342 22nd Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: (615) 327-2001
Fax: (615) 327-2069
Toll Free: (800) 955-3270
Dr. Daniel Bregman is an extremely gifted eye surgeon, specializing in refractive and no-stitch micro-incision cataract surgery. His tremendous experience as a dedicated and skilled eye surgeon positions him as our team leader at Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, Inc. Formerly the Chief of Ophthalmology at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY, he has been a member of our practice since 1993. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
His surgical success rate is unparalleled among his peers, having performed more than 30,000 LASIK procedures as well as more than 30,000 cataract procedures so far in his exceptional career. Dr. Bregman was one of the first surgeons in Tennessee to perform the Visian ICL procedure, which is another type of refractive surgery to correct vision for those who are not candidates for LASIK. Dr. Bregman is also the first cataract surgeon in Middle TN to perform micro-incision cataract surgery with a 1.8 mm incision, and also pioneered the use of LensTec Softec HD lens implants, which offers increased accuracy in lens implant cataract surgery patients. For his cataract patients wanting premium lens upgrades, Dr. Bregman uses state-of-the-art implantable lenses such as ReStor and Toric, allowing his patients to see exactly what they want to see post-surgery.
Sachie Hase, O.D.
Assistant Center Director
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Sachie Hase (pronounced HA-SAY) grew up in Snellville, Georgia. After graduating cum laude with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she worked as an assistant in cardiovascular and renal research at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Hase received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, again graduating cum laude. While in optometry school, she was a recipient of the school's Merit Scholarship and she was recognized as a "Top 5 Student" by her professors following optometric training in the clinical evaluation of the visual system. Dr. Hase was actively involved in various organizations, taking on leadership positions in the National Optometric Student Association, Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and the American Optometric Student Association. She also volunteered with the Remote Area Medical program and traveled to Honduras to provide eye care to underserved patients.
After completing externships in Chicago, Athens, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Dr. Hase extended her clinical experience by completing a highly regarded residency with Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta. During her time at Woolfson, she was presented with a travel grant by the American Academy of Optometry's Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies section.
Dr. Hase currently resides in Nashville, TN, and is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, the American Optometric Association, and the Middle Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. She is fluent in both English and Japanese.
Frequently described as a "great doctor" with "wonderful chair-side manner," Dr. Kostamaa is skilled and knowledgeable in all disorders and diseases of the retina, including macular degeneration, macular holes, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and epiretinal membranes. Always at the forefront of new retinal management advancements, he has participated in multiple clinical trials, all so that he can provide the best care possible to his patients.
Dr. Kostamaa received his medical degree and specialized ophthalmic training at the University of California in Irvine, where he served as Chief Resident. He also completed an additional two-year Fellowship in vitreorentinal disease. His commitment to his practice includes staying on the leading edge of advancements in medical and surgical treatments in retinal diseases and injuries, while also developing long-term relationships with his patients. He believes that teamwork is the key to delivering optimal eye care and that Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, Inc. is ideally suited to provide this type of care.
Irene H. Ludwig earned her M.D. degree from the Cornell University Medical College in 1979. She performed her internship in general surgery at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She then served as a resident in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinical Foundation in Cleveland. Following two years of research at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, she then took a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
In 1986, she joined the staff of Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, where she was appointed to the position of clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Albany Medical College of Union University. In 1992, she joined the faculty at LSU Eye Center in New Orleans, where she was an associate professor, performing research and teaching new surgical techniques.
Dr. Irene Ludwig is widely known for her innovative new technologies in adult and children's eye surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the Costenbader Society and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her accomplishments in the field of pediatric ophthalmology include lecturing at scientific meetings and publishing a number of ophthalmological papers.
Dr. Ludwig has other areas of research interest, including the connection between strabismus and sinus disease, improved surgical techniques of superior oblique palsy and a new repair of diplopia caused by facial trauma.
Dr. Daniel Bustos provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide range of eye disorders including glaucoma, cataracts, and neuro-ophthalmic disease. His bedrock principal, inherited from his father who was a cardiothoracic surgeon, is to treat each patient with dignity, compassion, respect, and a personal attention to detail, which he believes every human being deserves. “…I strive to make sure my patients understand, on at least a basic level, what is wrong with their eyes, what we can do together to fix it, and what they can expect in the future, so they leave my exam room feeling better about the future of their eyes.”
Following his medical education and internship from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Bustos completed his Ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, Dr. Bustos practiced with PeaceHealth Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon, where he enjoyed a cooperative relationship with Optometry. He and his wife, Lori, have four children, and have been fortunate to have their children spend their formative years close to their grandparents.
Dr. Bustos will rotate his schedule between the Murfreesboro and Nashville clinic locations of Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, Inc., beginning July 2013.