About Us

We understand how important vision is, and take great lengths to ensure the best outcome for our patients. In order to provide the best care for our patients, SVA takes part in cutting edge clinical trials for conditions such a macular degeneration. Our board certified ophthalmologists have completed fellowships in surgical retina and honed their skills through many years of experience.

We trust that you will find our care and services to be both compassionate and outstanding.

Our History

Dr. Brooks established the practice in 1990 and was the first retina surgeon to serve the Florida Panhandle. In 1993, he was joined by Dr. Steinmetz and the practice was renamed Southern Vitreoretinal Associates.

Dr. Newell joined in 1999. Dr. Willingham joined in 2004 and Dr. Ashmore joined in 2007. Dr. Farber joined the practice August of 2018.

Our physicians see patients throughout the Southeast:

Logan Brooks, MD: Tallahassee and Valdosta

Robert Steinmetz, MD: Tallahassee and Albany

Charles Newell, MD: Tallahassee and Albany

Christopher Willingham, MD: Panama City and Marianna

Emily Ashmore, MD: Tallahassee and Valdosta

Nicholas Farber, MD: Tallahassee, Valdosta, and Tifton


The Most Advanced Retina Care

Delivering the highest-quality retina care by providing our patients access to the best and newest retina treatments available, along with the quality of care that we would want for our family members.