As providers for Eye Care in North Park, we are proud of our patient care team. Our team keeps everything together and makes your experience so pleasant. Let’s meet them!
Dr. Stephen Chinn, O.D.
Dr. Chinn graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry in 1972. He was born and raised in Oakland, CA. After school he moved down to San Diego with his wife. He has been married since 1977, and has one daughter who is also an Optometrist at this practice.
Dr. Chinn has been in private practice for over 30 years in San Diego. He has also been affiliated with Vision Source since 1999. As a Glaucoma certified and American Board of Optometry certified Optometrist, he has served as the Primary Eye Care professional to help many patients with Keratoconus, Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Disease, Binocular Vision Problems, and Low Vision. Dr. Chinn is a member of the California Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
When he’s not busy making patients laugh, he’s spending time with family. He is also an avid sports fan who enjoys baseball, football, tennis, and swimming.
Dr. Chinn is multilingual, English is his first language, but he can also perform eye exams in Chinese and Vietnamese.
Dr. Jennifer Chinn O.D.
Dr. Jenn is the second-generation optometrist at this practice and is also Glaucoma Certified. She graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in 2015. She graduated on the Dean’s List and as a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. She completed clinical rotations co-managing patients with an emphasis on Glaucoma, Retinal Disease, Low Vision, Diabetes and Corneal Disease. She also had clinical rotations in private practice focusing on Vision Therapy for pediatric patients and patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Jenn has also participated in mission trips with the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to provide eye care services to under served populations in Guatemala during Optometry school. Read about the experience HERE. That experience was extremely moving for her and has sparked her desire to give continual support. She has since then traveled to Tecate Mexico for some clinics with local Optometry students and undergrad students of SDSU, and to Peru with VOSH again.
She is a member of the California Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, Optical Women’s Association and the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Dr. Jenn is currently a Trustee Board member for the San Diego County Optometric Society and is the Leader of the San Diego Chapter of the Young Optometrists of America.
When Dr. Jenn isn’t in the office, she’s dreaming of places to travel, things to see, and how to help people. Ask her about her favorite travel experiences!
Dr. Jenn is able to perform exams in Spanish.
Flower Vannarath, Optician ABOC and Optometric Technician
Flower is an American Board of Opticianry certified Optician. She has been an optician with us for over 12 years now! Throughout her time here, she has gained an immense amount of knowledge in lens technology, design, frame styles and the key optical qualities to enhance vision. In a world with advancing technology, she has always been up to date with helping patients choose the best lens design for their personalized prescription. All of our long-time patients know they can trust her with their glasses and styling. She is passionate about patient care and volunteers her time outside of the office at hospitals. She spends time to constantly learn and improve and is soon to be accepted into Nursing school! When Flower isn’t busy helping us and the world, she enjoys gaming and spending time with the family and fur babies.
Cindy Nguyen, Frame Stylist and Optometric Technician
Cindy has been a part of our team for nearly 7 years. You can find her helping with the preliminary testing of patients, office scheduling and frame selection. She is the most trendy member of our team, which allows her to help patients select the perfect frames to fit their unique style. Cindy recently graduated from UCSD and is currently studying to take the LSAT to apply for Law School. She loves contributing to the San Diego community, and is actively involved in volunteering with children and helping the homeless. She is an amazing chef and loves cooking for her family and friends.
Mikaela Banuelos, Receptionist and Optometric Technician
Mikaela has been with us for almost 3 years now. She can be found at the front desk answering questions, booking appointments, doing preliminary tests, all with a bright smile. She also help patients with our dry eye treatments in office. Outside of the office, Mikaela loves spending time with her family and teaching her daughter Alex and son Chris new things. She loves watching movies, and scary and thriller movies are her favorite!
Jenna Pasay, Optician and Frame Stylist
Jenna is the newest Optician to join our team and does an amazing job styling our patients in new frames. She has a wealth of knowledge of frame styles, frame brands, materials, and lenses; so be sure to get her expert advice and opinion! Outside of the office, she loves spending time with her family and friends, and if she can spend that time at Disneyland with them, she’s even happier. She loves to travel and loves many different types of cuisine. She also spends time reading and learning about astronomy, dinosaurs and history. She’s a true investigator of facts and is intrigued by anything to do with criminal investigation.
Cherree has been working for Dr. Chinn for nearly 10 years, and has been at our North Park location on and off. She has since joined our North Park office full-time to bring her expertise in contact lenses and patient care. She can be found at our front desk booking appointments, greeting patients with her constant warm smile, performing preliminary testing on our patients, and training our contact lens patients. When Cherree isn’t spreading joy in our office, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She stays active by hiking and working out and traveling! She loves many different cuisines and with her many travel adventures has had the opportunity to try authentic cuisines around the world. Make sure to ask her for travel or food recommendations!