David's career in Optometry/frame styling started by accident, after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, in 1989. He went from selling books to working in optometry! Once he started working in eye care, he realized that it utilized his background in fashion retail and degree in Art. He says, "EyeQ has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients and encourage people to have fun with what they wear. Wear a frame that makes you smile!
Sam feels fortunate and proud to be part of the eyeQ staff. He has over twenty years of experience as an optician. He has another ten years experience working in the optical lab, where he learned to surface and finish prescription glasses. What he loves most about his job is interacting with patients, helping them select the best frame and lenses that suit their lifestyle, and putting smiles on their faces. He loves playing sports, cooking, painting and wood working. But most importantly, he cherishes spending time with loved ones.
Ten year Santa Cruz resident Jason got his start early in the field of optical as a teen working in his family's business. He was excited to join EyeQ, after working for many years in San Jose. He enjoys being able to work with the people of the community he lives in. In his spare time, Jason enjoys all that Santa Cruz has to offer!
A Santa Cruz local, Amber is the office Chameleon who has been an optician at Eye Q Optometry for over a decade. Over the years, you may have seen her with pink, blue, or rainbow hair to accentuate her fabulous sense of style and personality. If you don't see her in the office, it might be because she's out volunteering for Operation Surf or Ride a Wave. Though she used to rock glasses on a daily basis, Amber had Lasik surgery in 2013. She is happy to answer any questions you may have if you're curious about the procedure for yourself!
Ryland has admired eyeQ's frame selection for far longer than he has been part of the team. With an eye for the curious and unique, he's always on the lookout for new and interesting frames. Ryland has a blast selecting the perfect frame for you. When he's not at eyeQ, he can frequently be found stargazing in the mountains or huddled around a table with his friends playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Jemma began her optical career right here in Santa Cruz in 2000 at a local optics lab. After over 15 years working in the Silicon Valley as a lead optician specializing in optical management, consulting and team building, Jemma is elated to find herself “home” as part of the EyeQ team. A self described “optical geek”, her expertise in luxury eyewear and excellent optics will ensure you end up with the absolute best pair of glasses! Jemma’s out-of-office interests include living as active a lifestyle as possible, engaging with the natural beauty and adventure of Santa Cruz, and sharing priceless moments with her family and friends.
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Aaron has worked in the optical industry for 20 years and is proud to be the eyeQ Office Manager since 2010. His favorite part of working at eyeQ is helping to deliver an exceptional patient experience at every step of your visit. Aaron enjoys looking high and low for exceptional quality eyewear made by environmentally friendly and ethically responsible, family-owned independent manufacturers. When he is not working Aaron loves hiking, cooking, and photography.
With almost 25 years of experience in the medical field, 10 of those specifically in ophthalmology, Melanie has always made patient care her top priority. Her years of experience make her a keen and knowledgeable member of the eyeQ team as one of our optometric technicians, yet this busy bee doesn’t stop buzzing for a moment: she is also working towards completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. As a newly recent resident of Santa Cruz, Melanie is sure to soak in all that our community has to offer such as going to the beach, hiking in the redwoods, and taking drives down the beautiful coastline of her new home state!
Katelyn is one of the marvelous multi-taskers of the eyeQ team assisting both our front desk and technician bays. She’ll be your gal whether you need to schedule an appointment, order contacts, or she may be the one to walk you through your pre-exam tests! Upon receiving her first pair of glasses just a few short years ago Katelyn was inspired to enter the professional world of optical, and she has been a willing and eager student ever since. As a third year literature undergrad at UCSC, Katelyn loves to spend her spare time sewing, baking and of course, reading!
Leah has lived in Santa Cruz since 2018 and is working towards a psychology degree at UCSC. She is a part time technician and front desk receptionist, with a decade's worth of experience in customer service relations. From appointment booking to preliminary testing, Leah is always ready and willing to help the next patient with a smile and world class customer service. In between her studies and time at eyeQ, Leah enjoys exploring the beautiful outdoors of her new home town, doing yoga, and hanging out with her pets whom she is "highly obsessed with".
Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Crystal is an optometrist in the making. Optometry has always been of interest to her upon receiving her first pair of glasses in the third grade. As a recent graduate with a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, she plans to attend UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry in the near future. In her free time, she loves to play guitar, read a good book or work out at the local gym!
Brianna is a recent UCSC graduate who received her degree in European history focusing on colonialism and imperialism. Hailing from a family of eyeglass wearers, Brianna is passionate about finding the perfect set of frames and absolutely loves helping others begin the process by connecting patients with our lovely doctors. Once she's off the clock from having fun at work, Brianna loves to kickbox, ride her bicycle, play board games or watch movies.
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