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Dr. Selene Lum, O.D.

Full name: Selene Lum

Hometown: Sacramento

Degree: Optometry

Earned from (school): UC Berkeley School of Optometry

Associations: California Optometric Association, Sacramento Valley Optometric Association

Undergrad education: UC Irvine

Personal hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Cooking and Baking, Yoga and Pilates

Where did your interest in optometry come from? My interest in optometry came from a desire to be in a helping profession as well as having an interest in science. It combines a unique blend of physics, visual perception, and medicine, as well as fashion!

Do you have any personal stories relating to your interest in optometry?

Are there any industry specialties you have interest in focusing on down the road?
I have an interest in learning more about dry eye since it is such a common problem that people live with on a daily basis. It affects not only their comfort but their vision. I also have an interest in myopia control, a problem that is increasing in prevalence in children and society at large.

What does being part of EYEcenter mean to you? Every member of the team is an integral part of taking care of our patients and I enjoy being part of a talented, caring group of people who are committed to the well being of their patients.

What are you excited for in optometry during the years to come? I’m excited about studies regarding how nutrition affects the health of our eyes!

Dr. Meagan Melissa Herring, O.D.

Full name: Meagan Melissa Herring

Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Degree:

– Optometry Degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Optometry
– Certificate in Business from Nova Southeastern University
– Ocular disease residency at Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace, MD (through Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
– Currently working on my Holistic Health Practitioner certification trough Trinity School of Natural Health

Earned from (school): (see above)

Associations:

-Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
-Member of the Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society
-active involvement as a student in SVOSH and Student Optometric Practice Management Association.

Undergrad education:

– Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo
– BSc. in Vision Sciences from Nova Southeastern University

Personal hobbies:
– CrossFit, running, Yoga and meditation when I have the time!
– Hiking, camping and outdoor adventure with my family

Family/children:

– Husband and 2 boys ages 3 & 6 moved from Clearwater, FL in 2017 with the US Coast Guard

Where did your interest in optometry come from? (See below)

Do you have any personal stories relating to your interest in optometry?

– I grew up in Canada where I had annual eye exams from a very young age. My mom took me and my sister to the only English-speaking optometry schoool in Canada where I really enjoyed having the eye tests performed by optometry students.
– Having that positive experience stuck with with me throughout my undergraduate education as a pre-optometry student at that same school.
– Although I had plans to follow the pre-medical route vs. optometry, I became intrigued when I learned about the flexibility and family-friendly nature of this profession.
– It was then I decided to change course and begin applying to optometry schools.

Are there any industry specialties you have interest in focusing on down the road?

– definitely myopia control is on the horizon as we learn more about effective therapies for progressive myopia. Currently I am working towards becoming certified with the new MiSight soft CLs for myopia control.
– holistic, integrated eye care, including homeopathy, herbology and iridology as they relate to whole body wellness.

What does being part of EYEcenter mean to you?

-Having licenses across four different states in various modes of practice, EYEcenter is unlike any optometric practice I’ve come across. Being a part of the EYEcenter family to me means compassion, service and excellence in eye care. Everyone is extremely caring while the focus is truly on giving back to local communities. I am honored to have been welcomed into the EYEcenter family.

What are you excited for in optometry during the years to come?

– I’m excited to see a shift toward a more integrated approach to eye health. The eyes aren’t just a window to the soul, but a glance at the status of the overall health of the body. As primary eye care providers, we are at the forefront of patient education in the prevention of disease, (whether it be eye-related or whole body), and abundance of wellness.

Dr. Hannah Lynch, O.D.

A Sacramento native and member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and the California Optometric Association, she comes to us as a recent graduate from the Southern California College of Optometry. See her bio below. Welcome to the EYEcenter family, Dr. Lynch!

Hometown: Sacramento, CA. I was born and raised in Sacramento. My schooling took me to the Bay Area and Southern California but I always knew I wanted to return home to Sacramento where my friends and family reside.

