Doctors

Dr. Kristen Hawthorne

Specialty: Cornea and External Disease Specialist; Cataract Surgeon, LASIK

hawthorneBorn in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Kristen Hawthorne is excited to return to her home state to practice ophthalmology! Along with practicing general ophthalmology, Dr. Hawthorne is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in LASIK, complicated cataract surgery and corneal diseases of the eye.

Dr. Hawthorne completed her undergraduate degree at Clemson University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biochemistry. After studying abroad in Australia for one year, she returned to complete her M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina where she was elected to the honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha. After medical school, Dr. Hawthorne completed an internship in internal medicine in the Bay Area in Northern California. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Callahan Eye Foundation where she won awards for her research. Dr. Hawthorne then completed subspecialty training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was honored with a distinguished teaching award by her peers.

Dr. Hawthorne performs the most current cornea, cataract and anterior segment procedures available, including corneal transplants (penetrating keratoplasty, endothelial keratoplasty and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty), INTACS and keratoprosthesis. She specializes in treating patients with corneal dystrophies (including Fuchs dystrophy), keratoconus and corneal infections. Dr. Hawthorne has a special interest in treating patients with hereditary corneal dystrophies, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, ocular surface disease, corneal scars, failed corneal transplants, and both benign and malignant corneal and conjunctival tumors.

Dr. Hawthorne performs a wide variety of refractive procedures, including LASIK, PRK, limbal relaxing incisions, astigmatism correcting lenses, accommodating/multifocal lenses, refractive lens exchange and phakic IOLs. She has a special interest in post-refractive cataract surgery.

Dr. Hawthorne is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She has presented at multiple national meetings and stays actively involved in corneal research.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hawthorne, please book an appointment online, contact Howerton Eye Clinic, or call our Appointment Line at (512) 443-9715 today.

Dr. Scott Kelly

Specialty: Cornea and External Disease Specialist; Cataract Surgeon, LASIK

kellyDr. Scott Kelly was raised in Brownwood, Texas and is excited to be returning to his home state to practice ophthalmology. In addition to practicing general ophthalmology, Dr. Kelly is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, refractive surgery and other corneal diseases of the eye.

Dr. Kelly completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biomedical Science. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr. Kelly attended medical school at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School, where he received a Doctorate of Medicine degree as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health. Dr. Kelly remained at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School for his internship, and then completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Cullen Eye Institute/ Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Kelly moved to Chicago for 1 year of subspecialty training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of Illinois – Chicago. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kelly is married with three children. His wife Beth is also a physician, currently working as a part-time radiation oncologist. He has 3 children, Luke, Ben, and Winnie. He is an active member of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, and is a committee member of the Travis County Medical Society. When not at work, he enjoys cooking, archery hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly, please book an appointment online, contact Howerton Eye Clinic, or call our Appointment Line at (512) 443-9715 today.

Dr. Richard A. Berkowitz

Specialty: Cornea and External Disease Specialist; Cataract Surgeon

BerkowitzBorn in Chicago, Dr. Richard Berkowitz graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972, and he then attended Chicago Medical School. He also completed an internship and residency in ophthalmology in Chicago. After a two-year fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at LSU in New Orleans, he moved to Harlingen in South Texas to start his practice.

Dr. Berkowitz attended the Basic Science Course at Harvard Medical School and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Berkowitz has practiced ophthalmology in Harlingen for 25 years. In the Rio Grande Valley, he was one of the first doctors to perform topical anesthesia, no-stitch cataract surgery, multifocal intraocular lens implants, Botox injections and refractive surgery. He has performed over 17,000 cataract, corneal and refractive surgical procedures since 1980, has performed LASIK since 1995, and he has been using multifocal intraocular lenses for over 10 years.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Berkowitz, please book an appointment online, contact Howerton Eye Clinic, or call our Appointment Line at (512) 443-9715 today.

Dr. Alan Ruiz

Specialty: Therapeutic Optometrist

ruizDr. Alan Ruiz joined the team at Howerton Eye Clinic in 2015. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, he graduated from St. Mary’s University with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Dr. Ruiz then attended optometry school at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, where he received his Doctorate of Optometry Degree.

He is a Spanish-speaking, Texas-licensed, therapeutic optometrist who specializes in specialty contacts for highly irregularly-shaped corneas. His treatments often require rigid gas permeable, hybrid or scleral contacts.

When he’s not working, Dr. Ruiz enjoys watching movies, riding his bike, and attending live music shows.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruiz, please book an appointment online, contact Howerton Eye Clinic, or call our Appointment Line at (512) 443-9715 today.

Dr. Bhumi Desai

Specialty: Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

desaiDr. Bhumi Desai grew up in beautiful Colorado. She attended Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Subsequently, Dr. Desai attended Indiana University where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree. During this time, she completed several internships including ones at the Quantico Navy Base in Virginia and EyeCare Consultants in Evansville, Indiana. In her free time, Dr. Desai enjoys photography, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Robbie.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai, please book an appointment online, contact Howerton Eye Clinic, or call our Appointment Line at (512) 443-9715 today.

Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
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