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Faculty - Optometry

An Outstanding Team

With over a century of optometric education under its belt, SCCO benefits from outstanding faculty who are leaders in their own disciplines. Each one of our faculty members is committed to working with our students and with fellow health science professionals at MBKU to build a strong academic and collaborative optometry program

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Dean Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD
Southern California College of Optometry 

Dr. Bullimore HeadshotDr. Bullimore HeadshotJoined SCCO in 2017 MCOptom, Aston University
PhD, Aston University
 
Tel: 714.449.7473 

Email: mbullimore@ketchum.edu

Southern California College of Optometry Faculty List

 

C. Troy Allred: Joined us in 2000
Chief of the Pediatric Vision Service and Studt Center for Vision Therapy
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, Brigham Young University
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatric Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry, Birmingham, AL
 
714.463.7595 | tallred@ketchum.edu

Janet Armstrong: Joined us in 1999
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Portland State University
OD, SCCO
 
714.463.7572 | jarmstrong@ketchum.edu

Raman Bhakhri: Joined us in 2012
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of Alberta
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Residency in Low Vision and Ocular Disease, Illinois College of Optometry
 
714.463.7567 | rbhakhri@ketchum.edu

Cindy Blancq: Joined us in 2005
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
 
Eric J. Borsting: Joined us in 1988
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, San Diego
OD, State University of New York
MS, State University of New York
MS.Ed., California State University, Fullerton
Residency in Vision Training, SUNY

714.449.7436 | eborsting@ketchum.edu

Mark Bullimore: Joined us in 2017
Dean & Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
MCOptom, Aston University
PhD, Aston University
 
714.449.7473 | mbullimore@ketchum.edu

Tony Carnevali: Joined us in 1994
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley 
OD, SCCO
 
323.234.9137 | tcarnevali@ketchum.edu

Annie W. Chang: Joined us in 2007
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley
OD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry
Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses, SCCO
 
714.463.7588 | achang@ketchum.edu

Elaine Chen: Joined us in 2015
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry
Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses, SCCO
 
714.463.7590 | echen@ketchum.edu

Angela M. Chen: Joined us in 2009
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Davis
OD, State University of New York
MS, State University of New York
Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, SCCO
 
714.463.7569 | angelachen@ketchum.edu

Geoffrey F. Chiara: Joined us in 1987
Chief, Optometry Service, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, NV
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of Nevada, Reno
BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry, VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
 
702.791.9125 | geoffrey.chiara@va.gov

Theresa Chong Fernandez: Joined us in 2009
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Pacific University
OD, Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR
Residency, Low Vision/Blind Rehabilitation, VA Medical Center/Blind Rehabilitation Center, West Haven, CT
 
702.791.9125 | Theresa.chong2@va.gov

Raymond H. Chu: Joined us in 2001
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, San Diego
OD, State University of New York
MS, California State University, Fullerton
Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, SCCO
 
714.992.7876 | rchu@ketchum.edu

George W. Comer: Joined us in 1982
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, University of Houston
OD, University of Houston
MBA, University of California, Irvine
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry, VA Medical Center, Lexington, KY
 
714.463.7560 | gcomer@ketchum.edu

Melissa Contreras: Joined us in 2012
Clinic Director, UECLA
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
MPH, University of California Los Angeles
Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
 
323.234.9137 x3105 | mcontreras@ketchum.edu

Susan A. Cotter: Joined us in 1997
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Loyola University, Chicago
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
MS, University of Southern California
Residency in Children's Vision, SCCO
 
714.463.7575 | scotter@ketchum.edu

Timothy B. Edrington: Joined us in 1978
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Indiana University
OD, Indiana University
MS, California State University, Fullerton
 
714.463.7564 | tedrington@ketchum.edu

Gail Ellias: Joined us in 1992
Coordinator, Chronic Care, Special Testing and Ophthalmology Consultation Service, University Eye Center at Los Angeles
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, University of California, Berkeley
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry/Geriatrics, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
 
323.234.9137 | gellias@ketchum.edu

Carla B. Engelke: Joined us in 2007
Coordinator, Traumatic Brain Injury
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, St. Louis University 
OD, SCO
Residency in Primary Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson
 
