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About Us

Melinda O'Rourke, MD


Dr. Melinda C. O'Rourke and her staff take pride in delivering the finest and most up-to-date treatment available, while at the same time, providing patients with personal, efficient, and friendly care.

Dr. O'Rourke received her Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder, in 1980 and her M.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1984. She is a member of the academic honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. O'Rourke continued post-graduate training at CU, completing her Internship and Residency programs in 1985 and 1990, respectively. From 1985 to 1987 Dr. O'Rourke was engaged in general practice and active in ophthalmic research at CU. Her research was published in Archives of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and presented at professional meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia and Oxford, England.

Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since November 1991, Dr. O'Rourke practiced with the Eye Surgery Center of Colorado for 15 years before opening the Northwest Eye Center in October 2005. She is an accomplished cataract surgeon, treats glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, and provides routine eye care. Dr. O'Rourke has performed laser vision correction, LASIK and PRK, since FDA approval in 1995. She also performs cosmetic eye procedures and has trained with Dr., Michael Rabkin, an oculoplastic surgeon from Los Angeles. Dr. O'Rourke is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Colorado Ophthalmologic Society, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Clear Creek Medical Society.

Dr. O'Rourke volunteers her time at the Stout Street Eye Clinic, assisting the homeless in metro Denver. She and husband, Paul, are active participants with Vision Health International, providing indispensable eye care to those in need in Latin America.

Married since 1984, Dr. O'Rourke has two children, Davis and Catherine. She enjoys running (with Golden Retriever, Arthur), skiing, and traveling to places where she doesn't understand the language.


Ashlee Elmont, OD

drelmont-sm.jpgDr. Elmont earned her B.A. in Chemistry in 2002 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry, Oregon, in 2006. As part of her training, she completed internships at the Eye Care Associates of Nevada in Reno, Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, and the Albert Lea Eye Clinic-Mayo Health System in Minnesota. At these clinics, Dr. Elmont was given advanced training in areas such as cataract and surgery co-management, ocular disease, and contact lenses. She was awarded the Alcon Clinical Excellence award in 2006 and her research is published in three different optometry and ophthalmology journals. Dr. Elmont is currently an active member of the American and Colorado Optometric Associations. She enjoys giving comprehensive eye care for the entire family, especially children’s exams and contact lenses. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and son, Micah, and getting outdoors as much as possible.



The staff at Northwest Laser Eye Center, P.C. takes pride in offering the best in customer service and quality care, as well as personalized attention.   Our well-trained, highly professional staff consists of laser skin technicians, dermatechnician, lasik consultantants, ophthalmic  technicians, opticians, and finance specialists.   All work closely with Dr. O’Rourke to bring you the quality care you deserve.

We specialize in individualized treatment plans based on skin type, concerns, goals, age, and affordability.  Call us for a complimentary consultation.  You’ll be glad you did.