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Meet the Team

Dr. Nazak Mozaffarieh, O.D.

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Dr. Mozaffarieh (aka ‘Dr. M’ or ‘Dr. Naz’) was raised in Vienna, Austria, and graduated from Vienna International School in 1993. She then moved to California to study Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she pursued her Optometry degree at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 2003. After working in different practice settings for several years, she opened her private practice “Eyes & Smiles Optometry” in 2007 in Pinole. In 2011, she purchased the practice of Dr. Gloria Waite in Pinole and merged both practices into Dr. Waite’s location.

She currently provides free eye exams for Children’s Vision First, a non-profit organization. She is married and a mother of fraternal twins (boy and girl). She also loves animals and has 4 dogs and 2 cats. In her free time she enjoys skiing and wine tasting.


Dr. Bernard Hale, O.D.

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Dr. Hale was born in England but grew up in Los Gatos, California.  He studied Population Genetics & Evolution and Scandinavian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he also went to Optometry School. He completed an Optometric Pediatric Residency (with a sub-specialty in contact lens) through U.C. Berkeley in 1999.  He has been working at this Optometry office since 2001, and continues to to do so since Dr. Mozaffarieh took over the practice.

Dr. Hale is a masters swimmer who enjoys open waterswimming, sailing and scuba diving.  He is very happily married and the proud father of identical twin girls.



Perla

Office Manager

perla1Perla is our office manager and has been working in this field for over 12 years. She will be helping you pick out your glasses, discuss different lens options, and explain your insurance coverage to you.

Perla was born in Stockton and raised in Napa amongst 3 other siblings, one being her twin. She has an energetic young son named Charlie, and 3 dogs in her household.


Shan’tia

Optometric Assistant

Shan'tia 2Shan’tia will be scheduling your appointments, does pre-testing, and will be helping you with your insurance coverage and frame selections.She has been in the optical field for over 5 years now. She also has a cosmetology license and is a talented hair stylist in Benicia.

Shan’tia has 2 siblings and was born in Oakland and raised in Fairfield.


Alexis

Optometric Assistant

Alexis1Alexis will be scheduling your appointments and doing your pre-testing. She has been an optometric assistant for several years now. She is also a student and is studying communications.

Alexis has a younger brother and an older sister. She was born in Berkeley and raised in Vallejo.