520.792.1450 Ext. 2955 | Carla.Engelke@va.gov

Lucrecia Escobar: Joined us in 2006
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
OD, Universidad Social Catolica de la Salle, Bogota, Colombia
Contact Lens Residency in Madrid, Spain 
 
909.702.9502 | Lescobar@ketchum.edu

Steven G. Ferrucci: Joined us in 1996-97, 2001
Chief, Optometry Section, Sepulveda VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA
Coordinator, Primary Eye Care - Department of Veterans Affairs Residency
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, Brandeis University
OD, New England College of Optometry
Residency in Hospital-Based/Primary Care Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center

 
818.891.7711 Ext. 32383 | Steven.Ferrucci@va.gov

Lane T. Fujimoto: Joined us in 1996
Coordinator, Ocular Disease - Department of Veterans Affairs Residency
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
 
702.791.9125 | lane.fujimoto@va.gov

Benedicte Gonzalez: Joined us in 2016
Assistant Professor
 
MPH, University of Southern California
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
 
714.992.7583 | bgonzalez@ketchum.edu

Amy Grimes: Joined us in 2000
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 
BS, The Ohio State University
OD, The Ohio State University
Residency in Primary Eye Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation, VA Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
 
520.792.1450 Ext. 6551 | amy.grimes@va.gov

 

Silvia Han: Joined us in 2013
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
 
714.463.7581 | shan@ketchum.edu

Wayne Heidle: Joined us in 2015
Director of Community Relations
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 

 
714.992.7888 | wheidle@ketchum.edu

Catherine L. Heyman: Joined us in 1994
Coordinator, Blind Children's Learning Center
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, San Diego State University
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, SCCO
 
714.992.7845 | cheyman@ketchum.edu

Perry S. Hom: Joined us in 1988
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, San Diego State University
BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
 
714.463.7520 | phom@ketchum.edu

Kristine Huang: Joined us in 2005
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, San Diego
OD, State University of New York
MPH, University of California, Los Angeles
Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, SUNY
 
714.463.7571 | khuang@ketchum.edu

Pauline F. Ilsen: Joined us in 1991
Coordinator, Primary Eye Care/Geriatric Optometry -- Department of Veterans Affairs Residency
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry/Geriatrics, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
 
Steven L. Johnson: Joined us in 1976
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
 
Brian S. Kawasaki: Joined us in 2007
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of San Francisco
OD, SCCO
MBA, California State University, San Marcos
Residency in Primary Care Optometry, San Francisco VA Medical Center
 
702.791.9125 | brian.kawasaki@va.gov

Rima Khankan: Joined us in 2011
Assistant Professor
Applied Medical Sciences, SPAS
Basic Visual Sciences, SCCO 

School of Physician Assistant Studies
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, California State University, Bakersfield
MS, California State University, Los Angeles
Biotechnology Certificate, California State University, Los Angeles
PhD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
 
714.992.7831 | rkhankan@ketchum.edu

Chang Kim: Joined us in 1991-94, 1998
Chief, Optometry Service, Los Angeles VA Ambulatory Care Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
Coordinator, Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, SCCO
Residency in Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation, Los Angeles VA Ambulatory Clinic
 
| Chang.Kim@med.va.gov

Justin T. Kwan: Joined us in 2010
Chief, Cornea and Contact Lens Service
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley
OD, University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
 
714.463.7574 | jkwan@ketchum.edu

Dawn Y. Lam: Joined us in 2005
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of British Columbia
MS, University of British Columbia
OD, SCCO
Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses, University of Houston, College of Optometry
 
714.463.7573 | dlam@ketchum.edu

James O. LaMotte: Joined us in 1985
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, Eastern Washington State University
MS, Eastern Washington State University
PhD, University of Arizona
OD, New England College of Optometry
 
714.449.7486 | jlamotte@ketchum.edu

John E. Larcabal: Joined us in 1993
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Brigham Young University
OD, SCCO
 
714.992.7834 | jlarcabal@ketchum.edu

John H. Lee: Joined us in 2000
Assistant Chief, Jarnigan Primary Care Service
Coordinator, Optometry Service at CSUF
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley
OD, State University of New York
Residency in Vision Enhancement and Rehabilitation, SUNY
 
