Meet Our Doctors


Robert P. Laborde, MD

dr robertRobert P. Laborde, MD is a board certified and fellowship trained vitreo-retinal specialist. An ophthalmologist, who specializes in eye surgery, laser surgery, and diseases of the retina, Dr. Laborde has practiced ophthalmology for 21 years in western North Carolina. He treats Diabetic Eye Disease, Retinal Detachment, and Age-related Macular Degeneration as well as other diseases of the eye.

Dr. Laborde attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans, graduating in 1986. He completed his three-year residency with both LSU and Tulane University School of Medicine. His retina fellowship was spent with Dr. Steve Charles, world-renowned pioneer of vitreo-retinal surgery in Memphis, TN at the Charles Retina Institute and University of Tennessee School of Medicine. Dr. Laborde is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has served at both area hospitals and has full surgical privileges at both Pardee and Park Ridge Health

After 15 years in a group practice, Dr. Laborde launched his private vitreo-retinal practice in Hendersonville, Asheville, Spruce Pine, Burnsville, and Columbus/Tryon. Dr. Laborde established a permanent home for Laborde Eye Group at 630 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC.
He and his wife Susan raised three daughters, all graduates of Hendersonville High School and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Stephen J. Capps, MD, MPH

dr stephenA North Carolina native, born in Camp LeJeune, Dr. Capps received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. After completing a surgical internship at USC School of Medicine, he worked as an ER physician and served as an Emergency Department director in Juneau, Alaska. Dr. Capps then entered and completed a prestigious four-year residency at LSU Eye Center in New Orleans, LA. He has been in private practice in Covington, LA, focusing on sutureless cataract surgery, eye trauma, complex glaucoma and anterior segment eye disease.

Steve and his wife Karen have three children —Tobin, Grey and Julianna, all attending public schools in Henderson County. He is an avid fisherman and enjoys traveling with his family. Steve is a boat builder and the proud creator of “Cappseyz,” an 18-foot Louisiana skiff that has won first place in historic boat reproduction contests.

Like thousands of families in the New Orleans area and along the Gulf Coast, Dr. Capps and his family were displaced by Katrina after their home was damaged. After three years here in Western North Carolina, he is glad to call Hendersonville home.