Degree: Doctor of Optometry & Master of Science in Visual Science
Earned from (school): Southern California College of Optometry
Undergrad education: UC Davis (BA in English)

Associations:

Graduated Summa Cum Laude Honors (Optometry School)
Member of AOA (American Optometric Association)
Member of COA (California Optometric Association)
Member and student fellow of AAO (American Academy of Optometry)

Personal hobbies: I love quilting and often make them as gifts for friends. I am an avid baker but am still trying to perfect my souffle! I enjoy traveling in the states and abroad to experience other cultures and languages. There is so much to see in this beautiful world.

Where did your interest in optometry come from?
My first experience in eye care was accompanying my mom at age twelve to bring your daughter to work day. She was a nurse for a cataract surgeon and was able to show me the power of restoring vision. I was hooked after I saw the joy on patients’ faces when they could see clearly! I knew I wanted to give others the gift of sight. I am blessed to call optometry my job.

Are there any industry specialties you have an interest in focusing on down the road?
I love working with pediatric patients. A child may dislike reading or school altogether and many times this is due to a vision issue. It is incredibly rewarding to help a child see clearly and comfortably and hear how their vision improvements affect other areas of their life.

What does being part of EYEcenter mean to you?
Being part of the EYEcenter family allows me to treat my patients with the utmost care and cutting edge technology. This practice values the relationships doctors build with their patients because it understands communication is a vital part of health care. EYEcenter also strives to provide the best by participating in clinical research studies and working with doctors across the country to advance new treatments in vision care.

What are you excited for in optometry during the years to come?
Optometry is an ever-expanding field. New technologies for treating eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, and even brain injuries and concussions are on the horizon. I am excited to be apart of Optometry as is becomes more integrated with whole body health and wellness.

Dr. Joseph Lilley OD

Dr. Lilley earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon and went on to complete his Doctorate of Optometry at Pacific University, College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon. He has been in practice since 1975 and recognized with the Orthokeratology Research Award from the National Eye Research Foundation. He has served as a board member of the International Orthokeratology Section and Vice President of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Association. California has been his home since 1978.

He was ‘blessed’ with poor vision as a child and decided at an early age that ‘seeing well’ was his passion. His vision continued to worsen as a child and he had uncomfortable contact lenses through high school and college. “In optometry school I figured out how to custom-fit contact lenses, fitting myself with my first-ever comfortable pair of hard lenses. Ahhhh!! After graduating he got a US patent on the technique.

When Dr. Lilley learned that you could improve eyesight with a non-surgical procedure called Orthokeratology, he again decided to use his own eyes and be his first case study. “Now we use Ortho-K Night Retainers not only to improve vision, but also to stabilize vision to keep it from getting worse. (Prevention!)” He has helped people from 34 different countries and 49 states in the US.

“It is really exciting to focus on prevention.” He wishes his doctors would have told him about Ortho-K when he was a kid…instead of increasing his prescription each year has his vision worsened. “We need to give kids a fair chance with their eyes. Myopia, or nearsightedness, has increased 66% in the last 30 years! Ortho-K lenses can make a huge difference. Every time I see a youngster come in after the very first night of wearing their Ortho-K Night Retainers, and take their lenses out and read the 20/20 line, it warms my heart. “

Dr. Lilley, your Gold River optometrist, has helped pilots, police officers, firefighters, and others who depend on their vision to qualify for their jobs without glasses for their work. “I love optometry; it allows me to connect with each person and find out what their specific needs are.” Dr. Lilley has 40 years of experience helping people of all ages with all types of eye/vision concerns.

He fit his wife 15 years ago with Ortho-K night retainers when she started to have vision issues. “When she told me, ‘I don’t want to wear glasses…Fix Me!’ I said OK.” She wears her night retainers to correct her vison while she sleeps and takes her contacts out in the morning to enjoy the day without contacts or glasses. “She is a happy camper!”

Dr. Lilley, an avid snow skier, credits snowboarding with finding his wife. They met snowboarding in Montana and married a year later windsurfing in Hawaii. “I’m a lucky man that she shares my enthusiasm for outdoor adventures.” In the winter they’ll often ski and board on the same day, “using different muscles so we can stay on the mountain longer.” They also enjoy snow shoeing, cycling, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, camping. “Our time off is generally planned around one or several of these activities.”

