Dr. Ryan S. Nakamura is a native of Sacramento and current Natomas resident. After attaining his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of California, Davis in 1996, Dr. Nakamura went on to complete his Doctor of Optometry degree at University of California, Berkeley. He has trained at the prestigious Barnett & Delaney Surgery Center in Phoenix, Arizona as well as Veteran's Hospitals in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Dr. Nakamura has served as a clinical instructor for the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, and served on the panel to interview incoming optometry students. He is a member of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society, California Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.
Dr. Nakamura enjoys all areas of family eyecare, including challenging contact lens fittings, Computer Vision Syndrome, and LASIK and Cataract co-management. In June 2005, Dr. Nakamura received Laser Vision Correction. He states, "To better serve my patients, I've always made it a priority to experience for myself the newest Eyeglass Lenses or Contact Lenses on the market. LASIK is one of many corrective options available, and I'm happy to now be able to share this experience with my patients. It has allowed me to achieve a new level of LASIK co-management." In his spare time, Dr. Nakamura enjoys traveling, playing golf and basketball, being a foodie, and most of all spending time with his wife and baby daughter. He looks forward to helping you see your best!
Dr. Myra Lew is a Los Angeles native, has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. After graduation, Dr. Lew spent a year researching the affects of antibiotics on infected corneal tissue at Dr. Suzanne Fleizig's Laboratory at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Lew then pursued a Doctorate of Optometry degree at UC Berkeley and also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Vision Science. She has trained at the Oakland Veterans Hospital, Sacramento Kaiser Permanente, and American Eye Institute at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
For the past several years, Dr. Lew has managed a corporate Optometry office. In addition, she also served as an interviewer for Optometrists and led their orientations. Dr. Lew has also donated her time examining low income patients and an underprivileged population in the Dominican Republic. On the rare occasion of free time, Dr. Lew enjoys trying new recipes, traveling, and going on walks with her son. Dr. Lew truly enjoys helping her patients improve their vision as well as educating them about their eyes. She is known for her caring nature and sincerity.
Dr. Hoanha Ly grew up in Sacramento and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She then completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Ly then continued her education at Southern CA College of Optometry where she received extensive training in all sub specialties of optometry. She did her rotations at a low vision clinic in Los Angeles, Veteran’s Hospital in Tucson, and Ophthalmology practice in Sacramento where her training included special emphasis on low vision and ocular disease.
Upon graduation Dr. Ly worked in corporate retail optometric setting, private optometric practice, and a busy ophthalmology LASIK center. She is experienced in diagnosing and treating dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Dr. Ly is excited to join Natomas Optometry to provide the highest standard of care to meet the patient’s visual needs. She enjoys getting to know her patients and hopes to establish a lasting relationship as their primary eyecare provider. When not seeing patients, Dr. Ly enjoys attending musicals, playing board games, tending to her houseplant collection, and hiking with her fur babies—Lucky and Luna.
Dr. Nate Charney is a native of Napa, California, spending much of his adult life during undergraduate and professional studies in southern California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. He then received his Doctorate of Optometry degree with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Charney completed his externship training at the University Eye Centers at Ketchum Health in Los Angeles and Orange County, Pearl Harbor Naval Medical Center in Honolulu, Wellish Vision Institute in Las Vegas, and Hoopes Vision Center in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Charney enjoys helping his patients see and feel better, with examinations including glasses and contact lens evaluations, management of ocular disease, and co-management of ocular surgeries like cataract extraction and LASIK. Dr. Charney started wearing glasses and contacts at a young age and likes using his experiences to offer the best education and advice to his patients. Dr. Charney enjoys watching and playing sports. He is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. He also appreciates the outdoors, frequently travelling to Tahoe for ski trips in the winter and high elevation hikes in the summer. Dr. Charney looks forward to caring for all your visual needs!
Dr. Lauren Morales, OD is a passionate, innovative, solution-focused optometrist with an exceptional blend of creativity, empathy, and clinical experience. Dr. Morales received her doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She has excelled at numerous clinical roles, including her work as a Vision Therapist since 2012, with a focus on pediatric care and vision development. She understands how visual demands in the pediatric populations are changing with the increase in screen time, and prescribes accordingly.
Dr. Morales received the most advanced training in the field of ocular disease. She is certified to diagnose, treat, and manage many conditions that affect the eyes, including glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. She completed her clinical rotations at the Memphis VA Hospital, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, and Eyecare Associates in New Orleans, LA.
You’ll often hear her said “Vision is more than 20/20,” and once you meet her, you’ll understand why. Dr. Morales takes pride in educating patients about their vision and ocular health.
Dr. Morales is originally from Louisiana, but her love of the outdoors brought her to Northern California in 2020. She is an avid hiker and explorer who loves going on adventures with her family, friends, and beloved dogs, Leia and Jet.