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The doctors at Lakeland Eye Clinic represent every medical and surgical area of ophthalmology and optometry, offering our patients a wide range of expertise for all their eye care needs. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists are all board certified and have additional training in specialized areas of their practice.


Scroll down too learn more about the background and clinical interests for each doctor.





Kevin A. Dorsett, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist


Dr. Dorsett performs the latest cataract surgeries, including VICTUS® Laser Cataract surgery, the greatest advancement in cataract surgery in over 40 years. Lakeland Eye Clinic is offering their cataract patients this procedure at their Surgery Center, Central Florida SurgiCenter.


Dr. Dorsett also offers specialty IOL options for his patients offering improved vision across the spectrum from far to near. Many patients will find they no longer need to wear glasses after their cataract surgery.


A graduate of the University of South Florida School of Medicine where he did his ophthalmology residency, he entered practice with Lakeland Eye Clinic over fifteen years ago. Dr. Dorsett supports many local community activities to include seeing patients for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. He is willing to speak to local groups regarding both Eye Care for Seniors and Advances in Eye Care.


Having grown up in Florida, Dr. Dorsett enjoys sailing, fishing and time spent both on the water and camping in our area’s beautiful Everglades. He especially enjoys spending time with his two daughters and their families. Both daughters and their husbands reside in Florida with his grandchildren.

Monte Reid Sichelman, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist


Dr Sichelman received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of South Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida, College of Business, with a Masters of Business Administration. He graduated from Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics Degree. Dr. Sichelman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society.


Dr. Sichelman completed his fellowship training and is a corneal sub-specialist having performed numerous corneal transplants. He assists patients in improving their visual acuity using the blade-less laser system to provide refractive surgery.


Dr. Sichelman enjoys all sports, especially tennis and golf, as well as collecting baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards. He and his family reside in Lakeland.

Ahmad Tarabishy, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist


Ahmad Bakir Tarabishy grew up in Brooksville, FL and graduated with highest honors from Central High School in 1997. He completed a combined 6-year undergraduate and medical school program and received his medical degree from the University of Jordan Medical College. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.  After residency, Dr. Tarabishy worked as a Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University where his research helped describe important inflammatory pathways in ocular infections.


Dr. Tarabishy then worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, as a clinical and research fellow in rheumatology before continuing on to complete his ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, learning from some of the most prominent figures in ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery.  After his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Tarabishy completed a 2 year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the Havener Eye Institute of The Ohio State University.


Dr. Tarabishy is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship trained retina specialist. He is a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society, and the American Medical Association.  He is also board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Dr. Tarabishy’s clinical interests include uveitis and systemic inflammatory diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and surgical treatments of various retinal diseases including complex diabetic and rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.  He is passionate about retina surgery and employs the latest cutting-edge surgical techniques. His surgical videos have been selected as featured video of the month on the American Society of Retina Specialists website as part of the “Innovative Surgical Video Forum”. He has published over 15 articles in major, peer-review scientific journals and is a co-author for 2 book chapters in major ophthalmology textbooks.  He is a peer reviewer for Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology and has been a contributor to Encyclopedia of the Eye.

Robert Applebaum, M.D.



Dr. Applebaum grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, FL. He attended high school at Berkeley Preparatory School. He then spent his freshman year at Georgetown University in Washington, DC before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a specialization in Health Policy. He completed a combined MD and MBA program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, graduating in the top 1/3 of his medical school class and receiving the award for highest business school GPA. After medical school, Dr. Applebaum completed a one-year Transitional internship at the Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine. He spent three years at the University of South Florida, where he completed his Ophthalmology residency (in June 2015). He then completed an additional year of fellowship training in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the J. Justin Older Eyelid Institute.


As a native Floridian, Dr. Applebaum enjoys year-round golf and tennis, which he plays frequently with his father. During the winter months, he prefers to don his skis and hit the slopes as often as possible (which is never often enough). Dr. Applebaum enjoys collecting and tasting wines from around the world (ask him about his “dissertation email” on Napa Valley). He also enjoys cooking, eating, and listening to live music. He is susceptible to flattery and enjoys being called a renaissance man by both peers and complete strangers.


Dr. Applebaum specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face in both adults and children. These surgeries include upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyebrow lifts, and repair after skin cancer removal among many others. Dr. Applebaum also specializes in cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Kybella. Dr. Applebaum uses these and other aesthetic techniques to provide comprehensive patient care.




Dr. Leon attended medical school in Florida. She is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and Florida Licensed. Dr. Leon successfully completed her pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is prepared to care for our area children as well as to see patients with adult strabismus and other eye conditions.


Dr. Leon sees patients from birth to 18 years of age for all eye problems (failed vision screenings, blocked tear duct, eye misalignments…) and is fluent in Spanish.  She performs Routine Eye Exams, Medical Eye Exams and Pediatric Eye Surgery including Strabismus Surgery (Eye Muscle Surgery), Tear Duct Surgery, Pediatric Cataract Surgery and Chalazion Surgery.


Dr. Leon sees patients at both of our North and South locations. Please feel free to call and schedule an appointment with her for your pediatric patients requiring ophthalmic eye care.


Chris Copley, O.D.

Board Certified Optometrist


Dr. Copley graduated from the University of South Florida (1992) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. He worked in caring for cancer patients for over 10 years, prior to continuing his education at Nova Southeastern School of Optometry. He is a Board Certified Optometrist. Dr. Copley is a member of the American Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association.


Dr. Copley assists caring for those patients seen by Lakeland Eye Clinic for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine and  enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, fishing, and boating.  He resides in Lakeland with his wife Clara and two daughters.

Sabina Hoover, O.D .

Board Certified Optometrist


Dr. Hoover graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Optometry.  She is Board Certified in Optometry and is Florida Licensed.  Dr. Hoover specializes in Routine, Medical, Emergency, Dry Eye and Contact Lens Exams.  Dr. Hoover is medically trained to treat such conditions including conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions, ulcers and foreign bodies. Her comprehensive eye exams include diabetic eye exams, glaucoma screening and macular degeneration.


Dr. Hoover manages Lakeland Eye Clinic’s Contact Lens Department which offers a premier inventory of lenses including daily disposable lenses, color enhancing lenses, toric or astigmatism lenses and multifocal lenses with an accelerated fitting process. She also specializes in gas permeable, scleral and myopia control orthokeratology specialty lenses.


She lives with her husband in downtown Lakeland and enjoys all community activities and volunteers at Eye Screening Events for local organizations, as well as serves as a volunteer for many community activities.

A History of Caring

Brian Renz, M.D.

Dr. Renz retired from Lakeland Eye Clinic caring for patients and performing surgery. He volunteers in multiple events within the community, loves Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and gives tours and volunteers at Florida Southern College. He enjoys boating, fishing and flying-classic automobiles in his spare time.

Ronald Case, M.D.

Dr. Case retired from Lakeland Eye Clinic yet still is available to provide flight physicals to aviators. He continues to serve as a flight surgeon to Polk County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.


He is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

at USF Medical School and Ophthalmology Consultant at Tampa Va Hospital


He is an Army Veteran whom supports local Veteran activities, enjoys jeep events to include Jeeping with Judd each year, loves flying and classic automobiles in his spare time.





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