Meet Our Doctors
You can trust your vision to our highly-skilled board certified ophthalmologists and eye surgeons at the Eye Life Institute. Our physicians have 50+ years combined experience and have performed over 15,000 surgeries. They continue to pursue educational and professional activities to bring you the latest advances in eye care.
David J. Gajda, MD
Ophthalmologist
Dr. Gajda graduated from Queen's University School of Medicine in Ontario, Canada in 1988. He went on to complete his internship at Queen's University and residency at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Gajda specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract, and laser surgery. He has been in private practice since 1994 in Wyoming and joined the Eye Life Institute in 2011. He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gajda enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid skier, swimmer, and a hockey fan.
Jerome W.H. Niswonger, MD, MPH
Ophthalmologist
Dr. Niswonger graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1962. He completed his internship and residency at Los Angeles County Hospital and began his medical career as an Obstetrician. In 1981, Dr. Niswonger completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Medical Center and received his certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1982. He also has a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of California – LA. Dr. Niswonger founded the Eye Life Institute in 1988 and is a specialist in comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract, and laser surgery. His interests include travel, Biblical archeology and mountain climbing.
Marina Rocchi, O.D.
Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Rocchi graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in genetics in 2007. She went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry and graduated in 2011. Dr. Rocchi has been in private practice since 2011 and joined Eye Life Institute in 2016. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and president of the local optometric society, Golden Empire. Dr. Rocchi enjoys league bowling, recreation softball, and science fiction.