Our STAFF

Jenifer N. Hizny, BS

Practice Administrator

Jenifer Hizny, Practice Administrator, is drawn to healthcare and has always felt the need to help and offer support to others. She has been in medical management for over 20 years, during which time she worked for several different, large and small, physician offices and hospitals. She enjoys her job and is rewarded by her patients and the long-term relationships she builds with them.

Ms. Hizny first studied accounting and engineering at Louisiana State University then transferred to the University of Missouri at Rolla (Rolla School of Mines) after her freshman year. There she graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Accounting.

Later, Ms. Hizny refocused her direction and earned her initial license as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from Southwest Missouri State University, and enjoyed the acute care and interaction in emergency medicine. After moving to New Mexico, she became a Pharmacologic Representative with Ortho Novum, and then a Product Representative with Topcon. She joined High Country Macula in 2010.

Jenifer takes a great deal of pride in her work, and her peers know she can be counted upon. She shows compassion and gratitude every day and enjoys snowboarding, hiking, swimming, reading, southern cooking, and pretending to be the next Top Chef. Time spent with her family while enjoying any of these activities is a day well spent.

Rex Willis

Head Ophthalmic Technician

Having been raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Rex Willis grew up as a serious outdoorsman. So much so that he earned the Rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America by the age of 17 – quite an accomplishment. Rex attended East High School in Anchorage, Alaska. At the age of 20, he chose to leave the Frozen North for the Tropics – the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There, he lived for 2 years as he performed 7-day-a-week service to his Church. Rex believes that good things happen when you help others.

In 2011, Rex moved to Albuquerque, NM. While completing his Bachelor Degree in the Spanish language at the University of New Mexico, he began to explore a future in the medical sector by taking pre-medical science courses in addition to language. 

Rex joined the practice of High Country Macula in 2015 as a work-up technician. He is a certified Medical Interpreter, and is currently studying for Scribe certification, and OCT certification. He has excelled, performing duties as scribe, and photographer. He is experienced in fluorescein/ICG angiography, photodynamic therapy, and optical coherence tomography. 

Rex is making preparations to apply for acceptance to Medical School. His goal is to complete his medical degree, pursue his residency in Ophthalmology, and return to High Country Macula as a physician. In his free time, Rex enjoys attending sporting events, traveling home to Alaska, and enjoying the sun in Cancun.

Debbie Williams, COA

Surgical Coordinator

Debbie Williams was born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Manzano High School in 1976, studied nursing at Technical Vocational Institute (now CNM) from 1984-1986, and attended the University of New Mexico for two years in the mid 90s.

In 1987, Debbie earned her Certified Ophthalmic Assistant title, which she maintains to this day. She has been a member of the New Mexico Association of Ophthalmic Technicians since 1987, and from 1999-2001 she served as Vice-president of the New Mexico Association of Ophthalmic Technicians.

Debbie has been in the fields of Ophthalmology and Optometry for over 30 years now, during which time she has worked with several general Ophthalmologists, and has played important roles in a broad range of clinical and management functions. Although her clinical skills are on par with the best, as our Surgical Coordinator, Debbie is able to utilize this extensive knowledge helping our patients through the challenges in and around the surgical process.

In her spare time, Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking, playing her accordion, and cruising in her sports car. Just in case you’re wondering, she’s a Z-Girl!

Jessica Jiron

Front Desk Supervisor

Jessica Jiron is a Native American, born and raised in Isleta, New Mexico. After completing her high school education, Jessica attended Pima Medical Institute, where she received her Medical Assistant Certificate. She began her career in the eye care field at Isleta Health Center department of Optometry. In order to further her knowledge and skills, Jessica later sought employment with the specialists at High Country Macula. She began with us as as a technician in 2011, after which she quickly became a Technical Supervisor.

Jessica has successfully taken advantage of the advancement opportunities available to her at High Country Macula and has now cross-trained in a range of important support roles. She currently is employed as Front Desk Supervisor, where her knowledge of the practice translates into efficient management of multitudes of phone calls every day pertaining to complicated clinical scenarios. In addition to her knowledge base, we appreciate her for her pervasive good nature and her eagerness to always lend a hand.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family. She especially enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and camping, and is an active participant in traditional Native American culture and religion.