Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Andrea Russo earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree after completing an accelerated program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA.
During her clinical rotations, Dr. Russo gained experience providing eye care in both private practice and hospital settings. She also participated in specialized vision care such as traumatic brain injury evaluations, low vision exams, specialty contact lens fittings, and dry eye disease management. She also provided eye care to hundreds of underserved individuals on an optometric mission trip in Honduras.
Upon graduating, Dr. Russo chose to further her clinical skills by completing a residency in ocular disease and primary care at the San Diego VA Healthcare system. At the Veteran's hospital, she became proficient in diagnosing and managing complex cases involving both the anterior and posterior segment of the eye.
When practicing, Dr. Russo strives for the best patient education and most enjoys providing family eye care. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and California Optometric Associations as well as the San Diego Optometric Society. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Russo enjoys both snow and water sports, but is happy to be in San Diego soaking up the sunshine.
Dr. Courtney Cape, a San Diego native, graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She continued her studies at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree. She has always been very passionate about educating patients and caring for ocular disease, resulting in being awarded the Ocular Disease Scholarship while at UC Berkeley. During her ocular rotations, she worked in a diverse number of settings, including the Lighthouse Center for the Blind, Eastmont and Hayward low-income health clinics, and the UC Berkeley Binocular Vision Clinic and Refractive Surgery Center.
She completed a residency at VA Palo Alto where she gained further training in assessing various diseases, including glaucoma and macular degeneration. Here, she also received referrals from a corneal specialist to fit specialty contact lenses for those with corneal diseases, such as keratoconus and severe dry eye, as well as those with corneal transplants. She also evaluated and provided low vision care for the veterans with advanced ocular disease at the VA Blind Rehabilitation Center in Menlo Park, CA.
Courtney is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association and the San Diego Optometric Society. She loves spending time with family and friends, reading, being involved with her local church, and enjoying all the beauty that San Diego has to offer.
Dr. Elliott Shapiro received his optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. He specializes in hard to fit patients and custom Contact Lenses.
Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the President’s Club award from LensCrafters and is a member of the American Optometric Association and California Optometric Association. He is also a consultant for Alcon and was a regional manager for Eyexam of CA (LensCrafters) for 6 years. Dr. Shapiro has been in practice for over 35 years.
Dr. Shapiro grew up in Long Beach, NY on the south shore of Long Island. He enjoys playing basketball, walking his dog on the beach, biking and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
In addition to running Shapiro Family Optometry, Dr. Shapiro is a consultant for Alcon focusing on training optometrists and eye care professionals on best practices and industry standards and tips for proper use of daily disposable contact lenses, particularly Multifocal contact lens fittings. In this unique role, Dr. Shapiro runs on-site training at the Alcon facilities in Fort Worth and on an as-needed basis, hands-on training at doctors offices throughout the country. Dr. Shapiro is also a member of the Alcon Speakers Bureau. Apparently, we neglected to mention another of Dr. Shapiro's hobbies, he enjoys traveling!
Dr. Liu grew up in Beijing, China. Her family decided to move to Northern California when she was twelve years old. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego and then attended the University of California, San Diego and SUNY College of Optometry. She specializes in Myopia Control and Orthokeratology, Vision Therapy, and Pediatric Optometry. Dr. Liu has been in practice for about five years, first in New York City with an opththalmology clinic and officially moved to San Diego in 2016. She has experience in treating people with diverse cultural backgrounds and a variety of eye diseases. In the bay area, she continues to treat both adults and children with emphasis on orthokeratology to control nearsightedness.
Growing up, Dr. Liu was always interested in vision and how the eyes work. She remembers her little cousin who wore thick glasses that made his eyes huge and an eyepatch that made him look like a pirate. She says that since this encounter, she has been fascinated with the human eye. Dr. Liu relates, "As an optometrist, I strive to let every parent know the importance of a proper eye exam for their children so that amblyopia and strabismus can be detected before their critical age; and that eye movement, focusing and binocularity inefficiencies would not hinder their learning ability..." She continues, "...it is rewarding to make critical suggestions to parents about their child's eyes as it relates to learning and behavior and how to keep a child's eyes healthy and prescription at bay, in a world where so much is takes place indoors and in front of a computer." It is in this vein and distinct interest that Dr. Liu's specializes in Pediatric Vision and Vision Therapy.
Dr. Liu speaks Chinese fluently and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son and daughter that always keep her on her toes!
Dr. Alexis McCullough, grew up in Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Loyola Marymount University. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry Degree from Southern California College of Optometry, graduating cum laude.
During her ocular rotations, Dr. McCullough gained a tremendous amount of experience working in several different diverse clinical settings. Her time at VA Southern Nevada and VA Honolulu were spent with an emphasis in ocular disease and the management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts amongst the geriatric population. Her other clinical rotations were spent at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she focused on dry eye management, and at Ketchum Health Eye Clinic, where she gained experience with contact lenses, vision therapy, pediatrics, and low vision. She also spent time providing eye care to low-income and underserved communities in Tustin, Ca.
Dr. McCullough is a compassionate and patient-centered care provider, who strives to provide exceptional patient care. She is currently a member of the American, Los Angeles, and San Diego Optometric Society.
As a relatively new San Diego resident, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. She also hopes to catch up on some traveling within the next few years, specifically outside the U.S.