Our Team

The doctors at Cape Fear Eye Associates are some of the country’s most accomplished ophthalmologists, optometrists, and LASIK surgeons. Serving surrounding Fayetteville areas of North Carolina, our doctors deliver advanced therapeutic and surgical solutions to problems affecting the health and appearance of the eyes. From LASIK for refractive errors to multifocal (Premium) lens replacement for cataracts to blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to treat droopy lids, the doctors of Cape Fear Eye Associates help patients of all ages maintain healthy eyes. Meet our esteemed team of doctors — Dr. J. Wayne Riggins, Dr. Sheel Patel, Dr. Shelby Stephenson, Dr. Lejla Vajzovic, Dr. Cynthia Toth, Dr. Edward Kenshock, Jr., and Dr.  Duy Lam — and learn more about their years of training, accomplishments, and professional interests.

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Sheel B. Patel, M.D. (Cornea Specialist)



  • Professional License, Maryland (2005)
  • Professional License, North Carolina (2006)
  • Cornea/Refractive Surgery Specialist (2005)
  • Board Certified, Ophthalmology
  • Board Certified (2007)

Dr. Patel was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and raised in Augusta, Georgia. His desire to practice ophthalmology is inspired by the gratification he receives from providing improved sight and a better quality of life for his patients. In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys traveling as well as playing and watching sports. He is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Dr. Patel completed a six-year, combined B.S./M.D. program at Kent State University/Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. After his medical internship, Dr. Patel obtained his ophthalmology training at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. Dr. Patel pursued an additional year of fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital/Wilmer Eye Institute, specializing in cornea and refractive surgery. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Department of Ophthalmology.

Surgical Interests
Dr. Patel’s surgical specialties include cataract surgery, LASIK eye surgery, and cornea transplants. Regarding his refractive surgery experience, Dr. Patel is fully certified and has been performing custom LASIK with the leading laser system, VISX®.  He has experience with IntraLase® technology as well as with the Moria and Amadeus microkeratomes.  Dr. Patel also performs various corneal surgeries, including full-thickness corneal transplants (penetrating keratoplasty) as well as the newer partial-thickness corneal transplant, DSAEK, which allows faster visual recovery and avoids stitches.

Professional Memberships / Achievements
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
Medical Executive Committee (Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgery Center)
Inducted into Fayetteville’s 40 under 40
Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year 2009 (representing Ophthalmology Industry)
Better Health (non-profit organization) 2009 Care Provider of the Year

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J. Wayne Riggins, O.D., M.D.


  • Professional License, North Carolina (1999)
  • Board Certified, Ophthalmology (1995)
  • Board Certified, Optometry (1981)

Surgical Experience:
LASIK, PRK, and CK (since 1996)
Cataract Surgery and Multifocal Lens Implants (since 1990)

Education and Training
Undergraduate: 1973-1977 Mercer University, B.S., Macon, Georgia

1977-1981 University of Houston College of Optometry, O.D., Houston, Texas
1984-1988 Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, M.D., Bethesda, Maryland

Internship:  1988-1989 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Residency:  1990-1993 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Washington, D.C.

Professional History
1981-1984: Chief, Optometry, USAMEDDAC, Bremerhaven, Germany
1989-1990: Director, Health Services, Ft. Dietrich, Maryland
1992-1993: Chief Resident, Ophthalmology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
1993-1999: Clinical Instructor of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1993-present Clinical Instructor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of  Health Services, Bethesda, Maryland
1993-1997: Chief of Ophthalmology, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
1997-1999: Assistant Chief, Department of Surgery, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft.Bragg, NC
1999-Present: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Staff Privileges
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgery Center

Professional Awards and Honors
1992, 1998 Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
2014-The Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Professional Interests
Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Strabismus/Muscle Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Neonatal Exams, Corneal Transplants, Oculoplastic Surgery

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
North Carolina Medical Society
American Society of Military Ophthalmologists
Cumberland County Medical Society
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Clinical Trial
1996- Photorefractive Keratectomy for the treatment of refractive error in the United States Army Service Members, Principal Investigator.
2014- Evaluating a non-contact fundus camera for retinopathy of prematurity screening, NIH/Duke University

Military Service
Colonel Medical Corps U.S. Army Reserve (Retired).

Community Service
City of Fayetteville Historic Resources Commission: 1996-2001, 2002-2006; Chair Tricommission Infill Task Force (2006)
City of Fayetteville Festival Park Task Force: September 2008 – February 2009
City of Fayetteville Unified Development Ordinance Task Force: March 2008 – December 2010
City of Fayetteville North Carolina Veterans Park Community Advisory Committee: 2007-2008
Fayetteville State University Chancellor’s Advisory Committee: 2005-2006
Trustee, Fayetteville State University, 2010-2013
Trustee, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Sandhills Region; 2006-present, Chair 2010-2011
Board of Directors, Fathers Foundation: 2005-2008
Board of Directors, Methodist University Friends of Music: 2006-2008
Board of Directors, Equality North Carolina 2012-present
North Carolina Democratic Party: Delegate (alternate) 2008 Democratic National Convention; Delegate 2012 Democratic National Convention, Senior Executive Committee North Carolina Democratic Party
Board of Directors North Carolina Justice Center 2015-present
Board of Directors American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU NC) 2015-present

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Cynthia A. Toth, M.D. (Retina Specialist)

Dr. Cynthia Toth

  • Professor of Ophthalmology Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Cynthia Toth, MD, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. She has pioneered the development of macular translocation surgery for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Her particular clinical interests and skills also include the surgical treatment of macular diseases, retinal detachment, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Toth is involved in national studies of treatment for subretinal neovascularization. Her primary research interests include the development and application of micro-surgical instrumentation and diagnostic tools for vitreoretinal diseases. She has been repeatedly honored among the Best Doctors in America.

Medical School

  • Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • University of California Davis

Clinical Interests

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Macular Translocation Surgery with 360 degree peripheral retinectomy for treatment of macular diseases such as AMD
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • OCT imaging of retinal pathologies

Research Interests

  • Spectral domain and high resolution optical coherence tomography
  • Surgical and medical treatments for macular degeneration
  • Understanding the early stages of macular degeneration and preventive therapies
  • Ophthalmic surgical instrument design and implementation

Representative Publications

    • Toth CA, Morse LS, Hjelmeland LM, Landers MB. Fibrin directs early retinal damage, following experimental subretinal hemorrhage. Arch Ophth 1991, 109:723-729.
    • Toth CA, Birngruber R, Boppart SA, Hee MR, Fujimoto JG, DiCarlo CD, Swanson EA, Cain CP, Narayan DG, Noojin GD, Roach WP. Argon laser retinal lesions evaluated in vivo by optical coherence tomography. Amer J Ophth 1997, 123:188-198.
    • Toth CA, Narayan DG, Boppart SA, Hee MR, Fujimoto JG, Birngruber R, Cain CP, DiCarlo CD, Roach WP. A comparison of retinal morphology viewed by optical coherence tomography and by light microscopy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1997, 115:1425-1428.
    • Toth CA, Freedman SF. Macular translocation with 360-degree peripheral retinectomy: impact of technique and surgical experience on visual outcomes. Retina 2001, 21:293-303.
    • Ting TD, Oh M, Cox TA, Meyer CH, Toth CA. Decreased visual acuity associated with cystoid macular edema in neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002, 120:731-7.
    • Park CH, Toth CA. Macular translocation surgery with 360-degree peripheral retinectomy following ocular photodynamic therapy of choroidal neovascularization. Am J Ophthalmol. 2003, 136:830-5.
    • Mruthyunjaya P, Stinnett S, Toth CA. Changes in visual function following macular translocation with 360-degree retinectomy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmol. 2004 Sep;111(9):1715-24.
    • Cahill MT, Stinnett SS, Banks AD, Freedman SF, Toth CA. Quality of life after macular translocation with 360 degrees peripheral retinectomy for age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmol. 2005 Jan;112(1):144-51.
    • Cahill MT, Mruthyunjaya P, Rickman CB, Toth CA. Recurrence of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Changes After Macular Translocation 360 for Geographic Atrophy. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Jul;123(7):935-8.
    • Malek G, Johnson LV, Mace BE, Saloupis P, Schmechel DE, Rickman DW, Toth CA, Sullivan PM, Rickman CB. Apolipoprotein E allele-dependent pathogenesis: A model for age-related retinal degeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2005 Aug;102(33): 11900-5.

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Lejla Vajzovic, M.D. (Retina Specialist)


Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery



Lejla Vajzovic is a faculty member at the Duke University Eye Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and medical degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She completed an ophthalmic pathology fellowship and ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and vitreoretinal fellowship at the Duke University Eye Center. Her clinical and research interests include SDOCT imaging, adult and pediatric vitreoretinal topics, and ocular tumors.

