Dr. Julie Helmus represents the second generation of Helmus Optometrists. She graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry with distinction in 2015. During optometry school she worked as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, an ocular disease Teaching Assistant, and co-authored two research articles. Dr. Julie was also a member of the student government and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometry Honors Society. She participated in several Lions in Sight vision clinics in Mexico and is a therapeutic and glaucoma certified optometrist.
Davis residents may remember Dr. Julie's Davis Enterprise column, which ran from 2007-2009. Dr. Julie is a graduate of Davis Spanish Immersion, Davis High School, and UC Santa Barbara. She is grateful for 'the village' that continues to help raise her two energetic young boys, Hank and Casey.
The vitality of her hometown is a key priority for Dr. Julie. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Davis Business Association and Co-Chairs the Visioning Committee.
Professional Passions: Geriatrics, Glaucoma, Dry Eye Disease
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Dr. Paymaun is the most recent addition to Helmus Optometry. He is a native of Sacramento and graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 2018. He is a therapeutic and glaucoma certified optometrist. He received his Bachelor's of Science degree from UC San Diego. During optometry school he was peer-elected as class president and served as an ambassador for the program. His most rewarding experience was volunteering on a mission trip to Nicaragua to provide free-of-charge eye care services. Dr. Paymaun continues to volunteer his time to the community when he can.
Dr. Paymaun has developed special interest in advanced contact lenses used to control nearsightedness and to treat corneal disorders. He holds memberships in the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, Sacramento Valley Optometric Association, and Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals.
Dr. Paymaun is able to perform exams in English, Farsi and Spanish. During his free time, he enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, traveling, being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Professional Passions: Ocular Disease, Advanced Contact Lenses
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Farsi
Dr. Clare Thomasy, originally from Ohio, made Northern California her home in 2009. After graduating with honors from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology, she attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In 2009, she graduated with a degree of Doctor of Optometry. She is currently licensed in California with TLG certification, enabling her to treat glaucoma and write prescriptions for therapeutics. Her specialties include fitting contact lenses, treating dry eye, and diagnosing and treating various eye diseases. Prior to joining Helmus Optometry, Dr. Thomasy spent three years serving the eye care needs of the greater Davis community alongside local ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Miller at Advanced Valley Eye Associates. In her spare time, Dr. Thomasy enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring California, playing with her two nieces, and traveling to other countries.
Professional Passions: Family Practice, Ophthalmology Co-Management
Languages Spoken: English
Dr. Lana Tu grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science degree at James Madison University. She then pursued a Masters in Public Health at the University of Southern California and became interested in optometry from her work with a non-profit organization providing vision care to the underserved. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry of Marshall Ketchum University in 2011. Upon graduation, she spent time providing eye care in Southern California, Ohio, and Virginia before moving to Davis in 2016.
Dr. Tu has extensive experience in primary eye care, pediatrics, and complex contact lens fitting. She loves being part of the Davis community and strives to build long term personal relationships with her patients and their families.
In her spare time, Dr. Tu enjoys nature outings with her husband and son, throwing pottery, and sculpting clay succulents.
Professional Passions: Pediatrics, Myopia Management
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
**Dr. Tu is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in the Fall of 2021.
Shakir Iqbal brings 14 years of optical experience and is a descendant from a long line of opticians and optometrists. His father, grand-father and great-grandfather were all in the optical field and ran their own optometry clinic in Karachi. His father, Hamid Iqbal, is responsible for introducing contact lenses to Pakistan. Shakir joined Helmus Optometry in September 2019, and is leading our optical department and team of 9 opticians as Optical Manager.
As Optical Manager, Shakir is responsible for working with our lens labs and frame manufacturers to ensure we offer advanced technology, high-quality products, and a wide array of shapes and styles. You can also count on him for expert assistance with the selection, fit, repair, and adjustment of your glasses.
Shakir received his training in ophthalmic dispensing from City & Islington College in London followed by a Fellowship of British Dispensing Opticians,a rigorous three-year program. He is also certified by the American Board of Opticianry. Past work experience includes working as an optician in London, managing his family clinic in Karachi, four years at the helm of Sears Optical in Fairfield, and most recently managing a private practice in San Francisco. He lives in West Sacramento with his wife and their 3 year old daughter. Helmus Optometry is grateful for the experience Shakir adds to our skilled and profession team.
Languages Spoken: English, Urdu, Hindi
I would like to let you know of the changes to my plans of returning to the office. To say this past year has been a challenge would be quite an understatement. Along with so many other things that have changed, I am finding a growing desire to pursue other personal goals in my career life. Subsequently, I am not planning to return to the office. This has been a difficult decision, made with careful consideration, but nonetheless challenging to reconcile.
I am thankful for being given the chance to care for you and your families. I have been so lucky to have met and worked with such wonderful patients as you. It has truly been my pleasure to have gotten to know you over the many years.
I will miss you all but am confident in the excellent care you will continue to receive at Helmus Optometry.
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. Mark Helmus, retired in February 2019. Dr. Joann Helmus joined her husband in retirement in July 2020. They are both busy with new projects and healthy. They especially enjoy taking care of their grandsons two days a week.
This was my first time getting glasses & I was very pleased with how lovely the staff was! In addition, all of my questions were answered thoroughly & I loved how in-depth my prescription was described to me. The selection of glasses is wonderful! Love, love, love Helmus Optometry!
My experience with Dr. Joann Helmus and the team at Helmus Optometry was excellent from start to finish. Office staff were kind and professional. I was confident in the quality and thoroughness of Dr. Helmus' exam. I have already recommended the practice to others. Many thanks to Helmus Optometry for the excellent care!...
For over twenty years I have seen Dr. Joann Helmus annually as my optometrist. The very high standard of service and technical knowledge of both doctor and staff has never wavered. Consistently modernizing their examination equipment in providing the most up-to-date exams and accurate prescriptions. Their selection of eyeglass frames is most complete range of style choices. The staff are very knowledgeable of insurance allowances, and discussed with me the many options available. Have many times and will continue recommending this outstanding optometric office to family and friends....
Great optometrist. Fast and quality service always.
Extremely professional, kind, helpful, staff from top to bottom! Exam was thorough and well diagnosed. Best glasses fitting ever, and that is with progressives. Quick service. I feel staff is very knowledgeable and willing to go to any extent to spend time with you and be helpful. Just moved to Davis and this is a great find. Highly recommend!!...
My family have been coming here for years! Always exceptional service and spend the time to figure our insurance coverage details. Highly recommended!!!
Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Dr. Helmus was very sweet and took the time to really talk to me like a person and not just another dollar sign. They also had a nice selection of glasses in many different styles and price ranges. Most insurance policies are covered here as well. Definitely a plus! They'll always have my business!...
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