About Our Doctors

Robert J. Arleo, MD
Dr. Robert Arleo obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hofstra University where he graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center, Brooklyn New York where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Ophthalmology at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. Dr. Arleo started practice in Ithaca, New York in 1994 and became Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1995 by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Arleo has been a Clinical Investigator for Alcon Laboratories has been participated in many FDA trials for surgical products and medications that are now commonly used.
He has lectured internationally on cataract instruments and techniques.
Clinical Interest / Practice Focus
Cataract & Implant / General Ophthalmology

Professional Societies and Organizations
- Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1995
- Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Member, American Medical Association
- Member, Medical Society of the State of New York
- Member, Tompkins County Medical Society
- Member, New York State Ophthalmologic Society
- Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Member, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

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Philip Lempert, MD
Dr. Philip Lempert attended the University of California at Berkley and City College of New York where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Chicago Medical School in 1962 and completed an internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn New York in 1963. As a flight surgeon in the Air Force he performed research on protective devices for flight personnel, eye examinations on candidates for special Air Force programs, and was an ophthalmology instructor for Flight Surgeons. He was stationed at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force, San Antonio, Texas. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He attended Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel where he received a Fellowship in Retinal Diseases. Dr. Lempert started practice in Ithaca, New York in 1970 and became Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1971 by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lempert is a Lecturer at the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics and a visiting Fellow in the Department of Physiology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is co-developer of the EyeCon 5 – a comprehensive computerized vision testing device. He has also developed a visual and cognitive vision tester. Dr. Lempert holds two patents on methods and apparatus for imaging and analysis of ocular tissue. He has lectured extensively on the usage of lasers and computers in Ophthalmology and has many published articles and letters on these subjects. His current research focuses on Amblyopia and optic nerve dysversion with hypoplasia.
Clinical Interest/Practice Focus
Computers in Ophthalmology / Ophthalmic Imaging / General Ophthalmology

Professional Societies and Organizations
- Board Certified, Ophthalmology 1971
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Member, Committee on Information Technology, New York State Medical Society
- Member, American Medical Association
- Member, Medical Society of the State of New York
- Member, Tompkins County Medical Society

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Tamara J. Stockwin, O.D.
Prior to joining Arleo Eye Associates in 2004, Dr. Stockwin obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Buffalo where she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Fraternity. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois, where she was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity and the Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity. Dr. Stockwin has training in the treatment and management of ocular disease, low vision, pediatric vision care, and refractive and specialty contact lenses, including lenses for kerataconus.

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Melissa C. Oltz, O.D. , F.A.A.O.
Dr. Oltz joined Arleo Eye Associates in July 2008 after completing a Residency in Ocular Disease at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She is currently trained in pediatric vision care, binocular vision assessment and treatment, refractive and specialty contact lenses, ocular disease/infection diagnosis and treatment, and low vision. As an active member in the American Academy of Optometry, she received her Fellowship in 2009.

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Ralph Michael Bishop, M.D.
Dr. Bishop obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College where he graduated Cum Laude. He completed his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University and internship at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Bishop was a General Medical Officer in the United States Air Force at Dover Air Force Base from 1967 to 1969. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons Dr. Bishop has been in private practice for over 30 years, the majority of that here in Ithaca.
Professional Societies and Organizations:

  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Member of Upstate New York Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Inc.
  • Member of Pan-American Associates of Ophthalmology
  • Member of American Society of Cataract Refractive Surgeons
  • NYS Ophthalmological Society

Ashley B. Fazzary, O.D.
Dr. Fazzary graduated from the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, New York and joins Arleo Eye Associates with clinical experience working with nationally recognized ophthalmologists in oculoplastics/cosmetics, LASIK and cataract surgeries.

Dr. Fazzary has extensive training in specialty contact lenses including rigid gas permeables, keratoconus lenses, multifocals, monovision, and toric lenses.


Mary K. Conroy, O.D.
Dr. Conroy received her Bachelor of Science from University at Buffalo. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she was student president of VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity, and organized two mission trips to the Dominican Republic providing free eye exams and glasses to underserved communities.

Dr. Conroy then completed an Ocular Disease residency at Baltimore VA Medical Center, where she worked closely with cornea, glaucoma, and retina specialists at Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University and other well respected practices in the Baltimore area.