Jenifer N. Hizny, BS
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.
Mary Redden, COA
Head Ophthalmic Technician
Marry Redden is a native New Mexican, raised on Laguna Pueblo. As a young adult, Mary moved to Southern California and obtained employment in the Ophthalmic field, beginning modestly as a Visual Field technician, but quickly working her way up to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and a Team Leader. After working in Ophthalmology in California for 15 years, Mary returned to New Mexico to live and raise her son amongst her Laguna family, where she has continued her career in Ophthalmology. She joined High Country in 2008, and has been our Technical Manager since 2009.
If you name something in the practice of Ophthalmology, chances are Mary has experience with it. During her career she has scheduled surgeries, assisted in a broad range of Ophthalmic testing and treatments, from the front of the eye to the back, and now routinely acts as our Physician’s scribe. We’re very proud to have Mary as an integral part of the High Country family.
At work, Mary takes special pleasure in educating High Country’s patients and helping them to understand what is happening with their eyes and their vision. To relax, Mary enjoys sewing, spending time with her family, and attending her son’s sporting events.
Debbie Williams, COA
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!
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.