Michael Ham, M.D., FACS
A native of Nebraska, Dr. Ham graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1990 and its Medical Center in Omaha in 1994. As a medical student, Dr. Ham provided care at the University of Arizona Medical Center and at a community hospital and clinic in Belize, Central America.
He served his internship and received his specialty training in Ophthalmology at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. During this time, he studied at five different clinics/hospitals under 22 different physicians, receiving the most comprehensive training available. He also served as the sole physician for an island off the coast of Honduras, Utila.
Dr. Ham, a board-certified surgeon, performs a variety of eye surgeries and treatments including Instant Vision Cataract Surgery, laser glaucoma surgery, laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy and eyelid Blepharoplasty and related plastic eye surgery. Dr. Ham is committed to staying abreast of the latest changes in ophthalmic eye care and surgery. The Institute is dedicated to expanding knowledge of eye care issues through education directed at both healthcare professionals and the community at large.
Dr. Ham has been a practicing ophthalmologist and eye surgeon for over 20 years, performing nearly 20,000 surgeries in both the Phoenix area and Prescott/Prescott Valley.
Dr. Ham is married with three children. He supports the communities he lives and works in, providing both human and financial resources to local causes and charities.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Arizona Medical Association.
Monica Stotler, O.D.
Dr. Stotler graduated Pacific University College of Optometry, Oregon in 2007. Her training included specialty courses that focused on binocular vision, developmental vision, and vision related learning disabilities. She completed internships at a refractive surgery center in Oregon (Teplick Custom Vision Center), Roseburg Oregon VA Hospital and a family practice.
Dr. Stotler completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona.
She enjoys primary eye care and fitting contact lenses. Dr. Stotler’s professional memberships include Arizona Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, College of Developmental Optometrists and The Optometric Extension Program.
Dr. Stotler is known for her volunteer work with children, animals, the learning disabled, and in eye care. She is active with several animal rescues both locally and internationally. While in optometry school she was a member of Amigos Eye Care which provided eye exams and glasses to the needy in the United States and in 3rd world Countries. While in Oregon, Dr. Stotler worked with a team of doctors and students to provide free eye care and glasses for the athletes at the Special Olympics. She has also been actively involved with multiple school vision screenings.
Brad Packer, O.D.
Brad Packer, O.D. graduated from Southern College of Optometry located in Memphis, TN in 2003. He did internships at a private practice in Clarksville, TN and at the V.A. Hospital in Salem, Virginia. Dr. Packer joined the Navy during training and then served five years as a Navy Lieutenant providing eye care to active duty and retired members of our military as well as their families. He served three years at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, WA. Then two years at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, AZ in the Branch Medical Clinic.
Dr. Packer earned his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. While in college he met and married his sweetheart and they now have four beautiful children.
He enjoys participating in several sports (master of none), including: ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, soccer and basketball. Dr. Packer is a Green Bay Packers fan (of course).
Dr. Packer grew up mostly in southern AZ. In 2010 he and his family moved from Yuma to Prescott Valley to raise their young family in a ‘small town’ and to enjoy the mountain climate. Dr. Packer is fluent in Spanish.
Steven J. Kopp, O.D.
A native of Montana, Dr. Kopp received his bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and Zoology from Idaho State University in 1987. He attended Pacific University College of Optometry and graduated in 1991 with an interest in Retina.
After graduation, he was in private practice in Boise, Idaho for 6 years. While there, he specialized in primary eye care, contact lenses, glaucoma, and surgical co-management of cataracts and refractive surgery patients. In 1998 Dr. Kopp moved to Bend, Oregon to establish a private practice south of the area. The area was an underserved population and Dr. Kopp provided primary eye care services, treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, and posterior segment eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
In 2010 Dr. Kopp did a 2 year retinal fellowship in Kennewick, Washington at the Retina Laser Eye Center. He continued on with the practice as a staff optometrist specializing in the treatment of wet macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vascular diseases of the eye, retinal detachments, and glaucoma. He also served as an optometric liaison for the practice.
Living in the Northwest was a terrific experience, but also a cold one. Being familiar with Arizona due to family living in the Phoenix area, he decided to take the leap and move to the west valley of Phoenix. Dr. Kopp is very excited to be here and to be a part of Kokopelli Eye Institute.
Dr. Kopp is married with 8 children and 14 grandkids who will likely seek refuge with him in the winter time. Both he and his wife love the sun, hiking, mountain biking, traveling, and going to movies, concerts, and other events. Dr. Kopp is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Arizona Optometric Association.
Erik Ornstein, O.D.
Dr. Ornstein was born in Brooklyn, NY but moved to Las Vegas, NV as a child. There he graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in biology. He then attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry graduating in 2000. He trained under top optometrists as well as ophthalmologists learning to diagnose and manage refractive conditions with a heavy emphasis on ocular disease. His externships included a private practice in Pennsylvania, Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, an Indian Health Care center in rural Alaska, as well as well as more ocular disease training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Dr. Ornstein’s work experience consists of 2 years as a staff optometrist at an HMO in Las Vegas before moving the valley. He worked in a retail setting for a short time before taking a position as an associate in a well-established private practice in Sun City. After three years, he opened his own private practice while gaining more experience in an ophthalmology practice in central Phoenix. He has been at that private practice in Surprise for 9 years.
He enjoys complicated patients with conditions such as keratoconus, post refractive surgery corneal problems, glaucoma, macular degeneration, as well as many other conditions. Many of these patients require specialty contact lenses to correct their vision as well as possible.
Dr. Ornstein has a wife who he met in optometry school as well as 2 beautiful children. He enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, and spending time with his family.
As a third year student, Dr. Ornstein went on a mission trip to Guatemala with other students from his class. They spent a week there caring for over 1500 people. Dr. Ornstein also supports local charities.
Jamie Kuhn, O.D., FAAO, FSLS
Originally from Northern California, Dr. Kuhn received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She graduated cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry with an interest in Contact Lenses and Corneal Disease.
Dr. Kuhn completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry where she became skilled at diagnosis, management, and treatment of corneal surface disease, as well as complicated retinal diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Additionally, Dr. Kuhn managed complicated medical necessity contact lens fits for patients with keratoconus, severe dry eye, post-surgical complications, and other corneal degenerations. She has fit thousands of patients with specialty contact lenses for varying ocular conditions, utilizing a full range of contact lenses from custom soft lenses to hybrid lenses, corneal rigid lenses, and scleral contact lenses.
Immediately following residency, Dr. Kuhn joined a private practice in Tucson for one year until joining the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. While there, she served as faculty in contact lenses and ocular prosthetic devices, as well as served as both a clinical and didactic professor in multiple courses of instruction. As the head of the prosthetics clinic, Dr. Kuhn has been devoted to the care of over 1,000 patients in need of and ocular prosthetic device, and so has developed specific skills of device fabrication, evaluation, and continued management of both the prosthetic device and socket tissues.
Dr. Kuhn is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a committee member of the Arizona Optometric Association. She consults with industry partners to educate professionals and students via lectures sponsored by Alcon, TruForm Optics, and various continuing education seminars both locally and nationwide. She is also rigorously involved with the state association to educate the public and legislative leaders on the ability of optometrists to address the visual and ocular health needs of the population. Additionally, Dr. Kuhn is involved in clinical research in partnership with her group, the Scleral Lens Assessment by Patients and Practitioners Study, and has several publications in Optometric journals, editorials, and books.
When not addressing the needs of her patients, Dr. Kuhn enjoys all the outdoor activities Arizona has to offer, including hiking, mountain biking, travelling, and camping with her three children.