Dr. Tomita received her B.S. in Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside in 1989 and B.S. in Visual Science, University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with an O.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. She has been in practice since 1993.
Dr. Tomita was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in various locations in California. She says she was inspired to become an optometrist because “I have been myopic since I was 7 and went into the optometry office every year as I was growing up. I wanted to be able to help others improve their vision, just as my eye doctor helped me.”
Her favorite patient story is this: “I saw a little boy, around 4 years old, for a routine eye exam one day. He turned out to be a +11.00 hyperope. I prescribed him his first pair of glasses, which greatly improved his vision. I later fit him into contact lenses, which improved his vision even more. He is now in college and still comes in to see me every year."
Outside of work Dr. Tomita enjoys hiking, spending time with family, scrapbooking, playing the piano, and being a football and basketball mom to her three kids, ages 16, 13 and 11. She also volunteers at her children's school and started a vision screening program there, along with another optometrist mom, about 6 years ago. “We do a vision screening once a year and have had about a 10% referral rate. It's very rewarding to see children that I know personally, children that are friends of my children, getting new glasses that will help them with their school performance. I also volunteer at church, being actively involved in the children's ministry program, teaching on a weekly basis, helping out with VBS and playing the piano in church,” she says.