Meet Our Doctors


At Southwest Eyecare our eye doctors are here to provide you with the best care for your eyes. You can learn more about any one of our excellent physicians by scrolling down and clicking the link below their pictures. Thank you for choosing Southwest Eyecare.



John J. Teahan, MD

  1. Learn More About Dr. Teahan

    Having had refractive surgery performed on his own eyes, Dr. Teahan believes strongly in the benefits. He specializes in refractive and cataract surgery.

    Dr. Teahan is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the past President of the New Mexico Ophthalmologic Society.

    After attending Boston College, Dr. Teahan completed his medical school at Tufts University. He served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon for eight years, and was Chief of Ophthalmology at Kirtland AFB before going into private practice in 1991.

    Specialties & Certifications

    – Refractive surgery
    – Cataract surgery
    – General clinical and surgical ophthalmology
    – VISX® – laser technology for vision correction

Paul Sanchez, MD

  1. Learn More About Dr. Sanchez

    Dr. Sanchez graduated from the University of New Mexico summa cum laude. He received a master’s degree in Healthcare Improvement at the Dartmouth Institute and his Doctorate of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.

    He did an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where he was selected Intern of the Year across all medical specialties. He then completed an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

    He was born and raised in Albuquerque and joined Southwest Eyecare Specialists in 2007. He is passionate about the future of healthcare and has served as President of the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and the President Elect of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.

    Dr. Sanchez has publications in leading medical journals and has engaged in both basic science and clinical research for over 25 years. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Sanchez enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, world travel and most of all spending time with his wife and three daughters.

    Specialties & Certifications

    – Cataract surgery
    – Diabetic eye evaluations
    – Medical, laser and minimally invasive surgery for glaucoma treatment
    – Comprehensive ophthalmology



Jesse Swift, MD

  1. Learn More About Dr. Swift

    A native of Utah, Dr. Jesse Swift joins Southwest Eyecare Specialists on September 1, 2016!

    We are excited to welcome him following his ophthalmology residency at the University of Arkansas, which included experience at the Veteran’s Hospital and the distinction of being the Chief Resident.
    Call 505 346 0500 to schedule an appointment!

    Prior to pursuing his rigorous three years of ophthalmic training, Dr Swift graduated from the University of Utah magna cum laude, and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2012. He also completed his surgical internship at the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

    His training is supplemented by his interest and experience in medical research. Dr Swift is featured on several professional publications, which include exploration of the role of Muller cells in damaged retina and the effects of polymer to enhance cellular integration and retinal repopulation.

    Dr. Swift is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. He is fluent in French and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family!

    Specialties & Certifications:

    – Cataract surgery
    – Diabetic eye evaluations
    – Medical, laser and minimally invasive surgery for glaucoma treatment
    – Comprehensive ophthalmology

Dr. Ken Downes
Kenneth M. Downes, M.D.

  1. Learn More About Dr. Downes

    Dr. Ken Downes, a native of New Mexico, joins Southwest Eyecare!

    Dr. Downes obtained his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then returned to Albuquerque to obtain his medical degree at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine.

    Dr. Downes completed his Internship in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident. During this time, he traveled to the world-renowned Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India to complete specialized surgical training.

    Upon completing Residency, Dr. Downes spent a year working as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He then completed a subspecialty Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Oregon Health Sciences University Casey Eye Institute.

    He is published across several medical journals and has given several talks and presentations of his research at national medical conferences. Dr. Downes is fully licensed in several states and board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Ken Downes speaks English and Spanish and in his free time enjoys the outdoors, beer brewing and spending time with his family and two dogs, Emma and Nero.

    We welcome Dr. Downes to our practice to provide Cornea subspecialty services to our patients!

    Specialties and Certifications:

    – Cornea and external disease
    – Refractive surgery
    – Cataract surgery
    – Comprehensive ophthalmology



Stacia Jacobi Garcia

Stacia Jacobi-Garcia, M.S., O.D.

  1. Learn More About Dr. Jacobi-Garcia

    Doctor Jacobi-Garcia, a renowned optometrist in the Albuquerque community since 2006 serves you, our patients with professionalism and strength. Since joining our practice in 2015, she has brought a wealth of value to our eye care team. Dr. Jacobi-Garcia has advanced training in the management and treatment of ocular disease through Optometric Medicine. When she is not doing what she loves to do here, Dr. Jacobi-Garcia boasts great adventures with her husband, step-children, nine grandchildren and five dogs!

    Advanced Optometric Training:

    – Graduate of the Indiana School of Optometry
    – Optometric Residency at the Perry Point, Maryland, VA Medical Center
    – Optometric Internship at Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital
    – Optometric Internship at Quantico USMC Base
    – Masters of Science at Purdue University, Focusing her training in Molecular Genetics
    – Bachelor’s Degrees from Indiana University, with a Double Major in Biology & Chemistry