Craig Fellers, O.D. - Optometrist, Owner
Dr. Craig Fellers graduated from the UC, Berkeley School of Optometry with Clinical Honors. He moved to Santa Cruz, California after two years working for a private optometry practice in Walnut Creek, California. Dr. Fellers is certified to treat glaucoma and has specialized in ocular disease management both in private practice and during his clinical rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Reno and Portland. Dr. Craig Fellers also spent two years as a Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley instructing third year optometry students at the Meredith Morgan Eye Center on campus.
At the University, Dr. Fellers specialized in Computer Vision Syndrome and it's correction with computer specific glasses lenses optimized to reduce eye fatigue at the computer work station.
With continued improvements in daily contact lens technology, Dr. Fellers has remained committed to providing the best vision to his patients with the most comfortable contacts available. He enjoys fitting multi-focal contact lenses for those previously not able to wear soft contacts.
Whenever possible, Dr. Fellers pursues philanthropic endeavors and has volunteered professionally both locally and internationally with the VOSH and Suitcase clinics. As an elite athlete, Craig races bikes at the professional level whenever he is not at the office. His experience in cycling, triathlon, and marathon running combined with his passion for optics has helped him become a leader in the field of Sports Vision. Craig is excited to be running our vibrant optometry practice and be an active member of the Santa Cruz community. He has already spent countless weekends exploring trails at Nisene Marks, enjoying Natural Bridges State Beach and cycling on Empire Grade and is excited to call Santa Cruz home.
Ayesha Burns, O.D. - Optometrist
Dr. Burns received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was trained in all aspects of primary eye care, including contact lenses, binocular vision, low vision, and ocular health management for children and adults. Dr. Burns received additional training in the diagnosis and management of eye disease, including diabetic eye disease and glaucoma, during clinical rotations at Veterans Administration Hospitals in California and the Pacific Northwest.
A long-time and devoted resident of the Santa Cruz area, Dr. Burns earned her Biology degree from UCSC. Prior to continuing her her optometric education, she worked at Santa Cruz Biotechnology and subsequently at ETR Associates, a not-for-profit health education corporation located in Scotts Valley.
At Midtown Optometry, Dr. Burns has specialized in pediatric vision as well as specialty contact lens fittings including scleral lenses.
While not in the office, you might find Dr. Burns teaching indoor cycling classes, training for a triathlon, tasting at a local winery, or enjoying an afternoon with her friends and her family.
Emma Alcaraz - Optical Executive
Emma is a local girl from Capitola who has been in the optical field since the age of 17. She is one of our two knowledgeable opticians at Midtown Optometry and has taken a special interest in digital progressive lenses to give our patients the best possible vision and easiest adaptation. She enjoys running, golfing, reading, and anything that involves being outdoors in the sunshine with her son!
Lindsay Dickel - Accounting Specialist
Lindsay has worked in this office for more than 8 years. During this time she has moved from front desk coordinator to contact lens supervisor back to office billing specialist. She knows a bit about everything around the office but has settled in as our new medical billing specialist and your insurance advocate. She is your liaison with vision and medical insurances including VSP (Vision Service Plan) MES (Medical Eye Services) as well as Medicare and other medical insurance. She works hard so you don't have to. Since starting work here, she has started a family and enjoys Crossfit in Santa Cruz.
Cassady Clark - Schedule Coordinator
Cassady Clark joined our office in 2014 from her position as a pharmacy tech. Her extensive knowledge of medical insurance has proven to be a huge asset to Midtown Optometry as she answers your questions from the front desk. Her cheerful attitude and bright smile makes her the perfect face for our office.