Dr. Paul Russo

Optometrist Dr. Paul Russo has joined the growing practice at Bishop Eye Center. Appointments are now being scheduled with Dr. Russo at all three locations.

Dr. Russo has been practicing optometry since 1995. He relocated from Cooperstown, New York, after being on staff at Bassett Healthcare’s Department of Ophthalmology for 23 years.

Previously, he was an active-duty Army optometrist. While living in New York, he was a member of the Air National Guard for 17 years and retired after 29 years of service. He is a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Dr. Russo’s eye care experience ranges from routine vision eye exams to diagnosing, treating, and managing medical and acute eye diseases.

Dr. Russo graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1987 and served as an active-duty armor officer from 1987-1991. He then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry and graduated in 1995. He completed clinical externships at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Eye Institute, Pugliese Eye Associates in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and the Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association. 

Bishop Eye Center has locations on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and Hardeeville. For more information, visit bishopeye.com or call 843-689-3937.

Bob Dickson, a financial consultant, recently became interim Chief Financial Officer of National Bioskills Laboratories. Dickson, a resident of Bluffton, has years of experience as a chief financial officer and certified public accountant working for entrepreneurial and publicly traded companies. 

National Bioskills Laboratories provides facilities, equipment and cadavers for medical device companies for training of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. National Bioskills has state of the market facilities in San Francisco, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Dickson will work remotely from his home.

Dickson and his wife, Linda, live in Belfair and are both originally from Pittsburgh. Both are graduates of Pennsylvania State University.

For more information, text 724-272-1527.

Jeff Byington

Jeff Byington recently joined the staff as a business development representative at Chris Hervochon CPA CVA LLC virtual accounting firm, based in Bluffton.

Byington is an award-winning sales executive with more than 15 years of experience leading high energy sales operations.

Before moving to the Lowcountry, Byington grew up in Idaho and joined the U.S. Army right out of high school. He spent 11 years rising through the ranks of the Army and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Byington’s sales experience was focused on high-growth and startup organizations while maintaining top levels of customer service and satisfaction.

For more information about the company, visit betterwaycpa.com.