Welcome to our Provider Spotlight feature, which gives you an opportunity to get to know one of our skilled providers each month as they share some friendly details about themselves.
Dr. Dorothy Reynolds, a fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, heads the hospital’s newest practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Pediatric Eye Care. She comes to us from Stony Brook Medicine Department of Ophthalmology on Long Island, where she practiced for more than 17 years, and was also chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
Q. What brought you to Saratoga Hospital?
A. In some significant ways, it felt like I was coming home. I have family in the area and was spending a lot of time here over the past several years. My brother (Frederick Reynolds, MD) is also on the staff of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group. So, it was a great opportunity to join the staff of a wonderful hospital and get my family united in one beautiful community.
Q. What made you choose pediatric ophthalmology?
A. I love children. My team and I have fun each and every day. And in many ways we become part of the families of the patients we see. And that’s a special thing, to get to see these children grow, to help them with their eye issues, to help them in so many ways, including helping them to have better experiences in school.
Q. When should a parent bring a child to see you?
A. Generally, I recommend that if a child fails a screening at their pediatrician’s office, or at school, they would benefit from a baseline evaluation with a pediatric ophthalmologist. Also, any child with a family history of vision problems. But really, if the parents have any concern, while they’re with their child all the time, often they are the best ones to identify that something just doesn’t seem right. The most significant thing to be said is that early identification of vision-threatening issue allows for earlier treatment and better outcomes.
Q. You’ve only been here practicing in Saratoga for a few weeks. What are your initial impressions?
A. That I’m honored to be working with the people here at this hospital. I really am. And how about this: I have the great fun now of being reunited with a staff member from our shared past. He was the chief resident during surgical rotations when I was an intern. This is someone I admired very much, thinking he was a wonderful teacher and surgeon. And now I am lucky to be at the same place he is. Overall, I have to say that everyone has been so kind and caring. I think that speaks to the essential character of Saratoga Hospital.