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Alexander Pham, O.D.

Dr. Pham received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he majored in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Prior to attending optometry school he worked as a pretesting assistant at a local optometry office in San Diego where he became interested in the field. He then moved to New York City and earned his Doctorate of Optometry at the State University of New York College of Optometry (SUNY). After graduation he moved back to his southern California hometown of Alhambra where he worked at a couple private practices.

Dr. Pham is a big fan of baseball and basketball but growing up in southern California he loves the Lakers and Dodgers especially. Since beginning work in the Bay Area he has had many fun and “spirited” dialogue with patients regarding the Giants and Warriors. Feel free to chime in! He enjoys a good sports talk or debate with patients.

One of the things on Dr. Pham’s bucket list is to attend a game at every professional basketball and baseball stadium in the States. He also enjoys good food and trying new restaurants in the Bay Area so he is very open to recommendations from patients about their favorite restaurants. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Bay Area, traveling, and cooking. He is excited to be part of Eye Carumba Optometry and providing patients with exceptional eye care.

Samantha Bautista, O.D.

Dr. Samantha Bautista's number one priority is creating a friendly environment where her patients can learn about their eyes and receive expertise-level vision care. Dr. Bautista helps patients see and feel their best by personalizing their treatment in glasses and contacts. While Dr. Bautista values high quality eyewear, she is also proficient in diagnosing common eye disorders such as strabismus, amblyopia, cataract, and glaucoma in both children and adults.

Dr. Bautista was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area as a first generation Filipina-American. She earned her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. She knew from a young age that her passion was serving and building relationships with people, and she discovered Optometry to be the perfect career. Dr. Bautista obtained her Doctorate degree at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. She returned to the Bay Area where she continued providing compassionate care to patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds at various optometry and ophthalmology private practice settings.

Dr. Samantha Bautista is an active board member of the San Mateo County Optometric Society and California Optometric Association. Outside of the office, Dr. Bautista is a major foodie. She loves trying new entrees at local restaurants and food trucks, watching recipe videos, and recreating meals at home. She also enjoys playing with her family's dogs, Cocoa and Toby, and spending time with her loved ones.

Joe Torres, O.D.

A third generation Mexican-American, Dr. Torres is fluent in Spanish. He is an active volunteer in the Bay Area, having served on the Board of Directors of Maitri, and specifically supporting the gay community by volunteering for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for many years, and most recently expanding his volunteer efforts to include G4G: Gay 4 Good. He is a firm believer in education and an ardent supporter of the arts.

Dr. Torres graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1982 receiving a Bachelor's degree with a major in animal physiology and minors in psychology and studio art. He then earned a second Bachelor of Science degree in physiological optics (1985) and a Doctorate in Optometry (1987) from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.


What Our Patients Say

Eye Carumba provides efficient and friendly service. They have been easy to communicate with during the pandemic, staff is good at responding to email and voicemail message. Dr. Pham was very thorough and explained everything in detail which I really appreciate.

January 22, 2021
Jennifer G. Customer since 2015

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