Joe Torres, O.D.

Dr. Torres established Eye Carumba Optometry in 2004 specifically to provide high quality optometric services to the residents and employees of San Francisco’s financial district. The driving force behind this venture has been Dr. Torres' commitment to ensure that patients receive high level, individual attention that allows our patients to fully participate in their optometric health care. Dr. Torres, his associate doctors and his exceptional staff strive to provide personal assistance in selecting eyewear, and offer detailed attention to the logistics of our patients' optometric health and eyewear needs.

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.


Mark Yeh, O.D.

Dr. Yeh received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then continued on to complete his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Yeh was a high-tech consultant in the Bay Area for a number of years before going to the University of California – Berkeley for his Doctorate of Optometry degree.

Dr. Yeh was born and raised in Hawaii and quickly learned while attending Michigan that he loved the “concept” of winter but not the duration. He is a diehard University of Michigan sports fan, and yes, the past few years have been really rough for him. Dr. Yeh has been especially surprised that he has quite a number of patients who are alumni of Ohio State, and continue to come back to see him even after learning that he went to Michigan. Dr. Yeh thoroughly enjoys patient care and promoting education about patient’s eye health.

During his time off, Dr. Yeh enjoys spending time being a dad for his two little people.


O. Vanessa Braimah Avery, O.D.

Dr. Avery (née Braimah) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Human Biology. She then earned a doctorate of optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, where she was inducted into Beta Sigma Kappa Honorary Society and Gold Key Optometric Honor Society.

After optometry school, Dr. Avery went on to complete a post-doctoral residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease at the Illinois Eye Institute, Chicago Lighthouse, and Spectrios Institute. During that time she had the opportunity to serve as a principle investigator for a yearlong research project and to present several optometric posters.

Dr. Avery, her husband, and dog Bailey have recently relocated to the Bay Area and have fallen in love with the people, culture and food. In her free time she enjoys reading a wide variety of books, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She is looking forward to providing you with personalized, quality eye care.

The staff at Eye Carumba is dedicated to supporting our doctors in every way possible to ensure that patients receive the highest level of personal attention and care.

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