Pe Than Tin, MD, FACS, Founder & Medical Director of Tin Laser Vision, is one of the Southeast's most experienced surgeons. He has been performing eye surgery since 1967 when he was with the World Health Organization Eye Campaign. He began his private practice in Chattanooga in 1978. He is a long time member of many prestigious medical organizations.
A leader in his field, Dr Tin has shared his surgical expertise, including LASER Cosmetic Eye Lid & Brow Surgery and LASIK surgery with many of his colleagues. He has given much to the Chattanooga community as the designated Micro Skills Surgical Instructor for the Eye Residency Program in Chattanooga, a voluntary position which he held for over 21 years.
Dr Tin uses the most recent technology available in Cataract with Multifocal & Toric Intraocular Lens, Corrective Eye Lid and Brow Surgery and Comprehensive Vision Correction. Always on the cutting edge, he keeps up with the latest procedures that are now being performed for both near and distance vision. Dr Tin continues his research into new developments. He has served as an adjunct investigator in a select group of U.S. surgeons for the FDA, providing data for the LASIK procedure before it was approved in the USA. Dr. Tin and his medical team provide you with the highest level of patient care, along with the latest technology.
Susan Hargis, Licensed Massage Therapist & Wellness Technician, joined Tin Laser Vision Center in January of 2000, bringing with her 22 years of experience as a Massage Therapist. She began working in Physical Therapy as a technician in Michigan in 1981, before moving locally into the Chattanooga area. Susan graduated from the Tennessee Institute of Healing Art’s in 1991. She became licensed as a Massage Therapist in Tennessee in 1996, and as the practice of Tin Laser vision Center began growing in the Ft Oglethorpe area, Susan became licensed in Georgia in 2008. In 1996 and 1997, Susan was certified in Endermologie and in the use of the Silhouette Machine for the massage based Cellulite therapy.
Working as the Aesthetic Director under Dr. Tin the Medical Director of Tin Laser Vision Center and the Aesthetic and Wellness Spa, she later became certified as a Laser Technician through the ESC Sharplan/Lumenis & Cutera laser manufacturers in 2000. Susan uses the Lumenis ONE – Multi-Laser Technology for Photo Rejuvenation, Hair & Vein Removal with IPL and ND-yag Lasers, the advanced laser light treatments for the dramatic improvements to multiple skin imperfections such as spider veins, age spots, sun damage, ruddy complexion & unwanted hair.
Susan draws from her vast experience as a massage therapist and uses her healing touch not only in the relaxing, rejuvenating, sports, pregnancy, hot stones, body wraps, aromatherapy massages, but integrates her wide experience in the Med-Spa Facials that she custom designs for her patients, using medical grade skin care products for the young, medium and mature skin. More recently in 2008, she was certified in Integrative Reflexology, a holistic based modality used to treat the entire body through the feet. Susan is a joy and a blessing both to her patients and to those around her, and a wonderful asset to Tin Laser Vision Center and the Aesthetic and Wellness Spa.
Jessica Shands, Aesthetician, joined Tin Laser Vision Center when she moved to Chattanooga from the Nashville area in late October 2012. Graduating from high school in 2000, she went full time to Columbia State Community College where she earned her business degree while working full time for a group of Optometrists as an Optometric Technician. She received her certification in Refracting in 2006 and is proficient not only in the art of refracting but in assisting patients with frame and lens selection. Highly versatile and with a thirst for gaining new knowledge, she studied at an Aesthetician school in 2007, and in 2008 she graduated at the top of her class with one of the highest test scores. She worked in a high class body spa for 3 years and loved every minute of her time there.
Straight from the Spa, which she says is her first love, she went to work for the largest Retina practice in Middle Tennessee as an Ophthalmologic Technician and competently handled specialized ophthalmic machines, assisting both in the patient work up and in the doctors’ exam lanes. Having had LASIK herself, Jess is an avid champion of Refractive Surgery and is excited to be at the Tin Laser Vision Center and the Aesthetic and Wellness Spa, where Dr Tin specializes in Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Laser Cosmetic Eyelid surgery. Jess is experienced in facials, microderm, waxing, chemical peels, botox assisting, and relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments and enjoys what she is doing.
Certified by the American Board of Opticianry & a Licenced Dispensing Optician, Steve Hamil has contributed his expertise as an optician for more than 20 years both in the state of Tennessee and in Georgia. He is well known by his optical patients in the Fort Oglethorpe area where he has worked for several years, and many return to him time and again for their optical needs. He has been with Tin Laser Vision Center for over 6 years and manages the optical department for both the Battlefield Parkway office in GA and the Tennessee based optical dispensary located in the beautiful historic Fortwood area.
Steve has passed his state board and keeps up with the state board requirements. He is expert in fitting glasses and specialized contact lenses, and enjoys helping patients with frame and lens selection and adjustments, patiently instructing new contact lens patients on the art and safety of wearing contact lenses. He is proficient in the service of working with hard to fit contact lenses patients, and patients with keratoconus. He has also been trained in the fitting of CRT patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Steve has an optical lab in the Ft Oglethorpe office where he grinds the lenses himself for a faster turnaround. Steve is personable, very knowledgeable and is a great asset to Dr. Tin’s ophthalmology practice.
Care & compassion from A GREAT TEAM
Our staff is totally committed to taking care of you. Dr. Tin and his staff will be with you every step of the way as you experience a lifetime of better vision! Whether you have come to us for a thorough Vision Exam, a Diabetic Eye Health Check, Treatment for Glaucoma, Cataract evaluation, Eye Muscle problems, Eye Diseases or Injuries, we strive to make your visit to us a positive experience. Whatever your eye treatment needs are, and whatever surgical procedures you seek, whether it be LASIK or Cataract Surgery with premium MULTIFOCAL Intraocular lens or LASER Cosmetic procedures, our team is committed to serving you with the best professional care and expertise, and we will work very hard to make sure that you not only are able to achieve the best possible vision but that you will come away satisfied with our care.
From our capable Office Manager to our helpful front office staff, and from our experienced and caring technicians and opticians to our excellent registered nurse, each one has caught the vision of providing a center of excellence where patients are their #1 priority. At Tin Laser Vision Center, our philosophy is "caring for your vision, caring for you". Whether you are looking for a specialized procedure, an individualized treatment, or just any of the vision services we offer at Tin Laser Vision Center, we are committed to offering you the finest in patient care.
Nita Tin, Practice Administrator & Co-Founder of Tin Laser Vision Center & the Aesthetic & Wellness Spa, has worked alongside Dr Tin since 1978. She is the Secretary for the Corporation and is the COO and CFO for the Practice, and brings a wealth of knowledge in her 35 years as Administrator. She graduated from High School with Emphasis in Physics, Chemistry and History, and as an undergraduate in the University of Rangoon she majored in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, qualifying for Medical School and placing 13th in the nation of Burma. Nita chose however to pursue English Literature and Language, and received her BA degree cum laude tying 1st place with a classmate who went on to be an Ambassador for their country. She is an avid writer, speaker and teacher, speaking at civic and community organizations and in schools and churches.
Nita Tin is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, the American Society of Ophthalmic Executives, the Scenic City Womens' Network and many other organizations. She has used her strengths in strategic planning to singlehandedly bring the practice to the prominent place it occupies in its service to the community. Always working in the background, she took on the task of clinical supervisor in 2010, working closely with the patients as Dr Tin's chair-side assistant and with her multitasking abilities, charisma and gift of encouragement, she has totally organized and brought into fruition an entire team (whom she addresses as "sweethearts"), committed not only to the total care of the patients but selflessly committed to each other.