Thomas E. Niemeier, MD has joined the team at Optim Orthopedics and is seeing patients at Optim’s Bluffton and Savannah locations.

Niemeier is an orthopedic spine surgeon who provides consultation and treatment for patients with all spinal disorders, including cervical spine and complex spinal deformities.

Some conditions treated by Niemeier include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, radiculopathy, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis.

In addition to the latest techniques in spinal reconstruction, Niemeier is trained in minimally invasive surgery and motion-preserving techniques.

Niemeier earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Clemson University before attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, where he was selected as the Kurt Niemann Most Outstanding Resident.

Following residency training, Niemeier went on to complete specialized fellowship training in Spine Surgery at the Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. He has published more than a dozen peer reviewed journal articles on a wide spectrum of orthopedic topics and continues to have an active role in clinical research. His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and AO Spine.

For more information, call 912-644-5300 or visit The Bluffton office is located at 8201 Pinellas Dr. The Savannah office is located at 210 East DeRenne Ave.

Dr. Carl W. Baker, an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, has joined the practice at Bishop Eye Center. Appointments are now being scheduled with Baker at the New River location.

Baker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. In 1994, he completed an internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he also served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology.

He was the recipient of the William W. Vallotton Award for Academic Excellence in Residency. Additionally, he received a Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship and served as an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky in 2000.

Baker is engaged in clinical research for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and retinal vein occlusions. For the past two decades, he has been involved with several projects that have led to the developments of new medications and devices for the treatment of eye diseases.

In addition to his research, Baker is actively involved as a leader in ophthalmology at the national and state level. Baker is also a member of both the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He served as a vice chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network from 2011-2013 and is currently serving a second term since 2017.

For more information, visit or call 843-689-3937.

• Dr. Adam Squicquero was recent designated a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). The announcement was made during a convocation ceremony in late July.

Squicquero receive his undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration in finance at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.