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. 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. Valerie Kitamori attended Pacific University in Oregon, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She continued her education at the university, earning her Doctorate of Optometry at the Pacific University College of Optometry.
Dr. Kitamori completed externships with an emphasis in ocular pathology at the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan and at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center in Washington. She trained alongside corneal and retinal specialists at the Nevada Eye Consultants Medical Center and has experience fitting specialty contact lenses with Dr. Barry Leonard & Associates in Los Angeles. She also completed a residency program specializing in ocular pathology and specialty contact lenses at the Spokane VA Medical Center in Washington.
Dr. Kitamori has a passion for helping others and cares deeply about eye care. Throughout her optometric career, she worked as a teacher’s assistant for ocular anatomy and pathology courses and mentored optometry students through the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society program. She volunteered at school vision screenings, community health fairs, and sports vision screenings. During her spare time, she volunteers at the San Diego Food Bank and participates with the American Red Cross blood donation centers.
Dr. Kitamori is originally from Hawaii and enjoys golf, martial arts, ice skating, traveling, hiking, baking, and spending time at the beach.
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