Dr. Mario Contaldi, founder and president of Southwest Vision Center, has been caring for the eyes of Northeast Tarrant County for almost 30 years. He is originally from Stratford, Connecticut, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. In 1984, he received his Doctorate in Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He is certified by the National Board of Examiners in the treatment and management of ocular disease, and glaucoma, in the states of Texas, Tennessee and California. Dr. Contaldi is a member, in good standing, of the American Optometric Association and is serving as a Board Member with the Texas Optometric Association.
In 1987, Dr. Contaldi acquired Optical Outlets, and in July of 1998 completed construction of the state-of-the-art facility in North Richland Hills, known as Southwest Vision Center. To date, it is one of the largest eye care facilities in Northeast Tarrant County.
“Through the years I have worked very hard to broaden my education and the education of my staff, as well as enhance the level of service we provide. We are determined to offer you and your family the best eye care available anywhere. You deserve the best.”
Dr. Contaldi is a passionate sports fan, music lover, as well as an exercise fanatic. He spends much of his free time playing drums and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
Dr. Kumar Patel was born and raised in a small town of Wildorado, TX. Dr. Patel has grown up around a small family hotel business noticing vast opportunities through education early by initially studying engineering but quickly realizing his passion for the medical field.
Dr. Patel has completed a total of 8 years of education, first by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX, and then earning his Doctorate of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Patel has been trained in various facilities from the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo, TX to independent private practices in Dallas/Fort Worth area to gain the experience to accommodate all of our patient needs. Dr. Patel believes in reaching beyond his credentials by maintaining a commitment to continuing education which far exceeds the State Board requirements.
In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys biking, staying active, and traveling. Dr. Patel is also an avid sports fan. He loves to watch football, basketball, UFC and hockey from time to time. He always makes time for a round of golf with his family and friends. A loyal patron of the arts, he enjoys visiting museums, art festivals, and cooking. Dr. Patel loves to learn new things about cosmology, study of the universe, as well as using his creativity to build various home projects.
Dr. Patel takes pride in his work and is dedicated to excellence in treatment and comfort. He is passionate about educating his patients about their conditions so they can fully participate in the disease management, and as a result, experience a better quality of life. He wants his patients’ experiences at Southwest Vision Center to be unique and memorable. We are pleased to bring on board Dr. Kumar Patel, a young energetic doctor who always puts customer care first while simultaneously providing the highest professional eye care possible.