Dr. Joanne Gronquist attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California for her undergraduate work and received her Doctorate in Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1997. She completed an additional optional residency in Cornea and External Disease with an emphasis on LASIK co-management at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Gronquist is passionate about her profession and is a Past-President of the Tri-County Optometric Society and continues to serve as the Chair of Governmental Affairs.
She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, including infants as young as 6 months old through the InfantSee program. In addition to providing routine comprehensive eye examinations, Dr. Joanne’s practice emphasis is on specialty contact lenses, LASIK and cataract co-management, and glaucoma treatment and management. She particularly focuses on taking the time to explain everything to her patients so they can understand their eye conditions to preserve their vision for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Tem Gronquist completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara and received his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. As a member of the American and California Optometric Associations, he enjoys staying abreast with current trends in modern eye care. He also volunteers for infantsee.org.
Dr. Tem is especially experienced with the management of chronic ocular diseases like dry eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, as well as more acute conditions like eye infections and complications related to contact lenses. He takes a methodical and thorough approach to eye care to ensure lifelong ocular health.
Dr. Tem Gronquist was born in Connecticut and grew up in Boston and Santa Barbara. He and his wife, Joanne, are the proud parents of two daughters, Audrey and Sierra. In his spare time, he enjoys windsurfing, biking, and surfing.
Dr. Corinne Chick completed her optometry education at UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She is fully trained in the treatment of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. She has extensive experience with fitting all types of contact lenses, working with children and adults of all ages, and is able to provide an eye exam in Spanish. She is also a member of the American and California Optometric Associations. Dr. Chick especially values taking the time to carefully listen to each patient’s needs and thoroughly explain conditions and appropriate treatment plans.
She is a Bay Area native and moved to Santa Barbara in 2017. Since then, she has been enjoying the sunny weather, and in her free time, she likes to help with her local church, explore the area with her husband and children, as well as try new recipes.
Aaron, our office manager, has extensive management experience in both the Public and Private Sectors since 2011. With a passion for people and customer service, Aaron seeks to elevate the level of patient care and the overall experience of our patients while in our office. From reception and scheduling to insurance and office administration, he strives to make every aspect of our patients' visit easy and enjoyable.
Originally from Northern California, Aaron came to Santa Barbara to attend school and has been here ever since. He is a husband and father of four. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, working out, coaching Football and Basketball, and singing in his church worship band.
Most patients will know him by the name “Don”. Don has been with our practice since 2014 but has been a licensed optician since 2010. His many years in the profession have given him the experience to provide exceptional care with attention to detail regarding eyewear. He strives to go above and beyond to deliver excellent customer service. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in the foothills of Santa Barbara, tennis, and photography.
Estela joined our team in 2022 and has been expertly running all front desk duties as well as assisting the doctors with preliminary testing.
Taylor joined our team in 2022 and is our Ophthalmic Technician. She assists the doctors with preliminary testing and special testing for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other ocular diseases. Taylor also submits eyewear orders to the lab and completes the final inspections before dispensing. Taylor is a former competitive gymnast who now enjoys Crossfit in her spare time.
Lilly joins our team with excellent customer service experience since 2019 and enjoys providing solutions to people. She is one of the first faces you’ll see when you walk into our office and will get your exam started with preliminary testing. Originally a 19 year resident of Texas, she is studying Forensic Science to become a Toxicologist for the FBI. Lilly enjoys playing the guitar and is also a certified makeup artist with 10 years of special effects make up artistry!