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Optometrists


William Richardson, OD

Dr. Richardson is originally from Southern California and has been living in Auburn for the past 20 years.  He received his education in University of California, Irvine and California State University, Long Beach.  After that, he earned his Doctor of optometry Degree from Southern California College of Optometry.  He is a very active member of his community and is a frequent participant in events such as school vision screenings and community health fairs.

We love his attention to detail and how he truly listens to his patients concerns in order to best identify and treat their ocular conditions.  Dr. Richardson has vast experience in helping patients to find relief from the discomfort of chronic ocular surface diseases and always does so with a personal touch and concern.  His cheerful disposition certainly helps in caring for our patients and he is quite thorough in explaining all possible therapeutic options for each individual patients.

His hobbies include enjoying Celtic music, photography, and hiking in the foothills.  he is happily married and has three grown children.  We feel very fortunate to have him on our team and we know you'll enjoy seeing him as well!


Clare Thomasy, OD

Dr. Thomasy, originally from Ohio, made Northern California her home seven years ago.  After graduating with honors from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology, she attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  In 2009, she graduated with a degree of Doctor of Optometry.  She is currently licensed in California with TLG certification, enabling her to treat glaucoma and write prescriptions for therapeutics.  Her specialties include fitting contact lenses, treating dry eye, and diagnosing and treating various eye diseases.  In her spare time, Dr. Thomasy enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring California, and traveling to other countries.

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LASIK Surgery Coordinators


Elizabeth Robles-Peterson, CPSS

LASIK Coordinator / Marketing Director

Elizabeth first moved in Davis in 2006 to earn a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis.  Since earning her degree, she has been exploring the world of healthcare.  She and her husband moved back to Davis in 2012 when she joined the AVEA team.  Since then she has eagerly taken on the role as the LASIK coordinator.  She truly understands the woes of her fellow myopic patients, as she wore glasses since age seven.  She hated every minute of it!  In May 2013, Dr. Miller changed her life by giving her the gift of LASIK vision correction.  She is now seeing 20/20 and loving it!  She loves not having to fumble around for her glasses, especially now that she has an active toddler, a new born baby, and two crazy puppies.  She sincerely loves working with our LASIK patients and always enjoys seeing their wonderful results.


.Teddi Lamons

LASIK Coordinator / Ophthalmic Technician 

Teddi is a new resident of Davis.  After she graduated from UCLA in June of 2015, she married her husband (also a proud Bruin) and they both moved north for him to attend law school at UC Davis.  She sought out a job at AVEA to gain experience in the medical field, as she hopes to one day be a physician assistant.  She feels blessed to work at AVEA and calls this job a passion!  While not at the office or preparing for PA school, she loves to enjoy life with her husband by taking bike rides through Downtown Davis, cook, and support Bruin athletics from afar.

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Cataract Surgery Coordinator


Elizabeth Hernandez-Perez, C.O.A.

Liz, a resident of Woodland, has been in the medical field since 2003, where she earned her Medical Assistant degree at Western Career College.  She joined the AVEA team 12 years ago, much to our delight.  Due to her extensive experience with women's health, Liz has a comforting manner to ensure the best care for our patients.  She is also an essential part of Dr. Miller's humanitarian work and joins him on his international mission trips with LIGA and Yolo Sight Savers, where she helps those in need of essential eye care.  When not in the office or out doing philanthropic work, Liz stays active with husband and two beautiful daughters.  At age eleven, Valeria enjoys school and at age ten, Cassandra has worn glasses since she was six months old!  Liz is also a wonderful cook and delights in preparing treats to tempt us all!

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Front Desk Representatives


Lupita Valadez, CPSS

Front Desk Supervisor

A Dixon resident, Lupita is now approaching her four-year anniversary with our Advanced Valley Eye Associates family.  The front desk wouldn't be successful without her!  She received her medical assisting certification from MTI.  She has been working in healthcare for the past eight years and enjoys meeting patient's needs, both big and small.  When she's not at the office, she is busy with her toddler, who keeps her on her feet!

