Paul J. Dougherty, M.D.
Dr. Paul Dougherty, M.D. is an internationally renowned eye surgeon who has helped pioneer many of today’s most popular vision correction techniques. He serves as medical director of Los Angeles-based Dougherty Laser Vision, and as assistant clinical instructor of ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is also one of just 40 surgeons worldwide to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery – the official peer-reviewed refractive surgery specialty journal published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Yogender P. Garg, M.D.
Franz Michel, M.D., General Ophthalmologist
Franz Michel, MD, is a UCLA-trained cornea specialist. After graduating from college Summa Cum Laude as valedictorian of his class, Dr. Franz Michel went on to graduate from Magna Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha from medical school at Syracuse in 1997. After an internship in Santa Barbara, he went to the Ivy League and did three years of training in eye disease and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Longing to return to California, Dr. Michel received subspecialty training in Cornea at UCLA. Dr. Michel holds the distinction of being the first fellow in the United States to implant Intacs ring segments for the treatment of Keratoconus and has performed thousands of Corneal Procedures and Pterygium removal procedures.
Ryan Vida, O.D., F.A.A.O., Clinical Director
- 2012 – Awarded Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry
- 2012 – Resident, Wang Vision Institute, Nashville, TN
- 2010 – Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry
- 2006 – Bachelor of Science, Duquesne University
After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Vida completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Duquesne University before attending the Indiana University School of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2010. While in optometry school, Dr. Vida served as associate instructor in many courses including Clinical Optometry.
He completed his clinical training at the Indiana University School of Optometry Cornea/Contact Lens Clinic in Bloomington, Indiana and at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, WV and Baltimore, MD where he gained extensive experience in detection and treatment of ocular disease.
Dr. Vida then went on to specialize and completed a residency in refractive and ocular surgery in Nashville, TN at one of the top refractive surgery centers in the world. During which time he authored multiple journal articles and lectured to doctors from all over the state. Since finishing his specialty training he has continued to be asked to author chapters for books on LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, and improving surgical outcomes. He also enjoys lecturing and is invited to lecture for both state and national meetings.
In 2012 Dr. Vida became achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Optometry which recognizes doctors for their training and contributions to the field of eye care. Only 8% of eye doctors currently practicing in the United States are fellows.
Dr. Vida takes special interest in the pre/post-operative management of surgical patients, with special emphasis on cataract, LASIK, PRK, Implantable Contact Lens, and Intacs for keratoconus patients. He assists with topography consultations for other laser centers around the country and is currently working on a mathematical eye model for keratoconus eyes as well as developing nomograms to improve refractive surgery outcomes.
In his free time Dr. Vida enjoys spending his free time with his wife, exercising, and mountain biking.
Dr. Anh Le, O.D.
Dr. Anh Le grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience, and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. After graduation, Dr. Le engaged in clinical research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute before attending Salus University for his second Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Science and his Doctorate in Optometry.
Dr. Le completed his externship training in several different types of practice settings including management of ocular diseases at the Eye Institute of Utah, primary care Optometry at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, and Pediatric Optometry at The Eye Institute in Pennsylvania.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Le traveled to El Salvador with a group of eye doctors and volunteers to provide free eye examinations to many impoverished residents. Along with his current work, he continues his volunteering efforts providing services to underprivileged children and adults in his community.
When not at work, Dr. Le enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two young children, cycling with his friends, and watching old movies.
Dr. Monica Youcefi, O.D.
Dr. Monica Youcefi is a Southern California native who was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles. She received her BA in History and a certified minor in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Monica then moved to Arizona and continued her education to the Arizona College of Optometry, where she graduated in 2015.
During her time at ACO, Monica expounded her education with clinical externships at an Indian Reservation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Bowden Eye Associates in Jacksonville, FL, the Nationwide Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona and the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
When not spending time with her family and friends, Monica likes to catch up on TV, shop and practice yoga.