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John C. Marsh, M.D.

Dr. John C. Marsh - Topeka, KS SurgeonBackground and Education:
Dr. Marsh is a native of Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and graduated with the highest distinction and honors in Cellular Biology.

Medical Credentials:
Dr. Marsh attended Medical School at the University of Kansas in Kansas City and graduated with highest distinction. He attended the University of Hawaii Transitional Residency Program for his internship. Dr. Marsh then completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at University of Kansas.

After his internship in Hawaii, Dr. Marsh then taught Cataract Surgery to residents at the Jules Stein Eye Institute for a year, as well as receiving his special training in glaucoma. Dr. Marsh is Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

John C. Marsh M.D. has been practicing at Heartland Eye Care since 1997. He specializes in Cataract and Glaucoma surgery.


Dr. Rita Marie R. Tablante, M.D.

Dr. Rita Marie Tablante - Topeka, KS Retina SpecialistBackground and Education
Dr. Tablante earned her medical doctorate at the University of the Philippines after a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from which she graduated Magna cum Laude at the University of the Philippines.

Medical Credentials
Dr. Tablante completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Tablante specialized in retinal diseases and surgery at the Vitreoretinal Foundation, University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Dr. Tablante is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Dr. Rita Marie R. Tablante specializes in diseases of the retina, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vascular disease. She also practices general ophthalmology.


Trent L. Vande Garde, M.D. 

Dr. Trent Vande Garde - Topeka, KS Cataract SpecialistBackground and Education
Dr. Vande Garde is a Topeka native and earned his bachelor’s degree and medical doctorate from the University of Kansas.

Medical Credentials
Following internship in Internal Medicine at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Vande Garde completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Eye Foundation Hospital. In addition he completed a year-long fellowship specializing in refractive surgery, and participated in numerous FDA studies involving new technology and devices.

Dr. Vande Garde has earned many honors including his election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Phi Beta Kappa and being name Chief Resident at the Eye foundation Hospital. He has lectured at national meetings on refractive surgery and has published scientific articles and textbook chapters on his specialty. Dr. Vande Garde is Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Trent L. Vande Garde, M.D. specializes in Cataract and Lens Implant surgery.