We are committed to delivering the very best in eye care. â€¨Our team of doctors, technicians, opticians and support staff will work to treatâ€¨ our patients with dignity and respect; provide dependable and courteous service;â€¨communicate clearly and honestly; protect patient confidentiality; and earn ourâ€¨ patient’s trust.â€¨â€¨
We are the leading ophthalmology practice in Berkshire County offering complete one-â€¨stop eye care. Our office provides comprehensive eye care, from newborn evaluations toâ€¨treatment of age related conditions such as macular degeneration. We offer routine eye â€¨exams and also specialize in the latest laser procedures. We perform "no stitch" cataractâ€¨ surgery using topical anesthesia; "no needle" and "no eye patch" in our state of the artâ€¨ Ambulatory Surgical Center.â€¨ Our practice is unique in Berkshire County because we have cornea, glaucoma & retinal â€¨specialists on-site. We offer glaucoma evaluations and have a regularly scheduled retinalâ€¨clinic staffed by fellowship-trained sub-specialists. Berkshire Eye Center prides itself onâ€¨ providing the highest quality of medical care for our patients.â€¨â€¨
The History of Berkshire Eye Centerâ€¨â€¨
Where it all began…â€¨â€¨
Berkshire Eye Center officially opened its doors in June of 1995 at the Williams Streetâ€¨ Plaza in Pittsfield, MA. The center was established in a vacant space that was once â€¨a supermarket. The larger space allowed our physicians to expand their professionalâ€¨services in comprehensive eye care for the community. Berkshire Eye Center (BEC)â€¨has been an anchor for the Plaza. The once sleepy Williams Street Plaza has seen a re-â€¨awakening. In addition to several retail and office spaces, with BEC as its front leader,â€¨ the plaza has attracted several other health care practices including physical therapy,â€¨podiatry and gynecology. Berkshire Eye Center’s origins were two smaller practices â€¨once located on South Street in Pittsfield. The first practice was owned by Dr. Johnâ€¨ Galt, Dr. Gregory Shouldice and Dr. Fred Orlando. The second practice was known as â€¨Berkshire Eye Associates and was run by Dr. Bruce Evenchik and Dr. Michael Cancilla.â€¨â€¨
Berkshire Eye Center is result of the vision of Dr. John Galt. He was the leadingâ€¨physician who expressed the most interest in merging the two friendly competitors inâ€¨Ophthalmology. When the eye MD’s were in the beginning stages of possibilities, they â€¨met on several occasions to determine if merging would be in the best interest of theâ€¨ two practices and their patients. After collaborating, they all discovered that each ofâ€¨ them brought a little something different to the field and their professional respect andâ€¨admiration only grew from there. Dr. Galt saw that during their encounters as a group,â€¨the potential for even greater success was not far from sight; he was right. In this case,â€¨merging the two offices proved to be very beneficial to both the staff and patients.â€¨â€¨
In 1999, Dr. John Galt retired after a long and productive career in Berkshire County.â€¨ Although he no longer practices, many of his ideas live in the trainings, practiceâ€¨ philosophies and office design aspects he once contributed. In 2001, Berkshire Eyeâ€¨Center said goodbye to another one of its senior physicians, Dr. Michael Cancilla. Dr.â€¨ Cancilla also retired after a long stint as a general Ophthalmologist. Our staff and theâ€¨ physicians’ many loyal patients are immensely grateful for outstanding quality care Dr.â€¨Galt and Dr. Cancilla provided. Their dedication, professionalism and unique blend ofâ€¨good humor continue to be missed.â€¨â€¨
Where we are now…â€¨â€¨
Throughout the years, BEC has become a model for efficiency and state of the artâ€¨ comprehensive eye care. In 2005, we welcomed Ophthalmologist Dr. Neal Ginsberg,â€¨MD to our practice. Dr. Ginsberg specializes in corneal transplantation and laser visionâ€¨ correction. Before joining us, Dr. Ginsberg was appointed to the teaching staff at the â€¨Boston Veterans Hospital as well as Boston University Medical Center and spent time â€¨supervising and training residents from Boston University and the Massachusetts Eye â€¨& Ear Infirmary in modern cataract surgery. Two years later, we are proud to say thatâ€¨ the attending physicians and Board members, appointed Dr. Neal Ginsberg as a fourth â€¨business partner in the practice. Dr. Ginsberg has been one of the driving forces inâ€¨providing our patients with the best quality care and allowing for our facility to offerâ€¨ advanced technology in today’s modern medicine. Presently, Dr. Bruce Evenchik, Dr.â€¨Gregory Shouldice, Dr. Fred Orlando and Dr. Neal Ginsberg are our Board of Directorsâ€¨and co-partners of the practice.â€¨â€¨
New additions, afforded by the growing size of Berkshire Eye Center have also includedâ€¨ the rotation of two sub-specialists and two Optometrists. Retina and glaucoma services,â€¨ once requiring out of town travel, are now conveniently offered in our home office. Dr.â€¨ Paul Fellenbaum, our glaucoma specialist (whose primary office is based out of Albany,â€¨NY) and Dr. David Agahigian, our retinal specialist (whose based out of Springfield,â€¨MA), are both available to consult with our patients on a regular basis in our Pittsfieldâ€¨office.â€¨â€¨
In addition, Dr. William Goodrich, one of our Optometrists, joined us back in 1999 andâ€¨ has been with us ever since. Dr. Goodrich merged his practice in Valatie, NY with ourâ€¨other 2 locations in Massachusetts to allow us to service our patients in New York Stateâ€¨as well. Dr. Goodrich continues to practice in all 3 of our office locations and specializes â€¨in contact fittings and prescriptions as well as annual routine eye care.â€¨â€¨
We are very fortunate to have such great physicians, staff and professionals that provideâ€¨ quality care and services to our patients in Berkshire and Columbia County. Berkshire Eyeâ€¨Center is one of the leading ophthalmology practices in Berkshire County.
â€¨â€¨Although the Pittsfield location remains our main office, medical and optical services of â€¨Berkshire Eye are available in all 3 locations. Our Valatie, NY office in Columbia Countyâ€¨ continues to offer appointments for general eye care on a regular basis as well as servicesâ€¨for eyewear and sun wear in our optical vision center. Patients in the south county area areâ€¨utilizing our Great Barrington (GB) office as well. The GB office is located in the Priceâ€¨chopper/K-mart Plaza and offers a full service optical vision center as well as a regular â€¨rotation of the BEC doctors for patient appointments. All three locations offer a largeâ€¨ variety of frames, traditional and designer primary eyewear and sun wear as well as safetyâ€¨and sport eyewear. We fit all types of contact lenses and satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.â€¨â€¨
In addition, patients are able to see one of our doctors on a routine basis in any of our three â€¨locations.â€¨â€¨
Our goal is to continue to stay ahead of the curve of the ever-evolving world of healthâ€¨care. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality eye care in the region. This notâ€¨only requires a continual investment in the latest technology, but also demands a muchâ€¨more human investment. We will strive to maintain the most competent and well-trained â€¨team of staff and physicians possible and we will continue to focus on our number one â€¨priority; the well-being and respect for our most important element: our patients. We â€¨thank you for supporting us through the years and look forward to serving you in theâ€¨ exciting times to come.