They have a cat (who occasionally takes walks with them on her leash), 2 fish (that torment the cat) and a yard full of well-fed birds.

Ocular Specialties:

• Keratoconus

• Hard to fit contact lens cases

• Orthokeratology

• Myopia Control

• Bifocal Contact Lenses

Dr. Palmer N. Lee OD

Dr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. His 40 years of practice have allowed him to specialize in the areas of Contact Lenses and Low Vision. He was honored with the award of Young OD of the Year for California in 1983 and is active among his piers as past President and current member of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Association, Editor of California Optometric Association magazine 1990-2000 and is on the Public Policy Committee for Vision Service Plan

Travel started early in life. His father owned 2 businesses, one in Norway and one in the US so they lived part-time in each country. On Sundoy Island in Northern Norway, 13 miles south of the Arctic Circle and in Poulsbo, Washington and a small Scandinavian town in the Pacific Northwest. His career choice also came early when he started wearing contact lenses in junior high school. “The Optometrist that I was seeing made quite an impression on me and encouraged me to pursue the field of Optometry.”

“When I first started practicing I had a patient that came in with Macular Degeneration. Because of the retinal disease, no one had prescribed glasses for her, in fact, she came in with a white cane. She had an extremely high prescription, with glasses she was able to see 20/40. I will never forget the tears of joy as she was able to see her families’ faces and read once again. Her life was changed that day and I knew that I loved being an eye doc and helping people.”

Dr. Lee’s greatest joys are being a husband and a father. They have five children, three adult children, two little ones and soon to be grandparents! After raising their own family, they decided to adopt two little ones that needed a mom and dad. “I laugh when I think that we have children ages 33 to 6. We could not be happier parenting again. Children have a unique way to look at life and hopefully, they will keep us young in our thinking and approach to life.”

You’ll also find that he volunteers and sits on the board for Youth for Christ. “I choose organizations to be involved in that help young people. They are our future.” Any spare time means riding bikes, working out and looking forward to when the snow flies in the winter. He loves skiing, has skied extensively around the world and even taught skiing while in college.

Dr. lectures on various optometry topics and invites his patients to ask their eye care related questions – he has a wealth of information!

Dr. Brenda Coen OD

Dr. Brenda Coen earned her Bachelor of Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Coen realized she had an affinity for science and people. “Optometry became a place where I could combine two things I loved.” The joining of 2 loves created her strong commitment to the field of optometry, which can be seen through awards and specialties.

Awards:

• Outstanding Contact Lens Clinician – Bausch and Lomb 1990

• Outstanding Clinician – Alcon 1990

• Best of the Best Optometrist, Auburn, CA 2015

• Best of the Best Optometrist, Auburn, CA 2017

In practice for over 26 years, Dr. Coen has realized that every person has a story and specific visual needs. “The joy of what we do comes when we can learn both and help someone through their days”. As of August 2018, Dr. Brenda Coen will be exclusively practicing out of EYEcenter Optometric.

Specialties:

• Disease management

• Developmental Optometry

• Contact Lenses

• Dry Eye

She grew up in a small Midwestern town in Minnesota. “It was an idyllic childhood surrounded by family where we learned the value of hard work.” Her favorite days are spent taking care of family, friends, and home. She says it’s a “Midwestern” thing.

Dr. Coen met her husband, John, in optometry school. It was love at “third sight”. They have 3 boys together, one of whom battled pediatric cancer and now has a heavenly home. They loved and enjoyed being parents to their now handsome young men, working on their careers together, spending time with family and friends and being active in pediatric cancer research and causes.

EYEcenter Optometric

Welcome to our Gold River location.

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(Near Sunrise & Hwy 50)

DOCTORS AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION:

  • Palmer Lee, O.D.
  • John Coen, O.D.
  • Joseph Lilley, O.D.
  • H. Douglas Cooper, M.D.

