Meet Our Team at the Eye Care Institute in the Patient Care Center, Pomona
The Eye Care Team at the Western University Eye Care Institute brings you expertise in such areas as vision therapy, ocular health assessment and the integrated care of diabetic patients. Their great compassion for the good vision of all is perhaps best exemplified by the participation of a team member who travels abroad as part of the Volunteer Optometric Service Organization to provide eye care in developing countries.
Raymond R. Maeda, OD, FAAO
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Associate Professor, College of Optometry
Dr. Maeda joins WesternU from the Indian Health Service at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, Arizona. Prior to that, Dr. Maeda was on faculty at the Southern California College of Optometry. His clinical interests are in primary eye care and ocular disease, particularly caring for the patient with ocular complications from diabetes. He has provided eye care for patients in a variety of settings: private practice, teaching hospital, clinical teaching facility, and inter-professional clinic. He strongly feels that his patients need to be well-informed so that they can be a partner in the treatment and care for their eyes.
Linda Luong Bellomy, OD, FAAO
Dr. Luong, a Southern California native, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCLA and her doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). During her schooling, she tutored children in reading and became committed to pursue a career in vision and learning. Following graduation, she completed a Vision Therapy and Pediatric Residency at SCCO. She has had extensive training in treating patients with binocular vision conditions, learning-related vision problems, strabismus and amblyopia. Dr. Luong was honored with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) Award of Excellence in Vision Therapy in 2009. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Prior to joining the WesternU eye care team, Dr. Luong worked in private practice. She enjoys teaching as well as providing eye care to patients of all ages.
David M. Cale, OD, FAAO
Coordinator of Externship Clinic Education, Associate Professor
Dr. Cale is an associate professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. His primary teaching responsibility is in the area of ocular disease. He comes to the Eye Care Center sharing a wealth of experience from private practice in Colorado. Dr. Cale received his optometry training at the University of Houston and completed his residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Indian Health Services hospital in Chinle, AZ in 1997. Immediately following that, he joined the faculty at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis for seven years. “I like to spend time giving my patients individual attention and listening to their needs. Educating my patients, and partnering with them to manage their eye condition, is the pathway to successful results.”
Efrain Castellanos, OD
Coordinator of Third Year Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
Dr. Efrain Castellanos joined WesternU in 2011. He is the Coordinator of Third year clinical Education. He is past President of the college of Optometry in Universidad Xochicalco where he graduated with honors. He has been teaching for nine years in the areas of Strabismus, amblyopia, traumatic brain injury and pediatrics. In 2004 Dr. Castellanos received his fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, where he served on the International Education and Certification Board from 2007-2010. Dr. Castellanos is currently a member of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. His clinical interests include children’s vision, vision therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Ida Chung, OD, MSHE, FCOVD, FAAO
Assistant Dean of Learning, Associate Professor
Master of Science in Higher Education, 2010, Drexel University, Residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision, 1994, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Doctor of Optometry, 1993, SUNY State College of Optometry, Bachelor of Arts, 1989, Cornell University. Fellow, 2001, American Academy of Optometry, Fellow, 1996; College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Pinakin Davey, OD, PhD
Professor & Director of Research
Dr. Pinakin Gunvant Davey is a tenured Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry and he first joined the Eye Care Center in 2011. He holds Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry and a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, in the area of glaucoma. His post-doctoral research fellowship at University of Louisville was focused on improving imaging techniques in glaucoma. He has held faculty appointments in Southern College of Optometry, University of Louisville and University of Memphis. He has extensive research experience in the field of glaucoma and retinal degenerations. He has authored over 50 international publications, and has given over 150 conference and invited presentations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Davey research area is focused on retinal and optic nerve physiology and researches methods of early diagnosis, predictive modelling and improving vision in glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Davey is a reviewer and an editorial board member for various optometry, ophthalmology and biomedical science journals. He is a fellow of American Academy of Optometry and a member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS).
