SightLine Laser Eye Center & Ophthalmic Associates

Serving Doctors and Their Patients

Our Doctors & Staff


Louis J. Phillips, O.D.

Having practiced primary care optometry for over forty years, Dr. Phillips is a leader in the optometric community.  With a particular interest in Laser Vision Correction, he has cared for thousands of patients who have undergone laser vision correction.  Dr. Phillips served as President of the AllSight Laser Center Board of Directors and as clinical director at TLC Pittsburgh.  

Dr. Phillips received his B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College in 1965, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Optometry in 1969 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.  After graduation, he did graduate work and taught at the State University of New York College of Optometry, Manhattan, New York.  

Dr. Phillips and his wife Pauline moved back to the Pittsburgh area in 1972 and raised their four children.  Dr. Phillips began Pittsburgh Eye Care Associates in Bridgeville in 1979.  His long-time associate, Dr. Joann Strain, has since taken over the practice.  Active in his profession, Dr. Phillips served 8 years on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and as its president in 1988.  He has also served as president of the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Association.  Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of the American Optometric Association.


Dr. Phillips was honored by his colleagues in the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society by being voted Optometrist of the year in both 1982 and 1996.   Dr. Phillips is a founding member and past president of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technologies, a national organization of optometrists involved in refractive surgical care.


Paul Phillips, M.D.
Dr. Paul Phillips is a board certified Ophthalmologist, specializing in corneal pathology and intraocular and corneal refractive procedures.  He obtained his B.S. in Biology at Stanford University, where he graduated with honors and also played varsity soccer.  He received  his medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Phillips completed a highly competitive corneal fellowship at Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon with Dr. Mark Terry, a pioneer in the field of endothelial transplantation.  

Along with being published in peer reviewed journals, Dr. Phillips has been an instructor in Anterior & Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty Techniques and a presenter at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings.  In addition to his position here at SightLine, Dr. Phillips has also been an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, where he trained staff and residents to perform Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK). 

A native of Upper St. Clair, Dr. Paul Phillips and his wife, Gwen, have returned to the Pittsburgh area with their two young sons, Leonardo and Alden.    In his free time, Dr. Phillips enjoys fly fishing and recreational soccer. 

Dr. Paul Phillips sees patients for anterior segment pathology and surgical care, including cataract surgery with standard and specialty  intraocular lenses, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), YAG capsulotomy and peripheral iridotomy. He specializes in corneal pathology and performing corneal transplant procedures, including DMEK, DSAEK, and Penetrating Keratoplasty.  Dr. Phillips also performs Laser Vision Correction and other intraocular refractive procedures including Phakic IOL implantation.

Charlene Maloney, O.D.

A native of the Pittsburgh area,  Dr. Maloney is an optometrist with extensive clinical and academic experience who has been at SightLine since 2006.  She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland  in 1997 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001.  After graduation, Dr. Maloney completed a residency in Primary Eye Care at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  She then practiced for several years in Charlottesville, Virginia before returning with her family to the Pittsburgh area.  

Dr. Maloney is a diplomat of the American Board of Optometry as well as a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society.  She was an examiner for the National Board of Optometry for several years, and has been published in professional journals.  Dr. Maloney performs therapeutic and diagnostic eye care of ocular disease and emergency eye care.  She manages patients on referral from eye doctors in the areas of glaucoma, anterior segment disease, retinal disease and neuro eye disease.  Dr. Maloney is also experienced in the field of Laser Vision Correction, Corneal Crosslinking and Corneal Transplants.  She consults with doctors and aids in the management and care of refractive and cataract patients through the pre and post-procedure periods. 

She currently resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and three children.


Christopher N. Carver, O.D.

Dr. Christopher Carver attended  Clarion University, receiving his B.S. in Education in 1991.  After teaching Physics for three years at Severna Park High school in Maryland, he decided to pursue his career in Optometry.  Dr. Carver attended Southern College of Optometry in  Memphis, TN and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Optometry in 1998, graduating salutatorian of his class. 

Having grown up in Zelienople and attending Seneca Valley High School, Dr. Carver moved back to the Pittsburgh area after graduation.  Prior to joining SightLine, he worked for 14 years in a large eye care practice in Western PA.  

