Dr. Kelly Kao earned her Doctor of Optometry degree with Clinical Honors from the University of California – Berkeley School of Optometry. After teaching at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, conducting vision research at Google, and doing optometric missionary work overseas, she now provides comprehensive eye care and specialized vision therapy in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

 

She completed a residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, NY. There, she received specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), visual skills deficiencies (eye teaming, focusing, and tracking), visual perceptual deficiencies, and acquired brain injuries.

 

Dr. Kao is actively involved with the American Academy of Optometry. She is certified to fit Paragon CRT lenses and is excited to serve the young and bright future of Silicon Valley.

Dr. Katherine Lai earned her optometric degree from University of California, Berkeley. She completed a residency in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation at SUNY College of Optometry in New York, NY. There, she received advanced clinical training in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury resulting from trauma, strokes, tumors, aneurysms, and post-surgical complications. 

 

During her residency, Dr. Lai presented a poster at the American Academy of Optometry on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation management of visual sequelae from traumatic brain injury associated with explosion. She organized a workshop for fellow residents on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. She also presented a COPE approved continuing educational course on expanding optometric evaluations to address traumatic and acquired brain injury patients.

 

Dr. Lai currently is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and is involved with the California Optometric Association local optometric society.

Dr. Crystal Wang earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed a residency program in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, Texas. There, she received specialized training in the care of patients with diverse visual impairments including central field loss, peripheral vision loss, congenital conditions, traumatic brain injuries, and more. She has completed clinical training at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Indian Health Service in Crow Agency, Montana, and Marin Community Clinic in San Rafael, California.

 

Dr. Wang also currently works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley School of Optometry and participates in optometric missionary work. She is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry and the California Optometric Association. In her free time, Dr. Wang loves to go on hiking adventures, sing along to musicals, and feed her sweet tooth with all kinds of desserts. 

Samantha Chan is our optometric assistant at STL Optometry. She attended UC Berkeley as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholar and graduated with a degree in Integrative Biology. She has conducted vision research with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, focusing mainly on the recovery of stereopsis (depth perception) amongst individuals with amblyopia. She has also been involved with several optometric volunteer organizations, providing comprehensive exams and glasses to medically underserved communities, both locally and overseas. 

 

Samantha also loves teaching and working with children. At UC Berkeley, she served as an undergraduate student instructor for general biology and physiology labs. She has also provided free in-class science lessons to several elementary schools. During her free time, Samantha loves to travel, watch movies, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

 

Samantha is pursuing a career in optometry and looks forward to meeting you all.