Our Board Directory
Dr. Christine Yoo graduated with honors from Southern California College of Optometry, where she was extensively involved in student government and organizations. After graduation, she completed a residency in Pediatrics/Primary Care at UC Berkeley School of Optometry, seeing patients in myopia control and special visual assessments. Dr. Yoo loves working with kids to help them see clearly and comfortably in school. In her free time, she enjoys cooking plant-based recipes, completing DIY projects, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Shora Ansari earned a BS and MS in pharmacological chemistry from UC San Diego. Prior to attending optometry school, she worked for several years in the pharmaceutical research industry and focused her research efforts in oncology, immunology, along with HIV and Hepatitis antiviral therapy. Dr. Ansari graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry, where she was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for SCCO at MBKU in the Primary Care and Contact Lens clinics. She also sees patients in a private optometric practice in Orange County and manages those with dry eyes, glaucoma, and diabetes. Dr. Ansari specializes in specialty contact lens fittings for patients with irregular corneas and hard to fit eyes.
Millie Liu, OD graduated from University of California, San Diego and then went on to receive her doctorate of optometry from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Liu is currently in a private practice setting at Orange County Retina Medical Group and is a clinical preceptor for optometric students. In addition, she enjoys providing free eye care to those in need on mission trips and volunteer work.
Dr. Liu is very excited to be more involved in this wonderful optometric society. She grew up in Maryland but has not gone back since arriving in California. In her free time, she enjoys Muay Thai, running, shopping, eating and playing with her dog.
She is certified in the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents to treat and manage ocular disease including glaucoma. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, and the Orange County Optometric Society.
Dr. Kuo is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential through comprehensive vision examinations and vision development.
Dr. Alex Elson is an Orange County native, growing up in Mission Viejo before completing his undergraduate education at Chico State in Northern California. He then returned to attend Southern California College of Optometry, where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Elson’s favorite part of optometry is fitting specialty lenses. He owns a private practice in Tustin and lives a few miles away in Orange with his wife and his dog. Dr. Elson captained the men’s lacrosse team in college and continues to play for Newport Beach Lacrosse Club. He and his wife are Ducks season ticket holders (Lets Go Ducks), but outside of that, they enjoy hiking, camping, and generally exploring nature.
Dr. Alex Elson
Dr. Rachel Niskanen is a San Diego native who has always had an interest in science. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She later received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Orange County, CA where she has developed a passion for medical optometry and ocular disease. Dr. Niskanen and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and cooking.
Lilly Zarif, OD is an Orange County native. She graduated from CSUF with a B.A. in Business Finance and continued forward to Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, where she received her Doctorate in Optometry. In her free time, Dr. Zarif enjoys trying out new restaurants with her husband.
Dr. Thanh Mai loves being an optometrist and is happy to contribute anyway he can to the great OCOS. He is a proud UCLA Bruin and graduated summa cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry.
His favorite part of optometry is working with pediatric patients and showing them that the eye doctor is best doc on the planet – no drills or needles kids! Currently, he owns a private practice in Costa Mesa with an emphasis in vision therapy. When he isn’t working, you can find him hacking away at golf courses as a newbie, playing soccer in a coed league, or spending time with his beautiful wife Jennie and son Jackson.
Steve Wang OD
Dr. Romina Escalante was born and raised in Southern California in the city of Oxnard. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at California State University, Monterey Bay. She decided to travel back to Southern California to be closer to family and to complete her optometric degree at Western University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Escalante is a first generation college graduate of immigrant parents. She is passionate about helping first generation students excel professionally as well as serve the Spanish speaking population of Orange County. Dr. Escalante has volunteered in free vision screenings for the community and has traveled to Guatemala for optometric mission trips. Her interests outside of optometry include hiking with her husband and rescue dog, listening to podcasts and learning to speak Korean.
Dr. Rachelle Lin received her Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU). She completed her residency at VA Long Beach in low vision, traumatic brain injury, and primary
Dr. Lin is currently an assistant professor at MBKU, where she serves in the Low Vision Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury departments at the University Eye Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric
Association and the California Optometric Association, where she also serves on the Coordinating Council of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Section.