Meet the Team

Valerie Lam OD, F.A.A.O, F.C.O.V.D
Valerie Lam OD, F.A.A.O, F.C.O.V.DDevelopmental Optometrist
When I graduated from UC San Diego, I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field because I wanted a profession that was about serving other people. Optometry was the right fit because I get to help people love life through the way they see. I achieved my doctorate degree from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University where I got experience working in all types of settings including an Indian reservation (lived in the middle of the desert for 3 months!), low income schools, low vision clinics, and a surgery center. I completed a residency in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy at SCCO because I wanted to get better at treating children and helping them to overcome vision related learning problems that were causing them to struggle in school.

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I love that being an optometrist allows me to connect with patients on a very personal level, not only talking about their vision issues but even just sharing a part of their life. My passion is working with kids because they always bring out the joy in you, even on a rainy day — it really is true that “kids say the darndest things!” I love doing vision therapy because it tickles the creative streak in me to design new activities that are engaging and exciting, yet (like any good parent would want) have a purpose and promote learning. And most of all, I love seeing patients succeed, knowing that I was able to be a part of their success!

At Insight Vision Center, we plan to hold community fundraisers to support causes that we believe in and we also plan to take mission trips where we provide eye care in other underserved countries. As part of our global mission, we support the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association to help optometry make an impact through programs like InfantSEE (free eye exams to all babies under 12 months) and Children’s Eye Care Program (eye exams to all kids).

I had double vision as a child but never told anyone because I thought it was a secret power and that I could see through walls! Little did I know that it was actually double vision until my optometrist diagnosed me. I am married to my childhood best friend, whom I grew up with since I was 2-years old and together we like hiking, biking, and traveling to new places. I can speak 3 languages: English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Thanh Mai OD
Thanh Mai ODDevelopmental Optometrist
I went to UCLA and quickly learned that optometry was the right fit for me. I got my doctorate at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University and it was an amazing experience. I worked in all different types of clinic settings and treated a variety of eye diseases you’d never wish on your worst enemy. I trained under eye surgeons that repaired retinal detachments on NBA players and even did a vision therapy rotation with the San Diego Padres official eye doctor. After graduating, I spent my time working in clinics dedicated to vision therapy, corneal reshaping or orthokeratology. Life got even better because now I work with my best buddy from optometry school, Dr. Lam!

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Being an optometrist is great! If you are reading this and have a son or daughter interested in the healthcare profession I whole-heartedly recommend optometry and welcome them to shadow us at the office or chat over lunch (my treat). The best part of the job is working with patients where you can solve a vision problem that can really impact their lives. Particularly because there are so many undetected visual problems that can interfere with learning and with life in general if you can have your hand in correcting these deficiencies you can really change someone’s life. Money can’t buy the feeling you get when you can improve someone’s life, and in my experience it’s even better when it’s a child.

Insight Vision Center plans to partner in the community with all the residents and local businesses of Orange County. I volunteer as a board member for the local Orange County Optometric Society to stay involved with all the latest changes to our profession and promote involvement in community service events. I am also active with the California Optometric Association, the Orthokeratology Academy of America, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition, I am the official Vision category expert for where I try to shoot down all the misinformation or biased info you might otherwise find on the internet. I regularly write scientifically based articles there and contribute to answering all your questions about Vision. Check out our own blog for the latest information about vision therapy, orthokeratology, and eye health.

My left thumb is double jointed so it can bend back in a weird way that would otherwise snap my right thumb. Favorite sport to play is volleyball and I am in a soccer league in Irvine called “Not So Athletico!” I love playing board games and spending time with my wife, Jennie. You’ll also find me at the Rose Bowl during the football season cheering on my UCLA Bruins.

How did Insight Vision Center Optometry Get Started?

We started Insight Vision Center Optometry because we wanted to create a fresh office that was truly patient centered. Our goal was simple — to create an office that makes happy patients, happy staff, and happy doctors. We especially cater to kids at our office because we feel that we have all the right specialties to meet their visual needs as they are growing up through childhood. Dr. Mai and Dr. Lam met as classmates together in optometry school and became very good friends after suffering through 115 exams, 25 proficiencies, and a grueling national board examination in North Carolina together. We both had a similar vision for what the ideal optometry practice should be, so we decided to team up together and build our dream!

