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.


Jacqueline Su-yuo, O.D.

Dr. Su-yuo is a native of San Diego and received her bachelor's degree from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where she double majored in molecular biology and psychology. Prior to starting optometry school, Dr. Su-yuo did cancer research at UCSD and neurocircuitry research at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech). She then received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Following her doctorate in optometry, Dr. Su-yuo returned to California to complete a residency in low vision and primary care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto and its affiliated Western Blind Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Su-yuo was an Albert Schweitzer fellow in public health, where she created a vision screening program for an after-school program in Boston•s Chinatown community. She has also spent time in Rwanda, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic working on improvements and accessibility to healthcare.

In her free time, Dr. Su-yuo enjoys exploring the Bay Area, discovering new restaurants, hiking, and a good farmers market. She is excited to be a part of the Eye Carumba Optometry team and is dedicated to providing you with excellent eye care.


Laura Tracewell, O.D.

Dr. Tracewell graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Biophysics. She then completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Optics and a Doctorate of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.

With more than 20 years of clinical optometric care experience at the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Dr. Tracewell has become an expert at detecting eye diseases. This multidisciplinary Eye Department provided extensive training in evaluation of strabismus (eye turn) of adults and children and complex contact lens fitting solutions for patients with keratoconus, irregular corneas and high astigmatism prescriptions.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Tracewell is a foodie, amateur pastry chef and plans on attending culinary school someday soon. Dr. Tracewell and her husband, Henry, enjoy exploring new restaurants, traveling and cheering on the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants.

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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