Rebecca T., DNAP, MBA
Rebecca is Desert Vision Center’s Practice Administrator. She earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas. She also has 20 years of healthcare experience and holds a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Texas Wesleyan University. When she is not in the office, you will find her in the operating room where she specializes in Regional Anesthesia. She particularly enjoys ophthalmic and orthopedic surgery cases.
Don is an Ophthalmic Technologist and has been part of the Desert Vision Center team for over 35 years. He started as an Operating Room Surgical Technician in 1986 and was certified by JCAHPO as an Ophthalmic Assistant with a specialty in Ophthalmic Surgical Technology. He has witnessed the evolution of cataract surgery from the early days with large incisions and sutures to modern techniques with femtosecond laser. He has advanced training in Retinoscopy and Refractometry.
Selena is an Honor’s Scholar Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside with specific coursework in statistical analysis, computer science, hospitality and business administration. Prior to joining the Desert Vision Center team, she was an outreach volunteer for Angel View and was a Leadership Advisor for the Associated Student Program Board.
Laura R., CPSS
Ophthalmic Technologist | Surgical Tech | Cataract Surgical Counselor
Laura is an Ophthalmic Technologist, Cataract Surgical Tech, and Certified Patient Service Specialist (CPSS). She is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Laura is trilingual in English, Spanish, and French. She was a Research Assistant at the Behavioral Neurophysiology Lab at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, where she earned a Certificate of Achievement for Diversity Scholars Summer Research and Enrichment Program in 2019.
Tom is Optical Manager and Licensed Optician at Desert Vision Center. As a Certified American Board of Opticianry and Registered Spectacle Lens Dispenser, he brings an extensive wealth of knowledge and expertise with 30 years of industry experience.
Sienna S., CPSS
Ophthalmic Technologist | Certified Patient Service Specialist
Sienna was Valedictorian of her high school and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiological Science and Minor in Spanish. She has an extensive history of volunteerism at John F. Kennedy Hospital, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, and Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer at UCLA.
Ophthalmic Technologist | Cataract Surgical Counselor
Ekaterina has a Master’s Degree in Photography from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, a Bachelor’s in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Archaeology from the Université Pierre Mendès-France. She was a guest lecturer at the Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle in Munich, Germany. Prior to joining the Desert Vision Team, she had specialty training at the Leica Academy in Wetzler, Germany and worked at the Fielmann Optik GmbH in Munich, Germany as a Sr. Optics Specialist. She is fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Armenian language.
Frances L., RPh.
Patient Liaison | Cataract Surgery Scheduler
Frances earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Mariano Marcos State University. Prior to joining the team at Desert Vision Center, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacist at Hizon Laboratories and was a Public Health Associate at the Department of Health in Ilocos.
Eileen studied at the College of the Desert as a Psychology Major with scholarship. Prior to joining the team at Desert Vision center, she worked as assistant manager in a local retail store and volunteered for 5 years in the Ophelia Project.
Alan is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology and minor in Leadership Studies. Prior to joining our team at Desert Vision Center, he worked in home healthcare as a Certified Nurse Assistant, was Head JV Baseball Coach, and taught at a private preparatory high school advanced placement courses in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and sports medicine.
Ivy S., RN
Ophthalmic Nurse and Scribe
Ivy is a skilled and experienced registered nurse with eight years of experience in ophthalmology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Velez College and worked as a patient care specialist at Belo Medical Group for two years with direct care with patients for aesthetic consultations. Passionate about providing excellent patient care, she worked eight years as a private ophthalmologic scrub nurse at Chong Hua Hospital.
Jocelyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Allied Health from the California State University, San Bernardino, CA. She has an extensive background in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and completed additional training in the Medical Assisting Program from the Milan Institute. Jocelyn is bilingual in Spanish and English.
John S., CPSS
Ophthalmic Technologist | Certified Patient Service Specialist
John is an Ophthalmic Technologist and Certified Patient Service Specialist (CPSS) with certification through the ASOA and BSM program for excellence in patient care. Prior to joining Desert Vision Center, he worked as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Besides being an honored Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement of rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, he earned the Academic Excellence Award from the French and Italian department at UCSD.
As a Patient Liaison, Crystal is here to help you navigate through the healthcare system. Prior to joining our team at Desert Vision Center, she worked at Eisenhower Health as a Clinical Laboratory Assistant and Sterile Processing Technician.
Grace earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Psychology and Brain Science. She is BLS and EMT Certified and has worked as a Volunteer at Goleta Cottage Hospital.
Deza A., RN
Deza earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Manila Adventist Medical Center and College. She has a diverse work experience history. Prior to joining Desert Vision Center, she worked as an Executive Secretary, a compassionate School School Nurse at Metro Korea Language Center, and as an ESL Tutor.