Our Optometrist Eye Doctors
Alissa Wald, O.D., Managing Doctor
I am honored that Dr. Likens and Dr. Wilson have put their trust in me to transition ownership and care for their loyal patients of over 30 years.
For over 25 years, I have been providing eyecare to the Costa Mesa community as the owner of OC Eye Designs Optometry. I pride myself in providing the best in eyecare along with a great patient experience. Our philosophies are the same, high quality care with a passion to provide only the best for our patients.
I am delighted to be part of the Irvine community again. In fact, I was engaged in Irvine and lived in Westpark as a newlywed. I grew up in a small town in Michigan and did my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1989, magna cum laude, I moved to southern California and started OC Eye Designs Optometry in 1991.
My husband Scott and I, along with our 12 year old twins Tessa and Ben are thrilled to carry on the legacy of Woodbridge Optometry.
Karen K. Toki, O.D.
Dr. Toki graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1984 and earned her Therapeutic licensure in 1998. She graduated cum laude from UCLA.
While in school Dr. Toki received the George I. Deane Jr., O.D. Memorial Leadership Award, the Geraldine J. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Dr. Art Sugino Memorial Award. She was a featured speaker at the “Women in Science and Mathematics” conference, sponsored by UCI and the Association of University Women. She is a member of the Asian American Optometric Society, serving one year as the Publication Chairman.
Irvine has proven to be ideal for Dr. Toki’s family, work and community desires. Her husband is an educator who has coached many of their sons’ sports teams. Dr. Toki enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools and on their sports teams and has been the team photographer. The Toki-Wakayama family has enjoyed being part of the Orange Coast Optimists where her sons have been involved in community service. When not shuttling her sons to games and practices, she can be found reading a good book or walking her dog.
Kenneth Bracken, O.D.
Dr. Kenneth Bracken was born and raised in Michigan. Dr. Bracken attended Ferris State University where he received dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Applied Biology and Vision Science. He went on to obtain his doctoral degree from the Michigan College of Optometry where he graduated cum laude in May 2010. He received his internship training at Duane L. Waters Hospital, Veteran Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care Systems, and the prestigious Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Dr. Bracken is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. He is board certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry with the most advanced optometric credentials in California to treat glaucoma. Dr. Bracken is experienced in eye infection and disease management, and has a special interest in glaucoma and cataract pre and post-surgical management.
Dr. Bracken is an avid sports fan and played hockey and baseball growing up. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and following the local sports teams.
Aileen Maria, O.D.
Dr. Aileen Maria graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in 1998 with Cum Laude honors. Dr. Maria obtained her Doctorate Degree from New England College of Optometry in 2002 and has worked for Tallman Eye Associates for the past 15 years. She recently relocated to Southern California. Dr. Maria completed her internship with the New England Eye Institute, with an emphasis on Pediatric and Special Population, serving children with Autism and special needs. She also served at the North End Clinic in Boston, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and the Veterans Affairs in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently. Her strengths from past practices have included the ability to work through some of the most complex care issues with utmost urgency to promote healing. She enjoys pediatrics, contact lenses, Pre/Post Op cataract care, emergency eye care and managing diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Dr. Maria lives in Irvine with her absolutely amazing fiancé and 4 boys. She is an avid workout enthusiast. Her other interests include travel, online makeup tutorials and hiking.
Shora Ansari, O.D., M.S.
Dr. Ansari attended Southern California College of Optometry where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. Her expertise includes specialty contacts lenses, glaucoma treatment and general optometric services.
She completed several internships including the Center for the Partially Sighted, Optometric Center of Los Angeles, Veteran’s Health Administration of Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center and Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton. She also graduated with honors from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in chemistry.
Prior to joining Woodbridge Optometry, Dr. Ansari managed a large optometry practice and also worked as a clinical director for a well-established ophthalmology practice. Dr. Ansari was raised in Orange County. She and her husband and children enjoy spending their free time outdoors. She also enjoys running in marathons, biking, and performance dancing.
Lawrence Sieve, O.D.
Dr. Lawrence Sieve earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Houston in 2014 following his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. He joined a private practice in his hometown of Kansas City and then worked with a group providing eye care to Native Alaskans in remote areas of the state. Following his work in Alaska he moved to warmer weather in Southern California where he worked at a private practice before joining Woodbridge Optometry.
Dr. Sieve provides eye care to patients of all ages, including infants, children and adults. He has experience fitting patients in a variety of contact lenses (specialty and multifocal), managing glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy, amblyopia and binocular vision conditions.
Dr. Sieve is an avid sports fan and while his loyalty still remains with his home teams, he is developing a following for the many local teams in Southern California. His interests include football, basketball, tennis, gardening and cooking.
Jessica Duran, O.D.
Dr. Duran is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from The University of Arizona and went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton in 2012. She completed an additional year of residence at Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs where she specialized in Ocular Disease and Low Vision.
Dr. Duran is a glaucoma-certified optometrist, licensed by the State Board of Optometry in California and is experienced in the detection, treatment, and management of eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and dry eyes. She also specializes in the treatment of Keratoconus with specialty scleral lenses.
Dr. Duran has extensive experience working in an ophthalmology office and has a strong focus on dry eye treatment. In addition to prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses, Dr. Duran provides high-quality care for patients with a wide variety of eye conditions, as well as patients who have undergone LASIK and cataract surgery. Dr. Duran is certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), which is a non-surgical option that uses specialized contact lenses to correct nearsightedness during sleep. Her mission to provide individualized care with a personal touch drives her to educate her patients about their ocular health and care.
In her free time, Dr. Duran enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as traveling, running and trying new restaurants.