Dr. Katherine Whipple, MD

Dr. Katherine Whipple, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 36
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Dr. Katherine Whipple, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Rochester, NY. She is 36 years old and has been practicing for 10 years. Read her story

3000 Monroe Ave Ste 100

Rochester, NY 14618

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Fidelis Care
  • Humana
  • Independent Health
  • MVP Health Care
  • 3 More

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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
more than 69% of peers
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
more than 51% of peers
Dry Eyes
more than 34% of peers

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Dr. Whipple's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Whipple "Katherine M. Whipple, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. After completing her residency in ophthalmology at the University of California San Diego where she earned several research and academic honors and was named Chief Resident in 2010, Dr. Whipple spent an additional two years to complete a prestigious and highly sought after fellowship in Orbital and Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This fellowship is approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is highly specialized, graduating only approximately 15 physicians nationwide each year. The fellowship exposed Dr. Whipple in depth to every part of orbital, lacrimal, and eyelid surgery, including learning the very latest techniques. This included advanced training in aesthetic techniques and rejuvenation treatments. During her fellowship, she completed thousands of reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, published numerous chapters, presented internationally at scientific meetings, and even developed a novel technique to rejuvenate the aging eyebrows. She is well respected by her colleagues and looked up to by the residents she trained, even receiving the Teacher of the Year Award during her fellowship. With exciting opportunities to practice all over the country, Dr. Whipple decided to do what she dreamed of doing since she was young. She chose to return to her hometown, Webster, NY where she was born and raised, and treat the community she grew up loving. In her first year in a local private practice, Dr. Whipple pursued her interest in using light devices in ophthalmology, being the first and only physician in Rochester, NY to treat refractive dry eye. Initial results demonstrated positive results with relief to many patients. Dr. Whipple presented these findings at a specialty meeting in Las Vegas, this past fall. In 2015, Dr. Whipple opened Envision Eye & Aesthetics, a practice based on her philosophy that "If you treat each patient as you would a loved one, you can't go wrong." She believes each person is unique, so his or her health care should be too. Every member of the Envision team believes in this philosophy, making it easy to take care of each patient by simply doing the right thing. Put into practice, this concept has paved the way for adding new services at Envision Eye & Aesthetics: medical grade treatments, including facials, waxing, and brow shaping by licensed aesthetician, Amanda Phelps. So whether your treatment is restorative or cosmetic, Dr. Whipple will personally sit with you to discuss all your options. Then, together, you'll decide on the optimal plan to achieve the best version of you. We look forward to working with you."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Whipple "Dr. Whipple opened Envision Eye & Aesthetics, a practice based on her philosophy that "If you treat each patient as you would a loved one, you can't go wrong."  She believes each person is unique, so his or her health care should be too.   Every member of the Envision team believes in this philosophy, making it easy to take care of each patient by simply doing the right thing."


  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Chalazion
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Keratitis
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease


  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Brow Lift
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Dermal Filler
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Eyelid Tumor Reconstruction
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
  • Punctal Plug Insertion
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Tear Duct Probing

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • State University Of New York At Geneseo
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • New York Med Coll
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • Aultman Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • University Of California At San Diego
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
  • University Of California At San Diego
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Whipple has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Whipple's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Whipple to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Whipple's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Rochester, NY |
Dr. Whipple is a down to earth, caring doctor. She has created her office with a wonderful staff. Love this office. This is the place to go!
in Rochester, NY |
Excellent experience from my first appointment to surgery and in post surgery. Very excited with the outcome. I think I look fantastic thanks to Dr. Whipple and her staff.
in Rochester, NY |
Dr. Whipple is friendly, well organized with a good "surgical hand".. I had two minor but needed surgical procedures on my eyelids, after meeting with a lack of success with another provider.
in Canandaigua, NY |
Dr. Whipple and staff are fantastic! I recently had work done due to a medical condition that has left me with facial paralysis. I was so stressed going in. Dr. Whipple quickly put my mind to ease, and did an amazing job. I couldn’t be happier with the results! I’ll be back for Eyelid surgery this fall and have absolutely no worries that I am in great hands! What an amazing team of knowledgeable and caring people. They do wonderful facials too!
in Pittsford, NY |
I would highly recommend Dr. Whipple to family and friends. She was professional, caring and knowledgeable. I am very pleased with the outcome of my procedure.
in Fairport, NY |
Just saw Dr. Whipple and had such a good experience. She is gentle, knowledgeable, and puts you at ease. She is happy to answer your questions and you never feel rushed or unimportant.
Canandaigua, NY |
It is pleasure to know Dr. Whipple and her staff, they all are knowledgeable, pleasant and very helpful. The work done on my aging face is satisfactory and will go back for more (work!).
in Rochester, NY |
It was a pleasure having Dr. Whipple operate on my eyelids, and I'm super happy with my end result! She was very informative, knowledgeable, and sensitive to my concerns at the very beginning and throughout the entire process. Dr. Whipple and her team (thank you Amanda!) made me feel comfortable, welcome, and confident.
in Brighton, NY |
Dr whipple did a fabulous job on my eyes! I followed her post-op instructions and had no complications or pain! Highly recommend her to my friends a d family. I have received numerous compliments of how natural her work looks.
Auburn, NY |
Dr. Whipple and her staff are the perfect combination of professionalism and friendliness of any doctor's office I've ever been in. She solved the problem of ptosis in one of my eyes that another eye surgeon had been unable to repair 3 times! Aesthetician Amanda has done a great job of microblading that has restored my eyebrows to a more natural look that thyroid disease and aging had robbed me of. Everyone in the office is very welcoming. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Pittsford,NY |
I had no results from in office serious surgical procedure. Very difficult and painful recovery,still not fully recovered and that was 6 months ago. **Staff was also very disorganized . My entire chart was choppy and poorly written. There were notes and photos in my chart that were another patients and many,many false statements. She is a poor listener,too young and unseasoned,not enough people saavy. Be careful
in Palmyra, NY |
Absolutely horrible!!! Mutilated my eyes. I am disfigured and in pain EVERY DAY. She abandoned the practice and does not care about her patients. I cannot advise strongly enough to stay away. Now I have to live with her careless mistakes. The most regrettable experience of my life and it cannot be undone.
in Wayland , NY |
Highly recommended! Dr. Whipple & her staff are professional, Friendly and informative. Very trusting and caring people.
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Dr. Whipple accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield PPO
  • Fidelis Care
  • Humana
  • Independent Health
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • POMCO Group
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Whipple has admitting privileges

Rochester General Hospital
1425 Portland Ave
Rochester, NY 14621
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Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
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