Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, M.D., Retired
Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, M.D., a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Western Maryland College where she received her B.A. in Biology. She received her M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland Graduate School and her Medical Degree from the University of Maryland Medical School. Dr. Smoot completed her residency in ophthalmology at Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y. and her visiting fellowship at Moorefield’s Eye Hospital, London, England. Dr. Smoot has been in private practice since 1990. In addition to caring for her individual patients, she has been an advocate for all Maryland patients in her former role as President of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society and as president MSEPS, the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a delegate to the American Medical Association.
Todd M. Bescak, D.O., FAOCO
Todd M. Bescak, D.O., a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, is a graduate of The College of Wooster, Ohio where he received his B.A. in Chemistry. He received his Medical Degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bescak completed his residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bescak has been in practice since 2003. He was distinguished as a fellow by the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 2015 for his devotion to the advancement of Osteopathic Medicine and his professional proficiency, merit, and skills in the practice of Ophthalmology. He enjoys volunteering his time and talents to the underprivileged and under served, taking part in mission work both domestic and internationally.
Dr. Bescak has been one of the preeminent ophthalmic surgeons in the area since that time. He has a particular interest in cataract and refractive eye surgery. He also enjoys comprehensive ophthalmology and correcting vision in the operating room. Dr. Bescak continues to be a leader among ophthalmic surgeons in the area, bringing new technologies, advanced concepts and new products to the shore. He performed the first Crystalens™AO accommodating lens surgery in Berlin and has incorporated laser-assisted cataract surgery into his practice.
A resident of the Eastern Shore since 2008, Dr. Bescak and his wife Allison live in Ocean Pines with their three children, twins – Olivia and Madison, and son, TJ. Dr. Bescak is a long time golfer. While an undergraduate, Dr. Bescak played for the varsity basketball team at The College of Wooster. He enjoys running and ran his first marathon in 2011. He and Allison are active in coaching soccer and baseball in Worcester County. He sits on the board of directors for Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. He has fallen in love with water sports and especially enjoys spending time with his family on the beach at Assateague Island.
Jason M. Yonker, M.D., FACS
Dr. Jason Yonker is a board-certified ophthalmologist who received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the West Virginia University where he graduated with Magne Cum Laude honors and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then went on to earn his medical doctorate from West Virginia University. Upon graduation from medical school, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. He was chosen by his peers and faculty to serve as the Chief Resident in his final year of training. After finishing his residency, he decided to take his training a step further by pursuing a cataract and glaucoma fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute where he performed hundreds of complicated cataract and glaucoma surgical procedures and assisted in educating medical students and residents. Dr. Yonker decided to pursue his love of teaching by accepting a faculty position as an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He served as the medical director of ophthalmology education for the university where he was in charge of the medical student curriculum. He also taught the latest cataract and glaucoma surgical procedures to the ophthalmology residents.
Dr. Yonker has published multiple articles in his field and lectured at the state level on glaucoma. He gained board certification in 2008 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Yonker has been accepted into the prestigious American Glaucoma Society which requires a major contribution to the field of glaucoma. He has also received credentialing as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes surgeons who advocate strongly for their surgical patients and perform surgery with the highest ethical standards. Dr. Yonker has also become involved with medicine at the state level by accepting a position as a delegate to the Maryland State Medical Society and serving as the Wicomico County Medical Society’s Vice President. Dr. Yonker also serves as the Atlantic General Hospital’s director of Ophthalmology.
As much as he loved teaching surgery, he longed to be closer to his family and always wanted to raise his family near his parents and sister, all of whom live in the Ocean City area. “I was looking for a practice in the area that provided high quality, ethical medicine with that small town personal touch” and I found that in the Chesapeake Eye Center. He relocated to the area with his talented wife, Dr. Preeti Yonker, who is a very well respected neurologist in Berlin, Maryland. Dr. Yonker is excited to raise his two daughters on the eastern shore alongside his family. In his spare time, Dr. Yonker enjoys competing in triathlons and completed the Ironman in Florida in 2008. He is a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club and enjoys fishing the local Delmarva waters.
Jason A. Williams, M.D.
Jason A. Williams, M.D., a board certified ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Hampton University where he received a BS in Biology. After college, he returned to his home state of New Jersey and received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Williams completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute and has been in practice since 2005.
During his career Dr. Williams has been at the forefront of many ophthalmic procedures. He was one of the first in his area to perform femtosecond cataract surgery and has performed hundreds of such cases since. Dr. Williams was also an area leader in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, pterygium removal, premium lens cataract surgery, and the treatment of floaters with laser. While in central Pennsylvania, Dr. Williams served on the medical executive committee of his local surgery center and has volunteered in EyeCare America program for almost a decade.
Dr. Williams joined Chesapeake Eye in 2020 after providing quality eyecare in the central Pennsylvania region for over a decade. While he enjoyed his time there, this move brings him closer to his wife’s family who live on the Eastern Shore. His wife Cherita and son come with him where he expects to enjoy all the wonderful activities and local culture. Dr. Williams enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his family.
Jeanne Murphy, O.D.
Dr. Murphy, a therapeutic optometrist, is a graduate of Wilkes University. She obtained her Optometric degree from the Philadelphia College of Optometry. In addition to providing general optometric care for Chesapeake Eye Center patients, Dr. Murphy is well versed in contact lens technology and offers options for individuals with difficult fits. Dr. Murphy has been caring for patients in our practice since 1994. Dr. Murphy’s concern for patient care extends outside the office. She is past President of Delmar Lions Club where she chaired the diabetic committee. She has served as Secretary of the Maryland State Board of Optometry, the body responsible for licensing and discipline of optometrists within the state and has also served on several committees of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry.