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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.


• 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.


• 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.

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