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.
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 Dr. Chinn for over 12 years. Throughout her time here, she has gained an immense amount of knowledge in lens technology, design, 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. She is passionate about patient care and volunteers her time outside of the office at hospitals. When Flower isn’t busy helping the world, she enjoys gaming and spending time with the family and fur babies.
Cindy Nguyen, Optician and Optometric Technician
Cindy has been with us for almost 6 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. While not in the office, Cindy is studying her butt off at UCSD. She loves contributing to the San Diego community, and is actively involved in volunteering with children and helping the homeless. She also loves cooking for her family and friends.
Mikaela Banuelos, Receptionist and Optometric Technician
Mikaela has been with us for almost 2 years now. She can be found at the front desk answering questions, booking appointments, doing preliminary tests, all with a bright smile. Outside of the office, Mikaela loves spending time with her family and teaching her daughter Alex new things. She loves watching movies, and scary movies are her favorite!