Paul Dobies, OD, FAAO
Dr. Dobies joins WesternU from Southern California and brings over 30 years of experience in primary medical vision care and clinical education. Dr. Dobies has a deep passion for building bridges of communication between providers and patients. He has cared for over 100,000 patients in group eye practices and interprofessional healthcare networks. Dr. Dobies enthusiastically shows in practice, lecture, and lab, “there is always more to vision than meets the eye.”
Robin J. Drescher, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Drescher joins WesternU from Southern College of Optometry where he was on the faculty for nine years as a lecturer, lab instructor and clinical preceptor. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Drescher spent 21 years as an optometrist in the US Army serving at various Army posts in the US, Japan and Germany. He is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry and completed a two year Masters of Science degree at Pacific University College of Optometry. His professional areas of interest are in ophthalmic optics and occupational vision. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Nataly Fahim, OD, FAAO
Dr. Nataly Fahim received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University and her Doctor of Optometry degree with professional distinction from Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry. She completed a Primary Care Optometry residency program at Southern College of Optometry. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Fahim worked at a busy private practice which focused on primary care, ocular disease and contact lenses. She joined Western University, College of Optometry as a part-time faculty member in January 2011 and later became a full-time faculty member in 2012. She received her fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in October of 2012. Her clinical interests include primary care, contact lenses and ocular disease.
Tiffenie Harris, OD, FAAO
Dr. Tiffenie Harris attended Indiana University; in 1989, she received her degree in Chemistry and graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1993. After graduation, she moved to Southeastern Michigan and practiced primary care for over 10 years. Her clinical experience includes working in a variety of urban practice settings including a multi-discipline medical center. The demographics of this community provided a wide diversity of challenging cases and a large amount of pathology to diagnose, treat, and manage. She has cared for patients of all ages, the majority have been in the young adult to mature adult (>50) populations including those with physical and mental disabilities.
Kristi Jensen, OD, FCOVD
Chief of Vision Therapy Services – Assistant Professor
Dr. Kristi Jensen, a native of northern California, joined WesternU in 2011. She graduated with honors from California State University at Hayward in 2000 with a BS Degree in Biological Science and then went on to receive her doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004. Following graduation she worked in a busy practice which focused on visual rehabilitation of children and adults with learning related vision problems, strabismus, amblyopia, traumatic brain injury and patients with special needs. In 2008 Dr. Jensen received her fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and now sits on the International Education and Certification Board for COVD. Dr. Jensen is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Her clinical interests include children’s vision, vision therapy and individuals with special needs.
Naida Jakirlic, OD
Dr. Jakirlic joined Western University of Health Sciences in 2014. She earned her graduate degree from SUNY College of Optometry in New York City. Following graduation, Dr. Jakirlic was accepted to a highly-competitive ocular disease residency program at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Jakirlic joined the staff of two hospitals in New York City where she gained extensive experience in diagnosing and treating vision-threatening and life-threatening conditions in a high-volume multidisciplinary hospital setting. While her passion and training are rooted in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, Dr. Jakirlic is committed to providing the highest quality eye-care to every patient with compassion and kindness.
Robert Lee, OD
Dr. Lee joins WesternU from Southern California College of Optometry where he was Chief of Optical Services and Coordinator of the Ophthalmic Optics curriculum. He also served as lab instructor for clinical methods courses as well as clinical faculty in Primary Care and Low Vision. Prior to his tenure as an optometric educator, Dr. Lee was in private practice. Before receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree he worked as a dispensing optician and vision therapist. His clinical practice background has served him well in education as he brings private practice experience and perspective to the classroom and clinical settings.
Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, Low Vision
Chief of Primary Care Services – Associate Professor
Dr. Bennett McAllister graduated with Honors from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Social Science before attending graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. There, in 1979, he received his B.S. degree in Physiological Optics and, in 1981, his doctorate in Optometry. His clinical background runs from general private practice and contact lenses to low vision care and surgical pre and post-op for cataracts and LASER surgery. While teaching senior interns one day a week at a specialty partially sighted clinic during the 1980s, he supervised the first program in the Los Angeles area for treating vision loss from AIDS. Later, he helped establish a pediatric low vision clinic for multiple handicapped children with vision loss. Through the diversity of vision conditions, pathologies and patient ages, he maintains that he does not treat vision or eyes, but people.
Lance McNaughton, OD, PhD
Chief of Contact Lens Services – Assistant Professor
Dr. McNaughton joined our team in 2009 following his move from an optometric practice in the Washington, D.C. region. Prior to that, he served as a faculty member and clinician at Centro Boston de Optometría in Madrid, Spain. Originally from Canada, he acquired a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Alberta followed by an OD degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Dr. McNaughton combines Spanish fluency with an emphasis in advanced contact lens fittings and therapeutics to provide a fresh blend of contemporary insight and perspective into patient care.
Kierstyn Napier-Dovorany, OD, FAAO
Dr. Napier graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a degree in Nutrition Science and from the New England College of Optometry in Boston in 2005. She then completed a residency at a veterans hospital in Vermont. She has worked at 2 veterans’ hospitals as well as other practices before coming to Western University in 2009. Here at Western, she sees patients with visual impairments in the Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic as well as patients in the Primary Care Clinic. She teaches low vision, ocular disease and interprofessional studies, and does research in diabetes and low vision. She believes that he patient is the central part of their health care team and encourages everyone to embrace their own health.
Linda Pang, OD, FAAO
Chief of the Vision Rehabilitation Service – Assistant Professor
Dr. Linda Pang graduated from Southern California College of Optometry. She completed clinical internships in a variety of practice modalities including the Veteran’s Affairs Ambulatory Care Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; and Sharp-Rees Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, California. After graduation, she pursued advanced training in low vision rehabilitation/ocular disease at the renowned Lighthouse International through the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry residency program where she trained under internationally respected clinicians. After residency, she joined the staff in a full-time capacity at Lighthouse International and served as an adjunct clinical faculty for SUNY College of Optometry. During her experience in New York City, she published a book, The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice and was an advisory board member for Baruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People. She taught ophthalmology residents in addition to optometry students and residents. She was invited to speak at Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Ophthalmology grand rounds on several occasions and at City University of New York, York College Occupational Therapy Graduate Program. Currently, Dr. Pang is the Chief of the Vision Rehabilitation Service and an assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. She is a regularly invited speaker at USC Keck School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Residency Program. She trains optometry students & ophthalmology residents about interdisciplinary teams for optimizing vision performance and improve patients’ quality of life. When she’s not at WesternU, she works in a private practice in Burbank. Her teaching philosophy is focus beyond the eyes and understand how impaired vision affects all aspects of life.
Valerie Quan, OD, FAAO
Chief of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation – Associate Professor
Dr. Quan joins WesternU from the State University of New York College of Optometry where she served as Assistant Clinical Professor and Residency Program Supervisor involved in multispecialty clinical education and research for 10 years. Additionally, she brings experience from hospital-based, rehabilitation, psychiatric, VA medical center, private practice, and outpatient surgical settings. As a Neuro-Optometrist, her focus lies in evaluation, treatment and interdisciplinary management of patients with acquired brain injury. She provides state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative assessments to enhance her patient’s visual capabilities, daily activities and quality of life. She is actively involved in clinical research and continuing professional education in the area of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.
Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD
Director of Community Outreach – Associate Professor
Dr. Remick-Waltman is one of the founding faculty members of WesternU. She relocated from Northern California where she was in private practice for 25 years specializing in pediatric vision, vision rehabilitation and optometric vision therapy. Dr. Remick-Waltman has worked with the San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall in the Vision Perception clinic and with the California State Legislature on children’s vision issues. As the Founding Director of Community Outreach for WUCO, she serves as the liaison for the community vision screenings program and is a Pediatric Optometrist at Marshall Lions Vision Clinic for the Pomona Unified School District and at the ECI Clinic. Her knowledge and experience is vital for the Pediatrics and Vision Therapy services at the Eye Care Institute. Her background in vision therapy and rehabilitation has significantly contributed in the development of the pediatrics, binocular vision, vision therapy, Service Learning, and neuro-optometric curriculum and clinics.
