Meet the Specialists of Hudson, Florida

Our Mission

At Suncoast Eye Center we employ specialists from the Department of Ophthalmology who provide the full range of clinical services to adults and children. This includes cataract diagnosis and treatment, eyelid and glaucoma surgery.

We have been providing outstanding eye care services to the residents of Florida since 1982. Our reputation is unsurpassed in both regular eye care services and surgical procedures.

Suncoast Eye Center provides comprehensive services to help you treat and take care of your sight. Whether you need highly specialized surgery or simply your first pair of glasses, you can get the very best ophthalmic care.

We are committed to providing all of our services in a compassionate, supportive environment. Suncoast Eye Center offers a variety of patient support services, including educational materials and programs.

Meet the Doctors - Copy

Alan M. Freedman, M.D. | Cataract and Eyelid Surgery Specialist

Alan M. Freedman is a board certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation. Dr. Freedman is distinguished as being one of the few Fellowship trained cataract specialists on the West Coast of Florida.


Dr. Freedman received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Vallhalla, New York; he completed three years of residency training in Ophthalmology at Nassau County Medical Center, Long Island, New York. Dr. Freedman's specialized Fellowship training in Phacoemulsification, Intraocular Lens Implantation and Anterior Segment Surgery, was completed at Mary Shiels Hospital, Dallas, Texas, under William S. Harris, M.D. Before joining the Suncoast Eye Center in 1985, Dr. Freedman practiced from his offices in the Tampa Bay area. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida.

Residency in Ophthalmology:

Nassau County Medical Center Clinical Campus (1975-1978)
State University of New York at Stonybrook, East Meadow, New York

University Affiliations:

Clinical Assistant Professor University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa, Fl 336112

Marquerite M. Kohlhepp, M.D. | Vitreo-Retinal Specialist

Marguerite Kohlhepp, M.D. is a board certified, fellowship trained, ophthalmologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of retina disease. As a vitreo-retinal specialist, her areas of expertise include macular degeneration and treatment with Lucentis and Macugen therapy, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and retinal blood vessel blockages.


Dr. Kohlhepp received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed her Internship at Winthrop University Hospital, New York, and her Residency at Yeshiva University, an affiliate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Continuing her sub-speciality training, Dr. Kohlhepp completed a Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Dr. Kohlhepp is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the Pasco County Medical Society.

Jason M. Handza, D.O. | Vitreo-Retinal Specialist

Dr. Handza is a board certified Ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in the treatment of all medical and surgical retinal disease and laser surgery. This includes diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal tears and detachments. He has been twice awarded the prestigious Patrick Murray Award given by the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology to a physician demonstrating “professional proficiency, unusual merit and skills in the practice of ophthalmology. He also received the coveted Galen S. Young, Sr. Award from the P.C.O.M. Department of Surgery for his exceptional surgical ability. He has been delivering specialty eye care in Florida since 2004.

Dr. Handza has trained with many highly respected physicians considered to be experts in the field of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery. As a co-investigator, he has been on the forefront of research aimed at the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. His research was focused on the study of Lucentis for macular degeneration, including two different Phase III trials of rhuFab V2 [Ranibizumab]; (ANCHOR) and (MARINA) by Genentech, one Phase I/II trial of rhuFab V2 [Ranibizumab], and the Phase III trial of Protein Kinase C B Inhibitor - Diabetic Retinopathy Study 2 (PKC-DRS2) by Eli Lilly. He regularly lectures at and attends conferences and educational programs on the most recent advances in the field of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery. He is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Osteopathic Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been appointed to the medical staff at Bayfront Medical Center, Largo Medical Center and Suncoast Hospital.

Patients appreciate Dr. Handza's personalized care and concern for how their vision affects their life. He takes the time to ensure that every patient understands his or her eye problem and the appropriate treatment options. Most importantly, Dr. Handza treats all patients with respect and greatly values their opinions.


Dr. Handza graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. He received his medical degree with honors from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at Kettering Medical Center/Grandview Hospital. He then completed a post graduate fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the nationally respected University of South Florida Eye Institute.

George H. Kaplan, O.D. | Optometrist

George H. Kaplan, O.D. is a licensed optometrist who specializes in comprehensive eye exams, as well as sports vision. As a doctor of optometry, he has worked with several football players at the University of Florida. Each having benefited from Dr. Kaplan's expertise in sports vision and therapy. Dr. Kaplan has also worked with special needs patients at the Special Olympics in Daytona Beach.


Dr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Michael Manning, M.D. | Cataract and Eyelid Surgery Specialist

Dr. Michael Manning
I strive to provide my patients with the highest quality of eye care and the personal touch they deserve ~Michael Manning, MD
Michael Manning is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist recognized as a leader in cataract and refractive surgery as well as cosmetic eyelid surgery.

Manning specializes in Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery, Refractive Surgery including All-Laser LASIK, Functional and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, as well as medical and surgical treatment of Glaucoma.

Manning has given presentations at both national and international Ophthalmology meetings. Further, he has co-authored publications including a textbook chapter in the highly esteemed Albert & Jakobiec's Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology (3rd Edition), described by The Journal of the American Medical Association as “the current standard in comprehensive ophthalmology textbooks.”


After graduating as valedictorian of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Manning accepted multiple scholarships to Rollins College where he majored in Chemistry and earned a Bachelor of Arts through the distinguished Honors Degree Program. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship Year at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and went on to complete Ophthalmology Residency Training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he was selected as Chief Resident.