New Announcement - February 2, 2024

Please help us congratulate our Medical Director, Emilio M. Justo, MD, who presented his second TEDx talk in London, Ontario, Canada on February 2, 2024 at the TEDxWesternU event! The title of his talk is:

Unleashing the Drive Within: The OBSESSION Advantage to Unprecedented Success

Click Here to View Photos of TEDxWesternU Event

Once this TEDx YouTube video goes live, we will post it here!

In the meantime, please join the more than 5 Million Viewers who have watched Dr. Justo's first TEDx talk from August 12, 2023 at TEDxCherryCreekHS titled "Delayed Gratification: Your Superpower to Success" Please see the link below to view the full video, as well as photos of the event:

Delayed Gratification: Your Superpower to Success

An Excellent Administration

A medical center can only be as good as the people who run it. Thankfully, we have an amazing plastic surgery administrative staff at the Phoenix-based Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center that prioritizes our patients and their care above all else.

Our Staff

Dr. Emilio Justo compliments his highly-trained, warm, and friendly staff for going above and beyond in their care for their patients. Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center is so popular because of the family-like community of our staff that makes patients feel welcome. Many staff members have been at the institute for more than a decade.

Our Doctors

Dr. JustoEmilio M. Justo, M.D.

Founder and Medical Director
Board-certified Eye Physician and Cosmetic Surgeon

Born in Havana, Cuba and raised near Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Justo is married with two sons and a daughter and loves spending time with his family. He enjoys theater, music, and traveling and is a fierce sports enthusiast. On several occasions, he has utilized his fluency in Spanish in his travels to Mexico, where he provides modern medical and surgical eye care to the underprivileged.

Visit Dr. Justo's biography to learn more about our premier surgeon.

Dr. YatesMark Yates, O.D.

Assistant Director of Optometry

Dr. Yates has more than three years of experience providing individualized complex and routine vision care to patients. He diagnoses and cares for patients with a wide range of vision care needs, from glaucoma to macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. 

Read Dr. Yates' bio page for more information on his skills and experience

Daniel Valdes, O.D. 

Dr, Valdes

Assistant Director of Optometry

Dr. Valdes brings a compassionate desire to educate and empower his patients. He takes walk in appointments, emergencies, and comprehensive medical eye exams. Dr. Valdes works with patients who suffer from dry eye, need diabetic eye exams, or have been diagnosed with glaucoma and other eye diseases.

Read Dr. Valdes' bio page for more information on his skills and experience

Our Administrative Leads

Holli Johnson

Practice Administrator

Holli operates multiple practices as Arizona Ophthalmology Administrator for EyeCare Partners including the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center.  She brings a passion for leadership in the medical practice industry, and enjoys helping her teams grow to their fullest potential. In her two decades of experience she has worked in every position in an eyecare practice, bringing a strong knowledge to support best practices that result in best care for patients. Holli is from Washington state, but is proud to currently live in Phoenix with her husband and her sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, who are all car aficionados. 

Jennifer S., C.P.S.S.Jennifer S., Front Office Supervisor

Practice Manager

Jennifer brings more than two decades of dedication at the Arizona Eye Institute to her role as Practice Manager. She has been a valuable asset to our practice since joining us in 2001. With many years of experience in medicine, Jennifer has also completed college courses in business and accounting, and certified training with Obagi Medical Products and Systems. 

Elaina B., R.N., B.S.N.Roxanne S., Director of Nursing & ASC Certified Aesthetic Laser Nurse

Director of Nursing
ASC Manager

Elaina Bix, R.N., B.S.N., brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience as the Director of Nursing and Ambulatory Surgery Center Manager.  Elaina lives in Surprise with her significant other and their four children with their shepherd/lab mix dog, Tank.  Her career has centered around working in surgery centers, and her passion lies in eye surgery.  Before coming to the Arizona Eye Institute, she also worked in an orthopedic surgical center but was missing her true love of vision care. "I love working with eyes. I have seen almost every eye surgery I have been able to and know the huge difference these procedures are making in the lives of patients. I am thrilled to be working among a team known for its care and commitment to each individual patient," Elaina explained. 

