About Us

Retina specialists work in hospitals and clinics and treat a wide variety of eye conditions and diseases in both adults and children. Our commitment to your health care goes beyond your eyes. Our doctors take into account your overall health and well-being. Our staff has the knowledge, skills, training, and experience that are key in delivering high standards of patient care. We have aligned ourselves with many organizations that allow us to continue to develop as professionals as well as community members. We believe that our story is an honorable one, and it is evident that we strive for more at Retina Specialists of Michigan.

  • Your ability and willingness to fit my husband in (almost immediately) with 2 emergency situations within the past 6 months is exemplary and so greatly appreciated!

    Julie
  • I have been treated well by all staff including both Drs. Westhouse and Aaberg.

    Thomas
  • Your whole staff is wonderful! Your friendly staff and the doctor’s instructions and explanations really helped. Plus the prayer with Dr. Westhouse really helped too!

    Paula
  • The staff is always caring and friendly and Dr. Aaberg is exceptional with regards to his compassion and skill.

    Susan
  • Dr. Aaberg is a good Doctor. I had him for 4 years. He fixed my eyes.

    Kaelyn
  • Always staff greets me with smile and great attitude. You care for not just the wellbeing of my health but my mind as well with complete answers to questions…I love this office and its staff.

    Sandi
  • Bernie has been really really good to me and very helpful. Dr. Aaberg is the greatest.

    Virginia

Our Team

We’ve assembled the best team in West Michigan. We are confident that you will find your time at Retina Specialists of Michigan to be a genuine experience. We strive to provide the highest quality, efficient, compassionate care delivered by our outstanding ophthalmic team.

Our Story

Dr. Thomas M. Aaberg, Jr founded Retina Specialists of Michigan in January 2009 to provide comprehensive retinal service, guided by the belief that patient care should be expert, efficient and personable. One year later, Dr. Scott Westhouse returned home to West Michigan, and joined the Retina Specialists’ team.

From humble beginnings, our practice has expanded rapidly — a testament to the quality of care provided by our team of physicians and staff who embody these ideals. In 2014, we doubled in size when two more doctors joined us: Dr. Nathan Pezda who completed his fellowship training in Toronto before moving to Grand Rapids, and Dr. Liliya Shevchenko who finished her fellowship training with our practice that same year.

Our doctors are committed to providing the best surgical care, aiding in the advancement of medicine through our involvement in clinical research trials, and advocating for our patients. With the addition of Dr. Shevchenko, our practice brings expertise to the specialized field of retinal degeneration and dystrophies. We are also the only ophthalmology practice in the area to specialize in ocular oncology. Our physicians operate clinics in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Big Rapids to better serve our community and the greater West Michigan region.

A new chapter

Opened in February of 2015, our new state-of-the-art facility located on Cascade Road in Grand Rapids was truly designed with our patient in mind — even down to the most minute of details. We intentionally employed LEAN design principles to plan and curate an intuitive and unique patient experience while simultaneously creating an innovative medical space to balance the needs of the business as well—a common challenge many traditional offices struggle to achieve. Our new facility has reduced wasted time and motion, reduced clinic wait time, and greatly increased patient satisfaction scores.

From our certified ophthalmic technicians, scribes and photographers to our highly skilled physicians, we trust you’ll receive efficient, high quality and compassionate care throughout your visit with us. We are confident you’ll feel heard and cared for by the outstanding ophthalmic team at Retina Specialists of Michigan.

Our Affiliations

  • AAO
  • AAOE
  • ABOP
  • AMA
  • AOA
  • AOCOO-HNS
  • ARVO
  • ASRS
  • Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group
  • Eye Cancer Network
  • MISEPS
  • MSU
  • SBAM
  • The Heed Society
  • The Retina Society
  • USRetina