonald was awarded with the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 1999, as well as being selected as the Refractive Surgeon of the Year in the state of Arkansas, an award bestowed upon him by his peers.  Additionally, in 2000, Dr. McDonald was unanimously elected for membership in the distinguished International Intra-Ocular Implant Club.

Dr. McDonald has presented hundreds of lectures here and around the world.  He has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters in ophthalmic literature. Most recently he authored Monovision for presbyopic IOL correction and “The “Neuroadaptation of monovision”.  In the decades most important text on presbyopic lens surgery “David Chang’s “Mastering Refractive IOLs: The Art and Science”, he was a co-author for two chapters on Monovision.  He currently serves as the editor of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery cataract and refractive internet forum.

Melissa L. Earl, MPH

Melissa Earl’s background includes extensive experience in design, management, and analysis of clinical trials, as well as medical writing and scientific communications. While working closely with numerous industry thought leaders, she has been instrumental in the design, development, management, and data analysis for more than 300 clinical trials. Melissa also writes professionally and has developed 800 manuscripts, scientific posters, slide sets, podium presentations, textbook chapters, and abstracts.

Ms. Earl received her undergraduate degree from California State Polytechnic University and her MPH in Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University.

Evan H. Black, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Director: Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Division
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Kresge Eye Institute, Detroit, MI

Dr. Black received his medical degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of North Carolina followed by a two-year Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital and Kresge Eye Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and is Board certified in Ophthalmology. He is currently president elect of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Black specializes in cosmetic eyelid and brow surgery, as well as the surgical management of diseases such as eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelids), eyelid tumors and reconstruction, tearing eye problems, lower eyelid malpositions, thyroid eye disease, and orbital tumors . His research interests include advances in tearing treatments, laser tearing surgery and botulinum toxin investigations. He lectures nationally and internationally, has numerous publications, and is Program Director of the WSU Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Black has been voted Best Doctors in America® each year from 2005 through 2011. Dr. Black is currently on the executive board of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeon where he is serving as President Elect.

A.J. Contento, O.D., F.A.A.O. Optometrist

Dr. A.J. Contento Dr AJ Contento was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He attended PS 71, Our Lady Of  The Assumption, Cardinal Spellman HS, Fordham University, and SUNY College of Optometry.

His passions are family, optometry, baseball, scouting and religion. Dr AJ Contento married Dr Annette Contento in 1989 and they are blessed with 4 children, Michael, Marissa, Robert and Jacqueline.

Dr. Contento, an Assistant Clinical Professsor at the Laser Eye Institute, graduated with honors in 1990 from the SUNY State College of Optometry. He was honored at SUNY with the #1 in Clinical Excellence for 1990. During his doctorate program he did an externship at the St. Albans Veterans Medical Center and a Residency at the North Port Veteran Medical Center specializing in ocular disease. Dr Contento is an active lecturer and published Doctor for SUNY.

Following optometry school, Dr. Contento went into private practice in the Bronx, New York where he currently has two office locations, Crosby Avenue and Morris Park Avenue with Dr Evan Kaplan and Dr Annette Contento.

Dr. Contento feels his technical knowledge of the LASIK Zyoptix diagnostic and laser equipment, as well as his insight into his patients visual needs, allows him to provide patients, and professionals with the most extensive resources available for laser refractive surgery management.

Dr AJ Contento is very active in the management of Lasik, PRK, and Custom laser procedures. He also is a certified Glaucoma and Ocular disease Optometrist.

Dr. Larry Patterson

Dr. Larry Patterson

Dr. Larry E. Patterson is the medical director for Eye Centers of Tennessee and a leader in the field of cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Patterson was the first in Tennessee selected to perform Zyoptix, the advanced wavefront treatment for nearsightedness and astigmatism.

Dr. Patterson’s scientific articles and papers have appeared in numerous professional and medical publications. He serves as Chief Medical Editor for Ophthalmology Management and he has given numerous presentations for professional organizations around the world. Dr. Patterson received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee.


  • Chief Medical Editor of Ophthalmology Management
  • President of Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS)
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Tennessee Medical Association and Cumberland County Medical Society
  • Authored numerous articles and papers for professional and medical publications.
  • Given numerous presentations for professional organizations around the world

Jon Banasky, Director of Social Media & Marketing

Jon Banasky earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication with focuses on Electronic Media and Digital Arts.  After graduating in 2010, he further developed his skills in video production, multimedia, and graphic design through several internships, exposing him to many different aspects of marketing and media production. While interning for two video production companies, a print design company, and a local magazine, Jon cultivated the skills that eventually landed him his current position as the Director of Social Media and Marketing at Noble Vision Group.

He uses his knowledge of marketing and media production to update, manage Noble Vision Group’s social media accounts, and design print and online marketing material, among other marketing and outreach initiatives. Jon continues to create new and innovative ways to reinvent how the eye care industry communicates, encouraging meaningful conversation to advance knowledge within eye care.

Shalee Hellman, Industry Relations

After graduating from Portland State University in 2000, Shalee joined the staff of Dr. Charles McBride O.D., as an office clerk. During her time there, she had the opportunity to work with many generations of families who passed through his office.  Today, Dr. McBride continues to maintain an independent, third generation optometric practice in Beaverton, while continuing to explore new ways of bringing better sight to his patients.

In a move to expand her professional experience, she was afforded the opportunity to explore the dental field, working in an accounts receivable clerk as part of a data restoration project. Throughout that time, Shalee became familiar with certain micro-component techniques and equipment in the dental industry.

After completing a major data restoration project, Shalee was asked to join Newberg Manufacturing, a sister company of DCI International, as their accounts payable clerk. For the following six years, Shalee helped keep the production line moving by processing the company’s invoices, dealing with international vendor, while staying within compliance of GAAP and Sorbian-Oxley regulations. During her time at Newberg Manufacturing, she had the opportunity to gain hands-on involvement in building components such as lights, chairs, and the units you see in your local dentist office.

Today, she is excited to be back in the eye care field with Noble Vision Group and is looking forward to participating in the advancement  of this area of medicine.