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                    Dr. Richard Culbert, M.D.
Dr. Culbert graduated in 1989 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and was on the President’s Honor Roll 6 semesters.  He graduated in 1993 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.  His post-graduate education was obtained from the University of Alabama where he served his residency in Ophthalmology and at the University of Toronto where he served his fellowship in Vitreo-Retina surgery. 
Dr. Culbert is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.  He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Ophthalmology Association.  He also served our country as a Major in the Army Reserves but has since retired.
Dr. Culbert is married with 2 children.  He is very active in his church and enjoys flying his plane whenever possible. He is an Eagle Scout and was formerly the Committee Chair of the Chaparral District of the Buffalo Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.


Dr. Richard Culbert, M.D.
Lu An Holdridge
Practice Administrator
Lu An was born and raised in Odessa. She graduated from Odessa High school in 1979 but didn't find her way into Ophthalmology until much later.
Lu An has been in Ophthalmology since 1986, starting as a Receptionist at Eyes of Texas under Dr. John. H. Sheets. She moved to the back as an ophthalmic work-up tech within 2 years and became a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant in 1989. She achieved the next level of Certification as an Ophthalmic Technician in 2004 and knew she had found her calling. She has been with Premier Retina Specialists since Dr Culbert went into private practice in 2003.

In 2010 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University where she was on the Deans List.  Lu An served in the Odessa Downtown Lions Club for 3 years and enjoyed working the concession stands at Ratliff Stadium.
She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives and serves as the Director of Clinical Studies at Premier Retina Specialists.
Lu An has 2 grown sons. Her oldest son made her a very proud MoM when he received his Eagle/Globe/Anchor from the U.S. Marine Corp in 2018. She loves spending time with her huge family, playing board games and Saturday morning breakfasts followed by going to Estate Sales with her two best friends she was blessed with through her 35+ year career in Ophthalmology.



Dr. Gerardo Escobedo, D.O.
                        Dr. Gerardo Escobedo, D.O.


Dr. Escobedo was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  At the age of 4 he went to live with his maternal grandparents who lived nearby in a farm.  At the age of four he broke his left upper arm while horseback riding.  The injury was very severe and doctors in Mexico didn’t give them much of a chance to save his arm since local doctors felt amputation was imminent.  His grandparents refused to give up and decided to bring him to America in search of a second opinion.  They settled in the town of McAllen, Texas and within a week he was seeing an orthopedic surgeon in the area.  The prognosis was not good but he offered a second surgery to try to save the arm.  Dr. Escobedo was impressed by  the compassion and comforting words the surgeon offered throughout this ordeal.  After two additional surgeries he was able to make progress and miraculously regained most of the function to the arm and fingers.  The experience with doctors and healthcare providers at such a young age left a lasting impression so much that at that moment in his life he chose to pursue medicine.  He wanted to be a bearer of hope and compassion to those in need just like his doctor. 


Full of determination and a thirst for knowledge, Dr. Escobedo enrolled at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.  In three and a half years he completed the pre-medical requirements and graduated with a bachelor of science on December 16, 1988.  Dr. Escobedo worked as a biology and chemistry teacher in a local high school. Two years later he maked the biggest decision of his life and decided to apply to medical school. He attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island and graduated in 1998.   He completed one year of medical internship followed by three years of residency in ophthalmology at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, New York.  After completing that residency he pursued a two year fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He practiced in Indiana and Illinois for two years and finally decided to come back to Texas to be closer to his family.  The journey was  filled with many wonderful memories and countless rewards. His favorite motto remains the same—“our greatest glory consists in never failing but in rising every time we fail.”



January 14, 2024





Patients of Dr. De La Paz:


We wish to inform you that Dr. De La Paz has accepted a position with another practice in Colorado and will soon leave Premier Retina Specialists.  We wish her the very best in her new venture.

You have the right to choose your health care provider and Premier Retina Specialists remain committed to fully supporting your decision.  Dr. Culbert and Dr. Escobedo, our two other retina specialists, along with their staff, are available to provide continued excellent care for you.  Should you wish to continue with your current care plan and schedule an appointment with Dr. Culbert or Dr. Escobedo, or if you have any questions about your current or future treatment needs, please call 432-617-0181. 

Patients who may wish to be treated by a doctor who is not with Premier Retina Specialists may have a copy of their medical records transferred to the new doctor.  Original records will be retained by Premier Retina Specialists.





Richard B. Culbert, MD                                                         Gerardo Escobedo, MD


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