Alex Elson, O.D.
Dr. Elson is an Orange County native, growing up in Mission Viejo. He completed his undergraduate education at California State University Chico and completed his graduate school training at Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), graduating with honors from both. During his time at SCCO, Dr. Elson developed a passion for managing diseases of the cornea and anterior segment, excelling in the fitting of corneal and scleral rigid gas permeable lenses. This passion was deepened during his clinical rotations throughout California, including the Optometric Center of Los Angeles, the Veterans Hospital in West Los Angeles, University Eye Center, and medical eye care with Dr. William Downey in Northern California.
Outside the realm of academia, Dr. Elson has been very active with the California Optometric Association, and co-founded the California Optometric Student Section during his time at SCCO. He finished his Presidency of the Orange County Optometric Society in 2019 and continues to serve on the society board.
He also has remained involved in post-collegiate lacrosse, playing for the Newport Beach Men's Lacrosse Club, and acting as Defensive Coordinator for the CSU Fullerton Men's Lacrosse team during his clinical training at SCCO.
In 2019, Dr. Elson was honored by being inducted to the Chico State Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Outside of optometry and lacrosse, Dr. Elson enjoys being outdoors with his wife Taylor, and his dog Naya. His favorite things to do include hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and hanging in the water, whether it's a river, lake, or ocean.
Tanya Ngo, O.D.
Dr. Tanya Ngo’s optometric career started long before becoming a doctor. Years before starting optometry school, she began as a volunteer and then worked as an optometric technician. As a result of her clinical prowess and excellent chair-side manor, Dr. Ngo was recruited to join the Old Towne Optometry family in 2020. She has quickly become loved by our patients and staff due to her kind and caring nature, treating every person she interacts with as if they are family.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Ngo is a Southern California native. She cherishes the opportunity to practice in her home state and care for patients of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to her passion for the eyes and visual health, she enjoys the science and curiosities of the human mind and received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. During her time there, she co-founded the campus’ pre-optometry club, Precision for Vision.
Dr. Ngo received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR )—an experience that allowed her the opportunity to practice in both English and Spanish. During her graduate studies, Dr. Ngo took an interest in the efficacy of essential fatty acid supplementation as an adjunct treatment for dry eye disease, leading her to write her senior thesis on the topic. This interest has followed her into clinical practice, resulting in further post-graduate training on management of ocular diseases such as dry eye, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, as well as progressive myopia in children. As such, she has become our office’s dry eye guru, allowing us to be the only office in Yorba Linda to offer advanced treatments for dry eye such as TearCare.
In addition to her clinical and academic pursuits at IAUPR, Dr. Ngo served as president of the school’s Optometry Giving Sight chapter, a global organization that focuses on providing eye care and visual aid to those in need. Her desire to give back has also led her to volunteer her time and skills to various underserved cities in Southern California, as well as participate in international mission trips to Mexico, Panama, and China.
When she’s not in a white coat, you can find her in a white apron testing out new recipes that her friends and family get to enjoy. Some of her favorite pastimes include playing the piano, attending plays and concerts, trying new foods and restaurants, and creating custom vinyl stickers with her sister. She loves traveling and exploring new cultures through art and food, and has a collection of Chinatown bridge photos from cities all over the world!
Catherine Heyman, O.D.
Catherine Heyman, O.D., received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1993 from the Southern California College of Optometry after earning her BS degree in Biology from San Diego State University. She then completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the Southern California College of Optometry in 1994.
She is a fellow and a Diplomate in the Binocular Vision and Vision Perception Section of the American Academy of Optometry as well as a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Heyman has over 20 years of experience in Optometry. She has a special interest in children's vision and vision development. She has lived in the Yorba Linda Community for 13 years and is active in many community organizations including, National Charity League, Girl Scouts and PTSA
In addition to her ownership of Old Towne Optometry, Dr. Heyman is an Associate Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry. She is the Coordinator of the Vision Program at the Blind Children's Learning Center in Santa Ana and coordinates the Special Population/ Pediatric Visual Impairment Service at the Southern California College of Optometry.
Our Eye Team is thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of the optical field, including selecting frames that best suit the patient's face and style, recommending the appropriate lens and lens options, repairing eye glasses and sunglasses, and fabricating spectacles in plastic, metal, and rimless frames
and all aspects of the fitting of contact lenses.