His extensive clinical experience includes managing cataract, glaucoma and laser vision correction patients. Dr. Carver is the current president of the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society and is a member of the  American Optometric Association.  He has participated in a mission trip with the non-profit, Mission Vision, visiting and working at  Haitian clinics in the summer of 2011. 

Dr. Carver, his wife Beth and their two children Brady & Brooke, currently reside in Kennedy Township.  In his spare time, Dr. Carver enjoys cooking, traveling with his family and supporting his son & daughter in soccer and volleyball.


J. Adam Lawson, O.D.
Dr. James Adam Lawson is a native of the Hoosier State of Indiana.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), receiving recognition as a Dean of Faculties Scholarship awardee, a recipient of the outstanding undergraduate analytical chemistry award, and nomination as a top 100 academic student.  While at IUPUI, Dr.Lawson developed an interest in teaching and worked as a class and laboratory instructor.  Then while attending Indiana University School Of Optometry, he continued teaching as an optics associate instructor and received recognition as Associate Instructor of the year and Outstanding Optometry Instructor for second year optometry students.  

Dr. Lawson was awarded a Kendrick Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence and community service. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, Indiana in 2015.  Dr. Lawson is a member of the American Optometric Association.  

As a newlywed, Dr. Lawson resides in Cranberry Township, PA with his wife, Kirsten and enjoys a special interest in photographing and exploring Pittsburgh as his new home. The Steel City has afforded opportunity for him to spend time with family and run and bike the many hills of Pittsburgh. 


Ladan Espandar, M.D.

Dr. Ladan Espandar is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in corneal
surgery and pathology, as well as cataract surgery and all forms of refractive
surgery. Dr. Espandar completed an ophthalmic pathology fellowship at Moran
Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT and an ophthalmology residency at Tulane
University, New Orleans, LA., followed by a two-year corneal fellowship at Duke
University, Durham, NC.

After moving to Pittsburgh four years ago, Dr. Espandar served as an Assistant
Professor of Ophthalmology at UPMC Eye Center and worked in clinical care at
the Eye and Ear Institute. Along with more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed
journals, Dr. Espandar has also presented her research at the American Society of
Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), the Association for Research in Vision
and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive
Surgeons (ESCRS).

Dr. Espandar performs all the surgical procedures offered at Sightline Ophthalmic
Associates including all forms of corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, as well
as both intraocular and laser refractive procedures.  More information available by clicking here.

Dr. Espandar and her husband, a petrochemical engineer, live in Sewickley Hills,
PA. They both enjoy running, biking, hiking and climbing. She also enjoys
traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Marisa Ciamacca, O.D.

Dr. Marisa Ciamacca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn State University  in 2013, receiving her B.S. in Biology.  In 2017, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Optometry with a dual Doctorate of Optometry and Master of Vision Science. She is a proud recipient of the Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence, as well as the Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award, thanks to her research focusing on imaging specific tissues of the retina and utilizing these tools in future eye care  to detect early neurodegenerative changes.   


Dr. Ciamacca completed a residency focused on ocular disease and surgical co-management at the Maryland Veterans Association Hospital and Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, MD.  She has presented research at American Academy of Optometry meetings as well as lectures for optometrists on the treatment and management of ocular diseases. Her experience includes treating and co-managing glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and corneal diseases. Co-management experience includes cataract, corneal and glaucoma surgeries, including MIGS and SLT.


Originally from Aliquippa, Dr. Ciamacca and her fiancé, Luke, now reside in the north hills of Pittsburgh. She is excited to return to the Steel City and enjoys boating, cooking, and supporting all of the city’s sports teams.  


Key Contacts
All staff can be reached by telephone at (724) 933-5588 or by email listed below.

Amy Mendelovich Practice Manager [email protected]
Holly Glumac Surgery Scheduling Coordinator [email protected] 
Helen Frischmann Front Office Coordinator [email protected]
Elissa Melia Head Ophthalmic Technician [email protected]
Amy Mendelovich Accounts Payable/Billing [email protected]
Chris Hogan
Professional Relations Coordinator [email protected]
Colleen Pabst Refractive Surgery Coordinator