Education & Training 

1998 – 2002 Bachelor of Science: Honors College, University of Missouri Columbia, MO
2002 – 2006 Doctor of Medicine: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, MN
2006 – 2007 Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miami, FL
2007 – 2008 Internal Medicine Internship: St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis University St. Louis, MO
2008 – 2011 Ophthalmology Resident: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miami, FL
2011 – 2013 Vitreoretinal Fellowship: Duke Eye Center, Duke University Durham, NC
2013 – Present Faculty: Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery, Duke Eye Center, Duke University Durham, NC
2013 – Present Retina Specialist: Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA Fayetteville, NC

Clinical Interests
Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery; Epiretinal Membranes; Macular Holes; Macular Degeneration; Retina Detachment; Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy (PVR); Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy; Retinal Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT); Retinopathy of Prematurity

Research Interests
Human Foveal Development and Maturation; Imaging and Treatment of Ocular Tumors; Spectral Domain OCT imaging; Intraarterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma; Vitreomacular Traction; Retinopathy of Prematurity

Organizations and Memberships
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
Women in Ophthalmology
Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

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Shelby A. Stephenson, M.D. 


Professional License: North Carolina 1980


1968 – 1971  Howard University, BS
1971 – 1974 Meharry Medical College, MD

 Postdoctoral Training:

1975 – 1976 Internship, Meharry Medical College
1976 – 1979 Residency, Ophthalmology, Meharry Medical College

Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Professional Interests:   Comprehensive eye exam for patients of all ages, contact lens fitting and evaluation, Pre/Post-op LASIK and cataract surgery, treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and dry eye syndrome. Treatment for refractive error (hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism)

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Edward M. Kenshock, O.D



  • Professional License, North Carolina (2000)
  • Professional License, Pennsylvania (2000)

History and Education

Dr. Kenshock was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His family lived in Baldwin where he attended Catholic grade school and later Baldwin High School.  His interest in eye care was influenced early on by his father, who was an optician, for over 40 years.  Dr. Kenshock attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated in 1996 with a Chemistry degree.  He later attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in Philadelphia, PA where he obtained another Bachelor of Science, and finally his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2000.

While at PCO, Dr. Kenshock received numerous awards and clinical honors.  Among those accolades are Honors for Ocular Disease Management, Honors for practicing in a hospital setting, and Honors in Primary Eye Care and Pediatrics.  He received several academic scholarships while at school including the Madelyn and Leonard Academic Scholarship, The Conforma Contact Lens Award of Excellence Scholarship, and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Scholarship.  In addition, Dr. Kenshock was admitted to the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society prior to graduation.

Clinical Experience:

Dr. Kenshock completed four distinct clinical internships prior to moving to North Carolina.  The first was at the Martinelli Eye Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA where he obtained valuable clinical experience with family eye care including eye examinations for glasses and contact lenses.  He also participated in the management of glaucoma patients, cataract post-op care, and refractive surgery evaluations.  His second internship was also in Pittsburgh at Associates in Ophthalmology.  Here he observed LASIK eye surgery, glaucoma, cataract, and retinal specialists.  On an average day, he would encounter 50 patients with eye problems related to diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.  This was a unique and rewarding clinical rotation.  The third rotation was at the Lebanon VA Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  This rotation enabled Dr. Kenshock to participate in the eye care of our nation’s veterans.  This rotation not only served to provide eye care experience, but reminded him of the sacrifice that the men and women in the armed forces make in their lives in order to provide us with our continued freedom.  The internships commenced with one additional rotation in Philadelphia at JFK Memorial Hospital and in the Pediatric Department at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  The Pediatric rotation provided eye exam experience for children of all ages.

Additional Work Experience:

Upon moving to North Carolinain September of 2000, Dr. Kenshock worked at a Refractive Surgery Center in Chapel Hill and in Private practice focusing on Family Eye Care and Ocular Disease.  He joined Cape Fear Eye Associates in July of 2002 and has been working in the Fayetteville and Sanford locations exclusively since that time.  He continues to maintain professional memberships in the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Association, and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association.  He donates several eye examinations weekly to the Sanford Helping Hands Clinic and conducts eye evaluations for active members of the US Military prior to retirement.

Clinical Interests: 

Dr. Kenshock enjoys providing eye examinations to patients of all ages including the prescribing of glasses and contact lenses.  Dr. Kenshock has experience with the latest gas permeable contact lens types and materials.  In addition, he fits all types of the most current soft contact lenses including toric, bifocal, multifocal, and color contacts.  Other interests include the management of Dry Eye Syndrome with prescription Eye Drops and Punctal Plugs.  He continues to manage a large base of glaucoma patients as well as patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.  He participates in the post-operative management of refractive, cataract, and glaucoma surgery.   New patients are welcomed and appreciated.

