Fishing in Maine

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meet Dean Coniaris-“Fishin’ Optician”


Dean Coniaris has worked at Eyecare Medical Group for the past 6 years. Dean has an extensive background in optometry and ophthalmology that goes all the way back to his childhood-his dad was an optometrist! Dean attended Newbury College and has his associates degree in ophthalmic dispensing. He was actively worked in the eye care field ever since, spending the last 30 years taking care of people’s vision. Dean is a COA, or certified ophthalmic assistant, here at EMG. He’s also has his ABO (American Board of Opticianry) and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners) certifications. Dean works in retina for Dr. Steidl and Dr. Nguyen, and is also our back up retinal photographer and angiographer. Before coming to Eyecare Medical Group, Dean worked for a Retina specialist in southern Maine.

In the winter, Dean is a full time EMG employee, but in the summer, he does double duty working here part time as a technician, and working out on his boat the “Fishin’ Optician”. He and his wife, Ellen, lobster in the summer. Two summers ago, they were lucky enough to find a rare blue lobster in one of their traps! During his free time during the winter months, Dean can be found working as a ski instructor at Mt. Abram with his wife. He’s a volunteer fire fighter in the town of Saco for the past 33 years, and he is the chairman of the Saco Shoreline Commission. Dean says he loves working at Eyecare Medical Group because he is “always learning, everyday there is something new to be learned”.