Guru Sharma, Ph.D, OD
Doctor of Optometry (OD), 2008, New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. Post-doctoral Fellowship, Corneal wound healing, 2001-2005, Neuroscience Center of Excellence School of Medicine, LSU Health, New Orleans, LA Post-doctoral Fellowship, Hypertension, 1998-2001, Department of Physiology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, Ph.D, Biochemistry, 1997, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, MS, Biochemistry, 1992, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, Indore, India.
John ‘JT’ Tassinari, OD, BS, FAAO, FCOVD
Chief of Pediatric Optometric Service, Associate Professor
Dr. Tassinari is a California native whose career path in optometry included owning and running a private optometry practice in Pasadena CA for 26 years. Concurrently, he taught part time for the Southern California College of Optometry at the Optometric Center of Los Angeles. He joined WesternU College of Optometry in November 2015 and retired as a private practice owner. He loves providing vision care to children and has learned much about vision and life from them. Vision Therapy is a passion and he is dedicated to helping Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry be the premier institution for teaching Vision Therapy and providing it to the Pomona community.
Dorcas Tsang, OD, FAAO
Dr. Tsang joined WesternU as an assistant professor after over ten years of professional experience in private ophthalmological practice providing comprehensive ocular health examinations: evaluation, diagnosis, and therapeutic co-management of ocular diseases; detection of and assistance in laser procedures for retinopathies and narrow angle glaucoma; and pre- and post-op evaluations for ocular surgeries. She also served as a consultant optometrist for a community-based medical and wellness service organization in co-management of diabetic patients. Dr. Tsang earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Southern California College of Optometry, her Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Houston College Of Optometry, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Chemistry. She is certified in Laser Therapy for the Anterior Segment, in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, and in Treatment and Management of Glaucoma.
Kimberly Walker, OD, FCOVD
Kimberly Walker, O.D. FCOVD, is residency trained in vision therapy and rehabilitation. She attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During college, Dr. Walker competed in Division I field hockey earning the distinction of Academic All-American and graduating magna cum laude. She received her Doctorate in Optometry from Salus Univeristy, Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2005. After graduation, Dr. Walker was selected for the prestigious Residency program at the State University of New York College of Optometry. This intense program included extensive training in pediatrics, binocular vision and vision therapy. After Residency, Dr. Walker continued her affiliation at SUNY College of Optometry as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Pediatrics and Vision Therapy departments. Dr. Walker also joined a private practice in New Jersey as the coordinator of Westfield Vision Therapy Associates. While practicing in New Jersey, Dr. Walker was voted “Favorite Kid’s Doc” for Optometry by New Jersey Family Magazine. In August, 2011 Dr. Walker left the New York City area to join the faculty at Western University of the Health Sciences College of Optometry. At Western, Dr. Walker is primarily involved in clinical teaching in the vision therapy and pediatric clinics. Dr. Walker is a FCOVD (Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development), a board certification in vision development and vision therapy. She is especially interested in treating children with special needs, amblyopia, strabismus and learning related vision problems.
Jasmine Wong Yumori, OD FAAO
Dr. Yumori joins WesternU from the West Los Angeles VA Health Care Center, where she completed her residency training in geriatric and primary care optometry. Dr. Yumori has also worked in a group private practice setting mainly caring for glaucoma patients. An honors graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Yumori also completed her undergraduate training with honors in biology and psychology at UC Berkeley. Dr. Yumori has a special interest in caring for patients with eye diseases such as glaucoma, serving low vision patients, and traveling abroad as part of the Volunteer Optometric Service Organization and the Flying Samaritans to provide eye care in developing countries.