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Shelby Reinstein MS, DVM, DACVO

Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Owner & Founder of the Vet Vision Center


About Dr. Reinstein:

Dr. Shelby Reinstein founded the Vet Vision Center in 2022 with the goal of providing exceptional eye care for pets while offering an elevated and enjoyable visit for pet parents.  After 10 years of working at a large, multi-specialty and emergency hospital, Dr. Reinstein left the corporate world to open a privately-owned, boutique-style ophthalmology center. By focusing solely on ophthalmic care, the Vet Vision Center was designed to promote the best possible patient care while achieving outstanding client service, and being a really great place to work!


Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Reinstein's other true passion is teaching other veterinarians about ophthalmology.   She lectures nationally and internationally providing continuing education seminars and wet-labs. Dr. Reinstein also recently published the Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology, a handbook for general practitioners.  She writes for Clinician’s Brief, Today’s Veterinary Practice, All About Cats, and is the ophthalmology consultant for the #1 provider of online veterinary continuing education, VETgirl.

Dr. Reinstein is a proud mother of a rambunctious boy with her husband Dr. Garret Pachtinger, a board-certified critical care veterinarian and co-founder of VETgirl.  They share their home with a mini-Poodle (Pickles) and 2 cats (Joie & Nadia). 

Degrees & Certifications:

  • 2004 | Bachelor of Science (BS), Kansas State University

  • 2008 | Master of Science (MS), Kansas State University

  • 2008 | Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Kansas State University

  • 2009 | Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University

  • 2010 | Fellowship, Canine Inherited Retinal Diseases, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2013 | Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2013 | Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO)

  • 2013 - Present | VETgirl Ophthalmologist

  • Author | Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology 


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Warren C, Grozdanic S, Reinstein SL. Use of free oral mucosal graft for treatment of feline eyelid agenesis in seven patients. Vet Ophthalmol 2020 Jul;23(4):659-667.

  • Zimmerman KL, Reinstein SL. Evaluation of transconjunctival thermal electrocautery for treatment of canine distichiasis: 88 eyelids (2013-2016). Vet Ophthalmol 2019 Jan;22(1):50-60.

  • SL Reinstein. Acute Glaucoma: A True Emergency. Today’s Veterinary Practice; September 2017.

  • SL Reinstein. Dry Eye in Dogs: When Good Glands Go Bad. Clinician’s Brief Clinical Overview; Jan/Feb 2017.

  • SL Reinstein. Cataracts or Nuclear Sclerosis? Clinician’s Brief Image Quiz; October 2016

  • Tanaka N, Dutrow EV, Miyadera K, Delemotte L, MacDermaid CM, Reinstein SL, Crumley WR, Dixon CJ, Casal ML, Klein ML, Aguirre GD, Tanaka JC, Guziewicz KE. Canine CNGA3 Gene Mutations Provide Novel Insights into Huma Achromatopsia-Associated Channelopathies and Treatment. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 25;10(9)

  • SL Reinstein. Antiviral Medications in Cats. Clinician’s Brief Web Exclusive; December 2014.

  • AM Komáromy, JS Rowlan, AT Parton Corr, SL Reinstein, SL Boye, AE Cooper, B Levy, R Wen, WW Hauswirth, WA Beltran, GD Aguirre. Transient Photoreceptor Deconstruction by CNTF Enhances rAAV-Mediated Cone Functional Rescue in Late Stage CNGB3-Achromatopsia.. Mol Ther 2013 (e-pub).

  • Reinstein, SL, Gross, SG, Komaromy, AM. Successful treatment of distichiasis in a cat using transconjunctival electrocautery.  Vet Ophthal 2011; Suppl 1: 130-134.

  • Reinstein SL, A Lucio-Forster, DD Bowman, ML Eberhard, EP Hoberg, S Pot, PE Miller.  Surgical extraction of intraocular infection of Parelaphostrongylus tenuis in a horse. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2010; 237 (2): 196-9.

  • Reinstein SL, JT Fox, X Shi, MJ Alam, DG Renter, TG Nagaraja.  Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Organically and Naturally Raised Beef Cattle.  Appl Envir Microbiol 2009; 75: 5421-5423.

  • Reinstein SL, AJ Rankin, RA Allbaugh.  Canine Glaucoma: Pathophysiology and Diagnosis. Compend Contin Educ Vet. 2009; 31(10): 450-453.

  • Reinstein SL, AJ Rankin, RA Allbaugh.  Canine Glaucoma: Medical and Surgical Treatment Options. Compend Contin Educ Vet. 2009; 31(10): 454-459.

Book & Chapter Publications

  • Reinstein, SL (editor). Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology. NAVC Media, 2020. Click HERE to buy the book!

  • Reinstein, SL, HJ Davidson. Cataracts. In: The Feline Patient 4th edition (eds. Norsworthy, GD, MA Crystal, SF Grace, LP Tilley). Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

  • Reinstein, SL, HJ Davidson. Glaucoma. In: The Feline Patient 4th edition (eds. Norsworthy, GD, MA Crystal, SF Grace, LP Tilley). Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

  • Reinstein, SL, HJ Davidson. Keratitis and Conjunctivitis. In: The Feline Patient 4th edition (eds. Norsworthy, GD, MA Crystal, SF Grace, LP Tilley). Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

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