Joanna M. Fisher, M.D.
Dr. Joanna Fisher earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined six-year B.A./M.D. program through Lehigh University. She continued her training with an Internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania, followed by a Residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Fisher also completed a Mini Fellowship in Basic/Advanced LASIK Surgery. She also been certified to perform cosmetic services including Botox, Juvederm and Voluma.
Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Fisher has been practicing medicine since 1986 and founded Valley Eye Professionals in 2006. She serves as Chief of Ophthalmology and Attending Surgeon at Holy Redeemer Hospital . She actively participates on the teaching staff, as Associate Surgeon, in the Cataract and Primary Eyecare Department at Wills Eye Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Fisher is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University.
On the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and past President of the Intercounty Ophthalmology Society, Dr. Fisher is also a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She volunteers her time in the community at the annual Wills Eye Hospital screening and at Holy Redeemer Hospital, both in the Women’s Health Center and by providing a diabetic lecture series.
Dr. Fisher lives in Huntingdon Valley with her husband and three sons. To stay physically fit she enjoys running, swimming and tennis.
Colleen P. Halfpenny, M.D.
Dr. Colleen Halfpenny earned both her Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from Georgetown University where she earned the honors of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha respectively. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia where she was elected Co-chief resident in her final year. Dr. Halfpenny then completed a Fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery and Uveitis at the F.I. Proctor Foundation and University of California San Francisco. During her fellowship, Dr. Halfpenny participated in a NIH sponsored research project on trachoma in Ethiopia. She was thrilled to move back to the area in 2009 and join Dr. Fisher, whom she had worked with as a resident at Wills.
Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Halfpenny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine and is an active part of the teaching staff of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital. She is also on staff at Holy Redeemer Hospital where she lectures on diabetic eye health. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology where she serves as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for its cataract surgery content. Dr. Halfpenny is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, as well as serving on the board of the Holy Redeemer Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Wills Northeast Surgery Center.
Dr. Halfpenny has conducted lectures before her peers at national ophthalmic meetings as well as been the author of several clinical journal articles and book chapters. She also been certified to perform cosmetic services including Botox, Juvederm and Voluma.
Jody Piltz-Seymour, M.D.
Dr. Piltz-Seymour has provided university-level, subspecialty glaucoma care throughout the Philadelphia region for more than 20 years. She is a Clinical Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Piltz-Seymour has received the “Best Doctors in America” recognition for more than a decade, received the Patient Choice Award in 2012-2013 and was chosen by Philadelphia Magazine as a “Top Doc for Seniors”.
Dr. Piltz-Seymour received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She served as Chief Resident for the Department of Ophthalmology & Advanced Studies as a Glaucoma Fellow at the University of British Columbia with the renowned Dr. Stephen Drance.
She served for 15 years as Director of Glaucoma Services at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the Principal Investigator for the landmark Ocular Hypertensive Treatment Study with a grant of over one million dollars from the National Institute of Health.
An active member in the American Glaucoma Society, Women In Ophthalmology, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmology Society. She serves as a scientific reviewer for most of the major journals of Ophthalmology, including the American Journal of Ophthalmology and has authored hundreds of major research papers, abstracts, editorials, and reviews in the field of Glaucoma.
Alessandra Intili, M.D.
Dr. Intili practices Comprehensive Ophthalmology with an emphasis on Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgery of the eyelids. Dr. Intili is also certified in cosmetic services for the face and eyelids. This includes Botox, facial fillers, and skin resurfacing with lasers and chemical peels. Additionally, she has a special interest in Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery, for which she has presented and published.
Dr. Intili was born in New Jersey but raised in Italy until age six, when she moved back to the United States. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Biology from Lehigh University followed by her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown, she received the award for Outstanding Medical Student Performance in the Department of Ophthalmology. She went on to complete her ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital, where was mentored by some of the best minds in ophthalmology, including the other doctors of Valley Eye. She completed the Wills Eye Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellowship with a focus on Oculoplastics.
She remains a faculty member at Wills Eye Hospital and an associate professor at Jefferson Hospital, where she continues to surgically and clinically mentor Ophthalmology residents in the most complex forms of cataract extraction. She also serves as the Co-Fellowship Director for the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. She remains actively involved with global ophthalmology community.
Dr. Intili is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology. Her interests in writing, travel and photography are beautifully displayed on her blog: https://academicglobalophthalmology.tumblr.com
David DiFranceisco, O.D.
Dr. David DiFranceisco earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Villanova University in 1981 and his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 1986. He completed internship programs at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix Hospital in Lakehurst, and Lynch Pediatric Unit at The Eye Institute. Dr. DiFranceisco continued his training with a residency program at Rhode Island Group Health in Newport from 1986-89.
In private practice in various multidisciplinary settings since 1986, Dr. DiFranceisco has been with Valley Eye Professionals since its inception in 2006. He and Dr. Fisher have practiced together since 1998. Dr. DiFranceisco is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. He has vast experience working in primary eye care and contact lenses, the treatment of ocular disease, glaucoma, and the management of macular and retinal disorders. Dr. DiFranceisco enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife and three children.