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Steven Perez, CPSS

Billing Manager

Steven is a Kaplan College graduate who has been with our office since he began his externship in 2014.  He is an eager learner and his compassion shines through in his patient care and dedication to his work.  He enjoys interacting with the wide range of patients that we see on a daily basis and finds his work to be stimulating and fun.  Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and playing sports.

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Ana Ochoa, CPSS

Patient Service Representative

Ana joined the AVEA family in early February 2016 and since then she has been enjoying assisting patients with their needs.  She is currently a Woodland resident and enjoys calling it her home.  She is a graduate of Cambridge Junior College and began her externship at AVEA.  After completing her externship, we asked her to stay because we simply could not let her go!  Outside of the office, Ana enjoys spending time with family, spending time with friends, and going on spontaneous adventures.

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Timmy Panganiban, CPSS

Patient Service Representative

Timmy first moved in Davis in 2013 to earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Davis.  Being originally from Southern California, specifically Long Beach, CA, he was really excited to move to Northern California.  After graduating in 2016, he found out that he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically Public Health.  He enjoys working with patients and trying to find ways to assist patients who may have major concerns.  Outside of work, Timmy likes to do yoga, go on long hikes, go on adventures in the city, cooking, and reading up on the latest fashion trends!

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Back-Office Technicians


Joyce Lee

Ophthalmic Technician

Joyce recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences.  Although she relocated to Sacramento, she still commutes daily to our office!  While at UC Davis, she worked with PHAC, which is a student-run medical clinic.  She also participated in research in the fields of Internal Medicine, Ecology, and Evolution.  These unique opportunities sparked her interest in a career in medicine, which is what led to apply to a physician assistant program.  While not preparing for her future career, she enjoys spending time with her German shepherd puppy and trying new restaurants in both Davis and Sacramento.

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Emily Smith

Ophthalmic Technician

Emily recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Exercise Biology and Psychology.  While at UC Davis, Emily was involved in many areas of the health care field and now strives to pursue education in the field of ophthalmology.  In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing various sports, traveling the world, and exploring the outdoors.  Emily has also been on various medical mission trips that have fueled her passion for helping underserved populations.  Emily looks forward to meeting you at AVEA!

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Jillian Baratta

Ophthalmic Technician

Soon after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Jillian discovered her passion for ophthalmology.  She gained ophthalmology experience at an ophthalmic assistant position in Colorado before moving to Sacramento with her husband.  Jillian is delighted to now be a member of the AVEA team.  She and her husband, Josh, enjoy many outdoor activities.  Their leisure time is spent camping, hiking, skiing, climbing, and boating.  Jillian also spends her days hanging out with her dog, Jessi.  Jillian loves interacting with the patients at AVEA and she is looking forward to meeting you!

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Optical Department


Cotdy Fisher, A.B.O. and N.C.L.E.C.

Optician

You'll find Cotdy (pronounced "Cody") in our optical department, ready to help you with any and all of your glasses needs.  His ten years of optical experience from a private practice has given him the knowledge about the mechanics behind glasses.  His great taste in frames will also lead you to a pair that you are sure to love.  He is licensed by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners Board, and a member of the National Academy of Opticianry.  In addition, Cotdy is currently studying for the advanced ABO program to better equip him as an optician.  While not working or studying, he enjoys acrylic painting and hiking to discover new lakes and secret waterfalls.

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Kristi Yoshizawa

Optician

Kristi received a softball scholarship and attended the University of Hawaii where she graduated and received her Bachelors of Art in Sociology.  She later became a member for The British National Softball team, where she traveled and competed internationally.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.  Kristi has been an optician for four years and enjoys helping patients and fitting them with the latest fashion trends. 

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Heather Stead

Optician Assistant / Patient Service Representative

Heather moved to Davis from Los Angeles where she graduated with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2013. Heather has had a passion for Optometry, Ophthalmology and Eyeglasses since high school after getting stuck in a difficult prescription to fix myopia as well as double vision. She feels wearing glasses is a part of her identity and is happy to help fit patients with glasses that will reflect their own individual personalities. Heather is always eager to learn more and is still exploring the health field and is looking to continue her education to earn a Masters in Public Health.  In her spare time Heather enjoys baking, hiking, playing Dungeons & Dragons and other board games.

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