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 twins Tessa and Ben are thrilled to carry on the legacy of Woodbridge Optometry.
Julie Bhindi, O.D.
Dr. Julie Bhindi was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and then went on to receive her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012. Dr. Bhindi provides full scope optometric services including the management of dry eye disease, keratoconus, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. Throughout her many years in private practice, Dr. Bhindi has developed a special interest in nutrition as it pertains to ocular health, eye aesthetics, dry eye treatment and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Bhindi is committed to providing the highest level of quality eye care to each of her patients. She is grateful for the vital role her profession allows her to play in one’s overall health and is passionate about taking the time to communicate with and educate her patients. Dr. Bhindi is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and speaks conversational Spanish.
When not in the office, Dr. Bhindi can be found spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, and reading.
Sato Mananian, O.D., M.B.S., FAAO
Dr. Sato Mananian was born in Ohio and raised in Southern California. She is thrilled to now be living with her husband in Irvine after working in a private practice in LA. Dr. Mananian earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego and her Master of Biomedical Sciences from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Dr. Mananian comes to us with a special passion for pediatric vision care, myopia control, vision therapy for adults and children , and services for those with special needs. In private practice, she provides all general optometry services including management of eye diseases and pre and post operative surgical care. She achieved her doctorate degree from the Arizona College of Optometry where she received the College of Optometrist in Vision Development award for excellence in Vision Therapy. She also completed a Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy/Neuro optometry residency at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Dr. Mananian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is board certified with the most advanced optometric credentials in California to treat glaucoma. She is fluent in Armenian and conversational Spanish.
In her free time, Dr. Mananian enjoys reading fiction (especially mystery novels!) while enjoying a good cup of coffee, exploring Orange County, and traveling with her husband.
Nathan Schramm OD, CNS, FSLS
Dr. Nathan Schramm was born and raised in New Jersey. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and achieved his doctorate degree in 2008 from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He has spent his professional career in private practice in South Florida before moving to California. In addition to his optometry degree, Dr. Schramm is a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
Dr. Schramm is an accomplished writer and educator, with a special interest and passion for hard-to-fit contact lens patients, specialty Scleral lenses, and nutrition. He has lectured globally to other eye care professionals on keratoconus, scleral lenses, and ocular nutrition. He speaks elementary Spanish and mandarin Chinese.
“Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing my patient’s vision improving… I just try to listen to my patients, educate, and recommend what is best for their eyes while utilizing the most up-to-date technology.”
Dr. Schramm believes in keeping fit and enjoys yoga and CrossFit training. He and his wife Julie, also an optometrist, are parents to Sasha, a beautiful Siberian Husky!