714.463.7582 | jlee@ketchum.edu

Rachelle Lin: Joined us in 2014
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, BA, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
MS, SCCO
Residency in Low Vision/Traumatic Brain Injury/Primary Care, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
 
714.992.7825 | rlin@ketchum.edu

Edeline J. Lu: Joined us in 2008
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, SCCO
Residency in Ocular Disease, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, NV
 
714.463.7577 | elu@ketchum.edu

Mark Marquez Jr.: Joined us in 2017
Assistant Professor
 
BA, University of Kansas
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
Residency, Ocular Disease, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
 
702.791.9125 | Mark.Marquez@va.gov

Michelle E. Matson: Joined us in 2009
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Arizona State University
OD, University of California, Berkeley
Residency, Ocular Disease, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas 
 
702.791.9125 | michelle.matson3@va.gov

Timothy Messer: Joined us in 1995
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Berkeley
OD, University of California, Berkeley
Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Hospital-Based Optometry, VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
 
520.792.1450 | timothy.messer@med.va.gov

David J. Mietzner: Joined us in 2012
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, Concordia University
OD, Pacific University College of Optometry
MA, Gonzaga University
 
702.791.9125 | david.mietzner@va.gov

Jennifer L. Monarrez: Joined us in 2012
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
OD, Pacific University College of Optometry
Residency, Ocular Disease, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas
 
702.791.9125 | jennifer.monarrez@va.gov

Eunice Myung Lee: Joined us in 2000
Director of International Optometry
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, La Sierra University
OD, SCCO
Residency in Family Practice, University of Houston, Houston, TX
 
714.463.7565 | emyung@ketchum.edu

Alissa Nagel-Esposito: Joined us in 2011
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University Nevada Las Vegas
OD, SCCO
Residency in Ocular Disease, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
 
Eddy Naime
: Joined us in 2009
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, California State University, Fullerton
OD, Southern California College of Optometry
 
714.872.5681 | pmc@ketchum.edu

Jason S. Ng: Joined us in 2008
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley
OD, SCCO
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
 
714.992.7880 | jng@ketchum.edu

Monique M. Nguyen: Joined us in 2003
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, SCCO
 
| mnguyen@ketchum.edu

Rosalynn H. Nguyen-Strongin: Joined us in 2011
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens, SCCO
 
714.463.7521 | rnguyen-strongin@ketchum.edu

John H. Nishimoto: Joined us in 1987
Senior Associate Dean for Professional Affairs
 

OD, SCCO
BS, University of California, Irvine
MBA, University of California, Irvine
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry/Geriatrics, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
 
714.449.7409 | jnishimoto@ketchum.edu

Harald E. Olafsson: Joined us in 2004
Chief, Optometry Service, Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Brigham Young University
BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
 
| harald.olafsson@va.gov

Caren Oquindo: Joined us in 2011
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
Residency in Low Vision and Primary Care, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ
 
714.463.7586 | coquindo@ketchum.edu

Reena Patel: Joined us in 2011
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatric Optometry, SUNY State College of Optometry 
 
714.463.7587 | rpatel@ketchum.edu

Jerry R. Paugh: Joined us in 1981-88, 2001
Associate Dean for Research
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
OD, The Ohio State University
MS, The Ohio State University
PhD, University of New South Wales
 
714.449.7487 | jpaugh@ketchum.edu

Fredy Perez: Joined us in 1991
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, Portland State University
OD, New England College of Optometry 
 
213.250.5768 | Fperez001@aol.com

Jason Powell: Joined us in 2007
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
OD, Pacific University, College of Optometry
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry, Central California VA Health Care System, Fresno 
 
Dashaini Retnasothie: Joined us in 2016
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, Queen’s University, Canada
MS, York University, Canada
OD, SCCO
Residency in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy, SCCO
 
714.463.7576 | dretnasothie@ketchum.edu

William H. Ridder III: Joined us in 1989
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, Southern Illinois University
OD, Illinois College of Optometry
MS, Southern Illinois University
PhD, University of Houston
 