Roxanne S., Director of Nursing & ASC Certified Aesthetic Laser NurseRoxanne D., R.N.

Certified Aesthetic Laser Nurse
Cosmetic Consultant

Roxanne is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of health care experience, and has been our director of nursing since 2006. She has obtained unique high-level certifications including the following: Certified Aesthetic Laser Nurse, Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer, and Certified OBAGI Skin Care and Blue Peel Specialist. Roxanne also functions as the assistant director of our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). She is passionate about her grandkids and her family. Her hobbies include art, scuba diving, and making ugly crochet blankets for loved ones. She lives in Glendale, but loves traveling out of the country.

Discover more information about the rest of our friendly nursing team.

Cassie, Front Office SupervisorCassandra L., C.P.S.S.

Front Office Supervisor
Certified Patient Service Specialist

Cassandra serves as the supervisor of the Front Desk customer service team, and has been with the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center for more than a decade. A native to Arizona, she has proudly been working in the medical field since 2003. Cassie received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate through Glendale Community College. She lives in Surprise with her husband and their two daughters, and enjoys family travel and activities. Cassie cherishes the holiday season - especially Christmas. You will often find signs of her championing of the holiday season decorating the office and social media pages, as the self proclaimed "Holiday Cheermeister" plans interactive and creative holiday activities and contests that engage both patients and the team.

Learn more about Cassandra and the welcoming faces of our plastic surgery center.

Dawn V., Back Office Supervisor, C.O.A.Dawn V., C.O.A.

Back Office Supervisor
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant
Cosmetic Consultant

Dawn has over 20 years experience in ophthalmology and is one of our key cosmetic consultants.

Learn about Dawn and the rest of our wonderful cosmetic consultants.

Business Team

Staci Y.

Billing Account Analyst Staci

Staci brings her skills as a surgical coordinator as well as a banking associate, to our talented team, where she is passionate to help ensure your exceed all of your health and beauty goals. Staci is a expert on helping ensure patients secure the appropriate insurance coverage on applicable services. She has worked in a variety of medical fields including pediatric and vision care. A Texas native, Staci is proud to live in Surprise. She is the proud mother of two sons, with whom she enjoys spending as much time as she can outside.  

Jessica B.

Billing Account Analyst Staci

Jessica brings more than five years experience working in the billing field in support of patients and quality customer service. Born in Utah, she traveled the world as a military child, and now lives in Peoria with her husband and her daughter. She speaks both English and Korean and loves to play the piano and cello as well as work with her inquisitive daughter on learning new languages. Jessica has experience working with stocks and investments, insurance and mortgages, banking and in medical care.

Beth L. 

Beth L.

Marketing Director

Beth brings her enthusiasm for sharing the success stories of the practice from her decade of experience as an award-winning journalist. She has managed communications for business, government and nonprofit organizations. Raised between Pennsylvania and Arizona, Beth grew up traveling often, and thrives on meeting new people and hearing their stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from The Pennsylvania State University. She is proud to call Surprise her home.

Allison J., Strategic AnalystAllison J., Ed. D.

Strategic Analyst

Married with two sons and a daughter, Allison was born and raised in Chicago before moving to Phoenix in 1998. Since earning a doctorate in education from Loyola University Chicago, she has been continually active in the educational field as teacher, principal, and superintendent in both cities.

Contact Our Plastic Surgery Staff

To make an appointment, email the skilled eye surgery and plastic surgery staff at the Phoenix-based Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center.

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Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center

Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Arizona Medical Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The Phoenix Ophthalmological Society

To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call (623) 975-2020.

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Over the years, many people have asked me my secret… The answer is simple – I listen carefully and attentively.
Dr. Emilio Justo

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