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.
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.
Gary Morgan O.D.
In practice for 26 years, Dr. Morgan enjoys seeing all types of patients, and is excited to be in Prescott! After graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry, he moved to Arizona and started his private practice, Eye Tech Eye Associates in Sun City in 1993. Over the years he has developed a particular interest in the care of patients with Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as well as those at risk. He has appeared on local television news programs to discuss genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, and new advancements in spectacle lens technology that limit harmful blue light exposure and its effects on disease development and vision. In addition, he has contributed to industry publications and provided continuing education lectures for fellow optometrists on how to incorporate AMD care into clinical practice.
In 2014, he sold his practice and formed Blue Light Consulting LLC, a company dedicated to advancing innovation for the care of patients with, or at risk of AMD. While continuing to practice part time, he traveled the country serving in a technical advisory capacity to ophthalmic industry enterprises focusing on spectacle lenses, nutraceuticals, telemedicine, and early disease detection. Although consulting allowed Dr. Morgan to connect with many doctors and their patients, the opportunity to move to Prescott and be a part of Kokopelli Eye Institute was too much to resist! He looks forward to serving patients in our community.
Dr. Morgan enjoys the outdoors, particularly hiking, golf, and motorcycling. He and his wife have two grown children and enjoy vacationing to see them. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Arizona Optometric Association.
Amy Czyz O.D.
Dr. Amy Czyz is an Optometrist with over eighteen years’ experience caring for patients in the greater Phoenix area, and will be primarily serving our Kokopelli patients in the Fountain Hills, Scottsdale and Glendale areas. Prior to joining Dr. Ham and the Kokopelli Eye Institute family, Dr. Czyz had the honor and privilege of caring for our nation’s finest- our Air Force, Army, Navy and Reservist service members. As a civilian Optometrist with the 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Czyz provided full scope Optometric care to our service members, particularly our airmen including our F-16 and F-35 pilots, crew, and their families. Dr. Czyz was entrusted with the responsibility to help our airmen/women achieve their best sight and assist the United States Air Force in determining flight class candidacy and qualification as well as maintain vision, refractive surgery pre and post operative care and eye health for our country’s finest fighter pilots of today and tomorrow.
Dr. Czyz is a 2000 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where she was granted early admission to earn her doctorate a year early. She attended Villanova University as an Astronomy/Astrophysics major and Duquesne University, where she completed her prerequisites. Ironically, it was Dr. Czyz’s dislike of optics, and love for science and people that inspired her to study Optometry and develop the skills and expertise needed to experience the joy in helping patients achieve their best vision and preserve the health of their eyes. She enjoys solving problems and applying optical knowledge in a unique and different way tailored to every patient’s individual needs.
Dr. Czyz’s training included externship at the Chillicothe, VA in Ohio, refractive surgery pre and post operative care, extensive specialized contact lens design, fitting and management, pediatric care, and complex ocular disease diagnosis and management. Her early experience here in Arizona began as a Cigna Medical Group provider in Sun City, Arizona. Later, she worked alongside ophthalmologists to lead a west valley refractive surgery center to determine if Lasik and additional refractive surgery options were healthy and viable for patients. She has helped ophthalmologists care for cataract surgery patients here in Arizona for nearly two decades. During her eighteen years of practice Dr. Czyz developed strong collaborative professional skills necessary to manage complex eye conditions such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, ocular complications related to cardiovascular and neurological conditions, vision and ocular health assessment and management, including prescribing spectacles and contact lenses to meet today’s visual challenges in our digital world.
Dr. Czyz hails from Pittsburgh, PA and was introduced to Arizona’s extraordinary climate and Sonoran Desert landscape by her husband, Dr. Tom Czyz, who is also an Optometrist. They have been Arizona Optometric Association members for nearly twenty years, advocating for patient health and safety and supporting youth initiatives. Drs. Amy and Tom have three beautiful children in elementary and secondary school, whose challenging Basis curriculum requiring focus, discipline, motivation, perseverance, and strong visual and processing skills continues to inspire her every day!