Dr. Randy Fuerst F.A.A.O., OD

Dr. Fuerst is a passionate and dedicated Optometrist who earned his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in 1983 from Pacific University College of Optometry. “My father founded our practice in May, 1960, which allowed me to further his work in vision therapy, add sports vision, and become involved in contact lens research. Dry Eye has become a passion due to the prevalence of the problem to my patient base, as well as it’s impact on laser vision correction patients and contact lens wearers.” “I’m reminded of a recent story that involved a mother bringing in her youngest son for academic learning concerns. She recounted that I’d seen her eldest son, when he was in 4th grade, twenty years ago, for vision therapy, and that it had helped him greatly. He just recently completed his residency, and is a practicing physician. I remarked that I was delighted to hear that in some small measure, I was able to contribute to his achieving his potential. She quickly remarked, ” No– it was not in a small measure. He was struggling in school, a non-reader, and you turned his world around!””

Dr. Fuerst spent his youth in suburban Sacramento County, hometown of Orangevale, CA. Married since 1980, to his wife to Shirlene, they raised three beautiful children together. Rachel, Ryan and Marissa have all graduated from college, and live on the west coast. “We love our time together during holidays and family celebrations.” You’ll find him bicycling, riding several thousand miles a year in the California foothills and Sierra Nevada, playing guitar and singing with a group, reading extensively, writing and attending church. He has some how found time to be on four patents, authored the book, Good to Go, published by Harper Collins and much more.

• California Young Optometrist of the Year 1991

• Sports Vision Specialist of the year, National Academy of Sports Vision (NASV) 1995

• Ran the Sports Vision Evaluation for the NBA Pre-Draft Physicals in Chicago, IL from 1994-1997

• Member, Bausch and Lomb Sports Vision Team, 1994 Pan Am Games physicals in Tampa Bay, FL

• Optometrist, Sacramento Kings, San Francisco 49ers and San Jose Sharks from 1988-2007

• Fellow, American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)

• President, Sacramento Valley Optometric Society 1991, 2012

• Chair, American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Section 2012

• AOA CLCS 2013 -“Legends” award winner for outstanding contact lens and dry eye specialists

• President Ocugenics, LLC (ophthalmic research company currently holding four patents)

• Member, Nuero-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Dr. John Coen OD

Dr. Coen knew at a young age what he wanted. “Being nearsighted as a child – I so enjoyed going to my local optometrist!! So from about 4th grade on I knew I wanted to be an optometrist”. He received his BA at California State University, Chico and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from the University of Missouri in St Louis. His 26 years in practice has led him to specialize in Contact Lenses and is an active member of both the American Optometric Association and California Optometric Association.

“Some of my favorite patients are those 40-45 years old, that don’t understand why their eyesight is changing and the many options of eye wear that are available to make their lives more comfortable. So many people tolerate poor vision until they start getting headaches and eyestrain.”

Dr. Coen was raised and attended high school in West Sacramento. He is currently living in Auburn with Wife, Brenda and sons, Jansen and Hayden. Their heavenly son, Connor, passed from cancer at the age of 8. In his spare time, you’ll find him running, going to the gym, watching sporting events and especially Mission work their family has been doing for the past 7 years.

Dr. Linda Rappa OD

Dr. Rappa completed her Bachelor of Science in 2000 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and her Doctorate of Optometry in 2004 from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Certified to treat glaucoma in the state of California and in January 2012 received a Medical Optometry Certification by the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. She has been in practice for 12 years.

“My favorite patients are those that have not been properly diagnosed or properly corrected and I can positively impact the quality of their lives with the correct care. My most rewarding cases are when I am able to make life saving diagnoses with an ocular health evaluation.”

Dr. Rappa grew up outside of Buffalo, New York and has called California home since 2006. She is dedicated to her profession and enjoys being a member of the California Optometric Association as well as current Secretary and past President of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society. While other interests include being active in the Polish American Club of Greater Sacramento, most of her spare time is devoted to family, pets (2 dogs and 2 cats), hiking, camping, gold panning and traveling.

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