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26506 Bouquet Canyon Rd. Saugus, CA, 91350

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Lara Umemoto

  • Attended California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a major in Biological Sciences
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Southern California College of Optometry with a B.S. degree in Visual Sciences, and a Doctorate of Optometry, with Distinction in 1997.
  • Awarded the Telesensory Low Vision Award, the Asian American Optometric Society Award, and the prestigious Barnet Dulaney Eye Center Award.
  • Member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society, and Asian American Optometric Society.
  • Has received therapeutic certification for the treatment of eye infections, eye diseases, and can treat glaucoma.
  • Has been practicing at this office since 1999 and has developed a close relationship with the patients and the staff by always listening, encouraging and caring about others.
  • Speaks limited Spanish
  • Interests include spending time with her husband and boys, crafts, working on her home, traveling, and online shopping.

Dr Christine Owashi

  • Graduated from NYU with full academic scholarship with a major in Psychology and double minor in Physics and Mathematics
  • Was a certified research technician for a national glaucoma study funded by the National Eye Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary prior to her optometry training
  • Graduated Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA with a Doctorate in Optometry
  • Received the Key Person Award in her class as the study group leader for the national boards exam
  • Provided optometric care to an underserved population in Peru during a mission trip
  • Completed residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease at a VA Hospital affiliated with SUNY Optometry and presented a COPE approved academic presentation on ocular manifestations of carotid artery disease
  • Was the clinical director at a center of North America’s largest LASIK provider and worked alongside the medical director who was named ‘America’s Best Eye Doctor’ in 2021 by Newsweek
  • Lectured several continuing education courses to fellow optometrists regarding refractive surgery candidacy and complications.
  • Interests include fashion, fitness, traveling, watching UFC with her husband and taking their corgi Niko to the beach
  • Speaks limited Spanish and Korean

Dr. Han Tran

  • Graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sciences 
  • Graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry with Cum Laude honors 
  • Completed her externships at VA Bakersfield, University Eye Center Los Angeles, Ketchum Health, and Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital 
  • Volunteered to provide optometric care to underserved populations in Mexico
  • Wanted to become an optometrist since she was 11 years old
  • Enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new foods, staying active, traveling, and playing with her dog Bambi and cat Bentley

Dr. Leonard Forbes

  • Graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Zoology.
  • Graduated from The Los Angeles College of Optometry with a B.S. in Visual Science and a Doctorate of Optometry. Was one of the first optometrists in California to receive therapeutic certification for the treatment of eye infections and eye disease. Joined with Alcon Pharmaceuticals in the final testing for the allergy wonder drug, Patanol.
  • Has specialized in contact lens fitting. Was among the first three California optometrists to fit soft lenses in 1971.
  • Has done contact lens research for numerous laboratories.
  • Was among the original group of optometrists to be certified as an Optometric Associate in Laser Refractive Surgery from UCLA.
  • Was a member of Flying Samaritans. These are pilots who fly small airplanes to remote areas to provide vision care, free glasses and other medical necessities to tiny villages in Baja and Mexico. Has flown over 750 hours in single engine airplanes.
  • Created Doctor’s Computer Service and other computer companies designed to aid in Computer Ergonomics.
  • Has maintained a private practice in Santa Clarita since 1986 and in Sylmar since 1970.
  • Interests include computers, woodworking, and traveling.
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