Elena R. Farrell DO
Dr. Farrell graduated from La Salle College Maxima Cum Laude and completed her post graduate work at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Her career has many honors and positions of distinction, including: Chief Intern-PCOM, Chief resident-PCOM, Dr. J.I. Schwartz Award, the honorable John H. Eimebrink, D.O. Award, Italian Institute Mara Rosa Award, and the Alpha Omega Epsilon Society and Alliance Francaise Scholarship awards.
She is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery as well as well as being a member of the American Medical Society, the American Osteopathic Association, American College Of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Dauphin County Medical Society. Pennsylvania Association of Ophthalmology, and the Doctors for Patient Care.
Dr. Farrell and her husband Mike own Arlington Optical. Dr. Farrell and Mike are partners in every sense of the word. Mike runs the office. “I could not do what I do without him,” says Dr. Farrell. Dr. Farrell chose her profession because “Ophthalmology offered the best of all worlds: the chance to do surgery and opportunity to use my love of internal medicine: the eyes are truly a window to the body.”
Dr Farrell also says, “It gives me a chance to take care of every age group from children to 100 year olds.” (Her oldest patient is 101 years old!) What makes her practice most rewarding is “making people happy.” For instance, watching the look on the face of a patient who had been legally blind one day, and then, enjoying their reaction after the operation as he or she sees clearly again. “It’s great, catching something early through a retinal exam.” Dr. Farrell says the retina tells you a lot about the person’s health: by looking at the retina you know what is going on in the rest of the body.
When off duty Dr. Farrell enjoys her twin boys and time with her husband Mike. She makes sure to spend quality mommy-time with her boys. She is also a voracious reader and she says, “I can devour 10-13 books a week on our one-week vacation”
Dr. Farrell’s number one rule: “Patients come first.” Her husband and children know it – the kids grew up with Mom’s beeper, which disrupted play dates – and so does her staff. “They all know from the get-go that the patient always comes first.”