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Dr. David Swearingen received his optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in 2000. The National Board of Optometry certified him in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease in 2000. His undergraduate degree, Physical Education/Pre-Physical Therapy, was received from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1993.
Dr. Swearingen established Spectrum Eyecare Optometry, Inc. in 2006. His professional affiliations include the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, the National Glaucoma Society and the San Gabriel Optometric Society. He is currently board eligible as a Diplomat of the American Board of Optometry.
Three children have blessed his life: Ashley, Cade and Dawson. He has been married to their mother Amy for 20 years. He enjoys baseball, wakeboarding, jet skiing and golf.
Dr. Melissa Zhao was born and raised in the US territory of Guam. She attended Santa Clara University where she graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and received her doctorate from Southern California College of Optometry with honors. Dr. Zhao is a member of the California Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and the Orange County Optometric Association. In addition to being a licensed optometrist, she is licensed to treat/manage glaucoma, as well as in the use of therapeutic and diagnostic pharmaceutical agents.
Dr. Zhao did her internships at the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, VA Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the Indian Health Reservation in Bloomfield, New Mexico. In addition to working in private practice, she also performs eye examinations in skilled nursing facilities in and around Orange County.
In her spare time, she likes to play the cook, play board games, and discover new restaurants.
Dr. Julie Lam is a Southern California native, born and raised in Orange County. She was fascinated with eyes at an early age, which cultivated her desire to pursue a career in optometry. She earned her bachelor's degree in Art History with a minor in Biological Sciences at the University of California Irvine, and received her doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Her clinical training took place at the University Eye Center at Los Angeles, the VA Southern Nevada Hospital, and Hoopes Vision in Salt Lake City. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Lam is certified to treat and manage glaucoma as well as ocular disease.
Dr. Lam cherishes her career as it allows her to build relationships with her patients. Along with working at Spectrum Eyecare, she performs eye exams at skilled nursing homes and rehabilitation centers across Southern California.
Outside of the office, Dr. Lam enjoys being in the kitchen, going to sporting events, yoga, burning calories at Orangetheory, and spending time with her husband and family.