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Welcome to Cape Fear Eye Associates, pa
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Bringing You the Most Advanced and Trusted Technology!

About Us

The doctors at Cape Fear Eye Associates are some of the country’s most accomplished ophthalmologists, optometrists, and LASIK surgeons and hold the highest-level of education and training. Our doctors have been recognized throughout their careers for contributions to patient care and to the community at large serving Fayetteville and surrounding areas of North Carolina for over 30 years.

Our physicians’ knowledge of eye care also extends to the treatment of many other eye conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease and infection, macular degeneration, cataracts and various other eye diseases. We also treat conditions such as bacterial, viral and allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye and others.

At Cape Fear Eye Associates staying current on techniques and technologies is a priority. From the time you enter our practice, you will see we are not an ordinary eye care practice. We use the latest and technically accurate equipment and techniques to ensure the highest quality outcomes for your eye care.

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We “give back”

Our community has many needs, so we make “giving back” a high priority. 

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Meet our esteemed team of doctors and learn more about their years of training, accomplishments, and professional interests.

J. Wayne Riggins, OD, MD
Sheel Patel, MD
Jennifer Perry, MD
Leah Bonaparte, MD
Nitin Nigam, MD
Shelby Stephenson, MD
Edward Kenshock, OD
Jonathan Cotto, PA-C
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Our Staff

In addition to having some of the leading LASIK surgeons in the country, Cape Fear Eye Associates employs some 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 Technician

Maureen Prior 

Debra Davis-Reese

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Ebony Woodson - Clinic Lead and Assistant to Dr. Leah Bonaparte 

Holly Faulkner - Assistant to Dr. Shelby Stephenson 

Jennifer Rogers – Clinic Lead and Assistant to Dr. Sheel Patel

Sarah Mendoza - Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Perry 

Melissa Simpson - Assistant to Dr. Nitin Nigam

Olivia Godwin - Assistant to Dr. Edward Kenshock, Jr. 

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

  • Elizabeth Freitas - Office Manager (910) 484-2284 ext 252 

  • Tabitha Shea - Assistant Manager  (910) 484-2284 ext 282 

  • Laci Cardona - Patient Relations Lead (910) 484-2284 ext 278

  • Hilliary Dobbs – Billing Manager (910) 484-2284 ext 236

  • Cory Worrell - Surgery Scheduling Manager (910) 484-2284 ext 246


Surgical/Refractive Scheduling Staff

  • Tammy Bedell -  Surgery Scheduling Lead  (910) 484-2284 ext 228 

  • Pam Ellingson (Refractive Surgery)   (910) 484-2284 ext 229

  • Jennifer MacDonald  (910) 484-2284 ext 232

  • Lillian Rosa (Owen Drive)  (910) 484-2284 ext 275 

  • Leslie Phillips (Surgical Accounting Specialist) - (910) 484-2284 ext 273 

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.