Our Valuable Team Members

Jaime Antonio
Jaime AntonioOptician

I graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach with two Bachelors of Music in music performance and music education. Catch me performing in Downtown Disney in the summer or playing saxophone at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, CA! Prior to graduating, I found inspiration in the work of Joshua Silver to pursue a career in optometry to help improve the quality of life of the 60% of the global population living with vision problems. Insight Vision Center gives me the opportunity to participate in helping people increase their enjoyment of life through the way they see.

I am passionate about learning and Dr. Mai and Dr. Lam are always open to sharing knowledge about eye health and eye science. I am a recipient of refractive vision correction and a beneficiary of vision therapy to correct amblyopia, two of Insight Vision’s specialties.  My eye treatments date back to my childhood, so I naturally resonate with Dr. Mai and Dr. Lam’s mission to solve vision problems that interfere with learning and education to positively impact people’s lives.

Jordan Barnes
Jordan BarnesOptician

I grew up in Southern California before moving to the Pacific Northwest where I spent seven years in Portland, Oregon. While living in Portland, I explored my interests in visual arts and fashion design. I became interested in eyewear after discovering I had a slight astigmatism in both eyes during a routine eye exam that resulted in my doctor suggesting I get a pair of glasses. I chose a beautifully crafted handmade frame and immediately fell in love with wearing glasses as a fashion statement. Not only did I love my glasses aesthetically, but I was also thrilled that my astigmatism was corrected and I could see the world so much sharper through my camera lens! It was at that moment I decided I wanted to learn more about the world of eyewear and optometry. Shortly after I started working for a local optometry practice where I had the opportunity to aid patients in filling their prescription and helped choose the perfect frame for their style; ensuring they too could see the world crystal clear. When I moved home to SoCal I was lucky enough to have discovered Insight Vision Center where I am currently continuing my journey into the fascinating world of optometry!

What I love most about my job is that I get to help change people’s lives tremendously! Your eyes are precious and being able to see well is extremely important. I also absolutely love working with Dr. Mai and Dr. Lam because they are both extremely loving people who go above and beyond in their work and care deeply for their patients and staff.

Solange Gil
Solange GilOptometric Assistant

From a young age I knew I wanted to be involved in helping other people live better lives. As I entered college at Cal State Fullerton I knew that pursing a career in the health professions would fulfill my desire in helping others. I became interested in optometry after an annual eye exam, and that is when I decided to join my schools pre-optometry club and become more informed. My first experience in the pre-optometry club was a volunteering event, which involved assisting doctors of optometry in providing free eye exams to the homeless and underserved families within Santa Ana. This experience was extremely inspiring to me because it made me realize how important vision care can be and how impactful it can be in improving a persons quality of life. From that moment I knew I wanted to pursue a career in optometry. Insight Vision Center Optometry has given me the opportunity to begin my journey in pursuing my career goals, as well as my desire to help others.

What I love most about working at Insight Vision Center is working with a wonderful group of staff and doctors that love to help others and strive to always give the best quality of care to patients. I truly enjoy coming to Insight Vision Center every week because I get to learn more about the work of an optometrist and, I get the opportunity to improve people’s lives through vision care!

Ishtar Lindshield
Ishtar LindshieldOptician

I grew up in the Philippines and then lived in England for 6 years. While in England, I worked as an administrative assistant within the National Health Service (NHS), as part of a team that managed health services for the local community. I didn’t deal with patients there, but it made me want to be more directly involved with patient care. Several of my family members work in health care (including my sister, who is also an optician) and hearing about their experiences also motivated me to find a position in the field. I had recently moved to California when I came across Insight Vision Center, and I was very excited to work as an optician in a patient-oriented practice.

In my first week at Insight Vision Center, we fitted scleral lenses on a patient with a severe case of keratoconus. I loved seeing his reaction when he was able to see clearly again for the first time in ten years. I really appreciate the chance to help in improving all our patients’ vision and eye health, and I’m very lucky to work in a place where the doctors and staff are passionate about patient care, education, and teamwork.