Dr. Zach Balest was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Georgia and went on to earn his medical degree from the inaugural class of the University of Georgia/Medical College of Georgia Partnership. He completed his transitional year internship at Baptist Health System and his ophthalmology residency at Emory University. Dr. Balest has special interest in cataract and refractive surgery, medical and surgical management of glaucoma, diabetic eye care, and eyelid rejuvenation. Outside of medicine, Dr. Balest’s interests include spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and watching UGA football.
Dr. Reena Garg graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine with high honors and completed her internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident. She completed a fellowship in the field of glaucoma at Columbia University and is now a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in all aspects of medical, laser, and surgical treatment for glaucoma. Dr. Garg is known for her compassion towards patients and was awarded the Humanism in Ophthalmology award during her Chief Residency.
Dr. Eric Jennings graduated from the University of Georgia and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed this ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital where he also served as Chief Resident during his final year. Following residency, Dr. Jennings completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of Florida. He is an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery and has clinical interest in the medical and surgical management of corneal diseases. In his free time, Dr. Jennings enjoys watching football, exercising, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Yogin Patel was born and raised in the southeastern United States. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Dr. Patel attended the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a transitional year at UPMC Mercy Hospital and completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Patel also completed a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship with the Cincinnati Eye Institute and University of Cincinnati. His clinical interests vary broadly and include retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, and ocular inflammatory disorders. Outside of medicine, Dr. Patel is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Garrett Webster earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his intern year in Internal Medicine and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, where he also served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology. Dr. Webster has special interest in traditional and laser-assisted comprehensive cataract surgery. He joined South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners in August 2018 and has a young daughter and Boykin Spaniel with his wife, Sydney.