Doctor and Staff
Meet the Doctors
Rosalia Saavedra, O.D.
Dr. Saavedra received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. She received her Bachelor degree in Psycho-Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Saavedra completed her externships at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina and Clinica de La Raza in Oakland, California. She is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease and glaucoma as well as co-management of cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Saavedra is an active member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and the Alameda-Contra Costa County Optometric Society. Dr. Saavedra has been practicing in the Bay Area for over fifteen years and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Saavedra enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony Gomes, and her two sons, Mitchell and Benjamin.
Yukako Akera, O.D.
Dr. Akera received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics also from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been to Guatemala as part of a medical team, assisting in cataract and other eye surgeries, as well as treating patients in need of eye care. She is certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease and glaucoma as well as co-management of cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Akera is an active member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and the Alameda-Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society, where she has served as President and Treasurer. She participates locally in vision screenings and health fairs, sponsored through the Alameda-Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society. Dr. Akera has been practicing in San Leandro since 1991 and is fluent in Japanese. Outside of the office, Dr. Akera enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Elle and Kira, and can often be found hiking on various trails with her two dogs.
Ashley Darnell, O.D.
Dr. Ashley Darnell is a licensed optometrist in California and certified in the treatment and management of ocular diseases. Originally from Florida, she earned a bachelor of science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. After graduation, Dr. Darnell attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she graduated with clinical honors. She is trained in primary care optometry, contact lenses, and vision rehabilitation. Dr. Darnell also received specialty training in pediatric and infant optometry, binocular vision, traumatic brain injury recovery, and vision therapy. Dr. Darnell completed her clinical rotations at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, the Salem Veteran Affairs hospital in Virginia, and NVISION Laser Eye Centers in San Diego. In her spare time, Dr. Darnell likes to spend time in San Francisco, traveling, and playing with her dogs: Hachi and Hobbes.
Jacob Wanon, O.D.
Dr. Jacob Wanon was born in Israel and raised in Montreal, Canada. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from U.C. Berkeley in 2007. Prior to his training, Dr. Wanon completed a University Diploma in Optometry and Contact Lens Science at University of South Paris, as well as a degree in Optics and Optometric Technology at Higher School of Optics of Paris in France. Dr. Wanon also completed a Master’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Montreal and an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Wanon enjoys practicing full scope optometry. He provides comprehensive eye care to adults and children. Dr. Wanon’s focus is in specialty contact lens fittings for keratoconus, and multifocal contact lenses. He also provides pre and post-operative care for LASIK and cataract surgeries and is board certified for the treatment and management of ocular diseases including glaucoma. In his spare time Dr. Wanon enjoys spending time at the gym, listening to classical music, reading about astrophysics and brain science. He also likes spending quality time with his two daughters. Dr. Wanon is always ready for a hockey or football game. He speaks English, French, Hebrew, and exam Spanish.
Meet the Staff
Marcela Frias - Optician
Marcela is American Board of Opticianry(ABO) certified. Her expertise in the opticianry world is unsurpassed. She has been working as an optician for over 20 years. Marcela is always learning the latest news in lens technology and is at the forefront of fashion trends for frames. Marcela prides herself on helping patients find the perfect frame for their personality and lifestyle as well as the best lens for optimum vision. Patient and customer satisfaction are her ultimate goal. Marcela enjoys spending time with her children, Mateo, Josiah and Jocelyn.
Ana Yulo - Optician
Ana has worked in the optical industry for over 10 years. She is certified by the California Para-Optometric Association as an optometric assistant. When you come in for your appointment, she will assist you in selecting the best lens and frame for your visual needs. She is very knowledgeable in the numerous types of lenses available and can help select the best one for your work, home, and recreational needs. She will assist you in selecting the frame shape and color that best suits your face and style. Ana is fluent in Spanish.