I am from a big, happy family of six children and was born and raised in Castro Valley, California. Growing up, I enjoyed playing the trumpet, singing in choirs, raising rabbits and running. As a higher myope, getting contact lenses for the first time as a child was a key experience leading to my optometric career. I actually remember seeing a shooting star for the first time and seeing the leaves on trees in the distance. Now that I am an optometrist, I never tire of providing this same experience to others.
After high school, I received a full-tuition scholarship to study music at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Following my freshman year, I served a 2-year mission to Portugal for my Church. I graduated with a B.A. in Music, with an emphasis in vocal performance (yes, I'm a singing optometrist), and married my wonderful German wife, Fran, in 2006. In 2007 we moved to Ohio where I obtained my doctoral degree, along with a Masters in Vision Science from The Ohio State University in 2011. We now have three little girls named Sophia, Alba and Emilia. Because of my mission and family, I speak French, German, and Portuguese (which I find is a very workable way to speak Spanish). Due to my experiences, I have a deep appreciation for people of different cultures and walks of life and am always eager to use whatever words I may know to better communicate with my patients.
Fran and I love playing board games, reading, gardening, traveling, discussing current events, running and biking. Sophia loves art, reading, dancing, singing and playing with her polly pocket dolls. Alba loves her new baby sister, mimicking Sophia, patting every dog she meets and helping around the house. And our brand new Emilia is sure to delight us in new and unexpected ways. Our girls are raised bilingually and we enjoy hearing our daughters chatter in both German and English. We value family time, community service, life-long learning, good food and laughter and enjoy these as often as life permits.