714.449.7494 | wridder@ketchum.edu

Victoria Rossi-Campagna: Joined us in 2009
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, University of California, Santa Barbara
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry, VA Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home, Sepulveda, CA 
 
Mark H. Sawamura: Joined us in 1993
Chief, Jarnagin Center for Primary Eye Care
Chief, Ocular Disease
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Riverside
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care Optometry, The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA
 
714.463.7561 | msawamura@ketchum.edu

David P. Sendrowski: Joined us in 1986
Chief, Ophthalmology Consultation and Special Testing Service
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of Massachusetts
OD, New England College of Optometry
Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry/Geriatrics, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
 
714.463.7562 | dsendrowski@ketchum.edu

Huey-Fen Song: Joined us in 1998
Coordinator, Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
OD, New England College of Optometry
Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Tucson VA Medical Center, AZ
 
Lawrence R. Stark: Joined us in 2003
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

B.App.SC. (Optom.)(Hons), School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology
PhD, Queensland University of Technology
 
714.449.7427 | lstark@ketchum.edu

Lieu Ton: Joined us in 2000
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of Southern California
OD, SCCO
Residency in Low Vision Optometry, UC, Berkeley, School of Optometry
 
909.869.9448 | familyoptometryofwalnut@yahoo.com

Judy W.H. Tong: Joined us in 1993
Assistant Dean of Residencies
Tenured Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Berkeley
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care Optometry, The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA
 
714.463.7568 | jtong@ketchum.edu

Nina T. Tran: Joined us in 2012
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BA, University of Southern California
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
 
702.791.9125 | nina.tran@va.gov

Corina van de Pol: Joined us in 2014
Assistant Professor
 
BA, University of Maryland, European Division
OD, University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
PhD, University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
 
714.449.7479 | cvandepol@ketchum.edu

Paul Vejabul: Joined us in 2004
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, SCCO
Residency in Ocular Disease, Hospital-Based/Geriatric Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA
 
702.791.9125 | paul.vejabul@va.gov

Marsha Vinson: Joined us in 2000
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Irvine
OD, University of California, Berkeley
Residency in Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation, VA Outpatient Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
 
818.375.2605 | chopstiky@aol.com

Alyon J. Wasik: Joined us in 2002
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BS, University of California, San Diego
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care Optometry, San Francisco VA Medical Center
 
520.792.1450 x6551 | Alyon.wasik@med.va.gov

Danielle L. Weiler: Joined us in 2008
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, Augustana College, South Dakota
OD, Indiana University School of Optometry
Residency in Ocular Diseases and Low Vision Rehabilitation, the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital, Chicago, IL
 
| Danielle.Weiler@va.gov

Barry A. Weissman: Joined us in 2012
Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BSc, University of California, Berkeley
OD, University of California, Berkeley
MSc, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
 
714.449.7431 | bweissman@ketchum.edu

Gregory Wolfe: Joined us in 2008
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
MPH, University of Illinois
Residency in Ocular Diseases and Low Vision Rehabilitation, the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital, Chicago, IL
 
520.219.2418 | Gregory.Wolfe@va.gov

May Wong: Joined us in 2003
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, University of California, Davis
OD, New England College of Optometry
Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses, SCCO
 
714.870.7226 | maywong@juno.com

Robert M. Yacoub: Joined us in 2007
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry
 

BA, University of California, Los Angeles
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Care/Hospital Based/Geriatric Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
 
714.463.7584 | ryacoub@ketchum.edu

Brenda S. Yeh: Joined us in 2012
Staff Optometrist, Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center, North Hills, Ca
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley 
OD, University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
 
818.891.7711 Ext. 32358 | Brenda.Yeh@va.gov

Patrick D. Yoshinaga: Joined us in 2000
Chief, Low Vision Rehabilitative Service
Associate Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BS, SCCO
OD, SCCO
MPH, California State University, Fullerton
 
714.463.7585 | pyoshinaga@ketchum.edu

Tina Zheng: Joined us in 2016
Assistant Professor
Southern California College of Optometry

 
BA, University of California, Berkeley
OD, SCCO
Residency in Primary Eye Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation, VA Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
 
714.463.7578 | tzheng@ketchum.edu