Personal Interests:

Dr. Kenshock resides in Holly Springs, NC with his wife, Angie, who is also an optometrist.  He has been blessed with three wonderful children.  His main enjoyment is spending time with his family.  Some of his favorite family activities are boating on Jordan Lake, hiking, and swimming.  The entire family enjoys family trips to the beach and mountains.  He remains an avid Steelers and Penguins Fan with some of his favorite players being Hines Ward and Sydney Crosby.

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Duy Lam, O.D.


Professional License:

North Carolina          (2011)                                                        Pennsylvania            (2009)

Education and Training:

Doctor of Optometry: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2009)
Bachelor of Science:   Biology – Temple University – Philadelphia, PA  (2005)

Clinical Experience:

Wal-Mart Vision Center – Warminster, PA: Associate Optometrist (Oct. 2009 – Dec. 2012)
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Philadelphia, PA: Intern (Nov. 2008 -May 2008)
The Eye Institute – Philadelphia, PA: Intern (Sept. 2008 – Nov. 2008)
Wrigley Eye Associates – Philadelphia, PA: Intern (May 2008 – Aug. 2008)
Kay & Tabas Ophthalmology Associates – Philadelphia, PA: Intern (Jan. 2008 – May 2008)

Additional Work Experience:
Temple University – Philadelphia, PA: Teaching Instructor (Jun. 2004 – Jun. 2005)
Eckerd Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA: Pharmacy Technician (Jun. 2003 – Nov. 2004)

Special Interests: Comprehensive eye exam for patients of all ages, contact lens fitting and evaluation (GP, Toric, Multifocal, and Color contacts), Pre/Post-op LASIK and Cataract surgery, treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and dry eye syndrome.

Professional Honors & Awards:
Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society (2007)
Temple University College of Science and Technology Dean’s List
Golden Key International Honor Society (2004)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude Temple University

Professional Memberships:
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society.
Seeking to join NC Optometric Society, and AOA.

Foreign Language Proficiency:  Vietnamese: Native/Bilingual Proficiency

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In addition to having some of the leading LASIK surgeons in the country, Cape Fear Eye Associates employs over 40 of North Carolina’s top ophthalmic technicians, assistants, and administrative staff, many of whom have been with our practice for years. All of our highly trained technicians, assistants, and administrative office staff are devoted to providing you and your family with exceptional eye and vision care, along with superior customer service.

Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist

Heather Mason – Assistant to Dr. J. Wayne Riggins / Trainer

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians

Cory Worrell – Marketing

Certified Ophthalmic Assistants

Melissa Simpson – Billing Department
Shirley Moore – Clinic Director
Melanie Stewart
Kelly Sanchez
Jennifer Rogers – Assistant to Dr. Sheel Patel
Holly Faulkner – Assistant to Dr. Duy Lam

Kirsten Paschal – IOL Calculator Specialist
Kelsey Woitas – Assistant to Dr. Edward Kenshock, Jr.
Ebony Woodson
Traci McNeil
Kendra Rice
Melissa Mullins – Lead Technician – Assistant to Dr. Cynthia Toth & Dr. Lejla Vajzovic
Our LASIK surgeons, ophthalmologists, and optometrists are supported by a wonderful technical and administrative staff. When you visit our offices, be sure to say hello to:



  • Michael Williams,MBA / Chief Operating Officer (910) 672-5000
  • Gillian Long, Office Manager (910) 672-5006
  • Shirley Moore, Clinic Director  (910) 484-2284 ext 252
  • Melissa Smith, Assistant Office Manager (910) 484-2284 ext 259
  • Cory Worrell, Marketing (910) 484-2284 ext 269
  • Jolean Osorio – Lead Surgery Coordinator (910) 484-2284 ext 273
  • Lillian Rosa, Surgery Scheduler  (910) 672-5029
  • Tammy Bedell, Surgery Scheduler (910) 672-5028
  • Donna Burris – Insurance Department (910) 484-2284 ext 241
  • Hilliary Dobbs – Billing (910) 484-2284 ext 236
  • Phillip Brown,  Account Manager
  • Triage – Peggy Castro (Metro Medical) 910-484-2284 ext 276
  • Triage – Robbie Smith (Owen Drive) – 910-484-2284 ext 231

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Contact Our LASIK Surgeons Today and Be on Your Way to Better Vision

Cape Fear Eye Associates is comprised of the some of the region’s top ophthalmologists, optometrists, and technicians, as well as some of the nation’s most esteemed LASIK surgeons. Serving Fayetteville and surrounding areas in North Carolina, we deliver exceptional eye and vision care to patients of all ages. To learn more about the LASIK procedure or to arrange a consultation, contact our LASIK surgeons today.