Who We Are
Since its inception in 2009, Carlsbad Optometry has grown and become the premier eye care office in Carlsbad/North County San Diego area. Dr. Witmeyer's dream was to have a well-rounded, cutting-edge practice that puts patients and quality first! That dream is being realized today. Our doctors and staff at Carlsbad Optometry are dedicated to providing exceptional and personalized vision care to each and every patient. Patient satisfaction is our number one goal. Utilizing the latest technology and the combined expertise of our staff, we manage the ocular health and vision needs of our patients with genuine concern and deliver the most comprehensive optometric eye care and highest quality eye wear possible. Moreover, you will always feel like part of our family. Welcome to our practice!
In addition to general optometric services, we also offer uncommon services such as:
- Specialty contact lenses
- Acute Eye Care
- Pediatric Care
- Designer Eye wear & Custom lens designs
- Low Vision
- Cataract and Refractive Surgery Co-management
- Myopia Control Management
Please be aware of mandatory changes at our office in accordance with state and local guidelines as we re-open due to COVID-19, including:
*PATIENT SCREENING: We are screening our patients when they call to make an appointment to see if they may be at high risk for COVID-19 infection. Any high-risk patients will be asked to schedule an appointment at least two weeks into the future. You will also be asked a few short questions for in-office screening when you arrive for your appointment.
*MASKS: Everyone must wear a properly-fitting nose/mouth (“mask”) covering while in the office. ***All valve masks will require an additional cloth covering
*HAND SANITIZER & TEMPERATURE CHECKS: Everyone entering the office must use hand sanitizer and will have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer. Anyone with a temperature greater than 100 degrees will not be allowed in the office and will be urged to call their primary care doctor.
*PHYSICAL DISTANCING: We will be limiting the number of people in the office at any one time in order to best-maintain physical distancing requirements (>6 ft) for our patients and staff. Until this requirement is lifted, all people (non-staff) in the office must have an appointment. This includes appointments for eye wear selection and fitting/dispense. We will offer you the option of texting or calling you when your doctor or the optician is ready for you so that you can wait in your car or outside. Please do not bring anyone else with you unless they also have an appointment at our office.
*CHILDREN'S EXAMS: We are limiting minor patient companions to a single parent, caretaker, or guardian at the child's appointment. Again, please do not bring anyone who does not have an appointment, including siblings.
Remember, everyone now needs an appointment for entry! This includes visits with our opticians also. Please call or email us to schedule an appointment. We'd love to see you for your vision needs.
Katherine Witmeyer, O.D.
Dr. Katherine Witmeyer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of California at San Diego. In 2003, she obtained her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the prestigious University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry, graduating with honors. Following graduation, Dr. Witmeyer completed an advanced residency program in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Center for the Partially Sighted in Los Angeles, CA. As a therapeutic-trained optometrist, Dr. Witmeyer is fully-licensed to treat certain eye diseases and has extensive training in specialty contact lens fitting, as well as in post-operative management of refractive (LASIK) and cataract surgery. Dr. Witmeyer has practiced in a range of clinical environments including private-practice optometry, a multi-disciplinary group ophthalmology practice, the Veteran's Administration (VA) hospitals, and non-profit, specialized optometry.
Dr. Witmeyer is active in her local and state optometric organizations, serving on the San Diego County Optometric Society's (SDCOS) Executive Board for several years, including as President of SDCOS in 2011. She was awarded both the prestigious California Optometric Association's (COA) "Young Optometrist of the Year" award and the coveted "Society of the Year" award in 2011. Dr. Witmeyer is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Witmeyer enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her husband Lance, and two children - Samantha and Matthew.
Lucia Millet, O.D.
Dr. Lucia Millet received her Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Neurobiology and French from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2010, she graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Following graduation, Dr. Millet completed an Ocular Disease residency at the Las Vegas Veteran's Hospital where she received advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of various eye diseases. Dr. Millet is fully-licensed to treat certain eye diseases and has extensive training in specialty contact lens fitting, as well as in post-operative management of refractive (LASIK) and cataract surgery.
Dr. Millet is also very active in her local and state optometric organizations, currently serving as Co-Communications Liaison for the San Diego County Optometric Society (SDCOS). In her spare time, Dr. Millet enjoys riding horses, reading, and spending time at the beach.
Tiffany Turner, O.D.
Dr. Tiffany Turner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with a minor in Health Care and Social Issues at the University of California, San Diego. She continued her studies at University of Houston College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2014. Dr. Turner was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa National Honor Society and received Letters of Clinical Excellence. During the Optometry program, she enjoyed her time as a teaching assistant for clinical and optical labs. Her last year of study included externships at the Naval Base Hospital and Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego as well as the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Turner is a licensed therapeutic optometrist. Her clinical practice involves primary eye care including the treatment of ocular infections and minor injuries, contact lens fittings, diabetic eye exams as well as glaucoma screening and early treatment.
Dr. Turner enjoys meeting new people and working with families. She feels that the most successful clinical outcomes occur when patients are educated about their health and treatment options so that they can work with their doctors to achieve those outcomes. She welcomes any questions you may have about your ocular health!
When not seeing patients, Dr. Turner enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls as well as photography, camping, and a good cup of coffee.
Ioana Swikard, O.D.
Dr. Ioana Swikard received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from University of Houston in Texas. She completed an externship at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD specializing in contact lenses. Dr. Swikard always had her heart set on Southern California, so a year after graduating, she moved to San Diego. In January 2000, Dr. Swikard opened her private practice, Eye Gallery Optometry in Solana Beach, where for twenty years, she served the community and patients from all over San Diego. She is well known for her excellence in patient care and personal approach to each patient.
As a therapeutic-trained optometrist, Dr. Swikard is fully licensed to treat certain eye diseases, including glaucoma, and has extensive training in specialty contact lens fitting as well as post-operative LASIK and cataract surgery.
Dr Swikard is a member of local and state Optometric organizations, and she has also served on the Board of Advisors for NVISION Laser Centers.
Dr. Swikard is married with two teenage boys and loves spending time with her family and enjoys running, pilates, and the beach.
Ilya Volk, O.D.
Bio coming soon
(Dr. Volk works only Saturdays at our office)
Sylvia Torres Office Manager/Senior Optician
Lisa Fernandez Lead Optician
Melissa Flores Patient Care Lead Coordinator
Jenna Walker Patient Care/Insurance Coordinator